New Salary Surfer Website Shows Saddleback College Students More Than Double Salaries after Earning Associate Degrees, Certificates

A new website released by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office shows that students at Saddleback College and the 111 other community colleges in the state earn higher wages after they’ve completed an associate degree or certificate.  The new Salary Surfer website provides aggregated median earnings of those who complete a certificate or degree in a specific community college discipline and then enter the workforce.  The Salary Surfer website can be viewed at

Salary Surfer displays median annual incomes for those who complete 179 popular programs of study including architecture, allied health, social sciences, engineering, and more.  The website shows the median earnings for community college graduates two years prior to earning the award, then two years and five years after earning either a certificate or degree.

An analysis of the data provided on Salary Surfer shows the following:

• Students who complete an associate degree more than double their annual pre-degree earnings after two years in the workforce and nearly triple their pre-degree earnings after five years in the workforce.
• Five years after getting their degree, nearly 45 percent of those with an associate degree and did not transfer earned more than $54,000 annually, which is median wage of someone with a bachelor’s degree living in California, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
• Another 25 percent of those with an associate degree earned more than $77,000 five years after getting their degree.   This is higher than the median income for those in California who’s highest degree was a Master’s Degree ($72,000).
• Median wages for those who earn associate degrees in vocational disciplines was $61,600 compared to $39,300 for those with non-vocational associate degrees.

For students who would like to speak with a counselor about their program of study, earning potential, and the Salary Surfer website can make an appointment at For information on Saddleback College’s Career Center visit

Saddleback College Community Education to Offer After-School and Enrichment Programs at Capistrano Unified School District Schools in New Partnership

Building on Saddleback College’s strong partnership with the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD), Saddleback College’s Community Education program has been selected to provide summer, after-school, and enrichment activities at local schools for children from ages 4 to 17.

Summer Experience day camps will begin on July 8th at six local schools and offer students art, science, cooking, sports, and academic enrichment classes taught by CUSD teachers. The camps will be held in Aliso Viejo at Canyon Vista and Oak Grove elementary schools; Ladera Ranch at Oso Grande Elementary School; San Clemente at Marblehead Elementary School; Laguna Niguel at Laguna Niguel Elementary School; and Rancho Santa Margarita at Las Flores Elementary School.

A more extensive schedule of after-school and enrichment activities will be available at additional campuses in the fall.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “Our partnership with CUSD allows the college to expand our thriving College for Kids program to area schools, giving families greater access to our exceptional programs that focus on personal enrichment and skill-building to children of all ages.”

CUSD Superintendent Dr. Joseph M. Farley said, “This District is proud to expand our partnership with Saddleback College to include students of all ages. Students in south Orange County will be able to explore a variety of interests while continuing their learning outside of the traditional school day.”

The CUSD Board of Trustees is expected to formally ratify the agreement with Saddleback College this month.

Saddleback College’s Community Education program will assess the needs of each school, expand current offerings, transition successful summer and after-school classes that were previously offered by CUSD to the new program, and form new partnerships to meet the after-school educational and enrichment needs of local students and families.

To register for the Summer Experience program, please visit the Saddleback college Community Education website at Summer Experience classes will run from July 8th  to August 23rd. Information on after-school activities for the 2013-2014 school year will be forthcoming.

For more than 30 years Saddleback College Community Education has provided the south Orange County community with high-quality classes and activities that promote life-long learning and personal success. The College for Kids summer program was established in the early 1980’s, offering a wide assortment of classes to children at the Saddleback College campus. Community Education also offers swimming and diving lessons through its youth aquatics program.

Saddleback College Confers Degrees to Class of 2013

On Friday, May 24th, friends, family, and faculty of the class of 2013 packed into the gym for the college’s annual commencement ceremony. The music blared and the tears flowed as proud graduates walked across the stage, switched their tassels, and received their degree.

The Saddleback College Class of 2013 consisted of 1,275 graduates and 1,165 certificate of achievement recipients. Of the students who graduated, 328 (26%) received honors, including 14 summa cum laude (4.0 grade point average), 118 magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.99 grade point average) and 196 cum laude (3.5 to 3.74 grade point average).  Showing the diverse range of ages at the college, the youngest graduate in attendance was 18 years of age, and the most senior graduate was 67 years of age. Ninety-two graduates were under the age of 20 and 73 graduates were over the age of 55.

Dr. Michael V. Drake, chancellor of University of California, Irvine, served as commencement speaker and the student speaker was Regina Shiroma, who is graduating Magna Cum Laude with an Associate in Arts degree in sign language.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees President Nancy Padberg led the conferral of degrees along with Trustees William O. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, and T.J. Prendergast, James Wright, and South Orange County Community College District Chancellor Gary  Poertner.

Click here for pictures from the ceremony.