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Hartnell College to Launch Businesses and Community Surveys

September 13th, 2007

Hartnell College is launching two surveys - one for area employers and the other for residents. The surveys will provide businesses and local residents the opportunity to tell the college about the types of training, skill sets, occupational programs, and educational services needed by area businesses and families.

For northern Salinas Valley, the project is being coordinated by Beverly Grova, Dean for Advancement. “Learning from businesses and employers about their employee training preferences, future job requirements, and technical assistance needs is important to Hartnell College, city leaders, and other agencies that want to play a part to help ensure a strong local economy and an educated workforce,” said Grova. She says that the business survey will do just that.

Hartnell College students Eunice Mares, Bertha Lambaren, and Tanya Diaz prepare to distribute surveys this week to businesses and residents to learn of the training and education programs needed in the communities of the Salinas Valley.

Photo caption: Hartnell College students Eunice Mares, Bertha Lambaren, and Tanya Diaz prepare to distribute surveys this week to businesses and residents to learn of the training and education programs needed in the communities of the Salinas Valley.

Virtually all Salinas Valley businesses will begin receiving their business census surveys in the mail throughout the coming days. Hartnell College students also will distribute surveys door-to-door to help ensure that local businesses have the opportunity to share their views. Both the business and resident surveys will be available in English and Spanish.

Next week, the campus will begin distributing resident surveys to households and families throughout the area. Through that survey, residents will be able to tell the college what types of educational programs they are interested in and also suggest preferred times, delivery formats, and locations for those classes.

Beginning now, businesses also can complete their survey online by going to www.hartnell.edu/survey. Next week, residents will be able to visit this site to complete their community survey in either language.

College leaders will use the information gathered to provide more training programs and educational services to area families and employers. The project is co-sponsored by the City of Salinas and other municipalities, several county organizations, and the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.

For more information on this effort, please contact Dr. Esteban Soriano at esoriano@hartnell.edu or at the Advancement Office at (831) 755-6810.

Hartnell College, one of California’s 109 community colleges, is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Established in 1920, it is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state. Hartnell has two campuses in Salinas and an education center in King City to serve all the education and workforce training needs of the greater Salinas Valley.

 

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