Saddleback Adult Education | Committed To Your Success
Saddleback College provides accelerated learning opportunities for adults, including those with disabilities, by offering non-credit pathways leading to a High School Diploma (HSD) or High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate, workforce preparation classes including non-credit English as a Second Language (AESL) and Citizenship, and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs that enhance employment potential.
Additional programs for adults that include, but are not limited to, older adults, are primarily related to entry or reentry into the workforce, or are primarily designed to help parents and caregivers develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to succeed academically in school.
Collaborating with regional partners enables Saddleback College to provide Adult Education opportunities.
Beginning in 2013, Saddleback College committed to the State of California's AB 86 goal of providing pathways for Adult Education. Early in 2014, Dr. Estella Castillo-Garrison, Dean of Saddleback’s Division of Community Education, Emeritus Institute, and K-12 Partnerships represented the College in the newly formed South Orange County Regional Consortium charged with re-envisioning Adult Education. Four Program Advisory Groups, comprised of Saddleback College faculty and K-12 teachers, were formed to consider ways to meet the AB 86 objectives. In Fall 2015, Dr. Castillo-Garrison was appointed Co-Chair of AB 104, charged with implementing AB 86 recommendations.
In Summer 2015 Saddleback College, in partnership with Saddleback Valley Unified School District, assumed the responsibility for transitioning Adult Education courses in non-credit ESL, Citizenship, and High School Equivalency (HSE) to the College. Programs are offered at Saddleback Adult Education MV, Mission Viejo (on the Silverado High School campus), and other convenient locations. The college also partners with Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) and transitioned Adult Education programming from CUSD to Saddleback College in Summer 2016. Programs are offered at Saddleback Adult Education SJC, San Juan Capistrano, and extend to other off-site locations to meet the needs of our adult learners.
Saddleback College, in partnership with College and Career Advantage (CCA), will continue to help provide adult programs and opportunities which serve the career training needs of students in the regional adult community, and that help meet the employment needs of local businesses. Adult students will have access to highly technical laboratories with state-of-the art equipment such as a fully-equipped operating room, a medical assisting lab, a dental lab, and an X-ray room. Students also will have the opportunity to participate in internship and externship opportunities with over 300 business and industry partners throughout the region, to earn certifications and licenses, and to obtain employable skills in high demand/high wage occupations. Programs will continue to be offered at the newly renamed College and Career Campus in San Juan Capistrano.
The College is also partnering with the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) to offer the College and Career Preparatory Academy (CCPA) High School Diploma (HSD) program to enhance access and increase the number of adult students earning a high school diploma. HSD programs will be offered at the College and Career Campus in San Juan Capistrano.