Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

College & Career Readiness

It's not too late to register for Saddleback College Late Start Session: 

October 21 - December 21 

Earn college credit before you graduate high school and it's Tuition-free.

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The Orange County Department of Education is pleased to announce virtual College and Career Discovery Fairs on the afternoons of October 19, 20, and 21 for all high school and intermediate students, educators, and families.

  • Align your college choice with your career interest
  • Communicate live with college representatives
  • Choose from 72 colleges from California, USA, and the world
  • Discover how to save on tuition
  • Consider an international degree that is accepted globally 


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