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C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 6 161 in trouble with the law. Others, like Lopez and her 16-year-old brother, who also studies at Rancho Cielo, just don't thrive in the traditional educational system. "Regular high schools are so big that it's hard for teachers to focus on individuals. At Rancho Cielo, the programs are so different," she says. "People are accessible. You feel like everyone genuinely cares and wants to help…It really just fits into the rest of my life." Rancho Cielo students receive academic instruction, vocational training and enriching experiences that position them for success. Silver Star Youth Program participants, for example, work toward a high school diploma or GED while gathering on-the-job experience and career guidance. Similarly, the Rancho Cielo Youth Corps and the Rancho Cielo Construction Academy teach in-demand professional skills. Construction academy students helped build a transitional housing village that opened last win- ter, and they now are installing solar installations across campus. Administrators are also launching a public capital campaign to fund the Ted Taylor Michael Castaner, Daniel Cota, and Jose Camacho (left) learn about solar installations, and other projects, at the Rancho Cielo Construction Academy near Salinas.

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