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. 



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-

Speech team members win awards in Santa Rosa

Publish Date: 
Oct 6, 2018
Speech Team with Coach Hough

The Hartnell Speech Team continued its season at the Santa Rosa College Invitational on Oct. 6.

For the second tournament in a row, Anthony Fashano led the team with a first-place finish in Open Persuasive Speaking. His topic calls for greater legal limits to stop the practice of civil asset Forfeiture.

“Anthony is really coming into his own as a speaker,” Coach Jason Hough said. “His topic is engaging and relatable to a broad audience.”

Also receiving awards were Luke Lundin, Keishawn Johnson, Allesandra Filiti and Valerie Becerra. Students Isaac Rodriguez, Victor Marquez and Victor Nambo also participated, and Athena Rodriguez assisted the team.



Veterans Program will host job fair on Oct. 18

Publish Date: 
Oct 18, 2018

The Hartnell College Veterans Program invites the campus community to its Sixth Annual Veterans Appreciation Job Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Student Center.

Students are encouraged to attend and learn about job opportunities, including over the holiday season. It also will provide an opportunity for students to complete job-preparation experiences applicable to their courses, possibly for extra credit.

In addition, the veterans program will present workshops for resume and cover letter writing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on both Oct. 12 and Oct. 16 in room C-101, Office of Student Life.


Hartnell Gallery to celebrate Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 2

Publish Date: 
Nov 2, 2018
Sugar Skull with Dia De los Muertos banner

The Hartnell College Gallery is accepting multimedia artwork, music, poetry, short stories and performances, including theater and dance, for its free 22nd Annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration that opens Nov. 2.

Traditional and innovative interpretations of the holiday are encouraged and diverse cultures are encouraged to contribute to this exhibition, which will continue through Nov. 16. The submission deadline for “Bailando con la Muerte — Dancing with Death, a Community Celebration of Remembrance” is Oct. 27. Contact Trish Sullivan at psullivan@hartnell.edu or call (831) 594-1799.

Activities on Nov. 2 will include live performances and a procession from the gallery to downtown Salinas that will meet with processions from east Salina and continue to the Steinbeck Center/CSUMB Center for Arts & Culture, where a “Night of Fridas” Frida Kahlo lookalike contest will be held, along with more community art and performances.


Register for Transfer Day/College Night on Nov. 7

Publish Date: 
Nov 7, 2018

Hartnell will host its 33rd Annual Transfer Day/ College Night events on Nov. 7, and our Transfer and Career Center is eagerly preparing for it to be a success. Because space is limited, please take a moment to let them know whether you will participate by completing this program registration form.

  • Transfer Day, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: While geared towards informing current students about valuable university transfer resources, about 100 high school seniors will be bused in.
  • College Night, 6-8 p.m.: Focused on providing community members (high school seniors & families) an opportunity to gain information on universities, technical/vocational programs and financial aid resources.


Science Day to take over Building S on Oct. 21

Publish Date: 
Oct 21, 2018
Family Science Day, October 21, 2018

Hartnell’s student clubs in a variety of STEM-related subjects will join with faculty to host Family Science Day 2018 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. on Oct. 21 in and around Building S.

This popular community event will feature such hands-on activities as homemade slime, Play-Doh teeth molds, paper airplanes, “elephant’s toothpaste” and a bed of nails. The first 500 people will receive a free tortas lunch, and a limited number of giveaway items will also be shared.

Employees are welcome to share this fun day with their own children and grandchildren.


Family Science Day 2018

Event Date: 
Sunday - Oct 21, 2018 11:00 a.m.
Event Coordinator: 
Joy Cowden

Hartnell faculty, staff and students welcome members of the community for a day of learning, amazement and exploration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in th STEM Center (Building S) and the surrounding area.

Check out awesome, hands-on experiments and planetarium shows for kids of all ages -- and meet live reptiles. 

Free torta sandwiches to the first 500 attendees and a limited number of giveaways to be shared with first arrivals.

Hartnell College is at 411 Central Ave., Salinas, with parking in a garage accessible from Central.




Public workshops to focus on creative expressions

Publish Date: 
Oct 9, 2018

Beginning Oct. 9, the Salinas Arts and Innovation Hub will offer a series of fall workshops, free and open to the public, in the old planetarium, room N-7 on the Main Campus:

  • Physical Theatre Workshop: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Oct. 9, 11, 16 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Documentary Theatre Workshop: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 19
  • DIY Website: 4:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 24
  • Crocheting: 7-9:30 p.m., Oct. 26
  • Art & Healing: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 7

The arts and innovation hub was founded to build bridges among local industry, artists and the community. The workshops are made possible through the hard work and contributions of Dr. Marnie J. Glazier (Theatre Arts and Cinema faculty and team Lead), Hermelinda Rocha-Tabera and Luis Xago Juarez (Ethnic Studies faculty) and John Currier Glazier, Mai Ryuno and Juan Carlos Gonzalez (Fine and Performing Arts faculty). Special thanks go to California's Center for Cultural Innovation: Investing in Tomorrow Grant Program as well as to The Arts Council for Monterey County for their support through seed grant funding.



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