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MPC and Partners Celebrate the Inaugural Dual Enrollment Class

Post Date:06/27/2018 10:00 AM


Jessica-webMore than 40 dual enrollment students from Marina, Monterey, and Seaside high schools were recognized on May 29, 2018 at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC).  They are the first Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) class to take advantage of the opportunity to earn college credit in the comfort of their own classrooms, while strengthening their college readiness and career preparedness. MPC, MPUSD, and UCSC GEAR UP teamed up to celebrate the culmination of the inaugural class of College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) students at the end-of-year celebration.

MPC Superintendent/President Dr. Walter Tribley and MPUSD Superintendent Dr. PK Diffenbaugh commended the students for their tenacity and courage for enrolling in and completing college courses while still in high school. The Superintendents also emphasized the importance of MPC and MPUSD’s close collaboration and its valuable impact on our students and our community.  At the event, students received documentation with tips on how to obtain their MPC student ID card over the summer.

Keynote speaker Jessica Sierra -- a Seaside High, CSUMB and University of San Diego alum -- spoke of her trials and tribulations in college and in graduate school, and why higher education has meant more to her personally than just academic progress. Jessica shared with an audience of more than 100 attendees how her perseverance to earn her degrees, along with a support team of college counselors, family, and friends, gave her the courage to battle through Stage 4 brain cancer.  She continues to advocate for higher education and its ability to nurture self-confidence, while teaching students how to effectively navigate our various systems.

As part of the event, students in MPC’s Theatre Arts pathway at Seaside High showcased an excerpt of their student-written and student-directed production On the Verge. MPC Theatre Arts instructor, River Navaille, introduced the students and spoke of the value and impact of Theatre Arts courses for high school students.

The event culminated with a group photo of this inaugural class along with Dr. Tribley, Dr. Diffenbaugh and the MPC mascot - Louie the Lobo.

 The MPC and MPUSD CCAP partnership is guided by Assembly Bill 288, which allows community colleges to partner with K-12 school districts to offer free college courses on the high school campus. The spirit of the legislation is rooted in increasing access to college and promoting a college-going culture, particularly for those historically underprepared and underrepresented in higher education.

* For more information about MPC’s dual enrollment program: visit