Salinas, CA – The Millennium Charter High School, housed on the Monterey County Office of Education Salinas headquarters, has been selected 

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Millennium Charter High School Selected as Arts, Media, and Entertainment Model Demonstration Site

Salinas, CA – The Millennium Charter High School, housed on the Monterey County Office of Education Salinas headquarters, has been selected as one of eight Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) regional model demonstration sites by the California Department of Education. 

“This is an honor to be recognized as a model program,” said Hamish Tyler, Director, Monterey County Office of Education Media Center for Arts, Education and Technology. “Not only are we able to continue our great work, but we will serve as a role model to other regional and statewide secondary schools that want to pursue the arts, media, entertainment, and career technical education.” 

"We are extremely proud of the model demonstration site designation. The evolution of MCAET has uniquely positioned us to conduct this state-of-the-art program for education in 21st century skills, the arts and digital media technologies," said Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Kotowski. “Because of our innovative strategies to meet today’s students’ learning needs, Millennium Charter High is a place where students can’t wait to come to school and don’t want to leave. It is rewarding to be recognized as a model program.” 

As a result of the model demonstration site designation, MCHS is eligible for up to $15,000 in funding from CDE to support the following: 

  • Participation at Demonstration Day training at Coronado School of the Arts (Fall 2014)
  • Present at AME Leadership Institute in San Diego (Spring 2015)
  • Present at regional Demonstration Day at MCOE (Spring 2015)
  • Present AME best practices at two regional or statewide conferences
  • Attend Demonstration Day training at another model AME demonstration site
  • Provide technical assistance for AME programs in their area

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson visited the Millennium Charter High School and the Media Center for Arts, Education and Technology back in January. In the state’s award letter he said “After visiting your site, it was evident that you have model programs in the Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway as well as the Production and Managerial Arts Pathway.” Further, “I am excited to work with you and your staff during the 2014-15 school year and introduce other schools to the outstanding CTE work being done at Millennium Charter High School.”

About the Monterey County Office of Education

The Monterey County Office of Education operates direct student programs that are more cost effective and efficient to offer on a countywide basis. MCOE provides an array of services to support the 24 school districts in the county. Working with districts, MCOE can more efficiently offer a broad range of collaborative services and partnerships. This saves taxpayers money and assists local districts to focus on their primary mission of educating students. MCOE services fall under three board categories – student services, educational services, and finance and business services.

About the Media Center for Arts, Education and Technology

The Media Center for Arts, Education and Technology provides instructional services, including Career Technical Education/ROP, workforce training, classes and workshops. The MCAET classroom features a TV/media production learning lab, computer editing stations, screening area and public computing center. This multi-functional teaching facility offers classes to students from several area high schools. Instructional services are also provided via two vehicles – a remote television broadcasting truck for multi-camera coverage of sports, musical and theatrical presentations, and other live events, and a fully equipped mobile computing lab with 19 stations, satellite Internet access, video and green screen capacity and highly qualified instructors for service throughout the tri-county area. The MCAET facility also includes a “state-of-the-art” Black Box Theater that can be used for meetings, assemblies and public and private functions, as well as performance space for theater and dance.

About Millennium Charter High School

The Millennium Charter High School is the first of its kind in the tri-county area. The school opened in August 23 and serves as a demonstration site offering a full-day (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) innovative curriculum that emphasizes project-based digital media technology and the arts, with a strong emphasis on 21st century skills, including college and vocational preparation. The inaugural class included freshmen and sophomore, and will grow to include in juniors and seniors in subsequent years.