North High Directory Wins Awards

North High wins yearbook awards

North Salinas High School yearbook staff from 2015 to 2016 won two prestigious student publication awards for design.

The first was from the National Scholastic Press Association. North High won the First Class award. They also come second in the 2016 Jostens YearTech online design competition. Seniors Janessa Martinez and Erlyn Cabreros designed the winning mailing, said Jennifer Ghastin, English teacher and directory consultant. Both students graduated with the class of 2016. The prices were announced last week.

Online: Check out Josten’s price announcement at

Hartnell College Library celebrates 10 years

Hartnell College celebrated its library’s 10th anniversary on Tuesday with cake, refreshments and books.

The $ 47 million resource center was funded by Measure H, the $ 131 million school-building bond passed by voters in 2002. The two-story library opened in June 2006. It covers 68,000 square feet and can hold 80,000 volumes of books and reference documents.

Tuesday’s celebration also served to promote The Big Read, a project of the National Steinbeck Center and the National Endowment for the Arts. This is an initiative aimed at stimulating the building of a community through the collective reading of a book. This year, The Big Read presents “Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories”.

The Big Reading is underway in Salinas and includes an array of community activities such as lectures, plays, music and films. It ends on November 1. Online, visit

AmeriCorps speeds up for the school year

The latest generation of AmeriCorps volunteers in Monterey County were sworn in this week. The literacy program is administered by the Monterey County Office of Education. Now in its 17th year, the program’s mission is to develop strong reading skills in children by the time they complete third year.

AmeriCorps tutors serve a minimum of 1,700 hours per year, providing one-on-one reading assistance to K-4 students at schools in Salinas, Greenfield, Soledad and King City.

For the past 16 years, AmeriCorps, Monterey County United for Literacy, has been recognized for its success by California Volunteers, the Governor’s Office for Service and Volunteering.

The AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project is managed by Cal State University, Monterey Bay. It serves these agencies and programs: Everyone’s Harvest, Peacock Acres, Chinatown Renewal-Learning Center, Service Learning Institute-Student Leader Program, Loaves and Fishes Computers, United Way of Monterey County, The Village Project, Return of the Natives Restoration Education Project, and Monterey County Free Libraries.

Girls Inc. is looking for mentors for the ECHO program

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast is looking for volunteer mentors to work with high school girls through its ECHO Leadership Mentorship Program starting June 2017.

To apply, contact Elizabeth Contreras at 831-772-0882 or email: [email protected] Visit online

The local is affiliated with Girls Incorporated, a national organization that mentors and provides leadership training for girls ages 8-18, inspiring them to be “strong, smart and daring” and to respect themselves and the world around them. surrounded.

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast is a non-profit organization serving more than 1,300 girls in 30 schools in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.

Cal Poly considered among the best for graduate studies

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has extended its streak as an elite graduate school, university officials said this week.

For the 24th year in a row, the school is rated as one of the best public masters-level universities in the West, according to America’s Best Colleges annual guide by US News & World Report.

Cal Poly is tied with Saint Mary’s College for ninth place across the West for regional universities, up from 10th place last year. The western regional list includes 124 public and private institutions in 15 states that offer “a full range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs.”

Cal Poly ranks behind: Trinity University, Santa Clarita University, Loyola Marymount University, Gonzaga University, Mills College, Chapman University, University of Portland and Seattle University.

Cal Poly College of Engineering climbs two spots to No.5 on the list of the best masters / bachelor’s programs in the country. The college’s environmental engineering program is hailed as the best master’s / bachelor’s degree program in the country, the civil engineering program ranks third, electrical engineering is tied for fourth, and mechanical engineering is tied for fifth.

Cal Poly also ranks sixth in the West for Military Veterans’ Greatest Friend.

Online: view full rankings at

Compiled and edited by Roberto M. Robledo. Education Digest appears online and in print on Friday. Email your Education Digest news to [email protected] or call 831-754-4269.