Hartnell College's new King City Education Center opened its doors last month for summer classes and has won the hearts of south county residents.
"We are thrilled with the reception from the local community," said Paulette Bumbalough, Hartnell's director of educational services for south county.
She said 371 students are enrolled in classes this summer-nearly six times the number of students enrolled at the same time last year in Hartnell's former King City site, the Gleason Center
Twenty different classes are being held in south county during the summer term, which began June 17. Offered during the day, evening and on Saturdays, the classes run the gamut from algebra and English to history, science and an introduction to computers.
The new 12,000-square-foot, two-story facility-located at 117 N. Second St.-is the cornerstone of downtown's new Town Center.
Bumbalough said the new campus was designed to be "a one-stop shop for our students." In addition to classes, the King City Center offers several student services, including counseling and financial aid assistance.
She said the King City Center includes seven classrooms, a computer lab, and a skills lab where students can enroll in self-paced classes in reading, writing and math.
"Offering summer classes," said Bumbalough, "has provided south county students the opportunity to get a jump start on the fall semester."
About 75 classes will be offered at the King City Center in the fall, according to Bumbalough. The fall semester begins Monday, August 19. Bumbalough urges students to register early.
For more information about the King City Center, call (831) 386-7100.