COC to participate in Zero Textbook Cost program

College of the Canyons (COC) will soon offer more degree or career technical education programs that eliminate the cost of commercial textbooks by using open educational resources.
The student cost savings initiative will be supported by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, who selected COC to participate in the statewide Zero Textbook Cost Degree Technical Assistance Contract Program.
The grant program is funded by $5 million proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown In January 2016.
Members of the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees, which oversees COC, are expected to approve a resolution for the grant program—which will be in place from May 16, 2017 to July 31, 2019—during its meeting Wednesday.
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office created the Zero Textbook Cost Degree program after conducting studies about the rising costs of education and its impact on student attendance and course selection.

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