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An OC community college district looks abroad to boost revenue




The Rancho Santiago Community College District is planning to help startup two technical schools in Saudi Arabia.
The Rancho Santiago Community College District is planning to help startup two technical schools in Saudi Arabia.
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Rancho Santiago Community college is one of the oldest community colleges in California with a student body of about 80 thousand. Anticipating a budget shortfall in the near future, the district decided to diversify its revenue stream by establishing international partnerships.

The district is planning to help "refurbish" two technical schools in Saudi Arabia according to Chancellor of the Rancho Santiago District in Orange County, Dr. Raúl Rodríguez. Many critics, however, are concerned that this deal would re-route the district's focus from it's core mission of training a local workforce.

Dr.  Rodríguez spoke to host Alex Cohen about the pushback he's received and how he's handled the challenges from the school board and faculty.