On January 15th, the Saddleback Valley School District Board of Trustees approved an agreement with Saddleback College to offer a college preparatory course at El Toro High School, Mission Viejo High School, Silverado High School, and Trabuco Hills High School beginning in February. Applied Psychology 140, Educational and Vocational Planning, will be held during normal school hours and will be offered, at no cost, to 175 high school seniors.
Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “This is where the future of education is going in our state and in our nation. Saddleback College is committed to the success of our students and my vision is that all students take this course during their high school careers.”
Superintendent Clint Harwick, Ed.D., stated, " Partnering with Saddleback College to provide an introductory college level course in a K-12 setting enables our students to build an important bridge to higher education options. SVUSD believes this program is just the starting point of a successful partnership that will help students seamlessly transition to colleges and universities throughout the country".
The Applied Psychology class is designed to prepare students who plan to attend college or seek career training in clarifying career and educational goals, and to develop an academic plan that will help them reach those goals. The class includes information about the college application process, financial aid, honors courses, transfer programs and an orientation to Saddleback.
Last spring, the course was successfully offered at Mission Viejo High School, which brought this expansion to three additional schools in the Saddleback Valley School District. The ultimate goal is to bring the Applied Psychology class to every high school in the Saddleback College service area.