Saddleback College to Offer Courses at Local High Schools

On-campus psychology classes would give college credit to Saddleback Valley Unified students. Plus: a racetrack dance, Model United Nations and other school news.

Local high school students can earn college credits on campus this spring under an expanded partnership program between Saddleback College and the Saddleback Unified School District.

At Tuesday’s SVUSD school board meeting, Saddleback Community College President Tod Burnett discussed the first course in the program: Applied Psychology 140.

Mission Viejo High School already hosts the class, but three other SVUSD high schools will add the course as an elective next semester: El Toro, Silverado and Trabuco Hills. Laguna Hills High will begin the class later.

The course will also be offered during summer, officials said.

“We are very excited about the program," SVUSD school board President Dolores Winchell said.

Other news from Tuesday's meeting...

Model United Nations

Mission Viejo High School will host its 30th Annual Model United Nations Conference, “New Beginnings,” on Jan. 19 and 20.

With more than 1,000 delegates, the MVHS Model U.N. is billed as one of the biggest on the West Coast. MVHS hopes to raise $2,000 through delegate donations to build wells in Africa.

Student Board Member James Moeller said the conference would involve students from 24 schools, including El Toro, Laguna Hills and Trabuco Hills high schools.

New fitness center at Silverado High

Silverado High School announced a newly furnished fitness center that uses equipment donated by 24 Hour Fitness.

The fitness center will also be home to a Best Buddies program in which Silverado students will be working on fitness with special education students ages 18-22, who attend the campus daily. The special ed students were also given passes by Crunch gym to exercise outside of school.

Go-kart dance

Mission Viejo High School students will celebrate their winter formal dance at K1 Speed, an indoor go-kart track. Yes, students in formal attire will dance in the center of a racetrack as their classmates zoom by in go-karts.

Anti-bullying program

Trabuco Hills’ Off the Wall Theater Company hosted a two-day teaching program for middle-school students to learn about bullying.

JustUs January 17, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Students and parents have been complaining about the high costs of college. So as a marketing ploy the colleges will start offering some basic courses in the high schools as a 'come on' to wet their lips and give them an incentive to start a college education after leaving high school. Many students have student debt as large as $70,000 to get a lousy B.A. or B.S. that might get them a $12/hr job after graduation. Good luck in paying off that student loan. Trade school is a MUCH better idea for many or even most. But somehow they think that a college degree is magical and will open doors. In most cases, it won't. The banker and the college university president love for you to take out those massive loans and fill a classroom seat though. You make both of them real happy. Good luck with your psychology courses. You can give yourselves therapy when you have that $70,000 student loan with your $12/hr job. Good luck!
M January 17, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Hey Justus in case you don't realize this saddleback college offers a bunch of 2 year certifications. Rather than comp,Ian about everything all the time why don't you educate yourself!
JustUs January 17, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Actually a psych course is good. That way when these kids go on to college and come out with $70000 in student debt and can only find a job paying $12/hr they can use what they learned in the psych course to sooth their troubled minds.
Willimena January 17, 2013 at 08:48 PM
I think JustUs may be right on in his/her assessment. From observing many of my close friend's college graduate children I too am starting to really question the value of a college education.
Homer January 17, 2013 at 09:18 PM
The underlying problem is that the school districts overlook the poor performance of the majority of students ( and some teachers ) by concentrating on upper level exposure. The reality is, as Justus alludes, that college ( whether 2- or 4-yr ) is not a viable option for the greater portion of the student body. There is no single public school in this county that can attest to being dedicated to "college prep." Will bringing college courses down to the high school change that position?
JustUs January 17, 2013 at 09:35 PM
But Homer. Everybody wants to be a genius and go to college. The europeans have understood how stupid such a concept that was for nearly a century. And their populations are MUCH more intelligent than ours. In europe it is truly a PRIVILEGE to get accepted into college. Kids really work hard to get there. Most kids go to trade school. Here, college is an entitlement. As long as you have a pulse and are breathing they will give you a seat as long as you can pay the tuition and books or have the government pay it for you! heh. And what's the outcome? Kids with $70000-$100000 in student debt working $12/hr jobs as debt slaves. heh. Sorry. Again, it's the truth!
lifer January 18, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Andromeda? Is that you? (The repeated "heh" gave you away.) I see you still have plenty of time to rain your negative comments down on the children. Good show and good luck to you Sister in 2013. Glad to hear you are moving to Europe to be with all your fellow smarties!
tiny January 18, 2013 at 05:57 PM
It's sad. I kept hearing the spin in big media that because of the changes in the economy and to compete globally, that it's now more impt than ever to get college edumacated. So ya, all this debt and very few jobs. I image that that many went into gov't work and/or teaching, but now that is shrinking. And it's sad because the kids don't know because their brains are not fully developed, and many of the parents are not independent thinkers and just do what they are told.
JustUs January 18, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Tiny, the educational system is largely created by the university presidents and the bankers. It's a collaboration. Think about it for a second. The kid has no money to attend college. So Mr. Banker shows up and says "No problem, Johnny. How much you need? $50k, $60k, $70k? No problem. SIgn here on the dotted line. I am here to serve you." What Mr. Banker DOESN'T TELL Johnny is that the laws have been finagled so that Johnny cannot dissolve his student loan debt in bankrupcy court any longer. The debt follows him for life. And if he fails to pay it, the long arm of the IRS pulls him in. And Mr. Banker does not have to eat the loss if Johnny doesn't pay. That's because the loan is federally guaranteed by the taxpayer. So Mr. Banker does not have to be selective about who he give the loan to. Sort of like what caused the housing market to blow up. Mr. Banker gets his money, regardless of what happens. That is modern capitalism in America. And Mr. University President likes it because Johnny fills a seat in his classroom allowing for more state and Federal money to flow in. And he can pay all his faculty and assistants BIG salaries and pensions when lots of students fill his classroom. Mr. University President tells them that their college degree opens up many opportunities and doors for advancement. And when Johnny graduates he punches a cash register for $12/hr with $70,000 in student debt hanging over his head. And that's reality, Tiny!
tiny January 18, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Very sad. And because there is no talk of any of this in big corporate media, it demonstrates the control over information today, and therefore what kind of trust should be given to these "authorities" of wisdom.
JustUs January 18, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Of course, Tiny. Why do you think I am so passionate about this stuff? What we see today is disgraceful and flies in the face of what it once meant to be an American citizen. They seemingly want to educate kids - but keep them totally in the dark over how they're being played financially by the system. Trust none of them, Tiny. They are undeserving.
Dan Avery February 19, 2013 at 05:32 AM
There was a time in this country when The Dumb and the Willfully Ignorant worked on assembly lines and wanted nothing more when they got off work other than "Miller Time," a woman with a retarded sense of morality, and a double=wide they could call "home." Then can downsizing, outsourcing, Bush the Second's devaluation of the dollar, and the economic collapse of 2008. Now The Dumb and the Willfully Ignorant are unemployable so they spend their days comment on the Patch. Even when the article deals with topics they know nothing of; they live to spew their ignorance and hatred. They don't use their real names because they claim speaking your mind can be dangerous. Tell that to Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X, Nathan Hale, Thomas Paine... They are cowards and like all cowards they bully if you point out their complete lack of logic. They ruin online communication and any chance we may have had to learn from each other. They will continue to do so until we stand up and shout them down.


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