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In spite of unprecedented budget cuts imposed by Sacramento impacting curriculum, class size, scheduling and other aspects of Santa Ana College’s (SAC) services, the college continues to fulfill its mission to address evolving workforce requirements, while serving its students and meeting their educational needs. There is good news on some fronts. The Human Services and Technology Division has received several exciting federal grants recently.

This year, the Automotive Technology Program benefits from a Diesel Hybrid Grant of $87,000, that will modernize SAC’s instruction to include training applicable to green technology. This will be a far-reaching program, including classroom, hands-on and multimedia experiences. This Career Technical Education Act (CTEA) grant will permit the purchase of a natural gas vehicle with refueling unit and scan tool, two small diesel auxiliary power units for clean diesel demonstration and several modern operating clean diesel engines.

The grant will better align the program with emerging industry standards. SAC students will learn about compressed natural gas, hybrids, clean diesel engines and bio-diesel fuels, enabling them to work successfully with alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles. There is a major push not only from Sacramento, but also from President Obama’s administration to build a green economy, so the Diesel Hybrid Grant Project is very timely and can prepare SAC’s automotive students to participate in green technology initiatives that will appear with increasing frequency.

A newly received CTE collaborative grant for $101,000 will allow Santa Ana College to modernize its welding instruction program by bringing its equipment up to industry standards. The primary focus of the Welding Certification Training Update Grant Program is to give students hands-on experience, followed by certification, using state-of-the-art welding and plasma cutting machines.

Thanks to both of these grants, students will get the training they need to increase employment opportunities for in higher salaried, in-demand jobs.

SAC’s GEAR UP program, a federally-supported program that aims to boost college graduation rates among under-represented students, earned a new $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program will receive $800,000 annually to expand and support its collaborations with the Santa Ana Unified School District and University of California, Irvine (UCI).

The Pharmacy Technology program is a flagship program dating back to 1972 and the only pharmacy technology degree program in any community college in Orange County. That unique position has just earned it a $400,000 two-year grant from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Funds launched under the Obama administration. The grant will be used to do the following:

  • Increase enrollment by a minimum of 100 students over two years.
  • Hire one full-time faculty member.
  • Increase the hours for skills lab coordinator and hire an instructional assistant.
  • Provide additional student support services such as tutoring with the goal of increasing entry level class completion rate to 85 percent.
  • Expand partnerships with pharmacies to provide more clinical placement sites for students.
  • Graduate 85 additional students.
  • Increase the state licensure exam passing rate to 95 percent for those who take the test.

According to the California Employment and Development Department, there is a statewide shortage of pharmacy technicians. The estimated growth of this profession between 2006 and 2016 is 36 percent, so this presents a very interesting career path for SAC students.

On a final note, with an Employee Appreciation Day celebration, Santa Ana College opened the doors to its new Maintenance and Operations Facility on May 19. Dr. Erlinda Martinez, President, Santa Ana College, expressed her gratitude to the employees who work tirelessly to ensure that the college facilities are well maintained, functional and providing a good learning environment for students. Attendees enjoyed a barbecue, picnic, and balmy California afternoon as they admired the new 12,350- square-foot building, under construction since November, 2007, that will allow them to perform their jobs more efficiently.

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Hall of Famer Robert David Hall Attends White House Ceremony

Robert David Hall, one of this year’s inductees into the Santa Ana College Hall of Fame, attended an historic event at the White House on July 24. One of the most prominent disabled actors working today, Hall joined President Barack Obama and others to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the landmark civil rights legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act. The President also announced that the United States would sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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