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Designation by USDA Places Hartnell at a Level of Higher Achievement

August 23rd, 2013

SALINAS, Calif. - On Thursday, August 22, 2013, Hartnell College was notified to have been designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a Hispanic-Serving Agricultural College/University (HSACU). This is a recently-created designation that identifies Hispanic-Serving Institutions that offer degrees in the field of agriculture, food science, or human nutrition. They are linked to the USDA by a variety of programmatic and functional purposes that all contribute to the mission of that agency and share in the land grant philosophy.

“Designation as a HSACU opens opportunities that will benefit our students and our institution,” said Hartnell College Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen. “This designation will strengthen our ability to leverage private and public partnerships that support student success in our agriculture and related programs. Joining with other designated higher education institutions provides an opportunity to advocate at a national level for congressional support. Additionally, our already, highly collaborative and cooperative relationship with USDA will be strengthened.”

Previous designations include land grant universities in 1862, historically Black colleges and universities in 1890, and Tribal colleges/universities in 1994 - that have been in existence for some time and these institutions organized themselves to have significant influence both inside and outside of USDA. The HSACU community needs to follow that example and chart a course to strong congressional support for these institutions newly designated by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill.

Dr. Lewallen was also invited to attend a 90-minute strategy and planning session in conjunction with HACU’s 27th Annual Conference in Chicago on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Hartnell Community College District

The Hartnell CCD serves 14,000 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.