Dr. Lewallen receives Impact Award at the Forbes AgTech Summit

Publish Date: 
Jul 15, 2016

SALINAS, Calif. – Hartnell Community College District is proud to announce that the City of Salinas presented our Superintend/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen with the Forbes Impact Award Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Forbes AgTech Summit in Downtown Salinas.

The award was presented by Co-Chair of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, Bud Colligan who in his introduction said, "A very important aspect of a thriving tech eco-system is the strength of our educational system. Hartnell College has shown tremendous leadership in this arena through its innovative CSin3 program in partnership with CSU Monterey Bay."

Dr. Lewallen humbly accepted the award on behalf of the college and its many partners; in his remarks he emphasized the efforts in growing future leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement.  "Cohort 1 of CSin3 saw 71% of students graduate with a bachelor’s degree in May of this year," shared Dr. Lewallen. "That is an amazing accomplishment in three years and others will graduate in 3 ½ or 4 years.”  Hartnell College currently has 3 other CSin3 cohorts in progress.

Nationally, the percentage of full-time enrolled community college students who complete a bachelor’s degree in 6 years is 25%. 

"We are focused on providing a world class education for the students of the Salinas Valley so they are prepared for 21st Century jobs," said Dr. Lewallen.

The Forbes Impact Awards are given out at each Summit to individuals who are leading, innovating, and pushing boundaries in their given field.  Previous recipients of the Forbes Impact Award include Malala Yousafzai, Bruce Taylor, Liz Scott, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Veronika Scott, The Empowerment Plan, and Brian Antle.

"Hartnell's vision is to be a STEM magnet for the region – a vision led by Dr. Lewallen whose career is characterized by one central theme: students first," added Colligan. "He believes that the majority of issues, initiatives, and developments need to start with the following question: 'what impact will it have on student development and success?'"

This is the second year the Forbes AgTech Summit is held in Salinas. This year, it drew more than 600 attendees from all over the globe and offered a number of talks and seminars, Innovation Showcase, tours, film screenings, and more.

Photo: Dr. Willard Lewallen accepting award from Bud Colligan; with Ray Corpuz, City Manager, City of Salinas after award presentation



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 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science degreein three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu