Standing Room Only at Annual Family Night

Professor Ochoa Talks about Speech Communication and the Forensics Team

More than 200 high school students and their families packed into SSC 212 on November 5th for the Saddleback Outreach Department’s annual Family Night. Attendees visited with dozens of college departments at an educational fair, sampled hors d’oeuvres  prepared by culinary students, and listened to music from OCRockRadio.com. Students had the opportunity to learn about what majors and career training is offered at Saddleback and meet with deans, faculty, and staff from several departments.

Next, President Burnett, Leslie Humphrey, director of outreach and recruitment, Sahar Ghassemi, associated student government senator of kinesiology and athletics, Lucas Ochoa, professor of speech communications, and three members of Saddleback’s forensic’s team, provided valuable information about being prepared for college and ways to succeed. All seats were filled and people stood throughout the room as Sahar provided insight about what students can expect to get out of coming to Saddleback and what they need to put into their education while they are here. Professor Ochoa and the forensics team put on a great performance and showed why they are one of the best teams in the nation.

Finally, students were able to attend workshops about CTE, financial aid and scholarships, and, transferring and the honors program. All of the workshops were standing room only, the presenters were engaging and informative, and students and family members asked insightful questions.

Family Night has become one of our best events and everyone involved should be proud of the excellent work!

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2012 Great Scholarship Giveaway Recipients

In May, Saddleback College’s foundation, outreach department, and financial assistance department announced the Great Scholarship Giveaway, a scholarship that would be awarded to graduating high school seniors attending school within the South Orange County Community College District service area. Selected students would each receive a scholarship for the equivalent of one full-time semester at Saddleback. The group was pleasantly surprised by the number of applications (50) and also very impressed by the high quality of the applicants. Because there were so many outstanding applications, the representatives from the foundation, outreach department, and financial assistance department had a tough time deciding on the recipients, but they managed to select 14 exceptional scholarship winners. An awards reception will be held in the fall to recognize the recipients.

The 14 recipients are listed below with their high school name, high school GPA, and intended Saddleback College major.

  • Amir Ali, Mission Viejo High School, 4.19, Business Management
  • Keatyn Bucknam, San Juan Hills High School, 4.0, Marine Science
  • Jacqueline Doan, Tesoro High School, 3.9, Biology
  • Erin Kelley, Capistrano Valley High School, 3.89, Child Development and Educational Studies
  • George Widdowson, San Juan Hills High School, 3.73, Engineering
  • Stephen Morris, Aliso Niguel High School, 3.72, Music
  • Sahra Agharezaei, Laguna Hills High School, 3.7, Political Science
  • Haben Mekonnen, San Clemente High School, 3.7, Engineering
  • Rebecca Azeltine, Mission Viejo High School, 3.6, Nursing
  • Austin Purmort, Mission Viejo High School, 3.45, Theatre Arts
  • Alyssa Franklin, San Clemente High School, 3.4, Psychology
  • Francesca Manzo, Capistrano Valley Christian High School, Undecided
  • Brenda Moreno, Mission Viejo High School, 3.3, Nursing
  • Jordan Rdarte, J. Serra Catholic High School, 3.3, Graphics

Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients! We look forward to seeing you next semester!

Senior Day is March 29

Saddleback College will welcome hundreds of high school seniors to the college’s annual Senior Day on Thursday, March 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the quad outside of the Student Services Center. The festivities will include informational workshops on the academic, career, and counseling programs offered to Saddleback College students, as well as a free In-N-Out Burger lunch, games, and prizes.

2011 Senior Day Scavenger Hunt

Senior Day is a wonderful opportunity for high school seniors and their parents to learn about the outstanding programs and services offered at Saddleback College, where student success is our top priority. I look forward to seeing our future students on campus at Senior Day.

Saddleback students, faculty and staff should be aware that campus will be busier than a typical Thursday and should adjust their schedule accordingly.

Outreach Office Gets Busy Helping Students

The Saddleback College Outreach Office released their numbers for the fall semester and it is clear that they have been doing a great job helping our students. While the primary goal of the Outreach Department is to bring new students to Saddleback, the center also operates the college switchboard and has campus counter service available to students.   where staff and student workers provide general information regarding college programs, services and course information, office hours and locations, and directions.

During the first week of the fall semester, the Student Information Center helped 1,700 students, an average of 340 per day! On their busiest day, Monday, August 22, 454 students visited the Information Center. Additionally, the center helped 3,500 callers through the college’s general number (4500).

In the 2010-11 school year, the department did:

  • 146 High School Visits (Includes College Nights, Quad Visits, and classroom presentations)
  • 22 Community/Business Visits
  • 139 Campus Tours
  • 22 On Campus outreach/recruitment events (i.e. Family Night and Senior Day)

Finally, I want to give kudos to the department for increasing their outreach activity. The following show a percentage increase in outreach visits since 2008-09 to current:

  • High School outreach visits increased by 37%
  • Community/Business outreach visits increased by 27%
  • Campus Tours visits increased by 30%
  • On campus outreach/recruitment events increased by 45%

Thank you to all of the staff and student assistants that support the Outreach Department!

Saddleback College Welcomes High School Officials to K-12 Partnership Breakfast

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