About the MPC Business Skills Center

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Business Skills Center
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Prior to beginning his career in the construction industry, Ryan Vucina attended Monterey Peninsula College, where he received a bachelor’s in business management. Ryan Vucina went on to become the chief operations manager of Vucina Construction in Pacific Grove, California.

The Monterey Peninsula College Business Department includes the Business Skills Center, which offers self-paced courses to help students improve business skills and learn to use various programs. The center includes courses in areas such as small business bookkeeping, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. Courses can be completed in as few as two weeks, depending on students’ individual pace and performance.

The Business Skills Center features a Business Technology Lab with the latest hardware and software to help keep students up to date. Courses are added to the skills center as new programs become common in office environments, including the latest versions of PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.


Pacific Grove School District’s Fundraising Programs

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Pacific Grove High School
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As the Chief Operations Manager of Vucina Construction, Inc., Ryan Vucina managed the construction of several properties with an cumulative construction cost of $21 million. To give back to the community, Ryan Vucina provides financial support to the Pacific Grove School District’s academic and athletic programs.

Pacific Grove High School welcomes private individuals to donate to the school through its PTA fundraising efforts. One of its programs is the eScrip Online Mall Fundraising. A percentage of every purchase made through the ecommerce site goes directly to beneficiary schools, such as Pacific Grove High School. Merchants such as Macy’s give back 4.8% of their profits to this program.

Pacific Grove High School also raises funds through the PTA Magazine Fundraiser. This online magazine drive is facilitated by American Publishers, and offers over 850 magazines and 100 digital subscriptions. Donors need only purchase or renew their subscription and input the school’s code, and 50 percent of the sales will be donated to the school. That money will then be used to fund student activities and athletics.

The Benefits of Hosting an International Exchange Student

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Vucina Construction, Inc.
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Chief Operations Manager of Vucina Construction, Inc., Ryan Vucina has supported athletic and academic programs in Pacific Grove School District. Moreover, Ryan Vucina has supported various international exchange students.

An important way of supporting international exchange programs is becoming a host. There are numerous benefits to hosting an international exchange student, including the ones listed below:

1. Inviting an exchange student into one’s home expands one’s cultural horizons. The experience presents the host with the opportunity to learn a new language, try new foods, and listen to new music among other activities.

2. Exchange students offer a new perspective of the host’s culture. Hosts can learn about the international impact of their nation’s policies and how other cultures around the world view and understand their culture.

3. Not only does hosting a student impact the people living under the same roof as the student, but it also expands diversity and awareness in the local school and community. Additionally, children who have exchange “siblings” may themselves become more interested in having international experiences.

MPC Alumni Scholarships


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Monterey Peninsula College
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Construction chief operations manager Ryan Vucina is involved in various charitable activities, including providing monetary support to academic and athletic programs of the Pacific Grove School District. Ryan Vucina studied business management at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), which also provides substantial financial assistance to its students.

Located in Monterey, California, MPC is a fully accredited public community college. Having an open admissions policy, it offers more than 100 certificate and degree programs. MPC is known as a leading military-friendly school with outstanding academic programs and support services for its students.

Through the MPC Foundation more than 160 scholarships are granted annually to MPC students. This includes five MPC Alumni Scholarships, amounting to $1,000 each, which will be granted to students who will be attending MPC in the fall of 2016 and are related to an MPC alumnus. The Alumni Committee of the foundation funds this particular scholarship program.

Monterey Peninsula College Foundation

Ryan Vucina has served as the Chief Operations Manager with Vucina Construction, Inc., for more than a decade, handling a wide variety of mixed-use projects for the company. In recognition of his achievements, he earned the 2014 Best Construction Site Award from the Santa Lucia Preserve Design Review Board. Ryan Vucina holds a degree in business management from Monterey Peninsula College.

One of 110 colleges in the California community college system, Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year university or to enter the workforce. In 1994, Monterey Peninsula leaders recognized the need for community support for the college and established the MPC Foundation. With an endowment of more than $1 million, the foundation funds faculty and staff awards, improvements to facilities and programs, and student scholarships. In addition to advocating for the school in the community, the foundation has been instrumental in campus improvements, such as the new Library and Technology Center.