Press Release
July 19, 2013

Graniterock Hosts Fourth Annual Algebra Academy August 12-17, Announces New Website

Innovative Local Company Teams with CSUMB and UCSC to Help Local Middle School Students Make the Most of Their Summber Break

Graniterock will expand its popular and successful Algebra Academy program this year by hosting over 100 middle school students from six area schools for an innovative, week-long math course at its Corporate Office in Watsonville

As part of its continuing community outreach program, Graniterock will partner with Cal State University Monterey Bay and University of California Santa Cruz to host the 4th Annual Algebra Academy, which will help provide local students with the skills and confidence to succeed in math courses in high school and college.

Bruce W. Woolpert, President of Graniterock from 1987 to 2012, believed passionately in the power of math. In 2010, he and Graniterock Corporate Counsel Kevin Jeffery teamed up with CSUMB Professor Hongde Hu to bring the Algebra Academy to students at Watsonville’s Rolling Hills Middle School. Since then, the Algebra Academy has grown to include five additional middle schools in San Benito and Santa Cruz County, and professors from UCSC.

A new website,, provides more information and background on the program and includes details on how members of the community can give additional support.

This year’s event, sponsored by Graniterock and Little Mendelson P.C., will be hosted at the Graniterock Corporate Office in Watsonville, California, Monday, August 12, 2013 through, Friday, August 16, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Research demonstrates that mastery of algebra during the middle school years is a key to students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering and math as they progress in their academic careers.

The Algebra Academy gives students an extra boost in the subject by bringing together college professors, middle school teachers, and a specially-designed, hands-on curriculum for a week-long algebra immersion program.

The Academy experience includes an exposure to college and business environments, where students discover how mastering math can be the ticket to success in higher education. Students also listen to young professionals explain how they use math regularly in their business or technical careers. The students spend the last day of the Academy touring the CSUMB campus and working in the university’s math department classrooms, gaining valuable insight into the college experience.

This year’s event, sponsored by Graniterock and Littler Mendelson P.C. will be hosted at the Graniterock Corporate Office in Watsonville, California, Monday, August 12, 2013 through, Friday August 16, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Algebra Academy graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013, commencing at 10:00 a.m., at E.A. Hall Middle School in Watsonville. Representatives of CSUMB, UCSC, Aromas-San Juan Unified School District, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Tres Pinos Union Elementary School District and Graniterock will be on hand to congratulate the students and their families.

(The media is welcome and encouraged to attend this ceremony. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. This section not for publication.)

Graniterock has been headquartered in Watsonville, California, since its founding in 1900. The Company’s employees work in branch locations in South San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Salinas, Monterey, Oakland, Watsonville, Felton, Cupertino, and Santa Cruz. Graniterock supplies construction materials including ready-mix concrete, hot mix asphalt, building materials, landscaping supplies, rock, sand and gravel. The Company’s Pavex Construction Division is a significant regional heavy engineering contractor building roadways, airports and private commercial and residential projects. Graniterock received the 1992 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the 1994 Governor’s Golden State Quality Award.