Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

College & Career Readiness


Please join us for a FREE educational event showcasing a variety of CTE programs and degrees at Saddleback College!



There is an exciting new opportunity for students to start their college and career path early! We have partnered with Saddleback Community College for students to begin working on their Certificate of Achievement in one of two pathways: Business or Computer Information Management (CYBERSECURITY). This means that students can simultaneously work towards completing both high school graduation and college certificate requirements. All classes are conducted online.

The second Early College Pathways cohort starts next Fall! For more information on this opportunity, visit our Virtual Academy website and complete the interest application by April 1st. Completing the interest application ensures you will be invited to the informational webinar happening in April.


Preparing All Students for Success in College and Career

The goal of the College and Career Readiness Department is to form well-rounded, future thinkers, who are ready to take the next step after graduation.  Please visit our other tabs to find  resources as your student plans their life after SVUSD.

The Career Education program within the department provides opportunities for students to explore careers from middle through high school. Under the umbrella of Career Technical Education (CTE), career education courses provide hands-on learning experiences that build teamwork, leadership, creativity and problem solving skills in a variety of high demand industry sectors. While gaining industry specific skills students also build the professional skills that transfer to successful careers in any industry sector and that help them succeed in college or university programs. Courses are offered inside and outside of the bell. Last year, roughly 5,000 SVUSD Intermediate and High School students were enrolled in a CTE course.

Students can earn college credit or advancement in some of our courses through Articulation Agreements. Most CTE courses offered at SVUSD articulate with a nearby community college and several courses satisfy the subject matter requirements for admission to the University of California and the California State University system (primarily in the "f" Visual and Performing Arts or the "g" College Prep Electives categories).  For information about the articulated courses available on your campus, please contact your school counselor.

Graduating seniors who successfully complete at least 3 years in one CTE pathway/sector while maintaining a minimum grade of "B" in those classes will receive a SVUSD CTE Medallion. The medallion is district recognized and has been worn by students at school award ceremonies, CTE award ceremonies, and at graduation.

Contact Information

Kimberly Thomason

Coordinator, College/Career Readiness

Shawna Knickerbocker


Lori Anderson

Student Services Technician