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-

More great news for Nursing! Ranked 22 in the State

Publish Date: 
Feb 15, 2018

It was recently released that Hartnell Associate Degree in Nursing Program was ranked #22 out of 131 in California.  Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond.  Past and present first time NCLEX-RN “pass-rates” - weighted by year were analyzed.  Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, Debra Kaczmar says this is another proud moment for the college. Congratulations, graduates, students, faculty, and staff! For more, go to

https://www.registerednursing.org/state/california/#rankings

 

Faces of DACA - a house packed with supporters

Publish Date: 
Feb 15, 2018

The Salinas based project Faces of DACA held an open forum on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – we had the honor of hosting the event at our Mainstage. Alumnus and founder of Faces of DACA, Daniel Diaz created this project and built a website to tell the stories and portray the faces of 30 DACA recipients. Diaz along with four other DACA recipients presented their stories to the over 300 in attendance. It was certainly an emotional and inspiring event moderated by Hartnell faculty member, Melvin Jimenez. The panelists shared their emotions, fears, and plans for the future. They say they will continue to fight and get prepared so their skills can be utilized anywhere they go.

Towards the end of the event, there was a call to action from VP of Advancement and Development, Jackie Cruz. She announced the creation of a fund to help DACA recipients pay for their DACA renewal.

On Friday, February 9, Daniel Diaz did his first philanthropic act and wrote a check for $500 towards this fund. Jackie was more than happy to accept. The fund is nearing its $5,000 mark and they hope for more donors to come forward and help in this cause.

For more about the project visit 

http://www.facesofdaca.us/

 

Hartnell seeks nominations for 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

Publish Date: 
Feb 9, 2018

Hartnell seeks nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

Candidate is also Commencement Speaker

SALINAS, Calif. – Hartnell Community College District has an open call for nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. The selected alumnus/alumna will also be our 2018 Commencement Speaker.  This special award and recognition tradition began in 2014.  It is granted to an individual who has achieved distinction in his/her chosen field and has demonstrated on-going contributions to the College and/or community.

The nomination period is now open through March 5, 2018.  Hartnell College Distinguished Alumni Award nominees may be recommended to the Superintendent/President by Trustees, employees, and the community at large.  

“Hartnell College has provided a foundation of excellence that has launched successful lives and careers,” said Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen.  “The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of Hartnell alumni who have distinguished themselves as leaders and contributors following their education experience at Hartnell.”

Past Distinguished Alumni include: Patricia Anna Garcia (2014), Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz (2015), Gary Tanimura (2016) and Jeff Nessen Schmidt (2016-Posthumous), and Emmett Linder (2017). The nomination form is attached and can be mailed, e-mailed, or personally delivered to:

Office of the Superintendent/President

411 Central Avenue, Building E-102, Salinas, California, 93901

or email to Lucy Serrano at lserrano@hartnell.edu

Our Governing Board will make the final selection at their regular meeting at King City Education Center on April 3 at 5:00 p.m. at which time the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna will be announced.  To access the nomination form online, go to: http://www.hartnell.edu/alum

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 associate degree and certificate programs, 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 education for STEM, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities/social sciences, nursing/healthcare, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science bachelor’s degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu.                                                       ###

Hartnell College presents Piano, Organ, and Opera

Publish Date: 
Feb 6, 2018

Hartnell College presents Piano, Organ, and Opera

A Free concert to promote music and the arts

SALINAS, Calif.   Hartnell Community College District welcomes Francesco Attesti and Matteo Galli for a Piano and Organ, a Symphonic Duo Concert on Mainstage.  The duo will perform a free concert onThursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at 411 Central Avenue, Bldg. K, Salinas, CA.

This is the sixth time Attesti and Galli perform at Hartnell College.  This year, they are joined by Soloist, Elise Caluwaerts. She will delight audiences with her voice.  Attesti is from Cortona, Italy and is a pianist of international acclaim.  Galli is from Milan and the chief organist at local Basilicas.

In addition to the free concert on Thursday, Francesco, Matteo, and Elise will have four matinées for over 1,500 Salinas City Elementary School District 5th graders, a master class, and presentation to music classes.  Their offerings will go as follows:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

                        -Children’s Matinée, Mainstage at 9:15 a.m.

                        -Children’s Matinée, Mainstage at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

                        -Children’s Matinée, Mainstage at 9:15 a.m.

                        -Children’s Matinée, Mainstage at 11:00 a.m.

                        -Master class, Mainstage at 2:00 p.m. (Open to community)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

-Attesti and Galli to visit music 5 classes beginning at 9:00 a.m.

-Piano and Organ, a symphonic duo, Mainstage at 6:30 p.m. FREE

On February 15, doors open at 6:00 p.m.  The concert is free to the public; a VIP reception for supporters will follow. Hartnell thanks GKK Works, Associated Students of Hartnell College, PBI, Northridge Mall, and the Hartnell College Foundation for sponsoring this event to promote music.

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 associate degree and certificate programs, 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 education for STEM, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities/social sciences, nursing/healthcare, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science bachelor’s degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu      ###

Hartnell to host Faces of DACA - Dreamers share their stories

Publish Date: 
Jan 30, 2018

Hartnell College hosts Faces of DACA

Dreamers share their stories from the Salinas Valley to Capitol Hill

SALINAS, Calif.   The Hartnell Community College District and the Center for Achievement and Student Advancement (Mi CASA) invite the community at large to the Salinas based project release of Faces of DACA on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hartnell’s Mainstage located in Building K at 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA.

Faces of DACA is a storytelling website that captures some of the untold stories from America's undocumented youth.  Salinas resident and Hartnell alumnus, Daniel Diaz, created a platform of support and celebration for the Dreamers and seeks to be part of the solution for not only his future, but the future of 800,000 DACA recipients. Diaz, a local software engineer, who graduated from the CSin3 program, built a website telling the stories and portrayed the faces of 30 DACA recipients.

Diaz, his team, and some of the project participants will be at the event over a fireside chat/discussion panel to get a taste of what the Faces of DACA team experienced for the past few months as they have met with participants and documented their stories.

A small dinner box will be served. There will be an art exhibition viewing of a handful of the participant's portraits that have been painted by a local artist.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the team at we.r.daca@gmail.com If you would like to see the project and read some of these untold stories, visit http://www.facesofdaca.us/.

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 associate degree and certificate programs, 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 education for STEM, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities/social sciences, nursing/healthcare, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science bachelor’s 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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Open Forum in King City on Facilities Expansion

Publish Date: 
Feb 1, 2018

Open Forum on Facilities Planning and Construction

For the King City Education Center

SALINAS, Calif.   Hartnell Community College District and its Facilities Planning and Construction Management Department will hold an Open Forum at the King City Education Center on Wednesday, February 14, 2018at 117 N. Second Street, Room 108A in King City, CA. 

The event will be from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.  

The Forum will present information and concepts for the expansion and improvements of the King City Education Center. Hartnell’s Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen, will lead the presentation. He will describe the expansion project for the Center.

The King City Education Center will be expanded by a two-story, 10,000 gross square footage addition, which will nearly double the size of the existing facility. The expansion will provide an enhanced student experience with new active learning classrooms, science labs, and a student success center.  In addition, the new space will include opportunities for engagement with the community through joint-use facilities. Related site improvements include all utilities, parking, hardscape/landscape and outdoor spaces.

At the conclusion of the Forum, attendees will receive a link to a survey in order to provide feedback/comments to the District on this project. For additional information leading to the Forum, contact Executive Director of Facilities, Planning, and Construction Management, Joseph Reyes at jreyes@hartnell.edu.

OPEN FORUM

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

King City Education Center

117 N. Second Street, Room 108A, King City

5:30 to 7:30 PM

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 associate degree and certificate programs, 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 education for STEM, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities/social sciences, nursing/healthcare, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science bachelor’s 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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Cabrillo College visits Mi CASA

Publish Date: 
Jan 29, 2018

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, the Center for Achievement and Student Advancement (Mi CASA) received a special visit from their Cabrillo College partners.  Cabrillo College Interim Director of Student Success and Equity, Dr. Nereida Oliva, who is also part of the Hartnell College Ethnic Studies faculty was present for this collaboration visit.  The Cabrillo Dream Program staff and Dream Ambassadors came along with Dr. Oliva to witness and learn how Mi CASA has been successful in reaching out and providing services to our Hartnell Dreamers and local Dreamer community.  During this visit, the Cabrillo College team was also able to get a glimpse of the welcoming environment Dreamers walk into when stopping by Mi CASA, as they were able to participate in the Mi CASA Spring 2018 welcome.  Mi CASA is delighted to collaborate with Cabrillo and other colleges, as such collaboration has a greater impact for the Dreamer community.

Update on Immigration Reform Press Conference with Congressman Jimmy Panetta

Publish Date: 
Jan 29, 2018

Hartnell College was honored to host a press conference with special guest Congressman Jimmy Panetta Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Steinbeck Hall, to provide students and the community with the latest information on efforts to pass permanent legislation in Washington D.C. to provide lasting immigration relief to keep families together and allow Dreamers a path to citizenship. The event was organized by Hartnell's Center for Achievement and Student Advancement (Mi CASA) to show continued support for Dreamer students and their families and provide accurate, updated information to the Hartnell community. Over 200 students, faculty, staff, and community leaders were in attendance.

Board President Manuel Osorio provided opening remarks and affirmed District support for DACA Recipients and other Dreamer students. I was there to reassure students that we will do anything within our power to support them on their education journey, and that we will not share any personal information with Immigration Enforcement officers in absence of a warrant or judicial order. Attorney Magnolia Zarraga provided an update on DACA and responded to legal questions related to immigration and immigration enforcement. Due to a recent federal ruling, all DACA recipients past and present are now eligible to renew their DACA permits. Hartnell College encourages students to renew as soon as possible and to contact Hartnell's Dreamer Center Mi CASA at (831) 755-6723 for more information about how to renew for free. In addition, Hartnell will be hosting a free DACA renewal clinic on February 2, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM in Steinbeck Hall.

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