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. Our newest campus, the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP), opened in 2007 and offers courses from our two colleges with a focus on workforce development and career technical skills.
Since its doors opened in 1968, Saddleback College’s dynamic campus and stimulating curriculum have upheld a tradition of success. The college, which is located in the south Orange County city of Mission Viejo, is one of the largest of California’s 114 community colleges and has a student population of approximately 25,000. With a renowned faculty, students can earn an associate degree or certificate in over 300 academic and career programs, or enroll in the Emeritus Institute and Community Education classes.
Irvine Valley College is centrally located in Irvine, one of the highest concentrations of technology and business enterprises in California. The College offers over 60 associate degree majors and 30 career and technical certificate programs and ranks seventh among all California community colleges in transfer rates to four-year institutions. More than 13,000 students enroll each semester, including 400 international students representing over 46 countries.
The City of Tustin conveyed 68 acres of prime Orange County real estate on the former Marine Corps Air Station-Tustin to build ATEP, a new educational campus with a technology focus. Currently administered by Irvine Valley College the campus offers career technical and advanced technology classes from both Saddleback College and IVC. Recent planning and approvals paved the way for the first major expansion to 28 acres. SOCCCD is actively pursuing educational and commercial partners to join in the innovative 68 acre development.