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Informational forums with NVC President Dr. Ron Kraft set for September and October

 

"RESPONDING TO THE CHANGING NEEDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE GREATER NAPA VALLEY"
Informational forums with Napa Valley College President Dr. Ron Kraft

August 29, 2014 - The current skyrocketing cost of college education will be among several topics addressed at a series of community meetings with Napa Valley College President Dr. Ron Kraft throughout Napa County during the months of September and October. Dr. Kraft will discuss local higher education and workforce training needs and how Napa Valley College plans to respond to them in coming years.

These public meetings provide an opportunity for community members to learn more about Napa Valley College’s plans to ensure its future viability as a local source of affordable, high-quality higher education and job training opportunities.

Dr. Kraft will outline the college’s core priorities, which include:

  • Preparing students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities
  • Providing career technical education in fields such as welding, viticulture, machine tool technology, and other trades
  • Expanding veterans’ resources to assist their return to civilian life

Meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena (with light refreshments prepared by Napa Valley Cooking School students and alumni)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1, in room A132 at American Canyon High School, 3000 Newell Drive, American Canyon
  • Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Cyber Café at New Technology High School, 920 Yount St., Napa
  • Wednesday, Oct.8, at Calistoga High School,  1608 Lake St., Calistoga

For more information about the meetings and to RSVP (requested, but not required), contact the Napa Valley College Office of Institutional Advancement at (707) 256-7110(707) 256-7110 or nvcadvance@napavalley.edu.

Some Background
The cost of attending a public university is soaring, with average annual tuition and fees totaling $13,200 for the University of California and $6,633 at California State University. By contrast, average annual tuition and fees at Napa Valley College total $1,104 – giving students and their families local access to a significantly more affordable option. Napa Valley College students who transfer to a UC or CSU campus can receive their degrees in two years and save more than 70% on tuition and fees.