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

For Immediate Release: 
September 25, 2015

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.

Dr. Burnett welcomed State Assembly Member Bill Brough, who offered remarks on his support of Saddleback College and an update on his work in Sacramento. Additional speakers included South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees Vice President Tim Jemal, Associated Student Government President William Vassetizadeh, and Saddleback College Foundation President Mike Hamilton. Students of the Saddleback College Commercial Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Ariel Alexander, performed.

Dr. Burnett provided an update on the college, with themes covering student success, economic and workforce development, enrollments, and facilities. An overview on the college’s implementation of its first economic and workforce development plan was presented by Dr. John Jaramillo, dean of business science and economic and workforce development, and Israel Dominguez, director of economic and workforce development. Over the next year, the college will develop a one-stop career placement center, small business hub, partnerships with business and industry, contract education, and business training and consulting.

Elected officials in attendance included: State Assembly Member Bill Brough, South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees Vice President Tim Jemal, South Orange County Community College District Trustee Marcia Milchiker, South Orange County Community College District Trustee Bobbi Jay, City of Mission Viejo Mayor Cathy Schlicht, City of Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Greg Raths, City of Mission Viejo Council Member Wendy Bucknum, City of Mission Viejo Council Member Ed Sachs, City of San Clemente Council Member Lori Donchak, City of Rancho Santa Margarita Mayor Brad McGirr, City of Rancho Santa Margarita Council Member Michael Vaughn, Capistrano Unified School District Board of Education member Gary Pritchard, Long Beach City College Board of Trustees President Jeff Kellogg, representative from the Office of Congresswoman Mimi Walters, representative from the office of Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and representative from the office of Irvine City Council member Lynn Schott.

To view the State of the College report entitled “A Culture of Excellence,” click here.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu. 

 

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