From 1967 to 2017: Our District Celebrates 50 Years
A Valentine’s Day Gift of Education for Our Community
It began on Valentine’s Day, 1967. Cowboys on horseback traversed a land rich with the history of ranchos and Spanish land grants to present officials with shovels for the groundbreaking of the South Orange County Community College District. Five trustees turned the dirt and declared that this would be a college town. It was the grand vision of 125,000 taxpayers in south Orange County, to form a junior college district, build a college, and bring higher education opportunities to residents from San Clemente to Tustin.
It’s hard to imagine the humble beginnings of Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College, two vibrant colleges that consistently rank among the top 10 in the state. They are cornerstones in the community for our kids, grandkids, parents, coaches, colleagues, and friends from all walks of life whose aspirations bring them to our campuses. As we celebrate 50 years in the community, we look back with gratitude. South County has grown and we have too. Here are some facts we love:
At 50 years we celebrate our diverse students who bring worldly perspectives and inquisitive dialog, keeping us young at heart. We celebrate the faculty, staff, and administrators who devote their lives and careers to creating a better future for others. We celebrate our community’s trust, our promise to you, and the vision given to us in 1967 - because our students are at the heart of everything we do!
|On Feb. 14, 1967, the newly elected trustees launch Saddleback Junior College District after taxpayers voted by a margin of 2-to-1 to create it.||In Oct. 1977, the groundbreaking for Saddleback North Campus, which opened in 1979. The campus became Irvine Valley College in 1985.|
|Saddleback College's recently opened Learning Resources Center and Sciences Building, above provide state of the art facilities for students.||Irvine Valley College recently opened a new Life Sciences Building, above and Liberal Arts Building provide innovative learning spaces and modernize the campus.|