Hartnell joins the first consortium dedicated specifically to advancing success of men of color in community colleges

Publish Date: 
Apr 18, 2017

The Hartnell Community College District is excited to announce that we have joined the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC).  Our participation in the NCCMC will enhance our commitment to improving the success of historically underrepresented and underserved students, including men of color. Hartnell College has been focusing on the success of men of color for several years now. Last year we launched the MILE program (Men's Institute for Leadership and Education, Cohort 1 pictured above) to support the men of Hartnell, we believe that our membership with CCEAL will complement and supplement our current efforts by providing access to resources that will help us support the success of our boys and men of color.

Despite programs designed to enhance outcomes for men of color, in the United States only 17% and 15% of Black and Latino men, respectively, earn a certificate, degree, or transfer from a community college to a four-year institution in six years. Figures for men from other ethnic groups (e.g., Native American, Southeast Asian) also indicate an insurmountable need for improvement.

To combat this achievement gap, the NCCMC facilitates an exchange of ideas between community colleges across the nation on how best to serve men of color in our educational institutions. Community colleges convene to share their efforts and learn about new strategies for enhancing the success of men of color.