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Local High School Students Get a Head Start at MPC!

Post Date:05/23/2017 2:44 PM


Things just got really interesting for high school students on the Monterey Peninsula!  This month Monterey Peninsula College announced their new College and Career Access Pathways program, partnering in the first phase in the Fall of 2017 with Monterey Peninsula Unified School District and Pacific Grove Unified School District.

The dual enrollment model aligns with the new California Legislation resulting from Assembly Bill 288: College and Career Access Pathways Partnerships and is geared to help all high school students better prepare for college and career readiness, by offering college-level courses in academic and vocational tracks at the local high schools, at no cost to the students.

Initial pathways planned to begin in the Fall of 2017 at local high schools include:

  • College Connections/General Education (Marina High School)
  • Computer Information Systems/Networking & Security (Pacific Grove High School)
  • Computer Programming & Video Game Design (Monterey High School)
  • Sustainable Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts (Marina High School)
  • Personal Health & Wellness Professions (Marina High School)
  • Theater Arts (Monterey High School and Seaside High School)

District leadership and MPC faculty and staff are enthusiastic about the many benefits of this program has to offer students in the area.

"The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District values college and career readiness, and has invested heavily in efforts at both our middle and high schools. We applaud MPC's new pathway, and are proud to partner with the college to ensure every student has the opportunity to engage in college-level coursework," said MPUSD Superintendent Dr. PK Diffenbaugh.

Sean Keller, Pacific Grove High School’s Assistant Principal and CTE Coordinator explains “Pacific Grove Unified is excited to provide additional opportunities for students to earn transferable, college credit without a high-stakes test. In addition to Networking & Security, I’m sure that our partnership will expand over the years to include all of our CTE Pathways along with options for career certification.  MPC’s partnership embodies how a community college should guide its stakeholders toward 21st Century Careers.”

According to LaKisha Bradley, MPC’s Director of Student Success & Equity, “One of the biggest rewards of a program like this is the opportunity for students, including many who otherwise wouldn’t have done so, to take college courses.  Many of these students, who perhaps have not yet realized it, will discover that they do have the ability to succeed in college.  It’s the positive reinforcement that college is for them and they have what it takes to be successful that will lead them toward greater success and future opportunities.” 

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