- Created on Tuesday, 03 February 2004 04:20
- Written by Juliana Moss
MONTEREY, Calif.—Sun, sand, surf and laundry. That’s just part of what many of the 236 students at the Monterey Bay Academy (MBA), a four-year co-educational private high school, experience during their average school day.
Owned and operated by the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, MBA, a boarding school, is located on 379 acres about 60 miles south of San Francisco on the beautiful coast of California’s Monterey Bay.
“The school’s philosophy is one of real-world work experience,” says Jay Ketelsen, general manager of Campus Laundry for MBA. “The students get practical opportunities in the real world.” Ketelsen, a board member of NAILM, incorporates NAILM courses into the laundry management professional training.
MBA opened in 1948, and in 1966, the campus laundry opened. Today, the laundry is the largest employer on campus. Other employers in the MBA campus include building racing sailboats, surfboards and sailboards. Campus “jobs” include positions in an organic dairy, the cafeteria, administration positions and teaching assistants.
“This is a federal and state work opportunity program,” says Ketelsen. “It’ s the same pay scale for the students as the adults in the same position.” Students earn credits and are graded every quarter for proficiency and professionalism – the same qualities employees are critiqued on in job reviews. The credits earned by the working students are applied to their grade point average. “Ninety-four percent of our MBA graduates go on to complete a 4-year degree program,” says Ketelsen.
On a typical day, laundry arrives at the plant between midnight and 5 a.m. The soil/sort wash crew, all adults, begin the wash process shortly after midnight. Most of the wash day is completed by mid-morning. Approximately 130 students work in two-hour blocks of time. The students, who begin arriving at 7 a.m., work entirely on the plant’s clean side doing clerical work, and making specialty packs for hospitals. Students under 16-years-old are precluded by federal and state regulations from working on any machinery. Those older than 16 who have the proper training can work on machines under the direct supervision of a full-time employee. Students have to maintain a B-average in order to continue their laundry positions.
MBA processes eight million pounds of healthcare laundry with 4 percent hospitality in the San Francisco Bay area. The facility washes with one Milnor, 12 module CBW, and five Milnor washer/extractors ranging from 55 to 700-pounds. The smaller washers are dedicated to pediatric linen. Drying is handled by four Milnor 220-lb dryers, one ADC 200-pd dryer, one Challenge 160-lb dryer and four 120-lb Cissels.
The finishing side consists of a Central 1234 spreader/feeder, and a Sager spreader, feeding an American Hypro 6-roll iron and an American Super Sylon 6-roll iron. Also in use are three Jensen Constellation folder/crossfolders, one Challenge Sixpac small piece folder, a Jensen Spectrum small piece folder, a Chicago Skyline Mini folder, an Air Chicago XL Towel and Blanket folder and a Kannegiesser automated blanket folding system. SaniTrux delivery carts are used for clients and MBA’s trucking fleet consists of two semi-tractors, three 24-foot Bobtail Trucks, a delivery van and three trailers for the commute to and from San Francisco.
Prepared for all emergencies, MBA has its own power plant, and can produce up to 120,000 gallons of hot water per day. It also has its own backup generator for emergencies and above ground diesel for 10-120 days of operations without sun. In the spirit of environmental consciousness and financial business management, a wastewater treatment facility is maintained on campus consisting of six wells, totaling 275,000 gallons of fresh water storage capacity.
A co-generation plant is expected to be running by Spring 2004. This will provide power for the entire campus, with a three-year payback to free utilities.
Ketelsen also serves as general manager for another Seventh-day Adventist school, Pacific Union College, located in Napa Valley, The heart of California’s wine country. The 2,000-acre campus is home to 1,700 students.
PUC Laundry processes about 2 million pounds of laundry per year, half for the Seventh-day Adventist System and other hospitals in northern California, and the remaining half for upscale resorts in wine country “One of the real rewarding things is that years later doctors and nurses come back and say, ‘You know, when I was running a sheet feeder I had no idea the importance that a hospital laundry played,’” Ketelsen says. “They have a better understanding of what it takes to make the whole system work.” ”Our educational philosophy is that work experience education is paramount –equal to scholastics. To turn out a person without the ability to apply work skills, you’ve done half a job of educating.”
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