Monterey Peninsula College

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Monterey Peninsula College
Monterey Peninsula College building.jpg
Type Community college
Established 1947
Endowment $1.8 million[1]
Location , ,
Athletics CCCAACoast Conference
Nickname Lobos
Affiliations CCC System

Monterey Peninsula College, commonly called "MPC", is a public community college located in Monterey, California. Established in 1947, it is a part of the California Community Colleges system.

In 2009, MPC established a Great Books program, one of only two such programs available in the California Community Colleges system.[2] The certificate can be completed through online study.[3] In 2013, the MPC entered into an articulation agreement with Chicago's Shimer College, allowing students who have completed the MPC Great Books certificate to continue their studies at Shimer.[4]

The MPC Great Books Colloquium has hosted campus events featuring leading scholars and artists. Participants have included Donald Hall; Derek Walcott; Mark Edmundson; Robert Pinsky; Dana Gioia; Clare Kavanaugh; Zachary Mason; Victor Davis Hanson; Robert Hass; and more. Many of these events can be viewed online via the Great Books Program at

In 2010, the MPC English Department began offering a Certificate Program in Creative Writing. The program requires that five courses (3 credits each) be satisfactorily completed, either all 5 in Creative Writing disciplines or 4 in Creative Writing and 1 Literature course. Creative Writing courses include the multi-genre Introductory Creative Writing and Creative Writing II; Fiction Writing; Creative Nonfiction Writing; Poetry Writing; Novel Writing; and Screenwriting courses offered by the MPC Performing Arts program. All courses must be taken at MPC; many of the college's literature courses are offered online and can be counted toward the certificate. No Creative Writing courses are presently offered in the online format.

The Creative Writing Program also publishes Scheherazade, the MPC literary magazine. The magazine is student-run and publishes exclusively the original creative work of MPC students. Works published include poetry, short fiction, narrative nonfiction (including memoir), novel excerpts, photography, and graphic art. The magazine is distributed on campus and at local libraries, bookstores, and other establishments. It is also published online at

The MPC Guest Authors Program brings accomplished writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to campus each semester to discuss writing with students and to share their work and thoughts with the public at an evening event. Guest Authors at MPC have included novelists Joyce Carol Oates, Christopher Moore, Craig Johnson, Benjamin Percy, Jane Smiley, Jennifer Gilmore, Laurie R. King, Micah Perks, and Okey Ndibe; short story master and novelist Aimee Bender; nonfiction and fiction author Peter Chilson; narrative journalist Jeff Maysh; and poets Ada Limon, Brenda Hillman, Tami Haaland, and Tess Taylor. The Series hosts an annual reading in April (National Poetry Month) by area poets. The event is called "Bridging the Bay: Poets of the Monterey Region"; participants have included George Lober; Jennifer Lagier; Brandi Kary; Joshua Converse; Simon Hunt; Marc Zegans; Marie Boucher; Kent Leatham.

In addition to English and Writing, the college offers excellent Departments and Courses in Mathematics, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health, Hospitality, and Physical Education.


Monterey Peninsula College competes in the Coast Conference as a Junior College. Its athletic teams are known as the "Lobos", which is derived from lobo (Spanish: wolf).

Notable people

  • David Fales,is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Jose State & Monterey Peninsula College.
  • Joseph Gutheinz, retired NASA official who investigated stolen and missing moon rocks
  • Ron Johnson, American football player
  • Christopher Kasparek, physician, writer, and translator.
  • Jimmy Panetta, James Varni Panetta is an American politician from the state of California. He is a member of the United States House of Representatives for California's 20th congressional district. He is the son of Leon Panetta, who represented the Monterey area in Congress for 16 years before holding such jobs as White House Chief of Staff, Director of the CIA, and Secretary of Defense.][5]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  2. ^ Claudia Salinas (2014-07-21). "MPC's Great Books Program earning accolades". Monterey Herald. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  3. ^ "Great Books Program". Monterey Peninsula College. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  4. ^ "Shimer College Announces an Articulation Agreement with Monterey Peninsula College". Shimer College. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  5. ^ Hennessey, Virginia (July 30, 2013). "Jimmy Panetta following in father Leon's footsteps". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved November 1, 2016.

External links

  • Monterey Peninsula College

Coordinates: 36°35′32″N 121°53′1″W / 36.59222°N 121.88361°W / 36.59222; -121.88361

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