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Multiple MPUSD Students Complete AA Degrees or IGETC via Monterey Peninsula College Dual Enrollment Program


April 25, 2022


Marci McFadden, Chief of Communications & Engagement



Multiple MPUSD Students Complete AA Degrees or IGETC via Monterey Peninsula College Dual Enrollment Program


Monterey, CA – The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is pleased to announce several high school students have completed their Associate in Arts degree or their Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Certification through the district’s dual enrollment partnership with Monterey Peninsula College.

“This is an exciting time for students in our class of 2022,” said Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. “Earning your high school diploma is an accomplishment, and to earn either transferable college credit or an AA degree while still in high school is a remarkable achievement, especially considering the challenge of attending school during a global pandemic. We are extremely proud of our scholars.”

“The high school students completing their associate degrees and IGETC certification demonstrated incredible drive and commitment,” added Dr. Mark Zacovic, Interim MPC Superintendent/President. “Overall, 575 MPUSD students participated in Dual Enrollment at MPC this year, illustrating strong growth for this immensely valuable program that increases access to higher education. MPC is incredibly proud of our strong partnership with MPUSD and the teams at both districts who have worked tirelessly to make this opportunity possible for our students.”

Through the College and Career Access Pathway (CCAP) partnership MPUSD has offered students the opportunity to take college courses taught by MPC faculty on MPUSD high school campuses since 2017. We also partner with Hartnell College for two course offerings. The CCAP partnership has expanded dual enrollment for students who may not already be college bound or who are underrepresented in higher education and provides an opportunity for a seamless pathway to community college. Over the past five years MPUSD has offered a total of 67 unique courses in the following subject areas: 

  • Administration of Justice
  • Auto Technology
  • BIology
  • Business
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • English
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Geology
  • Graphic Arts
  • History
  • Hospitality
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Personal Development
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech
  • Theater

Students will be honored at a recognition event on May 23, 2022 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center at Monterey Peninsula College located at 980 Fremont Street in Monterey.

The following students will be recognized:

Marina High School

  • Cassandra Chapa, Completed 4 AA degrees
  • Katrina Chapa, Completed 2 Degrees and IGETC
  • Deja Briscoe, Completed 2 Degrees and IGETC
  • Jose Daniel Ramos, Completed 1 Degree and IGETC
  • Corinthian Ealey, Completed IGETC
  • Michael Garcia, Completed IGETC
  • Bryan Gutierrez, Completed IGETC
  • Samuel Rosa, Completed IGETC
  • Erin Belle Sevilla, Completed IGETC


Seaside High School

  • Alyssa Bui, Completed 1 AA degree and IGETC
  • Brandon Le, Completed 1 AA degree and IGETC
  • Marielle Mabaet, Completed 1 AA degree

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About Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is home to approximately 9,600 students in grades transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. The district also houses preschool and adult education. The district is built on a solid foundation of effective instruction, positive school culture, systems of support, and collaborative leadership. The district is nestled along the Monterey Bay, and stretches from the city of Marina to the north to the city of Monterey to the south, and includes the communities of Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Sand City and Seaside.

About Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey Peninsula College, part of California's public community college system, is an open-access institution, committed to fostering student learning and success by providing excellence in instructional programs, facilities, and services to support the goals of students pursuing transfer, career, basic skills, and lifelong learning opportunities. In addition to the scenic Monterey campus located on 90+ acres, MPC's district includes two excellent facilities in the former Fort Ord, to serve the residents in north Monterey County. As a comprehensive community college, MPC responds to the educational and cultural needs of its diverse community, distinguished for its outstanding academic programs and strong commitment to student success.