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Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2023

MPC Foundation


The Monterey Peninsula College Foundation creates opportunities for students and enhances the learning environment at MPC by fundraising and friend raising.
The philosophy that "education is the means by which people may reach their full potential" drives the Foundation's enrichment programs and commitment to student success.

The Big Idea

Work-based learning (including internships, apprenticeships, field experiences, and professional conferences) helps college students select a career path, complete their academic programs, and secure employment upon graduation. In addition to providing valuable career preparation and training in real-world job environments, work-based learning (WBL) allows students to use their college coursework in applied settings and develop meaningful professional relationships.

Since WBL opportunities are typically unpaid and occupy potential work hours, lower income students are often unable to participate. The MPC Internship Program provides stipends to qualifying students to ensure that all students have the opportunity to take part in these meaningful career-building activities.

Utilizing a Federal grant, the MPC Foundation established an internship endowment so that future generations of students will continue to have access to WBL experiences. In addition to the MC Gives program match, all contributions made to MPC Foundation through MC Gives will be matched $1:$1 by this grant.

“My dream is to become a doctor/scientist. Because of the attentive faculty at MPC and the golden opportunity I was granted through a summer research program, I am a community college student who can say, ‘I am a scientist!’ This past summer was life-changing! I had the chance to do research and present that research at a national conference. It feels surreal and I still have goosebumps! It’s so amazing to me that this is only the beginning.”

- Sarah Semple