2015 Press Releases

Saddleback College, Orange County Department of Education Host Inaugural OC Career Pathways Showcase

The inaugural OC Pathways Showcase was held yesterday at the Orange County Great Park to celebrate the first year of OC Pathways, a grant program initiated in 2014 by the California Department of Education that connects educators and industry leaders to equip students for college and career success.

Saddleback College Health Information Technology Degree Program Earns National Accreditation

The Saddleback College Heath Information Technology associate degree program was fully accredited this week by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  The national accreditation makes Saddleback College the eighth community college in California, and one of only 14 colleges in the state, to offer an accredited program in health information technology, an increasingly growing field that helps health care providers better manage patient care through the secure use of electronic health records.  

Team Orange County Showcases Energy-Efficient Home at Solar Decathlon

Mission Viejo, CA – Casa del Sol, the energy-efficient home designed by Saddleback College and other “Team Orange County” students from Irvine Valley College, University of California, Irvine, and Chapman University, is currently on display at the United States Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.  The nine-day collegiate competition, which opened yesterday morning, challenges teams from around the world to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective and attractive to consumers.

Saddleback College Receives Grant to Screen "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" Documentary

Mission Viejo, CA – As one of the recipients of the competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), Saddleback College will be screening episodes of the NEH-supported documentary film, “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th Century to present day.

President Burnett Focuses on a ‘Culture of Excellence’ in Annual State of the College

Mission Viejo, CA – Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, welcomed more than 100 elected officials, business and industry leaders, and other community members at the college’s annual State of the College breakfast yesterday. The State of the College report is entitled “A Culture of Excellence” and outlines the college’s priorities for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Saddleback College Ranked First Among California Community Colleges by Schools.com

Mission Viejo, CA – Saddleback College was ranked first among California’s 112 community colleges in an article recently released by Schools.com, which praised Saddleback’s high graduation rates, affordability, and student distance education participation. Ranked second and third were Santa Monica College and Cypress College, respectively.
 

College For Kids Gives Students a Taste of College Life

Looking for a way to keep your kids involved over the summer? The College For Kids program features academic classes like reading, writing, math, science and STEM, as well as foreign language offerings in Spanish and Mandarin. In addition, kids from 5 to 17 years old can explore acting, art, dance, and chess. Plus, there are swimming lessons for kids of all ages – even toddlers and their parents.

Class of 2015 to be Recognized in Commencement Ceremony

Saddleback College will recognize its 2,977 graduates and 1,367 certificate of achievement recipients at its annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22nd 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 Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools, who will serve as commencement speaker.

Dr. Karah Street Named Orange County Community College Professor of the Year

During a surprise visit on campus yesterday by Orange County Department of Education Superintendent Al Mijares, Saddleback College Professor Karah Street, a biology instructor, was told she is Orange County’s Community College Professor of the Year during what she thought was a routine meeting with the college president, Dr. Tod A. Burnett.  An entourage of Orange County Department of Education officials and representatives from Schools First Credit Union, Disneyland Resort, and the Orange County Register arrived at Dr.

Over $700,000 in Scholarships to be Awarded to 400 Students at Saddleback College Scholarship Ceremony

 
Mission Viejo, CA – Over $700,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 400 Saddleback College students at the 39th Annual Scholarship Ceremony to be held on Friday, May 15th at 3:00 pm in the Saddleback College Gymnasium. The scholarships were donated by business, organizations, and community members; additionally the Saddleback College Associated Student Government donated $40,000 for scholarships.
 

Saddleback College to Offer Six, Eight, and Ten-Week Summer Class Sessions

Summer class sessions at Saddleback College begin Monday, June 1st and will include more than 800 classes, with 34 additional classes added since last summer. Six, eight, and ten-week sessions will be offered. The start dates for each are as follows:
 
June 1st
Six, eight, and ten-week classes
 
June 15th:
Six and eight-week classes
 
June 29th
Six-week classes
 

Saddleback College to Recognize 51 Nursing Graduates at Pinning Ceremony

The Saddleback College Nursing Program will honor 51 graduating nursing students in a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony to be held on Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 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 Students to Host Dog Fair

Saddleback Students to Host Dog Fair: Proceeds Will Support Local Animal Shelters
 
The 2015 Dog Fair hosted by the students of Saddleback College’s business and entrepreneurship program will be held on Thursday, April 30th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on the campus quad. A portion of the funds raised during the event will support Orange County no-kill shelters and dog rescues.
 

Saddleback College Recognizes Professors of the Year

 
Mission Viejo, CA – Saddleback College named Dr. Karah Street, a full-time biology instructor, Dr. Bob Matthews, a part-time psychology instructor, and Dr. Gerald Binder, an instructor in the Emeritus Institute, as the 2015 Professors of the Year. The professors were nominated by their students and will be recognized on Monday, April 27th at the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees meeting.