The South Orange County Community College District, founded in 1967, is one of 72 community college districts in California. It is a multi-campus district comprised of Saddleback College in the City of Mission Viejo, Irvine Valley College (IVC) in the City of Irvine, and the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP) in the City of Tustin. With its strong ties to the 25 communities it serves, South Orange County Community College District links higher education to the quality of life and economic vitality of Orange County while helping generations of residents to fulfill their learning aspirations. South Orange County Community College District currently serves over 40,000 students each semester and employs more than 2,500 faculty and staff.
Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College are accredited, offering associate degrees and providing academic major prerequisites that are transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Critical career technical education programs, popular continuing education courses, and exciting cultural opportunities are also available at each campus.
Distinguished faculty from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and Irvine Valley College in Irvine provide students with rigorous academic classes, as well as state-of-the-art professional, vocational and skills training. Students, ranging in age from teens to retirees, receive cutting edge, “real world” training, making them highly competitive in the job market. For older, retired students, the Emeritus Institutes offers challenging and enriching special interest courses covering a broad spectrum of educational topics. Vibrant Community Education programs provide myriad lifelong learning opportunities for community members of all ages. Our newest campus, the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP), opened in Tustin the Fall of 2007 by offering courses from Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, and the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies.
Visit one of our campuses today and help us celebrate over 40 years of education and opportunity!