June 10, 2020
Intrepid Summer Students:
Thank you for spending your summer with us at Saddleback. We’re honored that you’d rather be with us than at the beach! OK, even if there are things you’d rather be doing than learning, we’re glad you’re here…and learning with us.
We’ve been Saddleback all-online for three months now, and I hope by now we’re getting the hang of it. We had a bit of a head start over other colleges, as we were already a third or so online before Covid-19; but many of our Professors are teaching online for the first time, and many of our student support services are being offered online for the first time. So I ask you for your continuing grace in going with the flow when things go hinky—and maybe an occasional thank you to your faculty and staff supporters when their effort to support you shows. The 1400 employees of this college who I support are here to help you make it through your accelerated summer schedules and be successful.
I want to remind you that all support services normally available on-campus are fully available online, some with virtual front-desks for “walk-in” help. You’ll find many ways of connecting with whatever service area you need. Check out the website.
If you have not yet enrolled for fall, please do so at your earliest opportunity. We have growing waitlists for many classes, particularly for general education requirements. We will try our best to find seats for everyone, but my inside tip for you as a summer student is get enrolled, or at least get on the waitlists, ASAP.
You will also note that the fall schedule is a bit complicated. Assuming State, County and District restrictions permit us to do so, we will be bringing back some sections for lab, studio or other hands-on experiences, but these comprise only a small minority of all class sections. Everything else will be online. But you’ll have options even with all online classes, as these are offered with all synchronous video sessions, some synchronous sessions, or none. If you need the discipline of a regularly scheduled class, take a class with synchronous sessions. Just remember that these are like on-ground classes. You have to actually GO to class when it is scheduled!
I know that there is a lot going on in the world right now that pulls away our attention, and deservedly so. And I know that stay-at-home got tired a long time ago. I also know that online learning can be lonely. This isn’t easy under normal circumstances, let alone in our current environment and trying to buckle down in accelerated-pace summer classes. But you summer students are not typical. You’re here for all the right reasons, and you committed to getting the job done when you enrolled. You are special, and we know it. So don’t be surprised if you get treated that way. We want to do everything we can to make you feel worthy of our belief in you, and we will do our best to create at Saddleback, even at Saddleback Online, the community that you are missing right now.
Welcome to Summer. Welcome to Saddleback Online. Wherever you are, everyone of us is glad that you’re here.
Dr. Elliot Stern
President, Saddleback College
Information on Summer 2020
Welcome to Saddleback College Online. We are happy to have you join us for the summer session!
While instruction and student support services will continue to be offered remotely, our commitment to helping you achieve your goals remains unchanged. Please review this email for information on resources and services offered, and check this page regularly for the most current updates and information.
Student Support Services
Saddleback continues to offer its full spectrum of student support services remotely. This includes counseling, the Student Health Center, financial aid, and other services offered in the Student Services Center. Please click here for a full list of services.
Student Tech Support
Student Tech Support will be available via live chat (link is external), phone (949-582-4363), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Zoom (upon request) Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; closed Fridays. Please visit the Student Technical Support page for more information.
Over 100 subjects will be available through the online tutoring platform, NetTutor. Please visit our tutoring homepage for more information. For additional questions, email email@example.com.
Laptop Loan Program
Laptops and other mobile devices are available for checkout. Please visit the Laptop Loan Program webpage for information or call 949-582-4600.
Many Internet Service Providers are offering free or low-cost internet access. Please click here for a list of available services, from WiFi to mobile hotspot service.
Summer Office Hours
Saddleback College is closed on Fridays during the summer session. Please visit specific department webpages for hours of operation.
Librarians are available for research help via live chat, text, and Zoom appointments through the Library homepage, Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Calls (949-582-4525) and emails (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the Library will be returned within one business day. Several Library reserve textbooks and videos are now available online in Canvas and can be found on the Library homepage. Also, remember that access to databases and eBooks remains open and available 24/7.
eReserves, an electronic version of a textbook, can be found from the library homepage by clicking on “Search Textbook Reserves” from the right-hand menu. This takes you to the Canvas course that lists all of the Library's available eReserve textbooks and videos.
The Bookstore is closed but the website remains open. The Bookstore wants to ensure that students have access to textbooks and other essential items. Please check the Bookstore website for more information.
Students that receive Financial Aid will be able to order books online. At the payment screen, select Financial Aid or scholarship as the payment method, and enter student ID number. Applicable scholarship or financial aid will populate for the student to select. Students that have received gift cards for textbook purchases may also use them for online purchases by selecting Gift Card as the payment method and then following the prompts to complete the purchase.
We wish you the best in your studies and please contact us if you have any questions! In addition to contacting the services listed above, you can also call (949) 582-4500 if you need assistance.
Update from President Elliot Stern on June 1