Ribbon Cutting for Hartnell’s New STEM Center Building

Publish Date: 
Sep 22, 2016

Ribbon Cutting for Hartnell’s New STEM Center Building

Plus Sculpture Dedication

SALINAS, Calif. – The Hartnell Community College District is proud to announce the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of its new STEM Center at 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.  The ceremony will also include a sculpture dedication in Honor of Kong Yau Lowe & Kwai Ning Lowe who instilled the importance of an education. 


“First, Hartnell thanks the voters for supporting Measure H that has allowed the College to make significant facilities improvements over the last 14 years,” said Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen. “The STEM Center Building represents a powerful statement about Hartnell's commitment to growing the next generation of leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).”


The STEM Center is a 54,000 square foot building with an enhanced planetarium that is twice the size of the existing one, has 6 lecture halls, 10 state-of-the-art labs, a Student Center (MESA and SMI support programs), faculty and staff offices, and so much more.


“The students of Hartnell will now have access to state-of-the-art facilities in preparing for the jobs of the 21st century,” added Dr. Lewallen. “Our faculty and staff will have facilities that support instructional excellence and service in preparing our students for the future.”


The special sculpture dedication is timely.  Roger Berry designed “Jaipure” at the request of Marilyn Long, who along with five of her siblings all graduated from Hartnell College and in an effort to give back to their Alma Matter, the Long Family Foundation partnered with Hartnell to commission an artist to create the sculpture to be installed in front of the new STEM Center. 


The occasion will include a number of guest speakers, building tours, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. For more information, call 831-755-6810.


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.                                            ###