Economic and Workforce Development Office

Students 4.jpgSaddleback College and all of California's Community Colleges recognize that the growth and stability of the State's economy rests on a skilled workforce, strong business sustainability and personal prosperity. For over 40 years, Saddleback College has educated and prepared the Orange County workforce for careers in industries that fuel the regional economy.

The Saddleback College Economic and Workforce Development Initiative facilitates a variety of solutions for employment development and workforce training. From no-cost to low-cost general training, the Economic and Workforce Development Initiative can help businesses and the individual student navigate through the array of options at Saddleback College and a network of resources throughout California.

Saddleback College prides itself on many successful Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. More than 18,000 students take CTE classes each year. Our college offers more than 100 CTE certificate and degree programs and more than 1,000 CTE courses. We also have a vibrant Community Education Program that provides workplace preparation and training to hundreds of students each year at locations throughout South Orange County.

With the goal of providing resources for individual and community prosperity, Saddleback College's Economic and Workforce Development Initiative is committed to meeting the challenge of providing regional leadership in timely and responsive workforce training and education.

Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) Plan and Program

In an attempt to strengthen how Saddleback College addresses its role in economic and workforce development within the local community and the region,  a work group representing  a wide array of college programs and services engaged in the design and drafting of a EWD plan. This is the first time the college has collected its economic and workforce development efforts into a comprehensive, model plan. This plan is intended to be a blueprint to guide the expansion, remodeling, and addition of new services and programs to the economic and workforce development efforts at Saddleback.

You are invited to download a copy of the most current draft of the EWD Plan.  Your comments are encouraged and welcomed; please direct them to:

Guiding Principles for the EWD Plan

  • The EWD plan will contribute positively to regional economic and workforce development and Saddleback students and graduates will be desired by employers in the region.
  • All faculty, staff and administrators are part of economic and workforce development.
  • The EWD program builds on the existing strengths, expertise and curriculum of the college.
  • The EWD program will include seamless services and instruction (i.e. a “pipeline of services”) within the college and with external partners.
  • Saddleback students and graduates will be desired by employers in the region.
  • Successfully complete a program of study leading to employment and/or higher degree.
  • The EWD program will track student progress and success from enrollment to employment.
  • The EWD program will use available and competitive public funding along with grants and income from fee-based and contract programs to sustain itself.