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SCC Interim President Jose Vargas to Speak During Virtual Mexican Independence Day Event in Orange County


Mexican Consulate of Santa Ana to present traditional “Grito” Ceremony online to safely celebrate the meaningful date

(Orange, CA) – Interim President of Santiago Canyon College Jose Vargas humbly accepted the invitation to be part of the virtual celebration of Mexican Independence Day hosted by the Consulado de México en Santa Ana (Mexican Consulate of Santa Ana) on September 15, 2020.

Vargas, a key public figure well known by the local Mexican-American and Chicano(a) community, stepped into the role of interim president of SCC in July and will speak on behalf of the college.

“As the Interim President of Santiago Canyon College, I am thrilled to be invited to participate in the Consul of Mexico in Santa Ana’s virtual celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day,” said Vargas.

SCC, identified as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) committed to serving a diverse student population, has a 51 percent Latino American student population. The college boasts a diverse learning community dedicated to intellectual and personal growth while helping students develop cultural awareness and a commitment to local and global citizenship.

“There are thousands of Mexican-Americans who are students, faculty, staff, administrators, and/or residents of the communities served by SCC,” said Vargas. “As a native of Mexico, I am especially proud and honored for the opportunity to provide celebratory remarks to kick off this year’s Mexican Independence Day. Viva Mexico!”

Mexican Independence Day commemorates the beginning of the revolt against the Spanish regime on September 16, 1810. Miguel Hidalgo, the leader of the resistance, made the cry of independence (El Grito de la Independencia), also known as the Cry of Dolores (El Grito de Dolores), on this day to motivate Mexicans to take up arms against the Spanish colonizers.

Those who are interested in participating in the virtual Mexican Independence Day celebration can tune in by visiting the consulate’s social media pages at 7 p.m. on September 15. The pages are as follows:

Instagram: @consulmexsantaana

About Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves more than 17,000 credit and noncredit students each semester. In 2017, SCC was ranked 13th among the 50 Best Community Colleges in the U.S. by College Choice and is currently ranked 3rd in California by, 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.


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