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Career Education Vocational Programs

The California Community Colleges can help students get the training needed to qualify for a well-paying job with room for advancement.  Career education vocational programs are offered in hundreds of areas that employers need.  Areas of vocational (occupational) education include health occupations, electronics and computer sciences, business and finance, agriculture and industrial trades, and many others.  Community colleges have up-to-date equipment and facilities and vocational instructors who are experts in their fields.  Depending on the occupation you select, training may take from six months to two years.  Associate degrees and certificates (shorter-term) programs are available in many fields.

How to Earn College Credit Through ROP

Students check out the latest information on how to articulate your ROP class for college credit.  Click on the link for more information.

ROP Articulation 

Who Can Attend A Community College?

A community college is a good choice for anyone who may want to attend a four-year school later but who is not yet academically, personally or economically ready to begin study at a university. 

  • To be eligible to attend a community college, one must be 18 years of age, or possess a high school diploma. 
  • You can work toward an associate (two-year) degree in hundreds of academic and technical fields (which will enable you to transfer to a college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree); or,
  • You can complete a one - or two-year training or certificate program in a choice of occupational fields, various health professions, and/or high-technology job fields. 

Community Colleges

Saddleback College: Counselor at ANHS


Saddleback College promise program

Saddleback College promises to pay the first two years of college for eligible students. Registration fees, support for book costs, health fee and ASB stamp are included! See their website for more information.

Promise Program

Saddleback College Counseling 100

This course is offered to seniors on the ANHS campus during the spring semester.  It is designed to introduce students to college and life success skills.  It focuses on the attitudes, habits and behaviors of successful college students.   The class meets once weekly and must be taken as a 5th class.  Students must be on track to graduate and not need these credits for graduation.   

Please see your Academic Advisor if you have questions

Community College: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION for High School Students

The Early Bird program, for high school seniors planning to attend Saddleback College, offers benefits which include: early application for the fall semester, early matriculation services that will better prepare them for a successful first semester in college, and priority enrollment.  Students who wish to participate should see their Academic Advisor.

Sign up EARLY for college!!

Saddleback College- deadline is April 16, 2021

Saddleback Freshmen Advantage program  Apply  now

Irvine Valley College- deadline is April 16, 2021

Irvine Freshmen Advantage program   Apply now

Saddleback Community College

Degrees and Certificates

  • Associate of Arts Degrees (2 year degree) - Saddleback College offers  112 AA degrees
  • Associate of Science Degrees (2 year degree) - Saddleback College offers 92 AS degrees
  • Certificates - Saddleback College offers 89 certificate programs
  • Occupational Skills Awards - Saddleback College offers 26 OS Awards

List of Programs offered at Saddleback College

Transfer Programs Saddleback College ranks 8th out of California's 114 community colleges in the number of students it transfer to the California State University. Of the 9 community colleges in Orange County, Saddleback College ranks 1st in transfers to UCSB and UCSC, and second to UCB, UCLA and UCSD.

Saddleback College offers courses that fulfill lower-division general education and transfer major requirements in most areas of study.  At Saddleback College you can complete your freshman and sophomore coursework and then transfer to the UC, CSU, or private/independent college of your a junior!


Honors Program The Saddleback College Honors program gives highly motivated students the opportunity to enhance their collegiate experience and develop superior academic skills.  Students who successfully complete the honors program are eligible to apply for guaranteed or preferential admission consideration to over 30 transfer partner schools.  Successful completion of the honors program will also help open the door to most colleges and universities throughout the state and nation.  New students entering from high school should qualify for English IA (college composition) during matriculation testing, and have a 3.25 grade point average in high school.

Certificate Programs  Students need only take courses in their field of interest in order to earn an occupational certificate from Saddleback College.  The number of units required varies from certificate to certificate.  A series of specific courses, all related to a particular occupational skill, will result in a certificate which can be helpful in upgrading or securing entry-level employment.

College Transfer Information

If you are planning to transfer from a community college to a University of California or a California State University, ASSIST can help. This is the official California state-wide database listing with campus approved transfer agreements. You may also want to visit Pathways, the University of California's source for transfer agreement information. While in community college, you will be working closely with the transfer advisor to set up a plan for transfer.

Community College Links

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Financial aid information

choosing a community college/ local service areas

Many CSU campuses utilize local admission guarantee policies for students who graduate or transfer from high schools and community colleges that are historically served by a CSU campus in that region. 

You may review the CSU Local Admission Areas for each campus here.

Many CSU campuses have higher standards for particular majors or for students who live outside the local admission area.