Saddleback College Welcomes Dr. Barbara J. Jay to the SOCCCD Board of Trustees

On behalf of Saddleback College’s students, faculty, staff, and management, I would like to congratulate Dr. Barbara J. Jay for being named as the provisional (interim) trustee for area 3 representing Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point and party of Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, San Clemente and unincorporated areas until December 2nd, 2016. The decision was made by the SOCCCD board at the Monday, April 27th board meeting to fill the vacancy due to the passing of Trustee William O. Jay.

Dr. Jay brings a wealth of experience to the board, having owned, operated and managed a local business in south Orange County.  She has a D.D.S. from the University of Southern California.   Her top priority as a trustee is to protect the educational quality at the colleges because she considers that to be the key to better lives for the South Orange County Community College students.

Dr. Jay is the wife of the late Trustee William O. Jay of the South Orange County Community College District.  Trustee William O. Jay was also a former administrator, dean and professor for Saddleback College.  Both of their children attended and graduated from Saddleback College.

Dr. Jay will make a terrific interim for the board of trustees and we welcome her to the district.

Saddleback College Unveils Economic and Workforce Development Plan; Announces New Implementation Leadership Team

Today Saddleback College unveiled a model Economic and Workforce Development Plan and announced the appointment of three new administrators who will lead  implementation in collaboration with business and industry, education, government, and other strategic partners.

Saddleback’s 100 career technical education (CTE) programs form the foundation of the plan which identifies, realigns, expands, and proposes college programs and services that meet workforce demands of the present and future.  The plan is designed to assist all areas of the college to develop the infrastructure and strategies necessary to develop skilled and competent workers, and will require a close alignment of classroom and work-based instruction.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “Our economic and workforce development plan is the culmination of more than a year-long campus effort focused on identifying and defining the role that Saddleback will play in responding to the technological advances, globalization of markets, and demographic changes that are transforming our regional and state economies.”

Reinforcing the college’s commitment to playing a leading role in addressing the challenges of ensuring an educated and productive workforce in the region, Saddleback has hired three new administrators who will play a vital role in the implementation of the plan: John Jaramillo, dean of economic and workforce development and business science; Anthony Teng, dean of advanced technology and applied science; and Israel Dominguez, director of economic and workforce development.

John Jaramillo is Saddleback’s new dean of economic and workforce development and business science.  Most recently he served for eight years as dean of applied sciences and business at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA.  In this capacity he provided leadership for the college’s business and career technical education programs, and served as the chief professional-technical administrator for the college responsible for the administration and development of Perkins, Career Technical Education, and Education and Workforce Development grants.  He also provided leadership for the college’s Public Safety Academy, which houses the POST Certified Police Academy, California Fire Marshall Accredited Fire Academy, and Emergency Medical Technician programs.  Previously, Mr. Jaramillo was director of the Bakersfield College Delano Campus, where he supervised all instructional, student services, administrative services, and foundation, and taught business courses.  Mr. Jaramillo earned an associate of arts degree in university studies at Las Positas Community College, a bachelor of arts in communication from the College of Notre Dame, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Anthony Teng will serve as dean of advanced technology and applied science, having served as interim dean of two divisions – advanced technology and applied science, and business science and economic and workforce development – since 2013.  Previously he was a full-time faculty member of the accounting department since 2007, and served as department chair for five years.  Mr. Teng has been teaching at California State University Long Beach since 1999, and started teaching in community colleges in 1988.  Mr. Teng earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration – accounting at California State University, Long Beach, and two Master of Business Administration degrees – one focusing on entrepreneurship from William Howard Taft University, and another focusing on advanced management studies from Trident University.

Israel Dominguez is Saddleback’s director of economic and workforce development, a new position at the college.  Mr. Dominguez comes to Saddleback from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, where he served as director of the college’s Business and Entrepreneurship Center since 2007.  In this role he provided advanced business counseling services to businesses and industry sectors in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.  In his new role, he will serve as the college’s primary representative with south Orange County business, industry, and governmental agency-based organizations regarding economic and workforce development and training.  Mr. Dominguez earned two bachelor’s degrees in business administration – one focusing on accounting at the University of Texas at El Paso, and the other focusing on marketing management at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of La Verne.

To view the Saddleback College Economic and Workforce Development Plan, please visit

College for Kids Gives Students a Taste of College Life

This summer, kids between the ages of 5 to 17 years old can experience real college life by enrolling in a College for Kids class. This unique program offers six weeks of classes in a wide range of academic and sports areas. Academic class offerings include reading, writing, math, science and STEM, as well as foreign language offerings in Spanish and Mandarin. Sports offerings include swimming, golf, water polo and softball.

Do your kids have a break between the end of school and the start of College for Kids? The College for Kids Power Week offers a perfect transition between end-of-school activities and the full two week College for Kids sessions. Three sessions of Power Week will be held. Session 1 will be held from June 29 through July 9; Session 2 will be held from July 13 through July 23; and Session 3 will be held from July 27 through August 6. Classes during Power Week meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

This summer, most College for Kids classes will be held in Saddleback College’s Business and General Studies building on the main campus. Estella Castillo-Garrison, dean of community education, emeritus institute and K-12 partnerships said, “Our College for Kids program gives kids the chance to experience real college life and gain enthusiasm and interest in planning their academic futures.”

College for Kids is just one of several Saddleback College Community Education programs being offered this summer. The summer 2015 Gaucho Guide, features classes that appeal to lifelong learners up to 100 years of age. In addition to College for Kids and Adult Classes, Saddleback College partners with Capistrano Unified School District to present its “Summer Experience” program at 11 local elementary and middle school sites.

Registration for College for Kids, Summer Experience, and adult programs is now open online. The first round of classes will begin in late June and all classes will end by early August. View all of the offerings by visiting

Fashion Department Hosts 10th Annual Fashion Show

The 10th annual Saddleback College Fashion Show, entitled “Untamed,” will be held on Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 pm in the McKinney Theatre. Advance tickets are $15, or at the door for $20. A pre-show reception featuring hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Saddleback College Culinary Arts Department will begin at 5:30 pm.

The student-produced show is part of the fashion merchandising and design curriculum at Saddleback College, and funds raised from the show will go toward student scholarships All garments are designed and constructed by the talented students in the design program and will be featured in four categories: corsets, evening gowns, ready-to-wear, and fantasy.

An industry panel of judges composed of Kathy Marino, OC Fashion Week President; Lisa Landers, Swirl Boutique owner; and Sherilyn Miller, Director of Global Product Development at Hurley, will choose from more than 70 designs to select the show’s top designers. The winner of the “best in show” title will win a $500 cash prize.

Tickets to the fashion show can be purchased online at

Saddleback Students to Host Dog Fair: Proceeds Will Support Local Animal Shelters 

The 2015 Dog Fair hosted by the students of Saddleback College’s business and entrepreneurship program will be held on Thursday, April 30th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on the campus quad. A portion of the funds raised during the event will support Orange County no-kill shelters and dog rescues.

This fun day will include spotlight adoptions, demonstrations by the Orange County Sheriff’s K-9 unit and Guide Dogs of America, and a presentation by trainers who are veterans of the United States Military. Participants will have an opportunity to chat with local dog businesses or stop by the dog kissing booth. At 10:00 am, a special award honoring dogs who served in the military will be presented by Dr. James R. Wright, a trustee of the South Orange County Community College District.

Dog competitions for Best Ears, Best Tail Wagger, Best Trick, and Best Costume will be held, with prizes being awarded to the top dogs.

This event is open to the public. Those who make a $10 donation will receive two tickets to an opportunity drawing. Free parking will be provided in Lot 5A.

For more information, visit or call the business science and economic and workforce development division office at 949-582-4773.

Saddleback College Recognizes Professors of the Year

Saddleback College named Dr. Karah Street, a full-time biology instructor, Dr. Bob Matthews, a part-time psychology instructor, and Dr. Gerald Binder, an instructor in the Emeritus Institute, as the 2015 Professors of the Year. The professors were nominated by their students and will be recognized on Monday, April 27th at the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees meeting.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “Professors Street, Matthews, and Binder have made a huge impact on their students – not only in the classroom, but in their professional pursuits as well. I congratulate and thank these terrific instructors for their commitment to Saddleback College and the success of our students.”

The Professor of the Year is Dr. Karah Street, who began teaching at Saddleback College in 2003 as a part-time instructor before becoming full-time in 2005. Since then she has left a lasting impact on her students, who say that she is an integral part of their educational journey.

Dr. Street stated, “I want to extend my most heartfelt gratitude toward my past students for nominating me as Professor of the Year at Saddleback. It is an honor to be given this award and I will represent you with pride.”

The Associate Professor of the Year is Dr. Bob Matthews, who began teaching psychology at Saddleback College in 1999. Dr. Matthews has taught psychology and criminal justice for 28 years, and when he’s not in the classroom, he works as a psychologist with the State of California Department of Medical and Psychological Rehabilitation.

Dr. Matthews stated, “This is by far the highest award one can receive academically because it is earned and not given. To me, this is a pinnacle of success academically.”

The Emeritus Institute’s Professor of the Year is Dr. Gerald Binder, who has been teaching across the southland since 1965. He brought his experience in the field of humanities to the Emeritus Institute in 2008. As stated by one of his students, “Dr. Binder’s dedication and enthusiasm are exemplary. Year after year he brings new insights into his classes, and his love of his subject and respect for his students shines.”

Dr. Binder stated, “I have taught in many venues in the past fifty years. And today I want to reveal a secret about myself. All these years, my adult students have believed that I’m the teacher, but, in actuality it’s my students who have been teaching me virtually everything about life for half a century! They have taught me what can’t be learned from books thank them for the wisdom they have bestowed upon me. I hope they will agree that I have been their attentive student. They have made this award possible.”

Saddleback College Career Fair to Feature 100 Employers

The annual Saddleback College Career Fair hosted by the Career Placement Center will be held on Wednesday, April 15th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Quad and will feature 100 employers. The local and college community are invited to attend and meet with potential employers.

Saddleback College Career Fairs offer employers an excellent opportunity to recruit on campus while offering students and job-seekers the chance to network with representatives from some of Orange County’s top companies.

Employers participating include Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Montage, The Irvine Company, Cox Communications and CVS Health. To view the complete list of employers participating, click here.

For more information, visit or call the Career Placement Center at 949-582-4278.

Investiture of Dr. Howard Gillman, sixth chancellor of UCI

Yesterday, I had the honor of attending the investiture of Dr. Howard Gillman, UC Irvine’s sixth chancellor, held in UCI’s Irvine Barclay Theatre. Dr. Gillman, who officially took the helm this past September, had the opportunity to share his thoughts and vision for UCI’s future during his inaugural address.  Prior to his address, I enjoyed opening remarks from Master of Ceremonies, Princess Bride actor Carey Elwes; the welcome from Frederick Ruiz, Vice Chairman of the UC Board of Regents; and the keynote address from C.L. Max Nikias, USC President.

Also in attendance were delegates from over 25 sister institutions. Universities represented included Chapman University, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Stanford and CSUF.

Saddleback College welcomes Dr. Gillman to UCI and wishes him much success in his new role. UCI is an important partner to Saddleback College and it is my hope that our relationship with them only becomes stronger under Dr. Gillman’s lead.

Dr. Tod Burnett, Ed. D.