Santa Ana College
Santa Ana College is a community college
Community colleges in the United States
In the United States, community colleges are primarily two-year public institutions of higher education and were once commonly called junior colleges....

 located in Santa Ana
Santa Ana, California
Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California, and with a population of 324,528 at the 2010 census, Santa Ana is the 57th-most populous city in the United States....

, California
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United States
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In 1915, Santa Ana Junior College opened its doors to 25 students as a department of Santa Ana High School
Santa Ana High School
Santa Ana High School is the oldest and largest high school in Orange County, California, United States. The school was established in 1889.-Notable alumni:*Beverly Bivens, singer with the 1960s band We Five*Gerald P...

. It was the second community college founded in Orange County
Orange County, California
Orange County is a county in the U.S. state of California. Its county seat is Santa Ana. As of the 2010 census, its population was 3,010,232, up from 2,846,293 at the 2000 census, making it the third most populous county in California, behind Los Angeles County and San Diego County...

, behind Fullerton College
Fullerton College
Fullerton College is the oldest community college in continuous operation in California, having been established in 1913. Current enrollment is 22,014.- History 1913 to 1972 :...

, and the fourth oldest in all of California. An earthquake in 1933 damaged the Santa Ana High School building, prompting the campus move to North Main Street where it remained until 1947. A bond issue passed in 1945, paving the way for development of a 48-acre (194,000 m²) campus at its current location. Santa Ana College plays host to Middle College High School, a small alternative high school in the Santa Ana Unified School District in which students can earn their Associate of Arts degree at the same time as their High School diploma. In the late 1970s the college purchased the properties on Martha Lane south of the original campus and that land is now part of the parking lot. Recent years have witnessed the further development of and annexation of adjacent property to the original location.

In 1985, a satellite campus, what is now called Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College is a two-year community college located at the eastern border of Orange, California at Chapman and Jamboree. It opened in 1985 as the Orange Campus branch to nearby Santa Ana College. In July 1997 the name of the Orange Campus was changed to Santiago Canyon College...

 was established in Orange
Orange, California
Southern California is well-known for year-round pleasant weather: - On average, the warmest month is August. - The highest recorded temperature was in 1985. - On average, the coolest month is December. - The lowest recorded temperature was in 1950...

, California. Santiago Canyon has since grown in size to become a separate college from Santa Ana College (although both colleges are part of the Rancho Santiago Community College District
Rancho Santiago Community College District
The Rancho Santiago Community College District , one of four community college districts located in Orange County, California, offers associate degrees and adult education certificates through its two colleges: Santa Ana College in Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon College in Orange.The RSCCD serves...



Various programs lead to the awarding of Associate's degrees in Arts and Sciences, as well as vocational certificates.

Santa Ana College is nationally known for its Fire Technology program.

Santa Ana College is also home to the Tessmann Planetarium which was renovated and now has a state-of-the art planetarium system.

Tessmann Planetarium is the largest, both in diameter (30 feet) and seating capacity planetarium in the County of Orange CA. It was completed and became operational in 1967.

Notable alumni

  • Heath Bell
    Heath Bell
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    , MLB all-star Pitcher
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     for the San Diego Padres
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  • Robert David Hall
    Robert David Hall
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    , actor on the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
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  • Diane Keaton
    Diane Keaton
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    , Actress
  • Cathy Marino
    Cathy Marino
    Cathy Marino is a two-time USA Olympic kayaking team member and 8 time USA National Champion.-Olympic career:She was a member of two straight USA Olympic Games Teams, in 1988 and 1992....

    , Team USA Kayak in the 1988
    1988 Summer Olympics
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     and 1992
    1992 Summer Olympics
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  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin
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    , Actor

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