Clone of Engineering Degree for Transfer is One of Few Offered in California

Publish Date: 
Feb 26, 2016

SALINAS, Calif. – Hartnell Community College District is proud to announce that the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Academic Affairs Division has approved the Associate in Science Degree for Transfer in Engineering.

Hartnell is one of the first in the State of California to implement a four-track engineering A.S. degree based on the Model Curriculum (MC) from SB 1440.  The four tracks are as follows:

  • Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer and Software Engineering

“We are proud that Hartnell College has one of the first Engineering Transfer Model Curricula for California Community Colleges,” expressed Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen.  “This program will ensure that Hartnell engineering students have a clear pathway for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Dr. Melissa Hornstein, engineering faculty member, is commended for making this a reality for Hartnell students.”

Engineering has traditionally been a difficult path to follow from community college to a university.  The four tracks will guide students better and will allow for them to transition to a bachelor’s degree in less time.    

“The intersegmental work that has been done at the state level was the first critical step that enabled Dr. Melissa Hornstein to rapidly take guidance and provide our students with a set of specific, targeted degrees that will give our students the direction they need to be successful,” said Dean of Academic Affairs, Shannon Bliss. 

For media inquiries, contact Dr. Melissa Hornstein at 831-755-6889 or

Hartnell Community College District

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 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