Dr. Burnett reflects on his time at Saddleback in State of the College

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, released his final State of the College today.

The report, “We Did This Together,” focuses on how the college has improved during his nine years as president. Dr. Burnett retires today.

“I am extremely proud of the fact that each year our college has made great progress in serving our students and community. I have always believed that you cannot have student success without employee success, and it is for this reason we have tried to devote as many resources as possible for professional development, training, and support of our faculty, staff, and management,” he stated in the report.

Among the college’s successes are: doubling the number of annual degrees and certificates awarded; leading the $15 million Orange County Career Pathways Partnership; creating the High School Partnership Program; developing preliminary plans for the Center for Innovation in Healthcare Education at the district’s Advanced Technology and Education Park in Tustin; forming a unique partnership with Cal State Northridge to synchronize KSBR and KCSN on our shared channel of FM 88.5; adding more degrees for transfer and career technical education degrees and certificates; increasing financial aid 450 percent to $33 million; completing the new award-winning state-of-the-art Sciences Building; expanding professional development, training, and other support for our full and part-time faculty, staff, and management; and raising over $24 million for the Foundation.

The top 10 projects for the year are: student equity and achievement gap; K-career pathways; College Promise; non-academic barriers to student success; facilities; human resources; budgets; district culture; district structure; district behavior.

“We have created a unique culture of excellence at Saddleback, and the fruits of our labor will be enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of students and other members of our community for decades to come,” Burnett said in an email to the college today.

To read the full 2017 report, visit www.saddleback.edu/president/annual-state-college.

President Presents Annual State of the College and Highlights Automotive Technology Program

Saddleback College President Dr. Burnett presented the Annual State of the College at a campus community breakfast held on Friday, September 23rd attended by several dozen elected officials, business and industry representatives, and other community leaders. This year’s report was titled “Being the First Choice” and focused on the college’s vision for being the first choice of students seeking a dynamic, innovative, and student-centered postsecondary education.

In his presentation, Dr. Burnett stated, “Student success is a top priority for our state and nation, and that is what Saddleback is all about. To be the first choice of students, we not only must continue our large number of degree, certificate, and transfer completions each year, but we must significantly expand these numbers in order to meet projected workforce demands. I am confident that with our quality faculty and exceptional programs we can meet this challenge.”

The breakfast also featured a presentation from Professor Cliff Meyer on the college’s renowned Automotive Technology program that is designed to prepare students for employment as automotive technicians. Students can complete their Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree and transfer to a four-year college or university. Students can also earn certificates in Automotive Chassis Specialist, Automotive Engine Service Specialist, Automotive Engine performance Specialist, General Automotive Technician, and, soon, Alternative Propulsion. About 425 students are enrolled in the Automotive Technology program each semester and the program has been very successful in helping students find well-paying careers.

The president’s Annual State of the College provides an overview of the past academic year and a preview of the coming year’s opportunities and challenges for Saddleback College.  A full copy of the report can be found on the college website or click here to download a PDF of the full report.