23 Students in Teacher Talent Incubator receive iPads thanks to funding from the Claire Giannini Fund

Publish Date: 
Oct 11, 2016

SALINAS, Calif. – It was a great day at Hartnell’s King City Education Center on Monday, October 10, 2016, as 23 students in the first cohort of the 2+2+1 Pathway to Teaching or Teacher Talent Incubator received iPads from Hartnell and CSU Monterey Bay administrators to help the group have accessibility to technology which is essential in this project.

The Teacher Talent Incubator was introduced two months ago in King City; Hartnell College and CSUMB are collaborating in this new venture funded by the Claire Giannini Fund, to address the teacher shortage in South Monterey County.  All 23 Hartnell College students are residents of South Monterey County and plan to teach in their communities.

The group will earn their Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T) in Elementary Teacher Education at Hartnell. In fall of 2018, CSUMB will begin to offer coursework in South County for students to finish their BA in Liberal Studies. Once that is completed, a one-year certification will allow these students to be prepared to teach.

Students were greeted by Hartnell’s Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Celine Pinet, Dean at King City Education Center, Renata Funke, Counselor Gabriela Lopez, and Director of Communications, Esmeralda Montenegro Owen; and by CSUMB’s Dean of College of Education, Dr. Jose Luis Alvarado, Chair of the LS Department, Dr. Deedee Perez Granados, Project Recruiter and LS Instructor, Dr. Antonio Gallardo, and COE Development Officer, Greg Bistline.

What is unique about the program is that all coursework is offered in South County. Hartnell College is providing specialized academic counseling, financial support in the form of stipends, and professors teaching coursework locally.

CSUMB has been instrumental in the creation of this project and will be supporting students with the iPads, financial aid workshops, and faculty support.

Recruitment efforts are underway for the fall 2017 cohort. Paraprofessionals who are working in the schools are also encouraged to apply.  For more information, contact Counselor Gabriela Lopez at glopez@hartnell.edu or call 831-386-7100.


Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 16,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides workforce training, basic skills courses, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world class STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the California Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.