Saddleback College Ranked First Among California Community Colleges by

Mission Viejo, CA – Saddleback College was ranked first among California’s 112 community colleges in an article recently released by, which praised Saddleback’s high graduation rates, affordability, and student distance education participation. Ranked second and third were Santa Monica College and Cypress College, respectively.

The report covers California’s community colleges specifically because of their importance not just to the state, but to the nation as a whole: One in every five community college students in the United States is enrolled in a California community college. As such, the economic success of the state and nation relies heavily on the success of California’s community college students.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “It is an honor to be ranked first in a system of wonderful colleges that all provide outstanding programs and services to students. Here at Saddleback, we have worked over the past several years to increase completion rates and provide flexible programming, such as online classes, to the multitude of students who require options beyond the traditional day-time schedule. It is a real pleasure to see our efforts pay off and get this kind of recognition from”, a resource for career-minded students, features information about growing careers and different educational programs — both online and on-campus. The site helps job-seekers and students alike identify potential pathways to success.

To view the article in its entirety, visit


Power Week Session Offers a Transition into College For Kids

College For Kids Power Week will kick off on Monday, June 22nd with classes running from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Thursday. “Kids and teens will get an opportunity to see what college is all about,” says Dr. Estella Castillo-Garrison, dean of community education, emeritus institute and K-12 partnerships.

Students might start the day learning chess or keyboarding before moving to the science lab to study forensic anthropology, CSI-style, or dig into an archaeological investigation,” she explains. “Budding physicists and engineers can explore classes in rocketry, physics, and chemistry while young mathematicians and tech-inspired students design 3D games, explore robotic systems, and conquer computer code.”

College For Kids Power Week offers a perfect transition between end-of-school activities and the full two-week CFK sessions that span the summer at Saddleback: Session 1 starts June 29th and ends July 9th; Session 2 runs from July 13th to 23rd; and Session 3 kicks off July 27th and wraps up August 6st.

CFK offerings run the gamut — there are academic classes like reading, writing, math, science, and STEM, as well as foreign language offerings in Spanish and Mandarin. In addition, kids from 5 to 17 years of age can explore acting, art, and dance. CFK even offers two extensive theatre programs. Kids who love playing in the summer sunshine will enjoy swimming lessons, lifeguarding, and water polo. Golf lessons, and track, tennis, soccer and volleyball clinics round out the outdoor activities.

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 — from preschoolers to centenarians. 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 available online. Register now, or explore the Saddleback College Community Education offerings at