Salinas, CA – The Monterey County Office of Education Migrant Education Program Region XVI, California State University Monterey Bay and El Teatro Campesino 

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More Than 500 Expected for Closing Ceremony of MCOE Migrant Education Region XVI Junior Otter Program

Salinas, CA – The Monterey County Office of Education Migrant Education Program Region XVI, California State University Monterey Bay and El Teatro Campesino will host its Migrant Education Student Academy Junior Otters closing ceremony on:

Wednesday, July 30 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

University Ball Room | California State University Monterey Bay

Playwright, writer and film director Luis Valdez and his family will provide the keynote address to more than 500 attendees during the closing event. The ceremony culminates the four-week Junior Otter Program conducted on the CSUMB campus.

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 8th. The award winning program focuses on language arts, mathematics  and science interventions with 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 “Head, Heart and Hands!” and a variety of lessons, activities and presentations have empowered students to better understand how the world around them evolves in so many ways,” 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. For some of these students it is the first time they are introduced to college life,” said Monterey County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Kotowski.

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.

Program Contacts:

Dr. Ernesto Vela, Director

Migrant Education Program, Region XVI


Carl Del Grande, Coordinator/Administrator

Migrant Education Program, Region XVI