Santa Ana College Prevails During Pandemic
A new school year unlike any other began on August 24, with students at Santa Ana College participating in online, hybrid, remote live, and remote blended coursework due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are also attending essential labs and training on campus while abiding by strict safety protocols. Perhaps most importantly, SAC continues to provide programs and resources that support the academic and overall wellbeing of our students during a very difficult time. For example:
Student Services, including Counseling, Disabled Student Programs & Services, Financial Aid, and other offices are providing virtual and limited in-person support.
The Digital Dons program has loaned nearly 700 laptops to students in need, along with web cams, to support distance learning requirements.
Our Academic Computing Center provides a clean, quiet space for students to participate in Zoom classes, take exams, or study. All work stations are sanitized regularly and may be reserved in advance.
Since June, Dons' Corner, in partnership with the Power of One Foundation, has hosted regular drive-thru distributions, providing nearly 3,000 food packages to SAC students.
Sac students using the Academic Computing Center
SAC's el Don Student Newspaper Wins First Place at the 62nd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards
The 2019-2020 Santa Ana College newspaper staff rounded out a storied, award-winning year with a first-place win at the 62nd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club. The el Don won national, state, and local titles, earning recognition as the best collegiate newspaper and student media organization in the country. We congratulate the entire el Don team on this incredible accomplishment!
Top row (left to right): Kate
Bustamante, Lifestyle Editor; Bre Castañeda, Social Media Editor; Asst.
Professor Sarah Bennett, adviser; Ashley Ramynke, Multimedia Editor; Marta
Konarska, 4th Place Reporter of the Year.
Bottom row (left to right): Dorian Zavala, Sports Editor; Lesly Guzman,
Editor in Chief; Rafael Valencia, senior staff reporter.
Santa Ana College Foundation Near-Completers CTE Scholarship Incentivizes Student Success
The Santa Ana College Foundation has officially launched its new Near-Completers Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. This impactful award is carefully tailored to ensure certificate completion of students in CTE programs at SAC; students like Thelma Herrera who received a $1,000 scholarship to complete her medical assisting certificate after losing her job due to COVID-19. This scholarship was created by donors that are passionate about getting students to the finish line. To learn how you or your organization can help, please call 714-564-6091 or email email@example.com.
Scholarship recipient Thelma Herrera
Goodwill's UpCycle Challenge Gives Discarded Clothing New Life
Through a first-of-its-kind partnership, students from SAC's fashion program recently participated in an Upcycle Challenge with OC Goodwill. They selected items from Goodwill's “clothing by the pound" area and were tasked with turning those items into something completely different. To see their incredible creations and learn more about SAC's Fashion Design and Merchandising Department, click here.
COLEGAS Partnership Advances Social Equality and Student Success
In support of Santa Ana College's continued commitment to social equality, all faculty and staff are provided the opportunity to participate in the COLEGAS Latinx Student Success Webinar Series. The series launched in August and continues through October, addressing such themes as Latinx in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Supporting Latinx Students Through the Pandemic, and New Scholar Perspectives on Women of Color.
College Offers Free COVID-19 Testing to Community
For eight consecutive weekends beginning August 22, Santa Ana College has served as a free COVID-19 testing site for all Santa Ana residents, Santa Ana College students, and Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) employees, thanks to a partnership between the City of Santa Ana and RSCCD. The drive-up site offers safe, painless testing with a goal of serving 400-600 people daily.
RSCCD Vice Chancellor
Enrique Perez, RSCCD Chancellor Marvin Martinez, RSCCD Board of Trustees
President Claudia Alvarez, RSCCD Trustee Zeke Hernandez and Medical Director
Dr. Enrique Gonzalez.
2020 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2020 Alumni Hall of Fame recipients Vera Jimenez (Class of '98), Fortino Rivera (Class of '84), Jim Steiner (Class of '85), and Mike Talbot (Class of '66). These individuals illustrate the profound spirit of excellence, perseverance, and promise seeded in every Santa Ana College student, present, past, and future. We look forward to celebrating their achievements in person when circumstances allow. Until then, click to be inspired by the newest members of our Hall of Fame!
SAC Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees: Vera Jimenez,
Fortino Rivera, Jim Steiner, and Mike Talbot
Noyce Scholarship and University Transfer Awarded to SAC Math Majors
Serena Hazel and Victoria Martinez have been named Santa Ana College's first-ever Noyce Scholars, qualifying them for as much as $10,000 annual scholarships as they transfer to California State University Fullerton (CSUF). The Noyce Scholarship Program: Transitioning Math Majors into Teaching creates a bridge for SAC students to transfer to CSUF while seeking to increase the number of highly qualified secondary math teachers. Congratulations, Serena and Victoria!
SAC remains committed to the civic engagement of its students and staff, as well as the community at large; most recently through the following initiatives:
U.S. Census: As an official Census Partner, Santa Ana College continues to share videos, resources, and information that promote census participation and the #OCcounts campaign leading up to the extended deadline on October 31.
California Ballot Bowl: This friendly competition was designed to encourage universities and colleges throughout the state to engage their students in the democratic process and register them to vote.
Voting Center: The small gym at SAC will serve as a voting center for the presidential election from October 30-November 3.
Students participated virtually in SacDays, our Success At College conference
Hours of training completed by all faculty who teach online courses
Grants awarded to SAC students through CARES Act funding (to date)
Fall semester accelerated classes (8, 10, 12 weeks)
Average number of years to complete degree or certificate
For more information contact Public Affairs
Interim President – Santa Ana College
Dr. Marilyn Martinez-Flores
Rancho Santiago Community College District Board of Trustees
Claudia C. Álvarez, President; Phillip Yarbrough, Vice President; Arianna P. Barrios, Clerk; John R. Hanna, Member; Zeke Hernández, Member; Lawrence "Larry" R. Labrado, Member; Mariano Cuellar, Student Trustee.