Hartnell welcomed 1,200 fourth graders for Panther Cub Day

Publish Date: 
Jun 5, 2017

On Friday, June 2, 2017, Hartnell College hosted 1,200 Fourth graders in a one-day introduction to post-secondary education event called Panther Cub Day in collaboration with Community Partnership for Youth’s (CPY) Monterey County College Challenge (M3C) and the Alisal Union School District.  The event consisted of a two-hour session aimed to create a college-bound mind-set in students and a culture in the classroom and community that encourages, promotes, and supports student success along the road to workforce readiness as part of the “Bright Futures” initiative for cradle-to-career success.

All students received T-shirts made for them, observed a skit by Theater Arts students, watched demonstrations by robotics, experienced the Planetarium, presentations by student-athletes, received information about accessibility to college, financial aid, and more. Hartnell College students served as mentors and tour guides who took groups to the nursing simulation lab, science labs, library, athletic facilities and others.

We are enthusiastic to host Panther Cub Day as part of an early outreach program. Alisal Union School District administrators and teachers view the experience as a critical early step to instilling in them a future as a college student.