Hartnell College's King City Education Center - only two years old - has won the hearts of South County residents.
The center, located at 117 N. Second St., serves about 800 students a year - up from about 300 students per year when classes were offered at the Gleason Center on Ellis Street. Instructional offerings have doubled since it opened its doors in 2002.
"The increase in student enrollments," said center director Paulette Bumbalough, "reflects our success at providing educational opportunities for the South County population. We are very happy to be offering Hartnell College classes and services to the local residents."
Summer classes at the center begin Monday, June 21. For more enrollment information, call (831) 386-7100.
Hartnell classes are not only held at the King City Education Center, but also at the King City Child Development Center, Chualar Headstart, Soledad Correctional Facility, Soledad High School and Greenfield High School. The King City Center, according to Bumbalough, is now looking like a college campus with a life-size panther (Hartnell's mascot) at the front door and a wide variety of student services. She said some of the services available include financial aid assistance, counselor appointments, textbook loans, local newspapers and periodicals, copying services and much more.
"Despite the tight budget conditions coming out of Sacramento," Bumbalough said, "we will continue to grow and be creative in how, when and where we offer classes to the community. South County is growing and many potential students are out there in the community. We are here to bring them into the classroom and enrich their lives. It's exciting."