More Than 500 Expected for Junior Otter Closing Ceremony

Migrant Education Program, Region XVI Hosts Annual Event at CSUMB. 

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

More Than 500 Expected for Junior Otter Closing Ceremony

More Than 500 Expected for Junior Otter Closing Ceremony

Friday, Jul 22, 2016


Jessica Hull / Communications and Public Relations Officer  831.784.4245 (o), 209.679.4858 (c)

Dr. Ernesto Vela / Director, Migrant Education Program, Region XVI  831.755.6401

Carl Del Grande / Coordinator/Admin, Migrant Education Program, Region XVI  707.616.7912


Salinas, Calif. – The Monterey County Office of Education’s Migrant Education Program Region XVI, California State University Monterey Bay and El Teatro Campesino will host over 500 students and guests at its Student Junior Otters closing ceremony on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Ball Room at California State University Monterey Bay.

MCOE Migrant Education Region XVI, in partnership with CSU Monterey Bay, El Teatro Campesino and the California Mini-Corps Program, collaborates annually to run the annual Junior Otters summer academy for migrant students entering grades 4th through 9th. The award winning program focuses on language arts, mathematics, computer science, and an enrichment component that introduces students to university campus life and fine arts, including theater, music, drama, dance, art and, video editing.

“This year’s curricular theme is: ‘The Olympics!’ and a variety of lessons, activities and presentations have empowered students to better understand the importance of the Olympic Games and the countries and athletes who participate in the games,” said Principal Carl Del Grande, Ed.D.

“Junior Otters is an outstanding opportunity to expose students to the university environment and provide access to performing arts and technology programs,” said Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nancy Kotowski. “For some of these students it’s the first time they are introduced to college life. We hope this program encourages and provides them the tools needed to successfully attend college.”

The Junior Otter program is one of MCOE’s Migrant Education Program Region XVI Migrant Education Student Academies, also known as MESA. These academies are conducted throughout the school year and provide academic remediation supplemented with a variety enrichment activities. The MESA Junior Otter's Academy is a recipient of the prestigious 2011 California School Board Association's Golden Bell Award for Excellence in Collaboration.

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