News AgTech leader Hartnell College recognized for minority student degrees

Hartnell College

This December, Hartnell College will be recognized as one of the nation’s top community colleges in the U.S for degrees awarded to minority students.

Of 1,400 community colleges in the U.S., Hartnell College had the ninth-highest percentage (89%) of minority student graduates, according to the “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” report that will be featured in the upcoming December edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Hartnell had the fourth-highest percentage of minority student graduates for community colleges in California (114 total colleges).

Hartnell College enrolls more than 16,000 students and serves as one of the anchor organizations for Salinas’ agtech ecosystem. The college leads a variety of STEM initiatives, including CSin3, an accelerated three-year computer science and IT degree program, and CoderDojo, a program that teaches K-12 students how to code. In 2016, Hartnell College accepted the Forbes Impact Award for its leadership in agtech and CSin3 program in partnership with California State University Monterey Bay.