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Hartnell College is located in Salinas with satellite campuses in King City and Alisal.  The Salinas Valley is a fertile, lush, temperate, and physically beautiful place.  It is a perfect setting for agriculture, particularly the intensive row crop variety that dots the landscape and generates thousands of jobs.  Importantly, nearly 40,000 acres are now vineyards and promise an even more diverse agricultural economy in the near future.  Agriculture in the Valley has been perhaps the leading source of innovation and technology in the workplace.  From the way crops are grown, to how they are packaged, to the methods used for marketing, the agriculture of today is vastly different from the way it was 40 years ago and it will be different still in 2020. 

Gavilan College, with satellite campuses in Morgan Hill and Hollister, is located in Gilroy the southernmost city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. Gilroy is well known for its garlic crop.  The Gilroy Garlic Festival which occurs annually, features various garlic enhanced foods including garlic ice cream. Gilroy also produces mushrooms, onions, celery, and vegetable seeds in considerable quantity. The eastern portion of the Gavilan district consists predominantly of cattle ranches. These activities are supported by  a large Hispanic labor force.  Gavilan College resides at the southernmost tip of the Silicon Valley which makes for a diverse socioeconomic, education, and racial campus populations.


In these two valleys there are large Hispanic populations that are underserved.  Hartnell College and Gavilan College are dedicated to assisting our communities in reaching their educational goals.  To that end, Hartnell College and Gavilan College have joined together in a Collaborative Title V Grant.  Hartnell and Gavilan Colleges have a solid, 10 year partnership benefiting Latino students as a result of experience gained through prior Title V Cooperative grants.


Hartnell College, the lead college, and Gavilan College, the cooperating college, are Hispanic Serving, comprehensive, public, two-year degree granting accredited California Community Colleges.  For nearly 90 years, both institutions have provided responsive, accessible, postsecondary education to historically agricultural regions in the Santa Clara and Salinas Valleys of west-central California, 100 miles south of San Francisco. Hartnell, in Salinas, and Gavilan, in Gilroy, are only 50 miles apart along U.S. Highway 101. 

HartnelL College shall provide its diverse communities and student population with equal opportunities for educational access and success.

Hartnell ColLege  Collaborative Title V