Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela spoke to the value of education when he said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
At Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College and Rancho Santiago Community College District’s education centers, we empower our students to improve their lives, their families’ outlook, and the community’s well-being. Each semester, we provide educational services and programs to over 40,000 students districtwide. And in 2014-2015, more than 3,000 students earned certificates and degrees from Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon Colleges helping them achieve their dreams.
This past year, we have had much to applaud. In 2015, Santa Ana College launched an 18-month observation of its centennial. In February, the college kicked off its 100th year by coming together to bury a time capsule and, in September, over 6,000 residents attended one of the greatest birthday parties ever. 2015 also marked the 15th anniversary of Santiago Canyon College becoming an accredited, independent college.
Other accomplishments of note over the past year include:
- Community College Week ranked Santa Ana College 10th among the top 100 associate degree producers for Hispanic students in the nation.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Santiago Canyon College among the 86 “Great Colleges to Work For®” nationwide. SCC was also selected as one of two community colleges in California included in the prestigious “Great Colleges to Work For Honor Roll®.”
- In November, Santa Ana College broke ground on its first Measure Q project, the Central Plant and Utility Infrastructure Project.
- In March, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors gave final approval on Santa Ana College’s selection as one of 12 community colleges to participate in a landmark bachelor’s degree program. The first classes in the college’s new baccalaureate degree program in occupational studies begin in fall 2017.
- Santa Ana College’s student newspaper, el Don and the college’s student websiteeldonnews.org both won Associated Collegiate Press National Pacemaker Awards at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association joint annual convention.
- Santiago Canyon College’s Model United Nations team won nine awards at the National Model United Nations Conference in Washington, D.C.
- In 2015, we upgraded the RSCCD public safety program from an unarmed public safety unit to a hybrid armed non-sworn department. A new chief, lieutenants, and sergeants were hired and 24-hour coverage at both colleges was added.
- In 2015, RSCCD garnered $38.5 million in external grant funding for its two colleges and district — more than double the $16.5 million in grants in 2010.
As the Board of Trustees continues to plan for the future, we are pleased to celebrate these recent achievements. We consider it a privilege and honor to support Rancho Santiago Community College District’s excellent programs and services, and to do so with the exceptional dedication of our administration, faculty, and staff. We are grateful for the generous support of our alumni and the community-at-large.
Claudia C. Alvarez
President, Board of Trustees
Rancho Santiago Community College District