Doug Ernst

Napa Valley Register columnist Doug Ernst.

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Inviting the public to a 75th Anniversary Founder’s Day Open House on the Napa Valley College campus on April 14 is exciting yet challenging.

How can we pack so many fun and interesting highlights into one invitation?

Those who work and learn on campus – 450 employees and 6,500 students teaching, studying, maintaining and overseeing – want to show off their best instructional tools, projects, facilities and academic successes.

While surveys show the public appreciates and recognizes the college for its role in our community and high state rankings among two-year institutions of higher learning, we’d like people to come see the facilities and meet the dedicated people who make NVC what it is.

The event promises to attract all ages, genders and ethnicities, as it will feature a full day of programs and exhibits, live music and a wide variety of food.

For kids, we are planning special events and prizes. To entice guests to take tours, we are offering rewards for those who visit the most campus highlights.

Napans may want to see the career training programs that prepare students for jobs – in welding, vineyard and winery technology, machine tool technology, child development, hospitality, culinary arts, business, accounting, computer studies, law enforcement, nursing, digital design and graphics technology.

Others may want to find out how the college plans to expand academic offerings with technology.

Some will likely ask questions about funding, while others may want to know more about sports programs and the professional baseball team, the Silverados, which may start playing at the college’s Storm Field as early as June.

Hopefully, Napa Valley employers will come to the open house to find out how the college continues to produce workers who are interested in working for local industries.

Business leaders may see the benefits of hiring NVC graduates. Still others may want to find out how to help sponsor the event and contribute to scholarships.

High school students and their parents may want to compare the NVC campus to more expensive four-year colleges and consider the financial and other benefits.

The folks who pay the public education bills in this community may want to learn how the college pours more than $300 million per year back into the local economy for local goods and services.

Still others may learn it’s never too late to take a class or two at the college, which was designed by the community in 1942 to help individuals – and the war-impacted nation – advance.

While the 75th Anniversary Open House will celebrate the college’s history, it will also invite people to be part of the college’s future by simply attending.

We are also asking supporters to help sponsor the event by contacting me at doug.ernst@napavalley.edu or 256-7112, or Scott Allen at sallen@napavalley.edu or 256-7111.

Please set aside April 14 to attend the Napa Valley College 75th Anniversary Open House and Founder’s Day celebration. It promises to entertain, educate and enlighten.

Doug Ernst is the Public Information Officer for Napa Valley College.

Doug Ernst is the Napa Valley College public information officer. Reach him at DErnst@napavalley.edu or (707) 256-7112.

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