Thursday, July 17, 2014

CSUMB gets $2.1 million grant to help enroll more migrant students

California State University, Monterey Bay has received a $2.1 million federal grant aimed at enrolling more migrant students in higher education.

Awarded by the U.S Department of Education, the five-year grant will enable CSUMB to offer financial assistance, academic and career services, cultural and social enrichment and health and counseling services through the College Assistance Migrant Program or CAMP, according to Joan Weiner, a university spokeswoman.

The goal of the program is to create a paradigm shift in the minds of students and their parents, to help them believe that college is possible, and to provide the support they need to succeed once they arrive on campus.

The grant started in July and runs through June of 2019. It will provide services and assistance for 55 migrant students from Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara counties.

Services provided by the CAMP grant will also include parent orientations, high school and community outreach events, admissions and financial aid application workshops, one-week summer orientation programs and tutoring.

An estimated 31,000 migrant students live in the four-county area served by the grant, making the Central Coast home to 25 percent of migrant students in California. In Monterey County, the average farm worker has an annual income of $18,397.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Want to learn more about ag careers? iAgriculture coming to Harnell College

The Agricultural Business and Technology Institute at Hartnell College is offering a new series of informational workshops called iAgriculture

iAgriculture offers an insider’s look at the agriculture industry in Salinas Valley through hands-on activities, field trips, and conversations with professionals in the field. Participants will visit a diverse range of local ag-related businesses such as strawberry growers, flower production companies, vegetable transplant operations, laboratories and research facilities, companies focused on processing and handling, fabrication, packaging, trucking and transportation, and marketing.

iAgriculture aims to increase students’ awareness of the wide array of career options in agriculture, the different paths they can take in pursuit of those careers, and the relevant classes and certificate/degree programs offered at Hartnell College.

The iAgriculture series includes a five-day session in August and monthly/bi-monthly half-day sessions in the Fall. Any current or incoming Hartnell students as well as local high school students who have an interest in agriculture are welcome to attend, free of charge.

To sign up for the August 4-8 session, please contact Kristen Arps at or 831-755-6798, or register online here.

General information on Hartnell College’s Agricultural Business and Technology Institute can be found here. Industry or community members who would like to learn more or get involved in iAgriculture,  contact Susan Pheasant, Director of the Ag Business and Technology Institute, at 831-755-6702 or

Millennium Charter High School earns WASC accreditation

Millennium Charter High School is on a roll. Weeks after being named a Model Demonstration Site for Career Technical Education in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment, school administrators have just learned the school has just earned accreditation for grades 9 and 10.

Accreditation for Grade 11 will be completed in the fall of 2014, followed by Grade 12 in the fall of 2015, Principal Peter Gray said. WASC Accreditation certifies that the school is a trustworthy institution of learning and validates the integrity of the school’s program and student transcripts.

"I feel very proud that WASC has validated the hard work of the students and staff and the support of our parents," Gray said in an email. "Because there won't be a 12th grade program to be accredited until the 2015-16 school year, WASC will send a team out for a site visit and then we will be fully accredited for grades 9-12."

The school will be moving some operations to Sherwood Park starting the 2014-15 school year. An opening ceremony's scheduled for Aug. 1.