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March 4, 2009 > Students earn scholarships

Students earn scholarships

Submitted By Michelle Alaimo

Central County Occupational Center (CCOC) students from Milpitas High School will receive a Grove Foundation School-to-Career Scholarship valued at up to $4,000 to spend on tuition, books and related educational expenses.

CCOC is one of ten high schools in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties that are eligible to participate in the Grove Scholarship program. CCOC - a unit of MetroED, the largest career-oriented organization in Santa Clara County, comprised of high school and adult career-technical, academic and community programs - provides career-technical education for more than 35 high schools in six Silicon Valley school districts: Campbell Union High School District, East Side Union High School District, Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District, Milpitas Unified School District, San Jose Unified School District, and Santa Clara Unified School District. Students attend CCOC for half of their school day and the other half of the day; they attend their home high school.

The Grove Foundation received close to 160 applications from eligible schools in the San Jose and Santa Cruz area. Out of that, 74 students were awarded scholarships Jaime Kemmer, Program Associate for the Grove Foundation, said.

While in college, Grove Scholars must maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average, take a full course load, attend Grove Scholars events and program offerings, and continue their college career path. The scholarship is for up to $4,000 as determined by the student's education plan.

The Grove Foundation was founded in 1986 by former Intel Chairman and CEO Andy Grove and his wife Eva. The Groves founded the School-to-Career program in 1998 in order to give students an opportunity to achieve their focused career goal in careers such as automotive technicians, paralegals, nurses, accounting, and medical assisting. The scholarships are limited to students who will attend Cabrillo College, Evergreen Valley College, or San Jose City College to earn their career-focused two-year associates degree or technical certificate.

CCOC Grove Scholars include Aranet Duran, Zereyna Munoz, and Abel Padilla from Milpitas High School.

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