Yes on GO – Help Students Succeed
The Friends to Improve Mt. SAC 2018 - Yes on GO have announced that community leaders Ted Ebenkamp, Monica Garcia, Alta Skinner and Gabriel Alfaro have been named chairs of the Measure GO campaign.
Measure GO, a $750 million bond measure on the November ballot, will help fund repairs to the college’s aging infrastructure, prepare students for transfer to four-year universities, improve campus safety, and expand vocational training programs.
“As a longtime member of Mt. SAC’s bond oversight committee, I am proud to support Yes on GO, which will expand job training and maintain the high-quality education for which Mt. SAC is known,” Ebenkamp said.
Measure GO will continue to fund Mt. SAC’s programs, including those that support over a thousand student-veterans, and curriculum that allows high school students to get a jumpstart on earning college credit by taking college courses. Mt. SAC is also an essential resource for students seeking job training and specialized skills to compete for good-paying modern careers.
“This bond measure will ensure students have access to upgraded classrooms and labs with modern technology so they can remain competitive in an ever-changing global economy,” Skinner said.
Alfaro, who serves as the student trustee on the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees, said, “The reality is these needs are immediate. The longer we wait, the longer students don’t have what they need.”
Mt. SAC regularly ranks in the Top 10 in transferring students to University of California, California State University, and private colleges.
“Mt. SAC’s quality courses and student support services prepared me well to excel as a student at USC and Cal State Long Beach,” Garcia said. “I’m proud to be a Mt. SAC Mountie and support Measure GO.”
Ebenkamp has been a resident of the Rowland Heights/Diamond Bar area since 1970. He is a board member of the Walnut Valley Water District and the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council, currently serves as the president of both organizations, and is a member of the water district’s Finance, Engineering and Personnel Committees. Additionally, Ted serves as a commissioner of the Puente Basin Water Agency and the Spadra Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency, is a board member for the Whittier Hospital Medical Center and serves on the 4th Supervisorial District Consolidated Redevelopment Agency Oversight Board.
Skinner, a 45-year resident of San Dimas, is a member of the Mt. SAC Foundation and has served on the college’s Citizens Oversight Committee, of which she is currently chair. A longtime community volunteer, Skinner has dedicated much of her time toward education. She previously served on the Bonita Unified School District Building Advisory Committee and the Bonita Unified Bond Oversight Committee. She chaired the San Dimas Senior Commission and the San Dimas Festival of Arts. Professionally, Skinner was a campus supervisor at Ramona Middle School and Charter Oak High School. Currently, she serves on the McKinley Children’s Center Board and is vice president of the La Verne-San Dimas Educational Foundation. Skinner is also a retired member of UFCW770 and CSEA.
Garcia, a Mt. SAC alumna, served on the Baldwin Park Planning Commission and was first elected to the Baldwin Park City Council in 2007, winning re-election in 2011 and 2015. She has been a Baldwin Park resident for 40 years. As a council member, Garcia’s priorities have been to create economic development and job opportunities for her community and improving city services and programs for youth, families and seniors. Her past professional experience includes representing the State Senate, Los Angeles City Council, and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Following graduation from Mt. SAC, Garcia earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, and her master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Alfaro is currently the student trustee on the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees and serves as the Legislative Affairs Director for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges Region VIII. A political science major, the 19-year-old is the president of the Walnut Valley Young Democrats Club. He has worked on a school bond for Walnut Valley Unified School District and as a field director for Walnut City Councilman Andrew Rodriguez. After he graduates from Mt. SAC, Alfaro plans to transfer to UCLA as a political science major and eventually hopes to become a lawyer.