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SAC Home / Public Affairs / SAC eNews 1/07/2021
Happy New Year!
From all of us at Santa Ana College, we wish you
health, happiness, and success in 2021! We look forward to another year of
changing lives through education and upholding our mission to inspire,
transform, and empower a diverse community of learners. Read on to learn about
some of the exciting things in store at SAC, along with inspiring updates from
across our campus!
SAC Promise Program Expands Reach to All Incoming Freshmen and First-Year Students
Santa Ana College was thrilled to announce in November that enrollment fees will be waived for all incoming first-year students statewide, effective Fall 2021. SAC’s newly-expanded Promise program is designed to increase college completion, affordability, and successful transfer to a four-year university. In addition to free tuition their first year at SAC, Promise participants will be eligible to receive a laptop loan, bookstore gift cards, and individual support from Promise staff. Learn more!
Leo Pastrana, counselor/instructor for SAC Promise Program
Chapman University Partnership Addresses Teacher Shortage
An exciting new partnership between Chapman University and Santa Ana College addresses the critical shortage of qualified teachers in underserved Orange County communities. The C-TAG (Chapman Transfer Admission Guarantee) for Future Educators outlines a pathway for community college students who want to become teachers. After completing a prerequisite program at Santa Ana College, the students will be offered guaranteed transfer admission into Chapman’s Integrated Educational Studies major in the Attallah School of Educational Studies, where they will complete their bachelor degrees in education. Five two-year, full-tuition scholarships will be awarded to Santa Ana College students who attend Chapman as part of the first cohort in the C-TAG program. Learn more!
Chapman University President Daniele Struppa, Associate Dean of Attallah College Michelle Samura, and Santa Ana College President Marilyn Flores at the signing of the new C-TAG for Future Educators partnership.
Your Safety is Our Priority
Rancho Santiago Community College District and SAC have launched the “Your Safety is Our Priority” initiative to remind students and stakeholders of its unwavering commitment to everyone’s well-being. This phrase is more than a slogan, it is a pledge to students, staff, and our community that ensures a clean campus as well as access to the latest data, testing information, and tools that support their physical and mental health. To view the official web page, click here.
The official emblem displayed on digital and print materials throughout the district.
SAC Answers Call for Critical Blood Donations
To help fulfill a critical need in our community, SAC hosted blood drives in November and December in partnership with the American Red Cross. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies and those that test positive for antibodies could provide convalescent plasma for critically ill coronavirus patients. To learn how you can give life with a blood donation, click here!
American Red Cross employee welcomes a volunteer donating blood.
Edison International Helps Provide Vital First Responders for Southern California
The Fire Technology program at Santa Ana College is nationally recognized as a premier fire training academy and continues to produce the state's finest firefighters. This year, Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), in partnership with the SAC Office of College Advancement and SAC Foundation, is awarding 20 students in the program with critical scholarship funding as part of a multi-year commitment totaling $80,000. We are so grateful for this support of our future first responders! To learn more about the Fire Tech program at SAC, visit sac.edu/firetech.
Future first responders in SAC's Fire Technology program.
Santa's Helpers Fill Trunks with Holiday Cheer
Santa Ana College was thrilled to host Northgate Gonzalez Market's 25th Annual Toy Drive Giveaway on December 17. More than 6,000 free toys were safely placed into trunks of cars for families in need during the festive community event entitled “Santa's Drive-Thru."
Enrique Perez, vice chancellor, educational services, Dr. Tina Arias Miller, trustee, Rancho Santiago Community College District, and Dr. Marilyn Flores, interim president of Santa Ana College, help Santa deliver toys and smiles during the Giveaway.
From Santa Ana to Saudi Arabia, SAC Alumnus Shines
In 2007, Tatyana Aguirre was one of SAC's first students to complete articulated International Business courses at Villa Park High School. Today, she holds the title of Commercial Consul at the U.S. Consulate in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Her story is nothing short of remarkable and demonstrates what the tenacity of one student, combined with the power of community partnerships, can achieve. Upon completing her AA degree at SAC and successfully passing the CGBP (Certified Global Business Professional) credential exam in 2008, Tatyana transferred to Cal Poly Pomona's International Business department under the articulation agreement with SAC and ultimately received her MBA from USC. As one of SAC's first interns at the U.S. Commercial Service in Irvine in 2009, she turned that internship into a full career. In her newest role, Tatyana is responsible for overseeing the Commercial Service Dhahran office, which includes the country-wide leads for Energy and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), as well as managing a partnership post in Manama, Bahrain. We are so proud to call Tatyana one of SAC's own and congratulate her on this incredible accomplishment!
News Anchor and SAC Alum Vera Jimenez Honored During Virtual Town Hall
Former Santa Ana College student and KTLA evening weather anchor Vera Jimenez was honored in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month during a virtual town hall discussion sponsored by SAC's Office of College Advancement, SAC Foundation, and KTLA. Vera, a two-time Emmy award winner and 2020 SAC Hall of Fame recipient, said during the event that her time at Santa Ana College helped her tremendously, particularly with her decision to move toward broadcast television journalism over print or radio. Click to read more of Vera's story!
SAC Programs Honored for Uplifting Hispanic Community
The Santa Ana College Foundation and SAC Students for Success Fund were among community and business leaders honored with Northgate Gonzalez Market's newly-established Juntos Award in October. The owners of the Latino-themed grocery chain launched the Juntos campaign to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and those who uplift the Hispanic community through their humanitarian and philanthropic contributions.
Congressman Lou Correa presents a donation to Rossina Gallegos, director
& CSR officer, Union Bank, and president, SAC Foundation, Christina Romero, executive director, Office of
College Advancement, and Dr. Marilyn Flores, interim president, Santa Ana
SAC Recognized for Creative Approach to Voter Registration
To help drive participation in the November election, Santa Ana College joined the Ballot Bowl, a friendly competition hosted by the California Students Vote Project, where all major institutions of higher education in California systems compete to register the most students to vote. The event resulted in 82,634 students registering to vote statewide! SAC was recognized as the community college campus with the most creative approach to registering students, which included social media, virtual events, and webinars facilitated in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Food packages provided to SAC students since June through Dons' Corner in partnership with Power of One Foundation
CARES funding disbursed in direct aid to SAC students
SAC students received CARES Fund support
Free toys distributed during Northgate Gonzalez Market's annual holiday giveaway hosted at SAC
Spring Semester courses meeting in person at SAC (in addition to over 1,600 online and remote offerings)
For more information contact Public Affairs
Interim President – Santa Ana College
Dr. Marilyn Flores
Rancho Santiago Community College District Board of Trustees
Phillip Yarbrough, President; Tina Arias Miller, Ed.D., Vice President; David Crockett, Clerk; John R. Hanna, Member; Zeke Hernández, Member; Lawrence "Larry" R. Labrado, Member; Sal Tinajero, Member; Mariano Cuellar, Student Trustee.