|South Orange County Community College District |
|Founded in 1967, the South Orange County Community College District is comprised of two separate colleges: Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and Irvine Valley College in Irvine. The District is governed by a seven-member elected Board of Trustees and a Chancellor. Located between Los Angeles and San Diego and stretching from the Santa Ana Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, the District's 382-square-mile service area encompasses the southern half of Orange County, one of California's most scenic and rapidly growing regions.|
IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE
Irvine Valley College is one of the newest of California's 108 community colleges. Originally established in 1979 as a satellite campus - Saddleback College North - Irvine Valley distinguished itself early on for the high quality of its instruction and the small-college atmosphere it is able to offer. The college has been fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and offers a full complement of programs, ranging from the most traditional liberal arts and sciences to some of the most advanced technologies. It has established a reputation for excellence within the community and among its growing student population.
Students pursuing a two-year program may choose among 64 associate degrees and 36 occupational certificates. Transfer students may complete their lower division coursework and participate in several guaranteed transfer programs. A comprehensive basic-skills program and an assortment of community education offerings complement the college-level academic programs. Academic advisement, career counseling, short-term personal counseling, financial assistance programs, health services, and transfer planning are some of the many services available to every enrolled student.
The success of the college's many programs is reflected in its stunning enrollment growth. At present over 13,000 students participate in the college's day and evening programs. The staff has grown to include 107 full-time and 517 part-time faculty members, 150 classified staff members, and 25 full-time administrators and classified managers.
Saddleback College is one of the largest of California's 108 community colleges, with a student population approaching 25,000. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Saddleback is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education offering more than 140 programs leading to an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree in academic subjects or to occupational certificates. The student population varies widely in age and objectives, from those preparing for university transfer and employment to others who are upgrading their job skills. In addition, Saddleback College operates a large Emeritus Institute which offers a variety of courses specifically designed for the area's older adult population. Classes are offered on the college's 200-acre hillside campus, as well as at approximately 40 community sites.
Saddleback College's high academic standards are augmented by an 95,000-volume library, plus extensive support services for the student body. There is a full range of counseling, career planning and job placement services, financial aid, assistance for those with learning disabilities and/or physical limitations, and programs and services for re-entry men and women. The College also offers on-campus child care, a fully-staffed health center, and a variety of tutorial programs. Saddleback's intercollegiate athletic teams have won numerous regional, state and national titles, and its speech/debate, journalism, and broadcasting programs are among the best in the country.