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Hartnell College and CSUMB join forces to offer 3-year computer science bachelor's degree


December 13th, 2012

Hartnell College and CSUMB will hold a joint press conference to announce their novel 3-year bachelor's degree program in computer science at the Hartnell College Center for Advanced Technology, Alisal Campus, 1752 E. Alisal Street on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12 noon.

A boldly innovative fast track bachelor's degree program in computer science is accepting students for its first class next fall. A joint program of Hartnell College and California State University Monterey Bay, the new "CSIT-in-3" program will enable students to earn a bachelor's degree in computer science and information technology in just three years.

In an unprecedented show of philanthropic support, the Matsui Foundation has pledged $2.9 million in student scholarship support over the first three years of the CSIT-in-3 program.

"This program is very much in line with our ongoing efforts to bring fresh, new ideas into play in higher education. Thanks to the generosity of the Matsui Foundation and our collaborative relationship with Hartnell College, we will be able to offer students a three-year degree program that will prepare them for high-demand jobs. Those students will be able to move into the job market more quickly, and Cal State Monterey Bay's capacity to meet the economic needs of the region will increase," said Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, president of CSUMB.

Dr. William D. Barr of the Matsui Foundation said, "One of the major goals of the Matsui Foundation in providing financial assistance for local students to obtain college degrees is to have them eventually contribute to the betterment and economic vitality of Monterey County. The Foundation feels that this ground-breaking Hartnell/CSUMB program focused in a discipline with a myriad of applications and a robust job market would be an excellent vehicle to move us toward that goal."

"The program's rigorous academic schedule will make it difficult for students to hold jobs while taking classes" said Hartnell Superintendent/President Dr. Willard Lewallen. "Now, through the inspiring support of the Matsui Foundation, this innovative and accelerated degree program will be accessible to a broader spectrum of students in the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay regions."

CSIT-in-3 addresses both the need to bring high demand, high paying technology opportunities to students in our region as well as the need to develop innovative models that shorten the time to degree completion, which has become a national priority.

For further information about the program, please visit http://csitin3.hartnell.edu or email csitin3@hartnell.edu.

For information about the event or the program, please contact: Andy Newton, Hartnell College Science and Math Institute Director anewton@hartnell.edu or 831-755-6803.