Hartnell College's program that provides support services for academically under-prepared and low-income single parents served the third highest number of students in the state's 108 community colleges last year, according to the State Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges.
Hartnell's Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program enrolled 139 single parents, mostly women, according to Romero Jalomo, director of the college's Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) and CARE program. Hartnell also had the distinction of serving the most CARE students among community colleges in the Central Coast.
"We are proud to have gained this recognition from the State Chancellor's Office," said Jalomo, "but we gain more satisfaction from helping so many single parents succeed at Hartnell College. I commend my staff as well as faculty and many departments at Hartnell - including CalWORKS, counseling, financial aid, admissions and records - for their efforts in helping us to effectively serve our students."
Hartnell's CARE program, begun in 1982, provides students with grants for meals on campus, bus passes, parking permits, textbooks, and several academic services, including counseling and personal development workshops.
For more information, call Jalomo at (831) 759-6020.