Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Hartnell College Foundation


The mission of Hartnell College Foundation is to cultivate resources to champion student success.

The Big Idea

Hartnell College's Salinas Valley Promise program is an initiative that guarantees one year of free tuition for all first-time, full-time students attending Hartnell. Hartnell is committed to providing the opportunity for all local students to attend college and/or receive workforce training, regardless of family income.

The initiative is designed to encourage more Salinas Valley students to enroll as full-time students, thereby boosting degree completion and transfer rates to four-year institutions. The value of this program to students equals approximately $1,100 to $1,900, depending on the number of units they enroll in.

The initial focus will be on offering free college for a year. Beginning fall 2019, however, the program will also offer increased support structures to students, such as mentorship, leadership and life skills training, in order to strengthen student success. It is anticipated that more than 800 students will benefit annually from this program.

Hartnell's Salinas Valley Promise is what students in the Salinas Valley need, especially those who already work just to be able to afford school. The Salinas Valley Promise will ensure that higher education is more accessible to students that face financial hardships, and this is a reflection of what Hartnell is all about.

- Andrea Cervantes