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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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’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.