2016 Press Releases

Sue and Bill Gross Establish $1 Million Endowment to Benefit Saddleback College Students

Saddleback College is pleased to announce that Sue and Bill Gross, of Laguna Beach, have established a $1 million endowment to provide scholarships to students in career technical education programs that lead directly to jobs in skilled occupations with a strong employment outlook.   The Sue and Bill Gross Scholars Endowment will support students in programs that can be completed in two years or less that lead to jobs that pay a living wage in Orange County.  

Saddleback Wins Grant for Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Saddleback College was awarded $495,534 by the California Apprenticeship Initiative, Pre-Apprenticeship Program to prepare students identified as at-risk for apprenticeship opportunities through the Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Consortium (M-PAC).  Recognized as one of the most effective training methods, apprenticeships combine classroom instruction with work-based learning.  The M-PAC program addresses the need for a manufacturing workforce in Orange County, where over the next 10 years the need for skilled workers will far exceed the supply.

Hundreds Turn Out for 2nd Annual South Orange County Economic Report Luncheon

The South Orange County Economic Coalition and Saddleback College co-hosted the 2nd annual South Orange County Economic Report luncheon at the Saddleback College main campus on February 5th.
More than 275 business, government and community leaders attended the luncheon to learn about the economic health of south Orange County and shed light on opportunity gaps that may limit future growth. The report, for instance, showed that the south Orange County economy grew in several areas, including gross regional product, employment and average earnings.

Saddleback Unveils Program to Pave Students’ Way to Law School

Saddleback College students now have a direct pathway to law school, thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding signed last Saturday at the Legal Pathway Summit at the University of California, Davis School of Law.  The Memorandum of Understanding establishes the Pathway to Law School 2+2+3 Initiative, a program that gives students the ability to transfer to one of six California universities to finish their bachelor’s degrees and proceed to law school.

Saddleback College Foundation to Host 16th Annual Gala - Alumna of the Year Will be Honored

Saddleback College invites all community members to its 16th annual foundation gala on Saturday, March 12th at 6:00 pm at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point. The gala, which raises funds for student scholarships and college programs, will feature a live and silent auction, dinner, gaming, and magic by Jim Eggold.  Live music will be provided by the Saddleback Jazz Band and Commercial Music Ensemble. 

Three Social Entrepreneurs Win “Shark Tank” Style Competition at Saddleback College

Social entrepreneurs representing 11 start-up companies pitched their business plans that seek to address complex social problems at the Southern California Social Entrepreneur Venture Challenge Showdown on Saturday, March 19th, 2016 at Saddleback College’s McKinney Theatre.  A panel of esteemed judges selected the first, second, and third place contestants, who will present their businesses at an investor-only symposium in Los Angeles on May 6th, 2016 to win funding, customers, and business partners.  

Journalism Students Excel at State Convention

Saddleback College journalism students representing Lariat news publication, Orange Appeal magazine and OCNewsNow video journalism took home seven awards at the 2016 Journalism Association of Community College’s 2016 state convention held March 17-20 in Burbank, California. Awards are based on from student-generated material selected by editors as well as on-the-spot contests in reporting across various media.

Saddleback College to Recognize 53 Nursing Graduates at Pinning Ceremony

The Saddleback College Nursing Program will honor 53 graduating nursing students in a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony to be held on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 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 College’s Class of 2016 to be Recognized in Commencement Ceremony

Saddleback College will recognize its 1,833 graduates and 1,849 certificate of achievement recipients at its annual commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 24th at 9:00 a.m. in the gymnasium. The event will include the traditional processional and reading of the graduate’s names, and will feature Frank Talarico Jr., President and Chief Executive Office, Goodwill of Orange County, who will serve as commencement speaker. The 2016 student speaker is Pontus Goeransson. 

Saddleback College Recognizes 2016 Professors of the Year

Saddleback College named Professor Steve Teh, a full-time biology instructor, Jeffrey Oderlin, an associate professor of liberal arts, and Lisa Messenger, an  associate professor of health and wellness in the Emeritus Institute, as the 2016 Professors of the Year. The instructors were nominated by their students and will be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 24th. 

Saddleback College VETS Program Receives Diversity and Equity Award

The Saddleback College Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) program was named a recipient of the Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Awards at a ceremony hosted by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges on July 19th at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The award was established in 2001 by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and honors college programs whose work has fostered student equity, diversity, and access in the California Community Colleges. 

Orange County Board of Supervisors Recognizes Saddleback College’s VETS Center

Mission Viejo, CA – The Orange County Board of Supervisors recognized the Saddleback College Veterans Education and Transitions Services (VETS) Center on Tuesday, September 13th for the department’s excellence in innovation in veteran services and for the positive impact it has on the lives of veterans. The recognition marks another accolade for the VETS Center, having just been named the recipient of the prestigious Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award, one of the highest honors in the California Community College System.

Saddleback College Automotive Technology Program to Partner with Audi of America

The Automotive Technology Program at Saddleback College has entered into a partnership agreement with Audi of America to become part of the Audi Education Partnership (AEP). The AEP will assist the college in the training of technicians who will be able to diagnose and repair some the most advanced luxury vehicles on the market.

Grants Awarded to Saddleback College Will Enhance STEM and Behavioral Health Programs, and Student Civic Engagement 

Saddleback College was recently named a recipient of two federal grants: One that will enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and one that will promote behavioral health programming, and was also awarded a state grant to promote civic engagement among community college students. 

Saddleback College to Recognize 59 Nursing Graduates at Pinning Ceremony

The Saddleback College nursing program will honor 59 graduating nursing students in a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony to be held on Monday, December 5th 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.