President John F. Kennedy understood the power of higher education when he spoke these words, "Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."
At Rancho Santiago Community College District through the programs and services of Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College, and our education centers, we provide the means for our students to achieve their academic goals enabling them to fulfill their dreams.
Every semester, over 54,000 students enroll in our credit and non-credit courses across the district. They come to fulfill a wide range of goals. Those who access our Continuing Education programs strive to learn English as a Second Language, to obtain their high school diplomas, to earn career technical certificates, to bridge to our credit programs, and more. The students in our credit programs enroll to earn degrees and certificates to prepare for in-demand fields, to be ready for college transfer, or to improve their job prospects by gaining a needed skill.
As varied as their academic goals are, so, too are our students. Their diversity encompasses age, race or ethnicity, color, religion, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or military and veteran status.
The Board of Trustees remains committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of their personal characteristics or origin, have equal access to our colleges and centers. They are all equally welcome. We will do whatever is within our power to keep our students safe while on our campuses.
In addition to the well-being of our students, our goals for 2017 include the following:
Stabilize and increase enrollment: In 2016, declining enrollments have challenged community colleges nationwide. Although this situation can be attributed to shifting demographics as well as an improved economy offering greater access to employment, we need to continue to work to develop strategies to better sustain and grow our enrollments.
Modernize our Continuing Education facilities: Students in our non-credit programs deserve first-class facilities. In Orange, we will move ahead on implementing the updates needed on our Orange Education Center. We will also collaborate with the City of Santa Ana in pursuit of a long-term site for our Centennial Education Center.
Focus on serving students: All expenditures should be designed to facilitate student success.
Focus on serving our community: Our District and its colleges belong to the community and we will do a better job of integrating the community into our activities and our decision-making processes.
Strengthen ties with the county, cities, and school districts: By working together on mutually beneficial projects, the community and our students will win.
Your Board of Trustees considers it a privilege and honor to support Rancho Santiago Community College District's excellent programs and services. We appreciate the outstanding dedication of all RSCCD employees and are thankful for the support and friendship of our alumni and the community-at-large.
John R. Hanna
President, Board of Trustees
Rancho Santiago Community College District