Hartnell College has been awarded a $902,464, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help women and Latinos who enroll in science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses.
The grant, according to Kelly Locke, Hartnell math instructor and the grant's principal investigator, says the program will attack the problem of low enrollments and success rates of Latinos and women in math and science majors on two levels.
"First," she said, "the grant will improve preparedness of entering freshmen, and second, it will expand academic support for students enrolling in technical classes that are essential for transferring to a four-year college or university."
To prepare first-time Hartnell students to succeed in math and science courses, the college will offer intensive, hands-on summer programs for the next five years, beginning this summer.
This summer's six-week session, scheduled for June 19 through July 28, will meet Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Locke said.
"Our target audience," she added, "are graduating high school seniors who are thinking about a community college in the fall and who are interested in exploring a science major. They don't have to be 'science stars,' but they should have some interest in math and science."
Students who enroll in the summer program will receive a $300 stipend and can earn college credits as well as meet math prerequisite classes. In addition, two $500 scholarships are available for outstanding participants.
In addition to the summer programs, qualifying students will receive additional support, such as tutoring and counseling, when they attend Hartnell classes during the regular school year.
To apply for the summer program, students should contact Kelly Locke at (831) 755-6758.