News Release

Santa Ana College to Host Annual Student Leadership Institute

​Two-day intensive certificate program runs March 27 and 28

(Santa Ana, CA)—Santa Ana College’s (SAC) Student Affairs and Outreach will be hosting its annual Student Leadership Institute  (SLI) certificate program which teaches SAC students leadership skills through workshops led by local professionals March 27 and 28 at Santa Ana College.

A partnership between SAC and California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) for over 10 years, SLI is a free intensive two-day certified leadership training program, for SAC students, covering leadership development topics conducted by local leading community organizations and SAC representatives. Students are required to complete nine workshops, a total of 14 hours; participate in discussions, and attend an awards ceremony April 28 at CSUF.

For Class of 2014 SLI alum Karina Diaz, 27, of Tustin, the certificate program served to uncover leadership skills that she had never considered before. “I knew that the workshops would include skills for business, personal life and school,” says the communications major. “There were so many details covered by the speakers, however, I realized that time management was an area I could grow in—how to say no, and yet communicate effectively.” In addition to being a SAC student, Diaz also volunteers in her community and church, is a member of the SLI Advisory Board, and has a job. Now, with better time management and effective communication skills, she admits to being less stressed.

More than 65 students will participate in this year’s SLI. Seminar workshop topics include ethical decision making, public speaking, creating networks, time management, teamwork and collaboration, communication skills, diverse communities, effective leadership, and marketing your leadership skills. Keynote speakers include Director of Student Leadership and Development at California State University, Long Beach Mark Hartley and Vice President, Academic Affairs at Santa Ana College Omar Torres.

To be considered, SAC students apply online and are chosen by the SLI Advisory Board based on their written evaluations.

About Santa Ana College
Santa Ana College (SAC), which is turning 100 years old in 2015, serves about 18,000 students each semester at its main campus in Santa Ana. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions, provides invaluable workforce training, and customized training for business and industry. In addition, another 11,000 students are served through the college’s School of Continuing Education located at Centennial Education Center. Ranked as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges awarding associate degrees to Latino and Asian students, the college is also recognized throughout the state for its comprehensive workforce training programs for nurses, firefighters, law enforcement and other medical personnel. SAC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Visit to learn more. For information about Santa Ana College’s Centennial, please visit

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