College to Career is a monthly column by Doug Ernst, Napa Valley College Public Information Officer, designed to connect the business of the college to the Napa Valley business community.

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Napa Valley College leaders who say the school is a “first tier” place of higher learning believe that all post-secondary students should start at NVC, even if they are planning to attend a four-year university.

Alumni are being encouraged to share their success stories to help Napa Valley College celebrate 75 years of preparing students for careers and four-year colleges.

Not many 75-year-olds have birthday parties that last a whole year, but Napa Valley College will celebrate for 365 days between the Independence Day parade in downtown Napa next week and the July 4 parade next year.

For post-9/11 veterans who need help adjusting to civilian life, acquiring a place to live, getting professional counseling and going to college for job training, there is no better $700-a-month deal in the Napa Valley than the Pathway Home in Yountville.

Local recruiters and job-seekers learned lessons from each other Tuesday at Napa Valley College’s second annual career fair, which attracted dozens of employers and 250 to 300 job seekers.

Napa Valley College’s Vineyard and Winery Technology program, which is already the largest in the nation, is bursting at the seams and preparing to expand, thanks to the Napa Valley College Foundation’s emerging capital campaign.

About 50 local employers will have a golden opportunity next month to recruit motivated employees at a Career Expo at Napa Valley College, but they will need to act quickly to reserve a spot.

After receiving 120 hours of instruction from experts with North Bay Building Trades Councils, 15 students will emerge from the Trades Introduction Program (TIP) at a Feb. 11 completion ceremony with pre-apprentice certificates designed to land construction jobs.

As Napa Valley College begins its 75th year, this may be a timely opportunity to reflect on how higher education improves our community.

When Navy veteran and former Oregon firefighter Josh Bowers walked into the Welcome Center at Napa Valley College this fall, he was in a world of hurt.

Napa Valley College’s performing arts program set new attendance records at the Performing Arts Center last month during the three-week run of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

In January, after having worked 40 years in the private sector, I began a new career in public service, as Public Information Officer (PIO) for Napa Valley College.

How does Napa Valley College decide which classes to offer students who want to intern for local small businesses and are working to start their own?

Traditionally, the six Ebersole family kids spend their high school years attending Napa Valley College, where they are able to earn AA degrees by the time other kids their age graduate from high school.

Over the past three years, Rosario Ochoa of Napa was challenged to find her purpose, as she struggled to prevent her brother from taking his own life.