2014 Press Releases

Saddleback College Manufacturing Week to Feature Design Contest Winners from Local High Schools

Mission Viejo, CA – In celebration of Manufacturing Week, Saddleback College will be hosting students from Trabuco Hills High School and El Toro High School on Friday, October 3rd for a day of hands-on learning in the 3D Printed Technology and Manufacturing programs. Between 9 am and 1:30 pm the students will participate in demonstrations, hands-on activities, the awards ceremony and will be provided with a complimentary lunch.   

Forty-one Students to Graduate from Saddleback College’s Medical Assistant Program

On Monday, July 7th at 5:30 p.m. in room 212 of the Student Services Center, 41 graduates of Saddleback College’s medical assisting program will be recognized in a special pinning ceremony.  The graduates, who are earning certificates of achievement in administrative, clinical, or comprehensive medical assisting, will be congratulated by dignitaries from Saddleback College and the South Orange County Community College District.

Orange County Awarded $15 Million to Create Career Pathways that Prepare Students for the 21st Century Workforce

The California Department of Education has awarded the Orange County Career Pathways Partnership (OCCPP) a $15 million California Career Pathways Trust grant to create a countywide, self-sustaining infrastructure that builds, supports, and expands rigorous and innovative career pathways for students from kindergarten through college.

Registration Now Open for College For Kids, Swim Lessons, and the Summer Experience

Registration is now open for Saddleback College’s popular summer program College For Kids.  All classes are offered in two-week blocks, Monday through Thursday, June 30th through August 7th. New to the program this summer is an exciting partnership with Confidence in the Spotlight to offer a College For Kids Junior program for 3 to 5-year-olds, as well as summer camps and classes for older children.

Saddleback College’s Class of 2014 to be Recognized at Commencement

Saddleback College will recognize its 2,541 graduates and 1,186 certificate of achievement recipients at its annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 23rd at 9:00 a.m. in the gymnasium. The event will feature the traditional processional and reading of the graduate’s names, and will feature Jonathan Mooney, president of Project-Eye-To-Eye – a mentoring and advocacy non-profit organization for students with learning differences – as commencement speaker.

$720,000 in Scholarships Awarded at Saddleback College Ceremony; Bill and Sue Gross Named Donors of the Year

A record-breaking $720,000 in scholarships was awarded to more than 400 deserving students at Saddleback College’s 38th Annual Scholarship Ceremony on Friday, May 16th. More than 800 were in attendance to honor both the scholars and the donors, including family, friends, and Saddleback College faculty, staff, and administrators. The scholarships were donated by business, organization, and community members; additionally the Saddleback College Associated Student Government donated $69,500 in scholarships and underwrote the expenses for the ceremony.

PIMCO Founder Bill Gross, and Wife, Sue, Make Donation to Saddleback College for Scholarships to Students in “Forgotten Middle”

Saddleback College has received $240,000 from Sue and Bill Gross to establish the Sue and Bill Gross Scholars program for scholarships to help students in the “forgotten middle” – students who have an unmet financial need yet are ineligible for a full Pell Grant or other government assistance to pay for college – successfully complete education and career training at Saddleback College and secure skilled jobs.

Orange County Social Entrepreneurship Competition Showcases Global Solutions with Local Innovations

The nation’s first county-wide social entrepreneurship competition culminated in presentations from 11 finalists at a showcase on May 10th before a packed house at the University of California, Irvine.  The finalists pitched their business plans that seek to address complex social problems utilizing sustainable funding models.  The top three presenters were awarded cash prizes for their business plans, with all 11 finalists having the opportunity to pitch their business plans to social impact investors in September.

Orange County Social Entrepreneurship Competition Announces 11 Finalists for May 10th Showcase

Saddleback College is pleased to announce the selection of 11 finalists in the Orange County Social Entrepreneurship Competition. The finalists will present their business plans that seek to address complex social problems utilizing sustainable funding models at a competition showcase on Saturday, May 10th from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the University of California, Irvine - Social Science Lecture Hall (SSLH 100).

Fifty-three Students to Graduate from Saddleback College’s Nursing Program in Pinning Ceremony

On Tuesday, May 13th, fifty-three graduates of the Saddleback College Nursing program will be honored in a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony to be held at 7:00 p.m. in McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College.  Each graduate will receive a time-honored pin, a symbol of a nurse’s service to others, and their induction into the nursing profession.

Saddleback College Recognizes Professors of the Year

Saddleback College named Dr. Alannah Rosenberg, chair and advisor of the honors program, Fariba Vatandoust, a chemistry instructor, and Collette Chattopadhyay, an art history instructor in the college’s Emeritus Institute, as the 2014 Professors of the Year. The professors were nominated by their students and will be honored on April 28th at the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees meeting.  

Chapman University Partners with Saddleback College in Science Programs

Chapman University and Saddleback College have joined forces in an effort to create more graduates in the sciences. In a formal agreement to be signed by the two schools on April 21, the partnership aligns Saddleback College’s science programs with Chapman’s Schmid College of Science and Technology majors and Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences majors.

Saddleback Journalism Students Win Multiple Awards at State Conference

Student Newspaper Advisor Named “Journalism Educator of the Year”

The Lariat, Saddleback College’s student newspaper, won 11 awards at the statewide Journalism Association of Community Colleges conference on Saturday, April 5th in Burbank. The newspaper was honorably mentioned among the top community college student newspapers in California in more than five competitive categories at the conference, which had more than 545 students from over 43 California community colleges in attendance.

Saddleback College to Host 14th Annual Gala, Names Alumnus of the Year

Saddleback College invites all community members to its 14th Annual “Passport to the Future” Foundation Gala on Saturday, April 12th at 6:00 p.m. at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point. The gala, which raises funds for student scholarships and college programs, will feature a raffle for an Audi A3 and host an all-electronic silent auction where participants will place bids by sending text messages directly from their mobile devices.

Saddleback College Partners With Orange County Fire Authority and Sheriff’s Department in Active Shooter Incident Exercise

Mission Viejo, CA – Representatives from more than 15 law enforcement and emergency response agencies joined Saddleback College yesterday in the college’s first multi-agency, multi-discipline, multi-jurisdiction training response to an active shooter drill. The collaboration between Saddleback College, the Orange County Fire Authority, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department included more than 100 volunteers, bystanders, and observers, and echoed the precautions law enforcement officers are taking nationwide in response to recent shootings.

Saddleback Kicks Off Inaugural Orange County Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Saddleback College’s student lounge was packed with a standing room only crowd on February 26th for the kick-off of the inaugural Orange County Social Entrepreneurship Competition, which invites individuals, groups, and non-profit and for-profit entities to submit business plans designed to solve challenges in a wide range of areas including but not limited to poverty, homelessness, environment, urban revitalization, health, and education. 

Saddleback College and Fellow County Colleges to Compete at U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015

Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, University of California, Irvine, and Chapman University will join as “Team Orange” to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015. This is the first time Orange County will be represented in the biannual competition, which will be held for the second time at the Orange County Great Park in 2015.The Solar Decathlon is the international student competition to design and build the best solar-powered home “that reflects the traits of the drought-resistant, sun-loving California poppy.”

Sue and Bill Gross Contribute an Additional $250,000 to Saddleback College for Scholarships to Students in the “Forgotten Middle”

Saddleback College is pleased to announce that Sue and Bill Gross have contributed an additional $250,000 to the Gross Scholars Program, which benefits students in select Career and Technical Education majors who have shown an unmet financial need. Now totaling $490,000, the program will enable 80 students to receive scholarships to help them prepare for skilled jobs. 

Fifty-two Men and Women to Graduate from Saddleback College Nursing Program in Special Pinning Ceremony

Mission Viejo, CA - The Saddleback College Nursing Program will honor 52 graduating nursing students in a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony to be held on Tuesday, December 9th at 7 pm in the McKinney Theatre.  Each graduate will receive a time-honored pin, a symbol of a nurse’s service to others, and their induction into the nursing profession.

Saddleback College Awarded State Grant to Recruit and Train STEM Teachers

Mission Viejo, CA – Saddleback College was named one of 10 recipients of the $1.2 million “Innovation Maker” grant awarded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher workforce recruitment and training. The STEM Teacher Preparation Pipeline grant will allow colleges with existing Teacher Preparation Pipeline programs to focus on recruiting and training students interested in teaching STEM subjects, K-12, adult education, and career technical education (CTE).