Hartnell gets over $5.9 Million for HSI STEM Programs

Publish Date: 
Sep 27, 2016

Hartnell gets over $5.9 Million for HSI STEM Programs 

SALINAS, Calif. – The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Hartnell Community College District was selected to receive funding under the Hispanic Serving Institutions - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HSI STEM) Program for the proposal Hartnell Guided Pathways (GPS) to STEM Project 2016 - 2021


This grant will be for 5 years for a total of $5,972,745.00 ($1,194,549.00 per year).  The grant will commence its first budget period October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017


“Hartnell College is transforming lives through access to world class education and training. This federal grant allows Hartnell to continue its focus on STEM education leading to high demand, high wage employment for the jobs of the 21st century,” remarked Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen.


Other recipients of an HSI grant in our region include UC Santa Cruz, CSU Monterey Bay, Cabrillo College, and Gavilan College.


“The Central Coast is home to world class colleges and universities that serve a diverse community,” said Congressman, Sam Farr.  “A good education is the pathway to success and it is critical that everyone has access to secondary education, especially STEM programs. I am very pleased to support the U.S. Department of Education and I am delighted to help bring home these important federal grants.”


The Hartnell GPS to STEM Project represents a comprehensive, systemic approach to improve access and opportunity in the STEM fields for Hispanic and low-income residents in our region.  The Project’s activities will support the achievement of three overarching goals:

  1. Increase access and success in STEM for Hispanic and low-income students
  2. Increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students attaining STEM degrees
  3. Develop articulation and transfer agreements in STEM with four-year institutions

These grants from the U.S. Department of Education are made available through the agency’s Hispanic Serving Institutions – STEM and Articulation Programs.


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, visitwww.hartnell.edu