South Orange County Community College District encompasses 382 square miles in south Orange County serving over 909,000 residents in 26 communities.
Distinguished faculty from Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College provide students with rigorous academic classes to prepare them for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, basic skills attainment, or career technical training. Its newest campus, the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP), opened in 2007 and offers courses from two colleges with a focus on workforce development and career technical skills. Emeritus Institutes and community education programs at our colleges offer lifelong learning opportunities for community members of all ages.
The District is governed by a seven-member elected Board of Trustees and the district's chief executive officer is the Chancellor.
District Services provides centralized administrative services to the three campuses. Executive offices include: Chancellor and Trustee Services, Business Services, Technology and Learning Services, and Human Resources. These departments provide accounting, benefits, facilities planning, fiscal services, human resources, information technology, institutional research and planning, payroll, public affairs, purchasing, risk management, and warehouse/mailroom services to the district.
The District continually assesses the effectiveness of its services through district-wide surveys, shared governance committees and task forces that are established to accomplish specific projects. Strategic planning has become an essential tool for guiding direction and assuring compliance with accreditation standards.
About Saddleback College
Saddleback College has been the first choice for higher education and training in South Orange County since 1968. More than 500,000 alumni can attest to the quality of our academic and career training programs that enable students to successfully achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals. Its rich academic traditions and strong reputation make Saddleback College an ideal place for students seeking associate degrees and certificates, transferring to four-year colleges and universities, preparing for the workforce, or pursuing lifelong learning opportunities.
Saddleback College is fully accredited, offering over 300 associate degrees, certificates, and occupational skills awards in 190 program areas taught by a faculty renowned for its expertise, experience, and commitment to student success. Study abroad, cooperative work experience, online learning, and honors are just some of the additional programs we offer for a well-rounded educational experience.
About Irvine Valley College
Irvine Valley College (IVC) combines a small-college environment with more than 60 acres of modern facilities and equipment; dedicated staff; and an excellent faculty who combine knowledge and experience with a sincere commitment to learning. IVC offers day and evening classes, on campus or online. After its creation as a satellite campus in 1979, IVC became an independent institution in 1985, and has seen its transfer rates and campus community flourish. Its faculty includes authors, Fulbright scholars, scientists, professional musicians and entrepreneurs who are accessible and student-focused.
About Advanced Technology & Education Park
The Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP) offers technology education, manufacturing training, and consulting services that contribute to continuous workforce development, technology deployment and business development. It contributes to the vibrancy of California's advanced manufacturing sector by helping companies compete successfully in changing markets and the global economy.
ATEP represents a college-based team of advanced technology experts dedicated to solving operational, personnel, and technical problems. It can respond with workforce training and technical solutions. Its highly specialized technical consultants and instructors at ATEP work through the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development (CCCEWD) initiative. They are dedicated to serving California's advanced technology companies with innovative solutions that are unique and customized.