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.
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.