Hartnell College 2008--2009 Tour Guide


Welcome To Hartnell College



Hartnell College, one of the first educational institutions in California, was founded in 1920 as Salinas Junior College. The school was renamed Hartnell College in 1948 to honor William Hartnell, who had started a school here more than a hundred years earlier. Hartnell College has a campus in the Alisal district of East Salinas and a South County Education Center in King City.


This is Oscar the Panther, our mascot. The Class of 1940 donated the 16-ton granite panther, sculpted by Raymond Puccinelli. Over the years, Oscar has had many adventures: he has been dressed up for different occasions, been painted pink, and was once found at the bottom of the swimming pool at Monterey Peninsula College.




Classroom Administration Building, the “CAB” –This is actually two buildings joined together by aerial walkways and a ground-level plaza. On the second and third floors of both buildings are faculty offices and classrooms. Additionally, in the north building you will find:




The Admissions & Records Office is where you can apply to school, register for classes, sign up for graduation, and request your transcript.



Academic counselors help you plan your education, whatever your goals. They are available during drop in hours and by appointment.


Financial Aid-& Scholarships

Here is everything you need to apply for financial aid and scholarships: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Board of Governor’s Fee Wavier application, scholarships, and all other paperwork.


CAB BuildingIn CAB South, you will find:


Office of the President Dr. Phoebe Helm – Check out the student photography exhibit as you say hello to our president, who loves to hear from students.


Cashier’s Office   This is where you can pay for special events, parking permits, and tuition, and pick up financial aid awards, payroll checks, and payments for day care services.




College CenterHartnell College CenterThe hub of student activity!


BookstoreYou can purchase all class materials including: books, notepads, pens, pencils, test materials, gifts, and accessories.


CafeteriaOffers a wide variety of meals, snacks, salad bar, sandwich bar, hot entrees, coffee, and desserts. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Transfer Center Offers assistance to students in transferring to four-year colleges and universities, including the UC and CSU systems, as well as other public and private schools.


Book Lenders - Book Lenders lets you use text books for the semester! (limit 2, $10 deposit)


Student Activities Office This is where you can get your student I.D CAT Cards. The office also serves as the Veterans Services Office and the office for student government.


DSPS - Hartnell College offers supportive services and instruction for students with disabilities through the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) Office.


WACD Office -  The Office of Workforce and Community Development puts together non-credit course offerings, including short and special courses, for personal enrichment and enjoyment, workforce training, and professional development. See their Pathways catalog. They also schedule facility rental for outside groups.



Library & Learning Resource Center-

LibraryParking Stucture

The 68,000-square-foot state-of-the-art library is designed to meet the information and research needs of students in the 21st century. Lots of online resources, great study rooms, comfortable reading areas, and helpful librarians make this the best place to study on campus.


Parking Structure- The parking structure accommodates 1,117 vehicles on three levels. It costs $1 per day. Semester permits are available for students to purchase at the Cashier’s Office. It’s generally open whenever the school is open for business. Read and pay attention to signs so you won’t get a ticket!




Merrill Hall –Science central! You also can find:


Career Center/ Job Bank

Come here to find a campus job, have your skills and interests assessed, receive job and career counseling and exploration assistance; and learn about educational and training choices, and more.;


Rotarium – Built by the Local Rotary Club; this room is used as a study hall by the Hartnell physics club and science students. It is home to “The Pendulum” which hangs from the ceiling in the center of the room. There are only a handful of Pendulums this size throughout the United States.

Child Devlp



Child Development Center – The Hartnell CDC is committed to providing the highest quality programs possible to children, parents, and students. Children are involved in morning or afternoon sessions. Parent involvement is required.








Technology Building - Occupational Education


The Division of Occupational Education offers a wide variety of transfer and vocational courses and programs. It also provides educational programs designed to meet transfer requirements to four-year colleges and universities for specific majors. Vocational programs can fulfill your learning goals, contributing to lasting and rewarding employment. The associate degree and certificate programs are broad and varied, including auto shop, drafting technology, agriculture, and early childhood education.


Dance Studio – Located in the Technology building is the Hartnell College Dance Studio. There are several forms of dance taught at Hartnell, including ballet, jazz, and modern. Hartnell also offers several dance classes in its not for credit programs.


EOPS/CARE- Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) offers services designed to help educationally disadvantaged, low income, and/or minority students who have chosen to continue their education. EOPS & CARE provide opportunities for: Priority registration; Book credits and assistance with affording textbooks; individual and group counseling; new student orientation and workshops; and peer advisement, including information on resources, and polices designed to help students stay on track in school and be successful students.


Performing Arts


Music and Theater- We have both group and private practice rooms, a black box theater, a main stage theater (capacity 500), rehearsal rooms, studios, music labs, and a recital hall for use by our theater, dance, and instrumental and vocal music programs.

The Western Stage – The Western Stage is an integral part of Hartnell’s theater department. Local artists remain the bedrock of the company. Its seven-month season, spring festival of classes, and youth enrichment programs has made this theater one of the most respected cultural centers on the Central Coast.

Theatres & VAF

Visual Arts Building –painting, drawing, photography, digital animation, weaving—you name it, we teach it.


The Gallery – The Hartnell College Art Gallery showcases both student and local artist collections. Hartnell has an impressive permanent art collection, including Japanese folk art, Mexican dance masks, Huichol Indian artifacts, contemporary paintings and photographs, and the largest collection of WPA and Farm Security Administration photographs on the West Coast.


Ceramics Lab – Hartnell College teaches “Hands-On Art” in the Ceramics Lab. Working with several different types of clay and techniques from coil pots to slab, students have fun and make beautiful inspiring projects. Also several different types of firing are used to complete projects. Every semester students of all ages and ability enjoy making clay creations.




Pool / Auxiliary Gym/ Main Gym


Main GymOlympic Size Pool – Hartnell College has the only Olympic size pool in Monterey County. There are many classes taught in the Hartnell Pool including: beginning swimming, swim fitness, and aquatic exercises. The pool is available for rent by the public, and many schools hold their home meets here. In the summer months, lap swim is offered to the general public as a not-for-credit course.


Physical Education – Hartnell  offers classes in aerobics, aquatic exercise, cardio, golf, self defense, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, weight lifting, wall climbing, badminton, and many other sports and activities. Hartnell has a strong athletic program and competes in the Central Coast Conference. These teams include: baseball, softball, cross country, football, women’s volleyball, soccer, basketball, and track and field.





Annex Building

Learning Center

Learning Skills Center and Labs – Offers students the opportunity to strengthen their skills in reading, writing, and math through self-paced programs. Courses are designed to help students improve  comprehension, critical thinking, grammar, writing, and language skills in a friendly, student-centered environment.


TutoringThe Tutorial Center offers free peer tutoring for a variety of academic courses. The Center recruits and trains student tutors and coordinates tutorial services to students, individually or in small groups


Math LabThe Math Lab provides an alternative to lecture-based math classes by offering self-paced classes in Math 201 (pre-algebra), Math 121 (elementary algebra), Math 123 (intermediate algebra) and Math 151 (technical mathematics). The advantages of taking a self-paced math class are:


TRIO – Student Support Services Programs (TRIO) is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible Hartnell students to achieve their academic goals. Services offered include: academic and personal counseling, scholarships, workshops to develop and improve academic and life skills, and tutoring services. Additionally, the program provides CSU and UC campus tours, mentoring, and technology access (computers and graphing calculators).


HEP - High School Equivalency Program (HEP) can help you earn your GED, get a job, or start your college career. HEP, in partnership with the Salinas Adult School, will:

·   Provide you with academic skills preparation to pass the GED exam

·   Offer you academic, vocational, and career counseling

·   Direct you to appropriate academic and student service programs and resources available at The Salinas Adult School and Hartnell College.


In addition to the academic program, other services available to qualifying students include: bilingual assistance, tutoring, technology and computer training, campus extra-curricular activities, and college and job site visits and tours.



Planetarium  The J. Frederic Ching Planetarium (named for the college president in 1962, when the facility was built) offers public star shows most Friday evenings throughout the year. It is also used as a lab for astronomy classes The Planetarium was completely renovated in 2004 and now has a state-of –the art full-dome digital projection system – The Konica Minolta Mediaglobe.