Annual Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit

Publish Date: 
Oct 10, 2017

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the Monterey Business Council (MCBC) presented its annual Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit at the Marriott in Monterey, CA.

The main theme was Education and research institutions critical to local economy. I was invited to present on outcomes that have put Hartnell College on the map as an institution that is achieving big goals and continues to increase the numbers in completion, transfers, and enrollment to name a few.

The colleges, universities and research institutions in the Monterey Bay are a vital link in the region's economy. They create employment for nearly 16,000 individuals – a number greater than the entire population of Pacific Grove – and they also bring synergies, innovation, investment, and enhancement to the Monterey Bay's reputation as a world leader in a range of areas from language to sustainability and technology. 

Hartnell College was a proud sponsor for this event. With me were Trustees Pat Donohue and Candi DePauw; Dean of CTE and Workforce Development, Clint Cowden; Assistant Dean of CTE and Workforce Development, Sharon Albert; Director of Communications, Esmeralda Montenegro Owen; Director of Workforce Development, Agriculture and Healthcare Sector Partnerships, Rosie Armstrong; Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development, Ana Gonzalez; and Director of Salinas Valley Adult Education Consortium, Kristen Arps. 
The economic impact of higher education and research institutions in the Monterey Bay is hugely significant.  The economic report shared at the Summit can be downloaded here economic report.