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South Orange County Community College District (“District”) was founded in 1967 and is one of 72 community college districts in California. It is a multi-campus district comprised of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Irvine Valley College (IVC) in Irvine, and a new developing site at the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP) in Tustin. The district collectively serves more than 60,000 students annually and employs about 3,000 faculty and staff. Our service area covers approximately 350 square miles with 26 municipalities and nearly one million residents ranging from San Clemente to Tustin. The district is governed by a seven-member board of trustees.


Saddleback College

Saddleback College was founded in 1968 and serves more than 39,000 students per year offering over 300 associate degrees, certificates, and occupational skills awards in 190 program areas. Saddleback has a high number of career technical education degree programs which prepare students for the workplace. They are known for having one of the highest rated nursing programs in the country and they train nearly all of the EMTs and paramedics in the county.


Irvine Valley College

Irvine Valley College became an independent institution in 1985 after its creation as a satellite campus in 1979 and today serves more than 22,000 students per year offering more than 80 degrees and 60 certificates. IVC is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and is developing ELEVATE AAPI, a program to provide learning communities, financial aid, leadership development and research workshops. IVC has a vibrant early college (dual enrollment) program that allows high school students to take IVC courses in high school.

Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP)
The ATEP site was acquired in 2004 and site development work has taken many years. The site is now ready and both colleges have plans to expand career technical education and workforce development there. Irvine Valley College opens its first ATEP building in January 2018. It will serve as a technical training hub for students and employers in the region for Design Model Production, Laser Optics and Photonics, Electrical Technology, Electronics, and Pre-Engineering. Saddleback College is planning to build a Center for Innovation in Healthcare Education which will include a fully simulated hospital and training conference center.

The 62-acre site at ATEP will accommodate a mix of educational and non-educational uses and host education, business and commercial partners. The district is actively seeking public-private partnerships on the 62-acre site and construction of Infrastructure projects are in progress including two gateway entrances, several roadways and utilities.