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Message From The CEO – September 

message_from_ceoCecil Russell, Chamber CEOWe are featuring Education in this month’s issue of Progress. We believe that education is fundamental to economic growth and development. On the front cover is the new Science Community Center on the West Campus of Modesto Junior College. Our cover story features the four major facility improvements at MJC over the last few years. We are proud of the vision of the college trustees and thankful for the financial support (bond measure) and investment that has occurred. Construction continues at both the East and West Campus libraries, the Career Development and Transfer Center is on track for completion in mid-September, and the outdoor plaza between Glacier Hall and the Science Community Center is complete.

The new facilities coupled with new leadership will serve our community well into the future. MJC President Jill Stearns is creative, innovative and a great communicator. Your Modesto Chamber Board of Directors was fortunate enough to tour the new additions on the West Campus and conduct one of our board meetings in a state-of-the-art classroom. We were very impressed with the design and high-tech features of the facility. These additions will help take this learning institution to a new level of education. I am positive that after a visit you will be equally impressed.

We are also pleased with the permanent appointment of Dr. Sheley as the President of California State University, Stanislaus. He has immersed himself in our community and brings an engaging and collaborative leadership style to our University. We look forward to a continued partnership with Dr. Sheley and his entire staff.

Science Community Center Great Valley Museum

Science Community Center
Great Valley Museum

In addition, we congratulate Pam Able as she moves into her third year as Superintendent of Modesto City Schools. Pam is a supporter of PeaceBuilders, a program that is made possible by a grant from the Stanislaus Community Foundation. The program helps to set expectations and reduce aggression, which will create a better atmosphere for learning. This practice supports our County Superintendent of Schools’ new initiative “Destination Graduation”.

We continue to partner with education and to convene business leaders with educators. We just held our 3rd annual State of Education Forum. It focused on education funding and how it impacts our community. The event also served as the platform for our County Superintendent of Schools, Tom Changnon, to launch the “Destination Graduation“ initiative. Likewise, we heard from students who spoke on how local education programs have changed their lives.

Education in our area is not limited to high school and traditional two and four-year schools. Modesto is fortunate to be home to many private universities, certification programs and a number of different kinds of schools. These range in curriculum from music & design to computer technology programs.

Education is fundamental to economic growth, prosperity and quality of life. Whether a student is pursuing an MBA or earning an industry–specific trade certification, we are counting on area businesses to become involved in education to help learning institutions shape the programs that create the types of employees that businesses are looking to hire.


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