The MPC Education Center at Marina was developed as a satellite site of the College. Its primary role is to serve as a gateway center, providing students access to initial basic skills and general education courses, as well as discrete training opportunities.
Historically, MPC has always maintained a close connection to the military community by providing general education curriculum to active duty servicemen and their dependents stationed in the area. MPC had a strong presence at Ft. Ord while the base was open but even with the base closure in 1994, the regional demand for educational services remained. When property became available for educational expansion into Ft. Ord, the College had the opportunity to fulfill the demand for courses from communities in Marina, Seaside and CSUMB.
In August 2005, the College received the 20+ acres Imjin Road property. Discussions regarding traffic issues continued through fall of 2006, property adjustments were made to eliminate potential negative impact to the site, and modifications were approved by the MPC Board of Trustees at the February 27, 2007 meeting.
The College formed the Ft. Ord Advisory Committee in the fall of 2005 to establish the preliminary master plan for the site and to select the architects to help guide the process. Out of this process, two subcommittees were formed; the Education Center Project Team and the Public Safety Project Team. In the fall of 2006, in cooperation with the Academic Senate, the Education Center Project Team was expanded to include four additional faculty members from different segments of the College.
The Education Center Project Team serves as an advisory board to recommend a general mission for the Center to include programmatic directions based on input from division surveys, the community needs assessments and institutional goals.
Co-planning included conversations between the College, the City of Marina, CSUMB and the private developers. The intent was to develop a strong win-win relationship between these partners and agencies to best share resources and maximize opportunities for all.