It’s all about jobs.

South Orange County Community College District is developing the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP) on 66 acres of the former Marine Corps Air Station-Tustin in Orange County, California. The site is part of the 1,606-acre Tustin Legacy redevelopment project which includes regional parks, housing, public schools, commercial business, a million-square-foot mall, a research park, conference center and hotels. ATEP will focus on advanced technology, career technical, and workforce development training programs to support high demand industries. The district’s two colleges, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College are expanding academic programs and collaborative partnerships with other colleges, high schools and industries.


Center for Innovation in Healthcare Education

Saddleback College currently runs an award-winning Registered Nursing Program and other highly rated health career programs in Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs), Paramedic and EMT Training, Drug and Alcohol, Mental Health, Medical Assisting, Healthcare Information Technology and others. Saddleback College plans to develop a regional simulated health care facility providing an innovative, risk-free educational environment to address multiple safety and training needs of allied health workers. Program areas will include:  

Saddleback College is committed to ensuring that students and industry professionals obtain the skills they need. Industry projections estimate that the largest employment gains in Orange County will occur in healthcare industries (+15,000 jobs by 2014.) This project fulfills a widespread, unmet need for allied health care training in the region.

Saddleback College and SOCCCD were recently awarded a $2.75m Department of Labor grant to develop programs for the Center for Innovation in Healthcare Education.

Contact: Dr. Donna Rane-Szostak, Dean, Health Sciences and Human Services, Saddleback College - 949-582-4324 -draneszostak@saddleback.edu



Programs in Energy, High-Tech Manufacturing, Business & Professional Services, and Digital Media Technology 

Irvine Valley College (IVC) is growing and developing programs in these areas to support Orange County’s current and projected workforce needs:

Regional labor market data projects that advanced, high tech manufacturing will continue its rapid growth in the region, evidenced by recent increases in hiring (+5,200 jobs). Business and professional services industries have demonstrated consistent success in the region and are projected to continue high growth (+12,000 jobs by 2014.) Energy, environment and sustainability continue to be major focuses in Orange County. Collaborative partnerships and investment in workforce training in these areas are crucial to job creation and economic development of the region.

Contact: Dr. Chris McDonald, Interim Vice President for Instruction, Irvine Valley College - 949-451-5679 - cmcdonald@ivc.edu