160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When completed, the building will house bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered by a wide variety of colleges and universities that allow Santa Clarita Valley residents access to advanced degrees on the community college campus. Among the offerings at the center are bachelor degree programs in communications, nursing, criminal justice, psychology, social science and liberal studies; master’s degrees in several areas of education as well as public administration; and professional credential programs. College officials also plan to relocate their Economic Development Department at the Hart Union High School District’s Academy of the Canyons Middle College High School to the new building. Tom Lee, former chief of the Newhall Land and Farming Company, and local businessman Lou Garasi led the fundraising drive for the center and were present for Friday’s ceremony. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, college President Dianne Van Hook and college board President Michele Jenkins spoke at the event. [email protected] (661) 257-5251 VALENCIA – Construction is due to begin this week on College of the Canyons’ $36million University Center, where several four-year college programs will be offered. The 110,000-square-foot center will replace the temporary digs that now house satellite campuses for four-year institutions including California State University, Northridge; CSU Bakersfield; Chapman University; University of La Verne; and National University. Local dignitaries held a formal groundbreaking Friday on the center, which is being financed by a local bond measure, state and federal resources, and private donations. It is expected to open in 18 months.