Saddleback College welcomed nearly 30 local high school officials to the Saddleback College K-12 Principals Breakfast on Wednesday, October 26. The event provided an opportunity to learn about how local schools can prepare prospective Saddleback College students to succeed in their pursuit of an academic degree and Career Technical Education programs.
Saddleback College and the local K-12 form a vital resource for students who seek quality education and career training. Saddleback offers every student the opportunity to succeed with stellar faculty and staff and an impressive offering of more than 300 degree and certificate programs.
Speakers at the K-12 Partnership Breakfast included Dean of Liberal Arts Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Director of Planning, Research & Grants Gretchen Bender, Professor of Automotive Technology Cliff Meyer, and President of the Saddleback Associated Student Government Joseph Hassine.
In his presentation, Dr. O’Connor stressed the importance of building students’ basic skills so that they would be more likely to succeed in their post-secondary education. Saddleback is focused on bridging the gap between high school and college-level math, reading, and writing courses to affect the achievement of students as they transition between segments.
The officials from local high schools who attended included:
Capistrano Unified School District Adult Education Principal Dr. Robert Nye
Capistrano Unified School District Trustees Ellen Addonizio, Anna Bryson, Sue Palazzo, and Dr. Gary Pritchard
Capistrano Valley Christian School, Head of Schools Dr. Ron Sipus
Capistrano Valley High School, Principal Kevin Astor
Dana Hills High School Assistant Principal Cindy Steinert
Foothill High School Principal Al Marzilli
Irvine High School Assistant Principal Melinda Fowler
J. Serra Catholic High School Director of Counseling Olivia Huie
Mission Viejo High School Principal Dr. Ray Gatfield
Northwood High School Assistant Principal Lerona Dickson
Saddleback Valley Unified School District, District Coordinator of Instruction Cathy Kane
San Juan Hills High School Principal Tom Ressler and Assistant Principal Eric Paulsen
San Clemente High School Assistant Principal Cameron Lovett
Santa Margarita Catholic High School President Paul Crary
Serra High School, Principal Rich Bellante
Tesoro High School, Principal Dr. Dan Burch and Assistant Principal Sean McNamara
Trabuco Hills High School, Principal Craig Collins
Tustin Unified School District, Chief Academic Officer Kathie Nielsen
Tustin Unified School District, Trustee Francine Scinto
Woodbridge High School, Assistant Principals Sheila Adams and Chris Krebs