In 2017, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Associations of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC), placed MPC on probation.  Accreditation is critical for a college.  In addition to demonstrating that the institution is maintaining quality standards and practices, accreditation impacts the ability of students to receive financial aid and transfer to reputable schools.  Said another way, without accreditation, many low-income students would lose the ability to attend college and/or students would not be able to continue beyond MPC to obtain a BA.

MPC spent most of 2017 and the beginning of this year working to address the deficiencies identified by the ACCJC.   Fortunately, this effort resulted in probation being lifted in early June.  However, if you are like me, you are thinking that MPC’s accreditation should never have been allowed into a place of jeopardy.  Every district resident deserves to know that they can receive a top-notch education, which will launch them forward to their next steps. With experience securing and implementing government-sponsored programs and services, I know that ongoing monitoring and continuous quality improvement is required to maintain excellence. As Trustee, I will bring this experience and understanding to the district.  Through strong, focused leadership, I will support the college to not only maintain its accreditation but transition to being a leader in institutional excellence and innovation locally.