Maintaining Affordable, High-Quality Education at Monterey Peninsula College
Information About Potential Local Facilities Measure
In recent months, Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) has adapted to changing and challenging circumstances to continue providing high-quality, affordable education and job training to local students. Another challenge we must meet is upgrading our aging college facilities in order to keep our students safe and continue providing a modern education.
Because the cost of attending Cal State and the University of California (UC) system has become so expensive, more students are starting their education at community colleges like MPC. In fact, around 50% of all local high school graduates rely on MPC for higher education and career training.
While MPC has served the community well for over 70 years, several college buildings were built so long ago that they have asbestos, lead pipes, and do not meet proper earthquake safety standards. By law, these safety hazards need to be fixed. Upgrades to career training facilities, classrooms and technology are also needed to give students the tools they need to complete their first two years of college affordably.
Local Funding to Address Facilities Needs
MPC recently commissioned a survey of local residents that found 66% support for an investment to improve aging local college facilities. As a result, the Board of Trustees is considering placing a $250 million local facilities bond measure on the November 3, 2020 ballot. A measure would cost property owners approximately $20 per $100,000 of assessed (not market) value, or $97 per year for the typical homeowner.
If approved by 55% of local voters, a local measure could:
- Repair leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing and dry rotted beams, replace faulty electrical systems to improve energy efficiency and upgrade facilities so the College can operate in a more environmentally sustainable way
- Keep computer systems and instructional technology up-to-date
- Upgrade classrooms and labs to help local students complete the first two years of college affordably and transfer to the Cal State or UC system
- Upgrade classrooms and career training facilities for science, technology, engineering, math, computer science, healthcare, biotech and nursing
- Make the computer and technology upgrades needed for students to be able to take classes, listen to lectures and complete assignments online
Fiscal Accountability Would Be Required
A measure would require a clear system of accountability, including a project list, a Citizens’ Oversight Committee and independent audits to ensure the funds would be spent properly. All funds raised by a measure would stay local and could not be taken by the State. By law, no money from this measure could be spent on administrators’ salaries or pensions. If approved, a potential measure would help MPC qualify for up to $250 million in state matching funds.
We Want to Hear from You – Take Our Survey!
As we explore our options to address our college facilities needs, we invite your input and feedback. Please take our survey to let us know your priorities for Monterey Peninsula College!click for Survey
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Kristin Darken at firstname.lastname@example.org or (831) 646-4001.