Saddleback College Awarded State Grant to Recruit and Train STEM Teachers

Mission Viejo, CA – Saddleback College was named one of 10 recipients of the $1.2 million “Innovation Maker” grant awarded by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher workforce recruitment and training. The STEM Teacher Preparation Pipeline grant will allow colleges with existing Teacher Preparation Pipeline programs to focus on recruiting and training students interested in teaching STEM subjects, K-12, adult education, and career technical education (CTE).

The grant will enable Saddleback College to  provide enhancements to its Teacher Preparation Pipeline program, including the creation of additional opportunities for internships and work experience in a variety of classroom and educational settings; collaboration between the California Community Colleges with the University of California and California State University systems to create a smoother transfer process for students in the STEM teaching program; and the increase of outreach to high school students interested in teaching.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “This grant allows us to equip aspiring teachers with the STEM teaching techniques that will shape our next generation of students. The jobs of the future depend on a STEM-educated workforce, and we look forward to training the teachers needed to get there.”

Orlantha Nin, Transfer Center coordinator, stated, “We are so pleased to receive this ‘Innovation Maker’ grant and continue in our support and education of future teachers here at Saddleback College.”

Saddleback’s Teacher Preparation Pipeline allows students to work in the classroom with a current teacher who serves as a mentor to evaluate together if teaching is a possible career choice. Currently, the college works with teacher-mentors in the Capistrano-Laguna Beach Regional Occupational Program, Coastline Regional Occupational Program, Capistrano Unified School District, and Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Students in the program can earn up to four units of California State University transferable credit, gain access to counselors who specialize in teaching careers, and benefit from workshops and individual appointments with representatives from teaching programs at the California State University, University of California, and private universities.

International Consortium for Education & Economic Development Conference 2014

Last week, I attended the 2014 International Consortium for Education and Economic Development conference hosted by Saddleback College, Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College. This subject of this year’s conference was, “Trilateral Collaboration: Fostering Partnerships Between Education and Industry Leaders.”

The International Consortium for Educational and Economic Development was formed in 1992, when representatives from Mexico’s CONALEP and 16 U.S. Community Colleges signed a historic agreement to create a consortium of technical and community colleges, in Canada, Mexico and the United States to foster active partnerships between colleges in the three countries.

At the conference, I joined my local colleagues Dr. Erlina Martinez, President of Santa Ana College, Dr. John Weispfenning, President of Santiago Canyon College and Dr. Raul Rodriguez, Chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District to share remarks on the roles our colleges and Orange County play in education and economic development. We also had the opportunity to hear about CTE workforce needs, how to connect students with jobs using technology, connecting the business community to the classroom, and hearing from alumni of the community college system now working in Orange County.

On Thursday, December 4, I had the pleasure of addressing the conference attendees. Below are my remarks:

“Good morning!

Thank you for inviting me to say a few words along with several of my esteemed colleagues.  And thank you for choosing to hold this year’s conference in Orange County.

We are thrilled that you are here because Orange County is one of our nation’s hubs for international activity.

Did you know that if Orange County was a country, it’s Gross Domestic Product of $197 billion would make it the 45th largest economy in the world, just ahead of Singapore, and the 15th largest region in the United States.

But size is just one advantage.  Orange County’s demographics and geographic location provide us with very distinct advantages regarding international trade:

  • Close to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
  • And close to several airports including Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Ontario, and San Diego.
  • We have well-connected freeway and road systems for trucking and rail lines providing national trade linkages.
  • Large and growing presence of an ethnically and culturally diverse population providing key contacts for international linkages.
  • World class public and private educational systems producing one of the world’s most educated, trained, and talented workforces.
  • Large, diverse, and competitive business and industry sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, technology, travel and tourism, and many more.

Combine these significant advantages with our rapidly growing trade relationships with growing economies such as China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and Canada, and Orange County is the place to be for global trade.

According to the California State University, Fullerton’s 2013 Orange County and Southern California International Trade Forecast, in 2011 exports accounted for about 13% of the county’s Gross Metropolitan Product.  This was up from 9.5% of GMP in 2010.

The two most dominant export sectors for the county were Computer and Electronic Products and Transportation Equipment.  These two sectors alone generated close to 45.8% of all Orange County exports in 2011.

Overall, International Trade has been one of Orange County’s strongest growth industries.  Despite a significant decline in 2009 due to the impacts of the great recession, Orange County exports rebounded in 2010 by 22% and an additional 20% in 2011.  In fact, Orange County exports in 2011 were estimated to reach an all-time high of $24.6 billion and are expected to reach close to $30 billion by the end of 2014.

In 2012, the leading destination for Orange County exports was Mexico with $6 billion dollars in exports followed by Canada with $2.8 billion.  It is important to note that exports to Mexico have more than doubled since the recession, rising from $2.4 billion in 2009.

Just as importantly, over this period China has surpassed Japan as the third largest destination country, with China’s $2.4 billion in exports just below Canada’s $2.8 billion.  The next two largest recipients of the county’s exports were in Asia:  Japan with $1.9 billion and South Korea with $1.0 billion.

As you can see, Orange County’s global trade is vibrant and accounts for a significant share of our nation’s gross national product.

Also as you can see, our nine stellar community colleges, University of California, Irvine, California State University, Fullerton, Chapman University, and high-ranking K-12 systems are driving most of our county’s workforce training and education preparation, positioning Orange County as one of the world’s leading hubs of international activity and economic development.

Again, thank you for holding the International Consortium for Educational and Economic Development annual conference in Orange County, and we look forward to working with you and our international partners in spurring economic growth and prosperity.”

Dr. Tod Burnett, Ed. D.

President

 

Veterans Week at Saddleback College Honored our Local Heroes

Photo of the Field of Flags memorial displayed during Veterans Week. Photo credit: Micheal O'Meara.

Photo of the Field of Flags memorial displayed during Veterans Week. Photo credit: Micheal O’Meara.

 

Last Tuesday, November 11th, our nation recognized Veterans Day, allowing us to share our gratitude for the sacrifices made by our service me and women and their families. In honor of the many Veterans at Saddleback College and in our community, there were several events offered on campus last week. We take pride in the long and recognized history of the college serving and celebrating the military service of our nation’s heroes.

The week started with the Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) program hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at the Saddleback College Veterans Memorial.  The brief and solemn event featured Colonel Joe Snyder, Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran, and student speaker Gregory Zaborski, a Marine Corps OIF /OEF Veteran. During the event, a POW/MIA Flag was flow over the Veterans Memorial donated by Saddleback College student and Vietnam Veteran Len Rugh.

Also during Veterans Week, the Saddleback College Veterans Student Council honored Veterans with many events and activities. Events included a Combat Fitness Course and a fundraising BBQ which included special guests from the Orange County Freedom Committee.

The Field of Flags memorial, as seen in the photo above taken by Micheal O’Meara, honored those Veterans who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. This moving tribute by the student Veterans Council to service men and women was located in front of the Veterans Memorial.

The week of events culminated in a training for instructional faculty on “The Learning Needs of Student Veterans.”

We greatly appreciate our VETS Program team and our student Veterans for their work in recognizing the sacrifices made by our many Veterans in protecting us from harm, and for ensuring each and every day that our student veterans have peers to turn to as they pursue their personal and academic endeavors.  We also greatly appreciate our faculty, staff, and management who dedicate their time to work with students in our VETS Center and VA Office in the Student Payment Center.  It is because of these professionals and their commitment to this revered group of students that Saddleback is renowned for its  comprehensive and responsive Veterans support and services.

Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D.

President

Sue and Bill Gross Contribute an Additional $250,000 to Saddleback College for Scholarships to Students in the “Forgotten Middle”

Saddleback College is pleased to announce that Sue and Bill Gross have contributed an additional $250,000 to the Gross Scholars Program, which benefits students in select Career and Technical Education majors who have shown an unmet financial need. Now totaling $490,000, the program will enable 80 students to receive scholarships to help them prepare for skilled jobs.

The scholarship program, established earlier this year with a $240,000 contribution from Sue and Bill Gross, makes available scholarships for students in the “forgotten middle” – students who have an unmet financial need yet are ineligible for a full Pell Grant or other government assistance to pay for college – who successfully complete education and career training at Saddleback College and secure skilled jobs. The scholarships not only provide much-needed funding to help students pay for their college education, but also address the profound increase in available jobs that require education or training beyond high school, but often less than a bachelor’s degree.

“The additional funds will enable Saddleback to expand investment in students and strengthen our regional economy with a trained and skilled workforce,” said Sue Gross, Gross Family Foundation President.  “These scholarships will help to alleviate some of the financial burden many students carry as they juggle college and family life allowing them to focus on their training and ultimately getting an in-demand, good paying job.”

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “We are delighted that Sue and Bill Gross  have contributed additional funds to help our students succeed in Career and Technical Education programs that lead to rewarding jobs with competitive salaries.”

Current scholarship recipient and nursing program student Michelle Saldana shared, “I have been very busy holding a leadership position in the California Nursing Student Association on campus, as well as working 30+ hours a week for my two part-time jobs. With this scholarship, I will now be able to leave one of my jobs and focus my time and attention to my main priority, my education.”

Bara Loeum shared that the financial support has allowed him to fulfill his dream to attend college and pursue a career in the automotive field. He plans to use his education to become a master technician. “Receiving the Sue and Bill Gross scholarship makes me even more determined to maintain high academic standards and follow my lifelong dream,” he said.

The scholarships cover the cost of attendance in a Career Technical Education (CTE) program at Saddleback College, which can be completed in two years or less and provides an opportunity to earn a living wage in Orange County.  During the two-year demonstration phase of the Sue and Bill Gross Scholars program, students will be eligible for scholarships in CTE programs including automotive technology, cinema/television/radio, medical assistant, medical laboratory technician, and nursing, with additional programs to be added.  With the additional $250,000 donation, Saddleback can now double the number of students served from 40 to 80.

Scholarships will be available to current Saddleback students, veterans, displaced workers, and other adult learners who possess a high school diploma or general education development credential and are currently enrolled in one of the selected CTE programs.  High school seniors with a 2.5 or better grade point average will also be eligible if they have completed at least one course in a defined CTE career pathway through a Regional Occupational Program, a CTE program at Saddleback College, or a local high school academy.  Scholarship recipients will be required to maintain a 2.5 or better GPA.

2014 State of the College Breakfast

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sharing the 2014 State of the College report with our local city council members, Rhonda Riordan, mayor of Mission Viejo, council members from the cities of Dana Point and San Clemente; Dr. Al Mijares, superintendent of the OC Department of Education; Jeff Kellog,  president of the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees; representatives from Senator Mimi Walter’s office and Congressman Darrell Issa’s office; Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (2009 alumnus of the year); SOCCCD Chancellor Gary Poertner; SOCCCD trustees Nancy Padberg (vice president), Marcia Milchiker (clerk), Tim Jemal and Dr. Jim Wright; members of the Saddleback Foundation, and members of the college community.

While our guests enjoyed a hot breakfast, I discussed the results of our latest “top of mind” survey, which showed that nearly  75 percent of our neighboring residents think of us first among other colleges or universities. The results showed a significant increase from the 2008 results of 36.5 percent and far surpassing the University of California, Irvine which held the second spot at 16.7 percent.

I also shared with them our new marketing campaign titled “Saddleback College. First.” The areas we are focusing on during our campaign include:

- First. For Enrollments.

- First. For Student Success.

- First. For the Economy and Workforce.

- First. For K-12 Partnerships.

Our 2014 Alumnus of the Year, Anthony Ferry, then shared his story about being a recent high school graduate without an academic goal whom found his passion through taking a variety of courses at Saddleback College.

The final presentation was given by business professors Dr. Rebecca Knapp and Dr. Scott Fredrickson. They shared the measures Saddleback College is taking to keep students competitive by listing the current academic programs that have received an infusion of career and technical education components. They also gave an overview of the OC Social Entrepreneurship program, and highlighted some of the winning entries.

Year after year, the State of the College Breakfast allows the college to stay in touch with our local leaders and share with them the vitality that Saddleback College provides to the community. To learn more about our accomplishments and goals for the impending year, read the 2014 State of the College report.

Saddleback College and the OC Health Care Agency Team Up to Provide Free Flu Vaccines

Free seasonal flu shots for adults and children three years of age and older will be offered at Saddleback College as part of a continuing series of emergency preparedness exercises offered by the Orange County Health Care Agency. Vaccinations will be provided on a first-come first-served basis on Friday, October 10th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Parking Lot 1A located near the Avery Parkway entrance of the campus. Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., in Mission Viejo.

The site will offer both drive through and walk-up flu shot locations. To receive a flu shot, participants should be feeling well on the day of the flu shot exercise and must complete a brief health screening to ensure they can safely receive a flu vaccine.

“This is a great opportunity to partner with the Orange County Health Care Agency, City of Mission Viejo, and other community partners,” said Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College. “The event will provide the opportunity for training to respond to a large scale event while offering free flu shots to our community.”

The event would not be possible without campus and community partnerships, including: the Saddleback College Health Center, Saddleback College Campus Police Department, the Orange County Health Care Agency, City of Mission Viejo, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Orange County Fire Authority, Doctor’s Ambulance Service, Orange County Health Care Agency – Medical Reserve Corps and Orange County Health Care Agency – Stanbridge College.

For more information about this one day event, please visit www.ochealthinfo.com/freeflushot/.

 

Appointment of Dr. Howard Gillman to UC Irvine

On behalf of Saddleback College, Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president, congratulates Dr. Howard Gillman on his appointment as the sixth chancellor of the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Burnett stated, “I am truly overjoyed that Dr. Gillman has been named the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Gillman was a fantastic interim chancellor and provost and I know he will continue to lead the distinguished university with honor and distinction.

“Dr. Gillman’s appointment is truly fitting in this banner year for UC Irvine, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

“Saddleback College has forged critical partnerships with UC Irvine, with our college ranking third in Orange County in transfers to UC Irvine, and successful collaborations with many of our programs.

“Congratulations to Dr. Gillman for this much-deserved honor, and I look forward to working with him in the coming years.”

Prior to his appointment as provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Irvine, Dr. Gillman was a professor of political science, history, and law at the University of Southern California. Previously, he served as dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

9/11 Commemoration Event

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Earlier today during the Saddleback College 9/11 Commemoration event, I had the honor of joining Battalion Chief Mark Sanchez with the Orange County Fire Authority Battalion 6 in dedicating a wreath in honor of those we lost to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

While 13 years have passed, most of us will never forget the details of where we were or how we felt when we heard about the attacks. Let us take time today to remember the heroes and the victims of that day.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett

New Employees for the 2014-15 academic year

I am excited to welcome and introduce our new faculty, staff, and management to Saddleback College. Our new employees are all very impressive, with skills and expertise that will serve our college and students very well.

Faculty

Shannon Alfaro – Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Ann Marie Breslin – Assistant Professor, Learning Disability Specialist/DSPS Counselor

Nicole Dupree – Assistant Professor, Nursing (Categorical)

Christina Ghanbarpour – Assistant Professor, History

Catherine Hayter – Assistant Professor, English Composition

Jason Hole – Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Sean Osborn – Assistant Professor, Human Services

Brenda Plascencia-Carrizosa – Assistant Professor, Child Development

Emily Quinlan – Assistant Professor, Business Law

Efren Rangel – Assistant Professor, Counselor (Generalist)

Brockton Schermerhorn – Assistant Professor, Real Estate

Carolyn Seaman – Assistant Professor, Librarian (Instructional)

Jacob Tracy – Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Erica Vogel – Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Jake Wiliams – Assistant Professor, English Composition

Academic Administrators & Managers

Patrick Higa – Police Operations Lieutenant

Gina La Monica – Dean of Advanced Technology & Applied Science

Daniel Predoehl – Director of Emeritus Institute Instruction Programs

New Classified Employees

Jason Allen – Senior Lab Technician

Lillian Bodane – Lab Technician

Jon Briggs – Graphic Designer

Katie Cagney – Development Assistant II

Chris Capener – Health Office Assistant

Jason Conway – Counseling Office Assistant

Emily Cramer – Program Assistant (Categorical)

Sharareh (Sherri) Dadsetan – Office Assistant

Kyle Fraiser – Dispatcher/Records

Ashley Griffith – Student Services Specialist

Zachary Guajardo – Accounting Assistant

Kenneth Harer – Police Officer

Marc Jackson – Senior Lab Technician

Jana Kaffer – Health Center Nurse

Alicia Kirk – Program Assistant (Categorical)

Tia Looney – Dispatcher/Records

Denise Ludes – Program Specialist (Categorical)

Ryan Maligie – Police Officer

Dennis Mastrangelo – Groundskeeper

Matt Miller – Office Assistant

Patricia Nutting – Admissions & Records Specialist I

Michael Parra – Program Assistant (Categorical)

Linus Phillips – Lab Assistant

Stephanie Reyna – New Media & Marketing Specialist

Arronlea Searcy – Program Specialist (Categorical)

Deborah Snyder – Administrative Assistant

Laura Sobchik – Senior Research & Planning Analyst (Categorical)

Jennifer Soto-Banks – Child Development Specialist

Jeffrey Tillotson – Network Systems Technician III

Natalie Thompson – Financial Aid Specialist (Categorical)

Larry Ward – Senior Lab Technician

When you meet them on campus, please give them a warm Saddleback welcome!