Hartnell College

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Hartnell College
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Established 1920 (1920)
Type Community college
President Willard Clark Lewallen
Students 10,000
Location Salinas, California, United States
Campus Urban
Former names Salinas Junior College
Colors Garnet and gold
Mascot Panther
Affiliations Coast Conference
Website www.hartnell.edu

Hartnell Community College is a two-year community college in Salinas, California. It was founded in 1920 as Salinas Junior College, and renamed in 1948 for William Edward Petty Hartnell.[1] The mascot is a black panther.

Hartnell Community College offers majors in the areas of health and nursing, math and science, animal health technology, agriculture, foreign languages, cultural studies, early childhood education, astronomy, justice administration, music, history, computer technology, drafting, English, engineering, welding, auto collision repair, business administration, anthropology, art, sociology, music, theater arts, and more.[2] The college maintains three campuses: Main Campus, Alisal (East Salinas), and King City.[3] The main campus in South Salinas also includes a Disabled Students Services Center, admissions and records office, financial aid office, Student Union, cafeteria, a parking structure and a library.

In 2007, Hartnell College hired a new president, but came under an accreditation cloud. In 2008, accreditation was extended pending additional requirements.[4]


In 2013, the college was put on probation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for the second time in six years.[5] The college is required to file two reports in the next two years explaining how the college is working to address the issues.


  1. ^ "Hartnell College". California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Academics". Hartnell.edu. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  3. ^ "Maps and Directions". Hartnell.edu. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Accreditation Documents". Hartnell.edu. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  5. ^ Melendez Salinas, Claudia (8 July 2013). "Hartnell back on probation: Teachers, administration must address 12 areas". The Monterey Herald. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 

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Coordinates: 36°40′28″N 121°39′59″W / 36.67444°N 121.66639°W / 36.67444; -121.66639