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I support Bruce Ketron for re-election as trustee to Napa Valley College. I represented American Canyon as a trustee for 11 years, serving several of those years with Bruce Ketron. I don’t think anyone could find a public servant more dedicated to education, especially at the community college level.

The college has faced many challenges over the years, most noticeably the loss of continuity of leadership through the death of President Chris McCarthy 2010 and the exit of Edna Baehre in 2012.

Finding replacements with the right qualities and fit for a college president is a long and tedious process. Bruce was co-chair of the College President Selection Committee that resolved college leadership difficulties with the selection of Ron Kraft in 2012. Leadership in this area is extremely important and Bruce has done a great job.

Colleges rarely have all the resources needed to provide quality education and facilities. NVC is no exception. The recent downturn of the economy stressed colleges across the state. Bruce sought the least possible impact on students when the college was cut 15 percent during the recession. He was the best informed trustee and pushed for full public disclosure and emphasis of the impact of the state-imposed increase of student fees from $18 to $46.

Bruce is keenly aware of the growing Hispanic population and wanted the college to recognize the need to plan for the influx of this growing student population. He was a leader in NVC qualifying to receive $785,000 in funding as an Hispanic Serving Institute. As a result of this funding, graduation rates have increased and more Hispanics are attending and succeeding at college transfer and job skill programs.

While some have questioned the wisdom of NVC seeking a bond in the November election, most critics are not fully informed. Suffice it to say that without planning for the future, catching up is very difficult. We have a growing student population and must be proactive in planning for them. To be better educated about the college bond plan, please go to either http://yesonefornvc.com/.

Bruce is innovative and was a founding director of the Winery and Viticulture Technology Foundation that qualified NVC under a new state law to be the first Community College to have a bonded winery for student education and job training for the wine industry. This was a huge step forward in providing learned and skilled workers to support Napa County’s most important economic engine.

Bruce is very involved in Napa County. He is a well-respected lawyer, using his connections with leaders in the community to advocate for NVC. He is a Rotarian, board member of Napa Creek Senior Housing, two-term board member of Connolly Ranch Education Center and now an adviser. He participates in Cycle for Sight/Pathway Home, Salvation Army, COPE and Napa Food Bank and his church. Bruce has 300 endorsements from other community leaders and elected officials. Interested persons can see this list of endorsers by going to his website, BruceKetron4nvcTrustee.com.

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In my opinion, Bruce Ketron’s experience, knowledge and dedication to education of and for NVC is unmatched by other candidates. I ask you to join me in voting for his re-election to NVC Board of Trustees.

Joan Bennett

American Canyon

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