(Orange, CA) – The Santiago Canyon College Foundation (SCCF) has appointed Valerie Venegas to its board of directors. The foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is managed by a ten-member board whose charge is to assist in raising funds to support programs and scholarships for students at Santiago Canyon College.
Ms. Venegas brings to the foundation over 30 years of experience in events management, fundraising and college-level student support program management. She is currently the Manager of Scholarships and Events at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. In that role, she oversees the distribution of private scholarships to students and coordinates campus special events, including the annual Peace Conference, a zero-waste event sponsored by the college. Previous to her current position, she specialized in the area of student life and leadership at both Golden West College and Santa Ana College, working directly with student clubs and the Associated Student Government to create programs and leadership training opportunities for students. In addition to her professional duties, she extensively volunteers in the community for a wide range of non-profits, including StandUp for Kids and Second Harvest Food Bank. Since 2002, she has been extensively involved in the Boy Scouts of America at the local, county and national level. She is also a trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer and trainer.
“I am very pleased that Valerie is joining the SCC Foundation board. In particular, her extensive events and fundraising experience, as well as her insider knowledge of community colleges, will help us expand our community profile and fundraising efforts on behalf of SCC,” said Larry Cohn, foundation board president.
Ms. Venegas holds an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies from Santa Ana College and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Long Beach State. She is a current member of the California Community College Student Affairs Association (CCCSAA), where she has held many leadership roles, including President. She is also a member of the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA).
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About Santiago Canyon College Foundation
The Santiago Canyon College Foundation (SCCF), founded in 1998, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to fundraising and community outreach on behalf of Santiago Canyon College. The board of directors, comprised of fourteen volunteer and ex-officio members, works together to sponsor fundraising events and cultivate new philanthropic partnerships with individuals and organizations in the local community. The board also manages a permanent endowment for the benefit of the college. To find out more about the SCC Foundation, go to
www.sccollegefoundation.org or email
About Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves more than 17,000 credit and noncredit students each semester. In 2017, SCC was ranked No. 13 among the 50 Best Community Colleges in the U.S. by College Choice and is currently ranked No. 5 in California by
bestcolleges.com, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult - and senior - in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the
Rancho Santiago Community College District.