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Friday, Aug. 9, 2019

Edition 803

Monterey County Business Council Members Only Luncheon for August

Featuring: President, Naval Postgraduate School - VADM Ret. Ann E. Rondeau
Friday, Aug. 9,
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Bayonet and Black Horse

We are excited to welcome the new president of the Naval Postgraduate School, Retired Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau to the Monterey County Business Council as our August speaker. She brings to the assignment an unparalleled record of leadership and achievement within the military and academia in the areas of education, training, research, executive development, change management, and strategic planning. Prior to her appointment, Adm. Rondeau served as the sixth president of the College of DuPage. Her most recent military position was as the President of the National Defense University, a consortium of five colleges and nine research centers in Washington D.C.

Monterey Peninsula College expand MPC Promise to second-year students

After providing free tuition to qualified first-year students last school year, Monterey Peninsula College (MCBC member) will expand the program to include second-year students. Classes at MPC cost $46 a unit, meaning students who take 12 units would save $552 per term and students enrolled in 16 units would save $736.

The MPC Promise Initiative is funded under state Assembly Bill 19, which is administered by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. In 2018-2019, MPC served over 5,500 students with tuition waivers and reimbursements under the California and MPC Promise grant programs. This translates to awards totaling over $7.5 million in tuition aid for students through these two programs. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

California State University, Monterey Bay gets $2 million grant for migrant assistance program

A California State University, Monterey Bay (MCBC member) scholarship program aimed at helping first-year students of migrant families has received a grant for over $2 million. The CSUMB College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) has been selected to receive the five-year $2,125,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Participants receive financial assistance during their freshman year of college and ongoing academic support until their graduation. Read more
Source: Monterey Herald, photo courtesy of CSUMB. Pictured, CSUMB's 2018-19 College Assistance Migrant Program cohort.  

Graniterock's algebra academy preps students for future math success

More than 140 eighth-graders from 13 schools spent this week learning about mathematics during the 10th annual Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy. The academy started in 2010 when Graniterock's (MCBC member) former president Bruce W. Woolpert and Corporate Counsel Kevin Jeffery teamed up with Professor Hongde Hu of CSU Monterey Bay (MCBC member). Their goal for the program was for gifted eighth-grade students to expand their knowledge and love of mathematics. The program now also has partnerships with strawberry grower Driscoll’s and UC Santa Cruz. The academy now serves more than 140 students enrolled from 13 schools in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. Read more
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

Monterey County Health Department honored for excellence in public health

Monterey County Health Department was honored with two Model Practice Awards at the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award celebrates local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a critical local public health need. The Monterey County Food Safety Conference and Monterey County Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (MEPHLI) are two of 53 local health department programs to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award.

The Monterey County Food Safety Conference is an annual free conference that focuses on the importance of providing food safety education for the restaurant and food-service industry, at the same time raising the public’s level of confidence in the industry’s commitment to food safety. Each year the conference focuses on a theme based on current topics of concern.  This conference also provides an opportunity to award the Award of Excellence to recognize food facilities that exemplify the establishment of a culture of food safety.  

The goal of MEPHLI is to expand upon staff leadership abilities and competencies to better respond to ever-changing environmental health challenges. MEPHLI program does this by strengthening leadership skills of Monterey County’s environmental health specialists and support staff with hands-on, project-based learning in planning, collaboration, systems thinking, project management and analysis for effectiveness and quality improvement.

The Monterey County Food Safety Conference and Monterey County Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (MEPHLI) are now part of an online, searchable database of successful public health practices in areas that range from immunization and maternal and child health, to infectious diseases and emergency preparedness. The NACCHO Model Practice database allows local health departments, public health partners, and other important stakeholders to learn about the good work being done by local health departments across the country.  The database also provides users an opportunity to learn from best practices and what resources are needed to implement comparable programs in other jurisdictions that produce results.
Pictured, Environmental Health Director John Ramirez and Monterey County Director of Health Elsa Jimenez with NACCHO officials.

Monterey-Salinas Transit expands its Free Fare Zone partnership for Hartnell College students with ID

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MCBC member) is pleased to announce the expanded Free Fare Zone partnership with Hartnell College (MCBC member) offering students the ability to ride free on all MST routes simply by presenting their valid student ID card to the driver. Beginning Monday, Aug. 12, Hartnell College students will be able to ride all MST buses for free, any day, any time.

“Supporting students, education, and the environment together with Hartnell College is a win for the entire community,” stated MST General Manager/CEO Carl Sedoryk. 

Dr. Willard Lewallen, Superintendent/President of the Hartnell Community College District shared, "We are extremely grateful to the MST Board and administration for their leadership and vision in supporting Hartnell students. This tremendous benefit will not only allow our students to ride MST buses at no cost to and from our campuses, but also to travel to work and explore all that Monterey County has to offer."

We at Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) help businesses navigate the labyrinth of the government procurement system. Visit the website to learn about upcoming workshops or sign up to become a client. Call 831-216-3000 or see us on Facebook: @MontereyBayPTAC.


 40th Annual California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Statewide Convention, Wednesday, Aug. 21-Friday, Aug. 23
Location: University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 W. Fremont St., Stockton

Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council's efforts for economic development and education.

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