October 2001


Mt. SAC to Host Presentation on Teaching as a Career

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Teacher Preparation Institute will host a program on teaching as a career to be held on Monday, October 29, 4 to 5 p.m., at Mt. SAC’s Teacher Preparation Institute in the Center for Learning Communities building, room 171.

Jeff Horton, a recruiter from Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Teacher Recruitment Center, will give the address, "Getting a Job as a Teacher—And Loving It."

L.A. County Teachers of Year Elizabeth Hodges, a teacher at Yorbita Elementary in the Rowland Unified School District, and Ken DeShan, a teacher at Walnut Valley High School, will also speak at the program.

For more information on the program, call Mt. SAC Teacher Preparation Institute at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4190.

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Walnut, CA ... Mt. San Antonio College Community Education and Economic Development will offer a grant-funded telecommunications training program for unemployed and underemployed workers with classes beginning Monday, November 12.

The three-month training program is designed to help train unemployed and underemployed residents as telecommunications technicians for cable companies and to help fill the need for these positions in the San Gabriel Valley. The program will provide 300 hours of classroom and hands-on training and will also include post-training in such job seeking skills as interviewing techniques and resume writing.

The "The San Gabriel Valley Telecommunications Training Program" is funded through a $327,000 Workforce Investment Act grant. Classes will be held five days a week from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on the program, call Mt. SAC Performance Improvement Director Cheryl Marshall at (909) 594-5611, ext. 6106.

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Writers' Day Series Presents Poet B.H. Fairchild

Walnut, CA ... Claremont poet B.H. Fairchild, winner of the 1999 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, will read his poetry during a Mt. San Antonio College Writers' Day Series presentation on Thursday, October 25, 11 a.m., in the college's Social Sciences Auditorium, 26B-101. This event is free and open to the public.

Fairchild--the recipient of several grants and awards, and author of many literary reviews and publications--won the prestigious Kingsley Turfs Award for his book of poetry The Art of the Lathe. He is also the author of The Arrival of the Future, another book of poetry. His poetry has been featured in literary magazines such as the Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Poetry, and the Sewanee Review. Fairchild is a professor of English at Cal State University San Bernardino.

This presentation is made possible by the Mt. SAC Writers’ Day Committee, the Mt. SAC English Department, and the Mt. SAC Associated Students.

For more information on this Mt. SAC Writers' Day Series presentation, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4712.

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Five Vie for Mt. SAC Board Seats

Walnut, CA ... In the November 6 elections, five candidates are vying for two open seats on the Mt. SAC board of trustees, including current board president David Hall and trustee Rosanne Bader.

Hall is a senior vice president for Hitchcock Automotive Resources, one of the largest retail automotive groups in the U.S., and has served on Mt. SAC’s board of trustees since October 1995. In the past, he served two one-year terms as president of the Mt. SAC Foundation and served as president of the board of trustees in 1997. Hall is currently the finance chairman and a board member for Schools’ Involvement Program for the 48th District Agricultural Association, he serves as chairman of the Human Resources Steering Committee of the Industry Manufacturers Council, and he is the vice president of the board of directors for the San Gabriel Valley Family YMCA. Hall, a resident of San Dimas, was an associate professor of government for the U.S. Airforce Academy and Brown University for 11 years. In May 2000, he received the WINGS Community Commitment Award. He was also awarded the Puente Hills Area Chamber of Commerce Silver Service Award in 1997 and the American Heart Association’s Exceptional Service Award in 1993.

Bader was appointed to the Mt. SAC board last February as a provisional trustee to finish the term of trustee Martha House. Bader, who has 32 years of experience in education, was the principal of Diamond Point Elementary School in Diamond Bar. A long-time Pomona resident, she has served as principal of Diamond Point Elementary since 1995 and also served as principal of Allison Elementary School in Pomona and assistant principal of Emerson Junior High in Pomona. In the community, she has been active on the YWCA board of directors, the Pomona Friends of the Library, and the Pomona Jaycee Women as a past president. She was honored with an Association of California School Administrators 1999 Administrator of the Year award in the elementary principal category, a YWCA recognition award in 1988, and a Pomona Progress Bulletin woman achiever award in 1986.

Challenging the incumbents is Rowland Heights attorney Judith Chen Haggerty. Chen has been on the board of directors for the Mt. SAC Foundation since 1999. In the community, she has been active on the board of directors for Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program, and the Rowland Heights Chinese Association.

Also running for the two open board seats are financial counselor and former Mt. SAC student Garrett Terrones, and water environmental director and former student R. William "Bill" Robinson.

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Mt. SAC to Dedicate Equine Unit

Walnut, CA ... A dedication ceremony for Mt. San Antonio College’s Equine Center will be held Friday, October 26, 12:30 p.m., at the new center located on the east end of campus off Bonita Drive. A dedication ceremony, tour of the facility, and riding exhibition are all part of the event.

The new Equine Center, which relocated from its location south of Temple Avenue last year, boasts a new 3,700 square-foot barn that gives Mt. SAC’s Horse Ranch Management Program plenty to whinny about.

The new $100,000 facility includes a new "breezeway" barn with eight stalls, eight corrals (one with each stall), an office, and a separate 7,600 square-foot covered paddock, also known as the "mares’ motel." The new barn also has a dedicated breeding room and lab—something the old barn didn’t have.

The Equine Center also includes a new stallion pen, a training ring, three new horse pastures in the back of the unit, one new pasture in the front, and a regulation horse arena that will be used for horse shows.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Agricultural Sciences Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 5151.

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Mt. SAC Bond Campaign Underway

Walnut, CA ... With less than a month until the November 6 election, the informational campaign for Mt. San Antonio College’s Measure R, a $221 million facilities bond issue, is well underway with telephone calls to voters, presentations to public and community organizations, and mailings to households. An important part of the message to the community is that the bond measure is an investment in the college, in the community, and in the future.

"Mt. SAC serves everyone’s need for education be it college classes, adult programs, basic skills, training, or programs for children. This bond measure is an investment in the future and our insurance that those programs and services will be available for everyone," said Nancy Stuve, Measure R campaign co-chair.

Citizens for Mt. SAC, a volunteer committee of community members, is running the campaign that carries the theme of Remember, Restore, Renew. The information about the bond measure is being distributed to the community in a variety of ways.

Presentations are being made at city council meetings, service clubs, senior citizen centers, and even bridge clubs with the goal of informing voters. Another way the campaign committee is trying to reach voters is through direct mail. Four to six direct informational mailings are being sent to select voter households in the Mt. SAC District. A third means of reaching voters is through the telephone. Volunteers are being recruited and staffing the bank of 20 telephones at the campaign headquarters located across the street from Mt. SAC.

The bond measure is aimed at addressing Mt. SAC’s deteriorating buildings, and safety and seismic issues in those buildings. A recent survey indicated that of the 78 buildings on campus, 67 need major renovation, repair, or replacement. Leaking roofs, seismic safety concerns, foundation cracks, and ventilation issues are just some of the problems facing Mt. SAC’s aging structures.

"People don’t see the real story behind Mt. SAC," said Stuve. "When they drive by, they see the new Performing Arts Building and the landscaping, but they don’t see the buildings slipping off the foundations, the rusted pipes, and the safety issues."

The bond also addresses the growing demand for more space due to the college’s burgeoning enrollment. With 40,000 (credit and non-credit) students per semester, Mt. SAC is already the state’s largest single-campus community college. But projections for the future with the current rate of growth estimate that the college could see an enrollment of more than 66,000 by 2013. Community colleges have an open access policy as part of their mission, but even now because of the lack of space Mt. SAC turns away approximately 2,000 students each semester. To try to keep up with growing demand, the college has installed several temporary Butler buildings.

"We’ve jerry-rigged things the best that we could, but in many cases the only way to fix the problems is replacement," said Mt. SAC Natural Sciences Division Dean Larry Redinger.

Some of the facilities projects include a new Science Laboratory Building, a Workforce Training and Conference Center, a new Child Development Center/Early Childhood Education Building, a Health Occupations Building, a Business and Computer Technology Center, and other projects identified through the college’s 2020 Vision planning process.

Measure R is Mt. SAC’s third bond campaign for facilities funding in the past five years. In 1999, Mt. SAC’s Measure M, a $98 million facilities bond measure, received 63.2 percent approval by voters. In 1997, the college’s Measure W, a $122 million bond measure, received 56.4 percent of the vote, but both did not pass because they did not receive the required two-thirds voter approval for school bonds.

However, Proposition 39, which voters passed in November 2000, changes the school bond approval percentage from two-thirds (66 percent plus one) to 55 percent. Prop. 39 also prohibits the use of bond funds for administration, imposes accountability requirements on school districts to ensure that bond funds are spent on approved projects, and requires that schools provide voters with a specific list of construction projects.

For more information about Mt. SAC’s Measure R, call the campaign headquarters at (909) 444-4800.

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Mt. SAC to Hold 25th Annual Writers' Day Contest

Walnut, CA ... Creative writing submissions are now being accepted for the 25th annual Mt. San Antonio College Writers' Day writing contest. The deadline for writing submissions is Friday, December 7, 12 p.m. The postmark deadline for entries that are mailed is Wednesday, December 5.

The writing contest is open to four divisions of writers: Mt. SAC students, high school students in the Mt. SAC district, Mt. SAC district residents, and a Phi Theta Kappa Honors division. Submissions are being accepted in the categories of fiction, poetry, science fiction and fantasy, fiction for young people, autobiography, critical essay, magazine or newspaper article, and plays or scripts.

There is no entry fee. Entries must be submitted with an entry form.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third-place entries at the Writers' Day awards ceremony, March 30, 2002. Winners are also eligible for publication in MoSAiC, the Mt. SAC Writers' Day Festival magazine.Entries should be sent to Lois Cole at Mt. SAC.

For more information, entry forms, and contest requirements, call Lois Cole at (909) 594-5611, ext. 3947, or the Humanities Division Office at ext. 4570.

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Planetarium Presents 'Stump the Astronomer'

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium will present a program that features the constellations, the night sky, and a special question and answer session in "Stump the Astronomer," to be held Fridays, October 19, and November 2, 9, and 16, at 7:15 p.m., in the Mt. SAC Planetarium, building 26-C.

"Stump the Astronomer" will explore the night sky, the autumn and winter constellations, and how to recognize prominent constellations. The program also includes a special roundtable question and answer session on astronomy featuring Jeff Schroeder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena and Palomar Observatory.

Admission for adults is $4.50, and admission for children is $3. Children under four cannot be admitted. There will be no late seating, and tickets must be bought in advance.

For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts box office at (909) 468-4050.

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Art Gallery Forms Alliance

Walnut, CA ... The Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery is now taking memberships for its support group, the Art Alliance Program, which provides financial and leadership support for the Mt. SAC Gallery’s programs.

The Art Alliance Program will provide funds for constructing a gallery shop for the sale of art, creating an artist-in-residence program, writing grants to expand exhibits, and beginning a volunteer docent program.

Membership in the Art Alliance begins at $50 and includes invitations and free parking at all gallery exhibits. Alliance supporters who make gifts of $100 will receive exhibit invitations and two free tickets to one of seven Cultural Arts event scheduled at the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Center. Alliance benefactors who make gifts of $250 received the same extras plus four tickets to a Cultural Arts event, and Alliance corporate sponsors who give $500 will receive additional corporate publicity.

For more information about the Art Alliance Program, call the Mt. SAC Institutional Advancement Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4121.

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Alumni Program to Benefit Students

Walnut, CA ... As part of the 100th anniversary of American community colleges, the Mt. San Antonio College Alumni Association has launched its Margin of Excellence campaign to raise funds for scholarships, book grants, special programs, and innovation. So far, over 5,000 mailings about the Margin of Excellence program have gone out to Mt. SAC Alumni.

Alumni can support the college through several giving levels. An Alumni Associates Gift of $25 will be used to fund an Alumni Association scholarship for a Mt. SAC student planning to transfer. An Academics Gift of $50 or more will be used to support book loans to needy students. A Programs Gift of $500 or more will be directed to specific Mt. SAC programs, and an Innovation Gift of $1,000 or more will support some of the college’s creative programs.

For more information about the Margins of Excellence program, call the Mt. SAC Institutional Advancement Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4121.

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Edward Moran practiced medicine as an internist and psychiatrist in Guatemala before immigrating to the United States in 1990 to escape political persecution. Twenty odd jobs and 11 years later, Moran finally holds a job related to his years of education in medicine.

As a behavioral scientist, Moran now feels that he is closer to his professional calling, but that he is still not working in the occupation for which he trained.
"We have heard this same scenario many times," explains Elizabeth Duncan, director of the Welcome Back: International Health Worker Assistance Center (IHWAC) at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC).

"We have people driving cabs, working in restaurants. They were at the top of their fields in their countries. We are here to help them get back into their professions."

The IHWAC at Mt. SAC, expected to open in February 2002, is made possible by a three-year, $1.4 million grant from The California Endowment, the state's largest health foundation, which makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of the people of California.

The IHWAC builds upon the College's existing Regional Health Occupations Resource Center, which shares administrative space with the new center.

"The point is to have as many services onsite as possible and to make those services available at convenient times and locations," adds Duncan.

Moran has already completed the initial intake process at Mt. SAC's IHWAC, a process by which the IHWAC collects data on the individual's training and testing, while identifying any barriers that might make licensing in the US difficult.

"If the individual is a physician, we ask if they have taken the US Medical Licensing Exam," explains Duncan. The Center then ascertains whether the individual has any language or other barriers to passing the exams and looks for ways to help. All licensing exams will be on computer at the IHWAC with pre-testing available as well as online study.

Similarly, nurses trained in other countries may be unfamiliar with US equipment. Mt. SAC's Nursing Skills Lab offers IHWAC students hands-on training in the latest medical technologies.

The demand for highly trained professionals with the linguistic and cultural competency to serve Los Angeles County's diverse communities is supported by Mt. SAC's IHWAC.

"I trained in internal medicine and then psychiatry," explains Moran. "My goal is to share my experience with the people…to put my experience to good use in the USA." Moran's education and residency programs in Guatemala add up to 14 years of hard work.

With Mt. SAC as the sponsor, the IHWAC functions in partnership with California State University at Long Beach, Charles R. Drew University and the City College of Los Angeles. Each institution of higher learning offers access sites to reach all corners of Los Angeles County.

Through Mt. SAC, students of the IHWAC will complete Vocational English as a Second Language and Introduction to Health Care in the USA coursework.

The IHWAC's first year planning stage is nearing an end with two implementation years to follow.

"We will see problems and we will come up with solutions," explains Duncan. "The second and third years may look quite different in terms of services."
For more information about the IHWAC at Mt. SAC, contact Elizabeth Duncan at (909) 594-5611, extension 6107.

The California Endowment was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment has regional offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego with program staff working throughout the state.

The Endowment makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of the people of California.

For more information, visit their website at http://www.calendow.org.
The Spirit of Volunteerism Inspires Service

Walnut, CA… Several years after completing his program at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), former student Eric Dietrich is still front and center at many Service Learning volunteer events that are part of the college's Physician Assistant Preparatory Program (PAPP).

Receiving no compensation or credits for his volunteer efforts, Dietrich describes his ongoing commitment as an integral part of his professional and personal experience.

"There are lots of us still actively involved in Lane's activities," says Dietrich, referring to Mt. SAC Service Learning director and Medical Services chair Lane Braver. "We are a tight group. I think this is due to the good experience we had together in the program." Dietrich recently completed a physician assistant program at a nearby four-year university and is working in his field.

The Service Learning volunteer activities overseen by Braver make up one of three components of Mt. SAC's Physician Assistant Prep Program, a semester-long program that prepares students to transfer to university-level physician assistant programs.

"It is a proven benefit that students who do service in a college class are more prone to continue the effort later in life. There are many who continue in the spirit in which our program is intended," explains Braver.

Delfino Garcia, who recently completed PAPP, says his history of volunteerism predates his enrollment at Mt. SAC, but that the college offered expanded opportunities to volunteer. PAPP students give their time to activities such as health screenings, health information events, feeding the homeless, visiting senior citizens' homes and many others.

His commitment spanning many years, Garcia volunteers at an East Los Angeles doctor's clinic - a community clinic that hosts biweekly health fairs and offers medical services to low income people. He finds his work particularly rewarding, because he is helping people not unlike his own family.

"I come from a low income family and growing up, I didn't have any heath insurance," explains Garcia. "I find helping people to get information about health insurance to be pretty gratifying."

Although he too has completed Mt. SAC's program, Garcia plans to continue volunteering with the college.
Yet does the tendency to volunteer actually attract students to helping professions and programs like PAPP, or does the program create a sense of altruism in its students?

"A bit of both," answers Braver. "It is not uncommon for students who have given freely of their time and talents to come to the program. However, the program instills in them a greater level of dedication to volunteering that can really continue throughout their lives."

"Volunteering is a component of my professional and personal life," says Garcia of his commitment to helping others. "The majority of students are looking for an outlet to fill their need to be useful, and to create a better world for their families and themselves," adds Braver.

For more information about Service Learning at Mt. SAC, contact Braver at (909) 594-5611, extension 4656.
Mt. SAC Prepares New Teachers

Walnut, CA ... Class size reduction. Emergency teaching credentials. Classroom overcrowding. These are the phrases heard throughout California's educational environment, signaling the challenges educators face in teaching the largest student population in the nation. However, Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) has an antidote for the shortage – a Teacher Preparation Institute that prepares hundreds of future teachers each year.

In its second successful year of a five year program, students enrolled in Mt. SAC's Teacher Preparation Institute apply what they learn in local elementary schools. Through a $73,000 grant from AmeriCorps and a $275,000 Teacher Reading Development Partnership Grant from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Mt. SAC students serve as paid tutors at local schools while participating in an instructional program designed to increase the number and diversity of K-12 teachers in California.

The Institute allows for reading tutors at the first through fourth grade levels at up to eight local elementary schools. Participating Unified School Districts include Covina Valley, Bonita, Hacienda-La Puente, Charter Oak, and Rowland.

"Working directly with students provides an opportunity that is invaluable to future teachers. Decisions can be made whether teaching is for you or what grade level you may feel most comfortable in," explains Catherine Schroeder, one of the 35 tutors working this fall.

"We just started a new group and I'm really impressed," explains Principal Audrey Hicks of Rorimer Elementary School, part of the Rowland Unified School District. Of the seven tutors from Mt. SAC working at Rorimer this year, three are returning from last year. "Last year's group was really fabulous," she adds. "Our teachers thought it was very beneficial for them, as well as beneficial for the tutors who had the opportunity to observe teaching firsthand."

Tutors at Rorimer work exclusively with kindergarten through third grade primarily in the area of literacy. Although required by AmeriCorps to fulfill 360 hours for the year, many students put in much more than the requirement, reports Hicks.

"I'm really impressed," she explains. "We work around their school schedules but many tutors say they can work from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day. They want to!" Hicks also reports of one tutor from last year, now enrolled in a teaching program at California State University at Fullerton, who still comes back for support with his program and to stay in touch with school personnel.

The Teacher Preparation Institute is headed-up by Dr. Kathy Henkins who oversees the tutoring component coordinated by Dr. Carolyn Lindberg. Lindberg says the program has grown from 30 students last year to 35 this year, with potential for many more.

"The numbers enrolled are dictated by the AmeriCorps grant," she explains. "We could have enrolled 50 plus, because there is so much interest in this program."

This AmeriCorps program is federally funded and one that President George W. Bush has included in his budget for the purpose of supporting national service opportunities, explains Lindberg.

"The special thing about AmeriCorps is that it gives prospective teachers classroom experience early," says Lindberg. "The result is better prepared teachers with better strategies for classroom management."

Through the instructional portion of the program, tutors enroll in "Tutoring Reading" and "Introduction to Education" courses, in addition to their Liberal Studies course work.

Career counseling for aspiring educators is offered as well, to enable students to see fully the pros and cons of the profession.

Mt. SAC's Teacher Preparation Institute, with its over 500 students in all, addresses Los Angeles County's need for new teachers, estimated at 200,000 over the next 10 years.

With an educational pipeline in mind, Mt. SAC is building partnerships with high schools that feed students into Mt. SAC and with four-year institutions to which Mt. SAC students may transfer.

A consortium including representation from Mt. SAC, Rio Hondo College, and California State Universities at Los Angeles, Pomona, and Fullerton guides the articulation of courses to help students advance toward degrees in educational fields.

For more information about Mt. SAC's Teacher Preparation Institute, contact the department at (909) 594-5611, extension 4190.

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Mt. SAC Trains, Retrains Workers

Walnut, CA...Community Education is a far-reaching service at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), through which programs in basic skills such as English-as-a-Second Language and literacy, welfare-to-work, high school diploma completion and vocational skills are delivered, among other offerings. Educational partnerships abound at Mt. SAC's Community Education Center (CEC), making career advancement a reality for thousands of local residents.

Stemming from the Workforce Investment Act of 2000, adult education at Mt. SAC has expanded its offerings to reach out to all corners of its service area. Mt. SAC's CEC partners with three One-Stop Centers - state-funded job development and training centers located throughout California. Through this partnership, the CEC supports basic skills labs at convenient local "stops" and, when appropriate, refers One-Stop participants to vocational programs, such as Clerical Occupations and Computing
Services Programs.

"The Basic Skills Lab supports my program and the instructors are very knowledgeable," explains Rochelle Hager, a displaced worker now studying for a new career in computer service repair. "I enjoy the class format and the instructional time is well used."

With employment and careers as the focal point of Mt. SAC's CEC programs, individuals receive basic skills assessment and training, educational advisement, career assessment, vocational training and employment assistance. The CEC's services coordinate with the college's matriculation process, which moves students into degree and certificate programs, transfer programs, and ultimately, into the workforce.

Fourteen hundred students partake in the CEC's CalWORKs program, an initiative designed to advance the employment of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients. Forty of these CalWORKs students also participate in an intensive Early Care and Education Training Program in which they earn credits in an abbreviated time frame. Applied to preschool education, Mt. SAC's numerous certificates in education are within reach of these hard working students, aspiring to careers in early childhood education.
"This program has helped me prioritize my life, and has opened my eyes to new opportunities - such as being a business owner," explains Caprice D. Mosley, a student of Early Care and Education, who plans to open her own daycare center.

"Being in the community, assisting students and preparing them to go wherever they want to go in life - that's what community education is all about," states Margie High, CEC director.

A 100 percent pass rate for five years running makes Mt. SAC's General Education Development (GED) preparation and testing program very successful. Counselors work with students to determine whether a GED certificate or a high school diploma, awarded via a partnership with the Bonita Unified School District, is the best choice for them.

Local high school students benefit from what the CEC calls its "High School Referral Program," which offers those students struggling with certain high school courses the chance to take the course at Mt. SAC and to stay on track in high school. Mt. SAC's CEC also offers high school athletes the WIN program, through which basic skills tutoring is provided to athletes, thereby increasing their chances at college enrollment at Mt. SAC or another institution. The WIN program is a collaborative among Mt. SAC's counseling, athletics and tutorial programs, merging the collective resources of the college to ensure athletes' success in their sports and classrooms.

Workforce preparation programs to assist veterans, laid-off workers, unemployed residents, low income residents, and more make Mt. SAC's CEC a one-stop employment service center that gets people working.

For more information, contact the Center at (909) 594-5611, extension 4845.