Hartnell issues first series of Measure T general obligation bonds

Publish Date: 
Aug 31, 2017

Hartnell Community College District issues first series of

Measure T general obligation bonds

SALINAS, Calif.  – Hartnell Community College District has sold $70 million in general obligation bonds from Measure T, the November 2016 ballot measure that authorized the sale of up to $167 million in general obligation bonds. 

District voters overwhelmingly approved Measure T with support from 69% of voters.  Proceeds from the bonds will be used to upgrade classrooms, technology, and science labs, expand local access to higher education and job training, including nursing, agriculture, science, technology, and engineering, repair mechanical/electrical systems, improve veterans’ services, safety, security, and disabled access, and acquire and build sites, facilities, and equipment.  In conjunction with the passage of Measure T, a Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee was established. 

The District sold its 2017 Bonds during a period in which interest rates were near all-time lows.  Rates on the 2017 Bonds ranged between 0.70% and 3.45%. The debt repayment ratio is 1.68 which means for every dollar borrowed it will cost $1.68 to repay. In 2014, Assembly Bill 182 added a requirement for school districts and community college districts that debt service on bond financing cannot exceed a 4 to 1 ratio. Hartnell’s Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen stated, “We are pleased to demonstrate good stewardship of the funds entrusted to us by the voters by securing a debt repayment ratio far below what is allowed by law.”

Instrumental to the successful sale and low interest rates was the assignment of strong credit ratings by the two rating agencies Moody’s Investor Services and Standard and Poor’s.   The District was assigned an “Aa2” rating by Moody’s and an “AA” from Standard & Poor’s.  The Standard & Poor’s rating was an upgrade from the previous rating of AA-, as a result of the strong financial position of the District. “The strong credit rating helps us lower our borrowing costs for this and future financings from our new bond,” said Dr. Lewallen.

Both Dr. Lewallen and Vice President of Administrative Services, Benjamin Figueroa presented information to the rating agencies at a meeting in San Francisco highlighting the positive operations and finances of Hartnell CCD as well as the strong and growing local economy and tax base.  Standard & Poor’s cited as reasons for their upgrade the effective management of the District’s finances, the District’s healthy financial position, and the large and diverse tax base.  Moody’s strong rating highlighted the District’s growing enrollment, strong financial profile, and disciplined financial management. 

“District employees and the Board of Trustees all work together to make sure our District is financially strong so that resources are available to support student success,” said Board of Trustees President, Manuel Osorio.   

Dr. Lewallen further stated, “We are excited to begin the projects approved by District voters in November.  Improving existing facilities and building new ones will allow us to provide world class learning environments that will support student success leading to high wage, high demand 21st century jobs and transfer to four-year institutions.”

“Our low borrowing cost will allow us to keep tax rates low while maintaining flexibility to sell additional bonds in the future to continue our Measure T projects,” added Figueroa.

The District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the sale of the 2017 Bonds in June 2017. 

 

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 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 STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 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, visit www.hartnell.edu. 

 

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Boronda International Study Program goes to France in 2015

Publish Date: 
Oct 1, 2014

SALINAS, Calif. – Hartnell Community College District is happy to announce the Sylvano and Maria Boronda International Study Program for 2015.   Applications are now available for a two-week study abroad program in France next summer; up to 10 scholarships will be issued.   This program is open to all who meet criteria and applicants need not be Hartnell students.

Students selected for the Boronda Program will study and travel under the direction of a Hartnell College instructor.  The scholarship includes paid expenses for air and ground transportation, lodging, meal allowance, and accident insurance.

This scholarship was established in 1985 taking students to Argentina, Guatemala, Japan, Hungary, Spain, Africa, and others.  In his will, Lester D. Boronda specified that the recipients are to be “Students of Unusual Promise in the Arts; namely, Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Literature, Drama, Music, or Dance.”

Recipients will enroll in a Hartnell course covering French culture, history, and arts during the spring semester of 2015.  To apply, applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrate an active interest in at least one of the arts by serious previous commitment, participation, or study
  • Be a resident in Monterey County from at least January 1, 2014
  • Be at least 18 years of age by May 1, 2015
  • Be eligible for a passport as required for international travel

Applications are now available at the Hartnell College Foundation in room E-101 or by logging in to http://www.hartnellfoundation.org.   

Completed applications must be turned in to the Hartnell College Foundation or postmarked by October 24, 2014.  The mailing address is Hartnell College Foundation, 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901.  If you have any questions, call 831-755-6810.

Hartnell Community College District
The Hartnell CCD serves over 15,000 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 growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.                -30-

Hartnell Alum Ed Maduli is Vice Chancellor of West Valley-Mission Community College District

Publish Date: 
Aug 15, 2018

I am serving my 5th term on as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Community College Facility Coalition (www.caccfc.org) and a former Panther is member of the board. Edralin “Ed” Maduli is a proud graduate of Hartnell College and is currently the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services for the West Valley-Mission Community College District located in Silicon Valley. The District is composed of two colleges: Mission College in Santa Clara and West Valley College in Saratoga.  He assumed this position on April 20, 2009. He is responsible for the district’s finances, information systems, public safety, maintenance operations, facility renovation/construction, and general services. During his community college career Ed has served as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Administrative Services for the San Luis Obispo County Community District (Cuesta College) and Vice President of Business Services for Las Positas College.

Before moving to community colleges, Ed served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
He had a diversity of assignments including research and development, flight testing, aircraft maintenance , and logistics. Assignments overseas included a B-52/KC-135 wing at U-Tapao Airfield, Thailand; an F-15 aircraft wing at Bitburg Air Base, Germany; and Operation Desert Storm in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  Notably, he supported the operational development of the F-117 Stealth Fighter.  He is a graduate of the military’s Armed Forces Staff College, Air Command and Staff College.  

Ed received his A.A. degree from Hartnell College, B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Cal Poly (SLO), M.S. in aeronautical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and an MBA from Golden Gate University.  He is working towards his Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Southern California.

 

Hartnell Again Recognized As A Top 100 Producer of Associate Degrees for Minority Students

Publish Date: 
Aug 15, 2018

The August 23, 2018 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 Claifornia (114 total colleges). Additionally, Hartnell had the largest percentage increase (28%) of minority graduates for all the thop 10 colleges. Congratulations to all at Hartnell who contributed to these powerful student outcomes. 

North County Education Center Mitigated Negative Declaration

Publish Date: 
Aug 9, 2018
Mitigated Negative Declaration
In compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Hartnell Community College District has undertaken environmental review for the proposed North County Education Center, and intends to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration. The Hartnell Community College District invites all interested persons and agencies to comment on the proposed mitigated negative declaration.
 

Hartnell Hosts LULAC Scholarship Ceremony

Publish Date: 
Aug 7, 2018

As a member of LULAC Council #2055 I was proud that on August 4 Hartnell hosted the scholarship ceremony for 2018 high school graduates who will be attending colleges and universities for fall 2018. As a result of successful fundraising activities the Council was able to award $500 scholarships to 48 students. It was an honor for me to join Christopher Barrera, Council President, in presenting the scholarships to these students. Additionally, our very own Manuel Bersamin, Director of TRIO, provided a keynote address to the students and their families. 

The Leauge of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), founded in 1929, is the oldest and most widely respected Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States of America. LULAC was created at a time in our country's history when Hispanics were denied basic civil and human rights, despite contributions to the American society. The founders of LULAC created an organization that empowers its members to create and develop opportunities where they are needed most. The mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION

Publish Date: 
Aug 3, 2018

In compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Hartnell Community College District has undertaken environmental review for the proposed Soledad Education Center, and intends to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration. The Hartnell Community College District invites all interested persons and agencies to comment on the proposed project.

Mitigated Negative Declaration Soledad Education Center

Please send your comments to dhenry@hartnell.edu or 
Facilities Planning and Construction Management

Hartnell College Launches the Salinas Valley Promise

Publish Date: 
Jul 25, 2018

SALINAS, Calif. –  Hartnell College is thrilled to announce its Salinas Valley Promise program, an initiative that guarantees one year of free tuition for all first-time, full-time students attending Hartnell for the 2018-19 academic year. Hartnell is committed to providing the opportunity for all local students to attend college and/or receive workforce training, regardless of family income.

The initiative is designed to encourage more local students to enroll as full-time students, thereby boosting degree completion and transfer rates to four-year institutions. To qualify, students must have graduated from a Salinas Valley high school (public or private) with at least a 2.5 GPA and/or completed all academic requirements for transfer admission to CSU or UC, also known as A-G completion, be enrolling in college for the first-time, enroll in 12 or more units, and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application. The value of this program to students equals approximately $1,100 to $1,900, depending on the number of units they enroll in.

“Completion of a college degree or industry certification is more important than ever for high demand, high wage jobs of the 21stcentury that require advanced skills and knowledge,” stated Superintendent/President of Hartnell College, Dr. Willard Lewallen. “The Salinas Valley Promise will make college more accessible by eliminating enrollment fees.”

 

The Salinas Valley Promise program will launch this fall. The initial focus will be on offering free college for a year. Beginning fall 2019, however, the program will also offer increased support structures to students, such as mentorship, leadership and life skills training, in order to strengthen student success. It is anticipated that more than 800 students will benefit annually from this program.

Throughout recent years, higher education fees have increased to levels that have made it more difficult for students from low-income families to enroll in a community college. Providing incentives like the Salinas Valley Promise will attract more full-time students to attend Hartnell College without financial worry and stress. The Board of Trustees celebrates with Hartnell’s staff, its Foundation and the committee that worked effortlessly to make this happen!” stated President of the Board of Trustees, Manuel Osorio.

For the past year, a Hartnell College task force has been working closely with President Lewallen and the Hartnell College Foundation to develop a comprehensive college promise strategy that will increase opportunity and success for Salinas Valley students. This work was further supported by a Salinas Valley Promise committee, consisting of the following members: Aleen Bradley, Alfred Diaz-Infante, Ana Valles, Andrew Myrick, Antonio Alarcon, Aurelio Salazar, Jr., Elliott Robinson, Esther Rubio, Jackie Cruz, Kate Roberts, Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin, Mary Dominguez, Michele Peregrin, Mike Briley, Olegario Gomez, Dr. Pablo Romero, Rene Mendez, Dr. Romero Jalomo, Ruth Rodriguez and Dr. Willard Lewallen. The extensive contributions by both teams have been instrumental in launching this meaningful initiative.

The Salinas Valley Promise will be funded through private donations, grants and Governor Brown’s California College Promise, a statewide initiative to fund free tuition at community colleges.

For more information, please contact Hartnell College Foundation at 831-755-6810 or visit http://www.hartnell.edu/salinasvalleypromise.

 

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, named Top 9 out of 1400 community colleges for percentage of associate degrees awarded to minority students.  Hartnell College is 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 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, visit www.hartnell.edu

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Notice of Public Hearing

Publish Date: 
Jul 25, 2018

Notice of Public Hearing

Subject: Main Campus Energy Management System Upgrades
Date: August 7, 2018
Location: 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901, Steinbeck Hall

On August 7, 2018, the Hartnell College Board of Trustees will convene a public hearing regarding its consideration of an energy service contract, in accordance with Chapter 3.2, section 4217 of the California State Government Code.

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Joseph Reyes
Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Construction Management

 

Hartnell receives $1 Million Award from the State

Publish Date: 
Jul 24, 2018

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, we hosted a press conference announcing a $1 million award from the State of California via the office of Assemblymember Anna Caballero. This award will allow Hartnell to prepare a skilled workforce for employers in Monterey County and provide resources to support innovation and student learning in Agriculture Technology and Healthcare. Funds for this project will support acquiring the instructional equipment necessary to prepare students for the current agricultural and health care environments, both of which rely heavily on technology.  Upgrading programs and equipment in on-campus classrooms will provide students an opportunity to learn the critical skills necessary for rapid change in both industries. The event featured remarks by Aurelio Salazar, Jr., the Vice President of the Hartnell College Board of Trustees, Norm Groot, Executive Director of the Monterey County Farm Bureau, Assemblymember Anna Caballero, and two student speakers. The event attracted a large audience that included Hartnell Community College District Board Members, Hartnell College Foundation Board Members, and a robust group of faculty, staff, students and community members. The story was also covered in two major news outlets: The Monterey County Herald and The Californian. Thank you to Assemblymember Anna Caballero and all of the Hartnell staff that made this award possible!

 

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