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The Staff and Students of Rancho Cielo are constantly learning, participating in the community at large, and making a difference.

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Now Recruiting!!!

January 22, 2021

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Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific Feature

January 20, 2021

Rancho Cielo was featured on the Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific website! Check out an excerpt of the story below.

"The Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific see value and strength in diversity. In past years we have issued financial grants to many community minded non-profits. Sometimes these grant partners are a match made in Heaven! Like our grant gift to Rancho Cielo, located in Salinas, CA."

Read the full story here .

Rancho Cielo Featured in the Salinas Valley Business Journal

December 30, 2020

Read about it out here .

Rancho Cielo Inducts New Board Members

December 10, 2020

At Rancho Cielo’s November Board meeting, the board recognized outgoing board members Troy Boutonnet, Mike Costa, Jazmin López, Cosme Padilla, and Joanne Taylor.

New Board Members joining the board in January include Luis Alvarez (Owner of Alvarez Technology Group); Jeff Cook (CFO, Taylor Farms); Dale Ellis (Land Use Professional); Georgina Mendoza (JD, GMM Consulting), Clement Miller (COO, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System); and Mike Zimmerman (President, Cannery Row Company).

Elected as Officers of the Rancho Cielo Board are Susan Black, Chair (Pinnacle Bank); Jesse López, Vice Chair (Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope); Mike Zimmerman, Treasurer;...

Rancho Cielo Becomes a Blue Zones Designated Restaurant

November 16, 2020

It's official-- The Drummond Culinary Academy Dining Room is now a Blue Zones Project Approved Restaurant!

On November 13, 2020, we held a small outdoor celebration to recognize our new designation. We are so excited to be a part of the Blue Zones Project.

Learn more about the Blue Zones Project here: https://info.bluezonesproject.com/montereycounty

Rancho Cielo Featured in NPR

November 2, 2020

Rancho Cielo was featured on NPR! Current and former students talk about their experiences voting this election and Stacie Simmons, Transitional Housing Program Director, talks about how she's helped students become more informed about voting.

“It really gets me excited because it feels like you're part of this community of change,” said Simons. “It's very inspirational to see younger people wanting to learn this information.”

Read the full story here .

Come to a Prospective Student Open House

August 25, 2020

At Rancho Cielo, young people can earn their high school diploma and a vocational certificate for free. Come to one of our Prospective Student Open Houses to learn more. The Open Houses will be held every Tuesday until the end of the semester. New students can apply throughout the year.

Space is limited due to social distancing protocols so please RSVP with Edna Valdez, Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, via email at evaldez@ranchocieloyc.org . No drop ins will be allowed.

Goodbye to Volunteers Wes and Susie

August 14, 2020

Thank you to Wes and Susie Morrill!

Wes and Susie are two longstanding Rancho Cielo volunteers. Unfortunately, they are moving out of the area so they will no longer be able to volunteer with us. We asked them to share a bit about how they first connected with Rancho Cielo and what the experience has been like for them. Read their story below:

We became interested in Rancho Cielo and its programs initially through Wes’s experience as a member of the Board of Directors of the All.US Credit Union. All.US Credit Union...


July 8, 2020

We are now recruiting for the 2020-2021 school year! Come out to an Open House at the Ranch to learn more about the programs and services that we offer.

Below are our Open House dates and times:

  • Tuesday, July 7th - 11 A.M. To 12 P.M.
  • Thursday, July 9th - 11 A.M. To 12 P.M.
  • Tuesday, July 14th - 11 A.M. To 12 P.M.
  • Thursday, July 16th - 6 P.M. To 7 P.M.
  • Tuesday, July 21st - 11 A.M. To 12 P.M.
  • Thursday, July 23rd - 11 A.M.
  • ...