Board of Trustees

​​A Message from the Board President

RSCCD Board President Nelida Mendoza

U.S. Congressman Solomon Ortiz conveyed the value of education when he said, "Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students." I could not agree more as my personal motto is 'educate for success.' I am so proud of everything that RSCCD does to prepare our students for success in life.

At Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College and Rancho Santiago Community College District’s education centers, we prepare our students to be successful in today’s competitive economy. I am proud to say that we welcome all students without regard to race, ethnicity, heritage, religion, national origin, immigration status, age, language, socio-economic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and medical condition or disability. Each student has the opportunity to unlock his or her potential for a brighter future.

Every semester, over 53,000 students enroll in our credit and non-credit courses across the district. They come to fulfill a wide range of goals. Those who access our Continuing Education programs strive to learn English as a Second Language, to obtain their high school diplomas, to earn career technical certificates, to bridge to our credit programs, and more. The students in our credit programs enroll to earn degrees and certificates to prepare for in-demand fields, to be ready for college transfer, or to improve their job prospects by gaining a needed skill.

As we look to the future, we are pleased to celebrate our recent achievements.

  • In 2017, both Santiago Canyon College (SCC) and Santa Ana College (SAC) were named among the 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America's community colleges.               
  • At SAC, one of the 15 California community colleges selected to offer a pilot bachelor's degree program, the inaugural cohort of students entered the college's new bachelor's degree program in occupational studies in fall 2017.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized SCC for the third consecutive year as a Great College to Work For®. For the third consecutive year, SCC was also named as one of 42 institutions recognized as "Great Colleges to Work for Honor Roll."

Our students look to the district and its Board of Trustees to provide the support, the facilities, the programs, and the faculty and staff to support their success. As the President of the Board of Trustees, it is my privilege to work with my fellow Trustees and Chancellor Raúl Rodríguez to keep Rancho Santiago Community College District moving ahead to meet current and future community needs.

We appreciate the outstanding dedication of all RSCCD employees and are thankful for the support and friendship of our alumni and the community-at-large.


Nelida Mendoza
President, Board of Trustees
Rancho Santiago Community College District