Bright Spots 2020: CSUMB’s Otter Promise

Today, CSUMB stands as a major success story in the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025, which set ambitious goals for each of the system’s campuses to achieve. CSUMB has already reached its 2025 goals for six-year graduation rates for first-time freshmen, …

Bright Spots 2020: Alisal Union School District

The Alisal Union School District has created systems that consistently produce positive results for kids, especially those who have historically been most disadvantaged. Alisal has a very high number of Bright Spots in both math and English across multiple grades …

Bright Spots 2020: Las Mamás and Padres Unidos

Bright Beginnings’ Salinas Mamás have an ambitious — and they believe doable — goal: making quality, full-time preschool accessible for all children. Through their Preschool for All campaign in Salinas, Las Mamás works in the community to raise awareness of …

Bright Spots 2020: STEM Teacher Pathway Program

Monterey County faces an urgent need for qualified math and science teachers, especially in our rural schools. To increase our local supply of talented STEM educators, CSUMB is partnering with Monterey Peninsula College, Hartnell College, Cabrillo College, and the Monterey …

Bright Spots 2020: Evans College Incentive Program

The Evans College Incentive Program at Monterey Peninsula College works with local high schools and youth-serving organizations to identify students who may be ready for higher education, but who face considerable obstacles and are not on track to attend college. …

Bright Spots 2020: College Readiness Programs

All four Monterey Bay public colleges and universities (CSU Monterey Bay, UC Santa Cruz, Hartnell College, and Monterey Peninsula College) offer college readiness programs that reach into local high schools to support low-income and first-generation students to prepare for college, …