Hartnell College named a top producer of degrees awarded to minority students

Publish Date: 
Nov 7, 2017

Hartnell College named a top producer of degrees awarded to minority students

Hartnell is 9th among 1,400 community colleges in the United States

SALINAS, Calif.   Great news continues to come in for Hartnell College. The December 14, 2017 edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education will feature the ‘Top 100 Associate Degree Producers’ report about community colleges that have experienced the most success in awarding degrees to minority students.

This report, based on U.S. Department of Education data, examines degree attainment by fields of study for African-American, Asian American, Hispanic, and Native American students.

For the 2015-16 academic year, Hartnell College had the ninth highest percentage (89%) of minority student graduates for community colleges across the nation of over 1,400 community colleges. Hartnell had the fourth highest percentage of minority student graduates for community colleges in California (114 total colleges). 

"The achievement gap for minority students is well-documented across the nation, but Hartnell has closed the gap through a laser focus on student success by our faculty, staff, and administrators,” commented Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen upon learning the news. “Most importantly, Hartnell students have succeeded as a result of their relentless grit and determination."

In May 2017, Hartnell College had its largest graduating class and transferred more students to four-year institutions in its history. The combined work of faculty, administrators, and staff to focus on our students first, is apparent in the levels of completion the college is now experiencing.

Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 17,000 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 associate degree and certificate programs, workforce training, courses in basic skills, 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 education for STEM, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities/social sciences, nursing/healthcare, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science bachelor’s degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu      

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