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Community Partnerships

Mare Island Technology Academy thanks its community partners who do so much to support our students, and we salute the following agencies and businesses for their partnership and support!
 
Accucode (3D printers) – Michael Connelly, VP – Accucode leverages knowledge and expertise to create a portfolio of business technology solutions aimed at driving operational efficiency and profitability for businesses of all types. The firm provides fully managed networks, tablet solutions, managed services, hardware management, and 3-D printing services
 
California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) – Lilia Tanakeyowma, CAPP Liaison, Robin Fischer /  Zee Cline, coordinators. The California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) develops cooperative efforts to improve the academic quality of public secondary schools in order to improve the preparation for college for all students. CAPP provides college readiness resources and expertise, as well as consulting services to MIT. 
 
California State University Maritime Academy (CSU-MA) – Matthew Tener, Coordinator, College Readiness Program – The California State University Maritime Academy (CSU-MA) is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system and is one of seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States and the only one on the West Coast. It is located in Vallejo and offers six different Bachelor's degrees. CSU-MA provides math and English tutors to MIT, as well as having funded the Parent Institute (“PIQE”) three times.
 
California Technical Education Industry Partnership (“CTEIP”) – A group of industry partners that provide periodic review and consultation on MIT Academy career technical education. The 2016-17 CTEIP Advisory Board consists of Michael Connelly (Accucode), Bryan Farmer (Edmentum), Kelly Penwell (SCC), Paul Roberts (PRP Architecture), 
 
Continentals of Omega Boys’ Club – Clarence Turner, President –has been a fixture of Vallejo youth programming for over 50 years. The Club is adjacent to MIT Academy on the northwest side of the campus. The mission of the Club is to “motivate youth to do their best in life,” with a focus on college-going, especially for children who will be the first in their families to attend. The Club focuses on Transitional Kindergarten and elementary age children in an after school and summer program that meets the needs of low- and moderate-income families.
 
Friends of MIT Academy, Inc. – Roger Vaughan, President – is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which exists to provide support to Mare Island Technology Academy. Friends has operated as a qualified non-profit for over a decade in service to the school community. 
 
John F. Kennedy University – Jes Moniz, Special Projects Coordinator – The JFK Internship Program offers coursework and support for California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) interns. These programs prepare students for clinical work in private practice settings as well as county and/or community based agencies. Interwoven through the coursework are essential themes such as community mental health practice, cultural diversity, systemic thinking, collaborative treatment, wellness, resiliency, and recovery. JFK provides five counseling interns that provide individual and group counseling services to MIT students (Corinne Christiansen, MIT liaison). 
 
Loma Vista Farm – 150 Rainier Ave, Vallejo, CA 94589 – (707) 556-8765 Loma Vista Farm is a 5-acre outdoor classroom that provides hands-on educational activities involving plants and animals for children of all ages and abilities. We seek to increase students’ knowledge of nature and nutrition while enhancing academic learning, ecoliteracy, and psychosocial development. Loma Vista farm provides MIT educational opportunities and, in development, composting and joint facilities use opportunities.
 
MATE – The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center uses underwater robots (remotely operated vehicles or ROVs) as a way to get middle school, high school and college students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). From ROV designing and building workshops to competitions that focus on real-world ROV missions, these activities expose students to STEM careers and help them envision pathways to these careers. MATE provides MIT an instructor and logistical support (Jim McDonnell, MATE Engineering Instructor and School Mentor, jmrobotics@pacbell.net).
 
Nor-Cal Basketball League (NCBL) – The Nor-Cal Basketball League (NCBL) is a local association of schools joined together to provide recreational basketball games in a league setting (Tyson Davis, coordinator).
 
Outflank Games – 1325 Gateway Blvd, Fairfield 94533 – info@outflankgames.com – (707) 410-0820 – Outflank Games is a retail game store located off I-80 in Fairfield, offering an extensive selection of miniature, card, and board games in a clean, well-lit environment, as well as a large play space that can hold up to 20 tables for casual play or events. The play space is free play and patrons are encouraged to play in the shop. Outflank games is a generous donator of games and supplies to the MIT Games Club (Matt DiGiordano, MIT liaison). 
 
Rotary of Vallejo – Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Vallejo Rotary meets weekly and supports MIT Academy through scholarships, leadership development, and direct donations.
 
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – (website) Northern California's award-winning theme/animal park, featuring the biggest, most thrilling attractions in the San Francisco/Sacramento area. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a 135-acre animal theme park located in Vallejo.
 
Solano Association of Realtors (SOAR) – Jesse Payne, Executive Officer – Since 1920, SOAR has been dedicated to serving the community by providing real estate professionals and consumers with the proper tools and resources needed to enjoy and preserve the right of property ownership, and contributing to the community through education, professional networking, humanitarian projects, and leadership roles. SOAR supports MIT academy through scholarships, leadership development, and direct donations.
 
Solano Community College (SCC) – Kelly Penwell, Associate Dean – Solano Community College (SCC) is a two-year institution of higher learning located in Fairfield and Vallejo. It is part of California's public community college system, which comprises 112 campuses in 72 districts across the state. SCC's service area includes all of Solano County and the town of Winters in Yolo County. 
 
Solano County Library – Bonnie Katz, Director – The Solano County Library is a public library system serving Solano County. The library system consists of 8 public libraries, the Solano County Law Library and the Solano County Library Adult Literacy Program. SCL offers professional, innovative, cost-effective service by providing library materials, resources, information, entertainment and lifelong learning opportunities to enrich the lives of the people of Solano County.
 
TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools build sustainable computer science programs by pairing trained computer science professionals – from across the tech industry – with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science in high schools throughout the US. TEALS volunteers and partner teachers create a ripple effect, impacting the students they teach, and the many students who will study CS in the future. Started in 2009 by Microsoft employee Kevin Wang who developed and ran the program in his spare time, TEALS was embraced and adopted by Microsoft in 2011 (Michael Wee, MIT coordinator / instructor).
 
The California Health Collaborative – Jennifer McClendon, Project Director – CHS is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization committed to enhancing the quality of life and health of the people of California, particularly the underserved and underrepresented. Guided by its mission of “changing lives by improving health and wellness,” the CHS implements an array of health promotion and disease prevention programs, public health surveillance systems, and a variety of capacity-building and networking activities.
 
The National Tutoring Association — Dr. Sandi Ayaz, Executive Director – is the country’s oldest and largest association dedicated solely to the training and advancement of tutors. NTA trained tutors earn certification that holds real value for them and future employers. The NTA mission is to foster the advancement of professional and peer tutoring and academic coaching, support research into best practices and standards for all tutors, support tutor training, advocate for tutor certification, and uphold the NTA Code of Ethics (Elizabeth Garcia, MIT liaison).
 
Vallejo Suburban Kiwanis – the Vallejo Suburban Kiwanis Club was founded in 1961 as a service organization and volunteers its members’ skills and time each month to assist with various community service projects, and to raise funds to for other causes through its charitable foundation. Kiwanis supports MIT through its large Key Club (50+ student members) and joint fundraising activities (Aubrey Perry, MIT liaison).
 
VCUSD – MIT Academy engages in a variety of partnerships with VCUSD, including:
  • 4-H Science, Engineering, & Technology (“SET”) program – MIT seniors fulfill internship requirement by tutoring Widenmann and Loma Vista ASP students in various science activities (10 – 12 students / year).
  • Widenmann fields – MIT Academy rents field space from Widenmann Elementary for afternoon ASP use (up to 300 students / year).
  • Sac-Joaquin / CIF athletics – MIT high school students are eligible to play sports for Vallejo & Jesse Bethel High Schools (between 40-50 students / year). 
 
Victory Stores – Since, 1945, Victory Stores has been a Vallejo institution that sells camping gear, work clothing, military surplus, tactical gear, cookware, hats, cutlery, boots and shoes. Victory Stores supports the annual Vallejo 4th of July Fireworks celebration for Vallejo to provide the community with a memorable Independence Day. Victory Stores is also an official business partner to MIT Academy, selling MIT dress code clothing and patches, and provides a “clothing scholarship” program for needy families.