The College provides not-for-credit educational opportunities for the community through fee-based classes and programs for adults and children. Classes are self-supporting and do not receive funding through state or local taxes or the college’s budget.
The Community Education catalog “Gaucho Guide” is mailed three times per year. The “Gaucho Guide” details all class offerings and special events. For further information regarding Community Education, call 949-582-4646 or access our website at www.saddleback.edu/ce.
Contract education provides an option for a student whose special needs preclude regular enrollment and attendance in courses outlined in the catalog or when it becomes necessary to meet particular curricular needs of one or more students. The student, an instructor, and the appropriate dean prepare a learning contract whereby the learning content will be specified as well as the methodology of study and means and criteria for evaluation.
Cooperative Work Experience
Saddleback College offers a well-directed Cooperative Work Experience or “internship” program with measurable objectives and results is a method of education that combines work experience gained by students on the job with regular academic instruction. It is a unique plan of education designed to develop skills and knowledge as well as to improve self-understanding by integrating classroom study with planned and supervised experience outside of the formal classroom environment. Cooperative Work Experience credit is available when stipulated in the catalog as a requirement for completion of an Occupational Certificate Program or by petition to a faculty member within the department of the student’s major. Applications are available in the Division of Business Science, Economic Workforce Development office.
CTE Transitions - Programs for High School and Regional Occupational Program Students
Saddleback College maintains faculty-approved formal course articulation agreements with local CT (Career Technical) Transition high school and ROP (Regional Occupation Program) districts including: Capistrano Unified School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, South Coast ROP and Coastline ROP. Courses with articulation agreements follow the California Career Statewide Pathways Templates in the areas including: Accounting, Architecture, Automotive Technology, Business, Child Development, Cinema-TV-Radio, Computer Information Management, Computer Maintenance Technology, Drafting, Fashion, Food & Nutrition, Graphic Design, Horticulture, Interior Design, Manufacturing, Photography, and Theater Arts. For a complete listing, see the CTE Transitions website at www.saddleback.edu/cte.
Students who complete a CT Transition articulated class offered through a partnering high school or ROP district and receive a grade of A or B, will be eligible to have Credit by Exam units for the corresponding Saddleback College class posted to their official transcript after completing a 12 unit minimum at Saddleback College. Eligible students should make an appointment with a Saddleback College counselor once they are enrolled at the college. The counselor will verify their Articulation Certificate and/or high school transcript, assist them in completing a CT Transition Petition form and submit the form to the Admissions & Records Office for processing. Contact the Counseling Department at (949) 582-4572 for further information.
The Emeritus Institute is a dynamic and comprehensive academic program designed to provide courses that will be of interest and value, primarily for the older adult. This program is open and flexible, allowing an individual to select any courses that they wish for lifelong learning challenges or in preparation for a second career. The Emeritus Institute offers courses in 30 off-campus locations, convenient to the older adults of the Saddleback College community.
The Emeritus Institute curriculum is offered as non-credit courses. These courses are all designed to meet the academic and critical-thinking challenges of each discipline. Disciplines include Accounting, Art, Biology, Communication Arts, English, Fashion, Foreign Language, Geology, Gerontology, History, Health, Health Sciences, Humanities, Kinesiology, Music, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, and Theatre.
For further information regarding the Emeritus Institute program call 949-582-4936 or 770-9669 or access our website at www.saddleback.edu/emeritus.
Saddleback College offers study-abroad opportunities for students seeking college-credit learning experiences in other nations. In recent years programs were scheduled in Oxford, England as well as Santander, Spain, and Salamanca, Spain.
For more information and brochures contact the Liberal Arts division office at 949-582-4788 or access our website at www.saddleback.edu/la/study-abroad-program.