Hartnell College

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Hartnell College
Hartnell College.svg
Former names
Salinas Junior College
MottoGrowing Leaders through Opportunity, Engagement, and Achievement.
TypePublic community college
Budget2013–2014: $38.5 Million
PresidentPatricia Hsieh [1]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsGarnet and gold
AffiliationsCoast Conference

Hartnell College is a community college in Salinas, California. Established in 1920 as Salinas Junior College, Hartnell is one of 115 schools that constitute the California Community Colleges, one of the three higher education systems in California. It enrolls nearly 10,000 students, 56% of whom are Latino, and the college is a Hispanic-serving institution.[2] Its name commemorates William Hartnell (1798–1854), who founded the first junior college in California.[3] Hartnell's main campus is located less than a mile west of downtown Salinas. It also has two satellite campuses, one in the Alisal district of Salinas and the other in King City.


Hartnell College

Hartnell College was founded in 1920 as Salinas Junior College. It was renamed Hartnell College in 1948. The college moved to its current location on Central Avenue in 1936.[2]


Hartnell College offers certificates and associate degrees at three campuses: Main Campus, Alisal (East Salinas), and King City.[4] 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. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

The Western Stage[edit]

In 1974, Ron Danko established on campus The Western Stage, a professional theater organization with an educational mission.[5] Initially a summer theatre festival, the Western Stage now produces an annual year-round season of plays, produces school tours, offers internships, and youth classes.[5][6] The company's productions are part of the college's curriculum, though a separate foundation was established to support the Western Stage.[7] In particular, the Western Stage is known for adapting the work of noted local author John Steinbeck to the stage,[5][8][9] often in partnership with the nearby National Steinbeck Center.

Notable alumni[edit]



  1. ^ "Patricia Hsieh Will Succeed Lewallen as Hartnell Executive". Hartnell College. 31 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "About Hartnell College". Hartnell College. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  3. ^ Roney, Sean F. (25 May 2000). "William Hartnell: The Hero and His Colleges". Monterey County Historical Society. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Maps and Directions". Hartnell.edu. Archived from the original on 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  5. ^ a b c "Know a Theatre: The Western Stage in Salinas, Calif". American Theatre (October 2018). Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  6. ^ "The Western Stage – About Us". westernstage.com. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  7. ^ MacClelland, Scott (5 August 2014). "Jon Selover [TWS Artistic Director]". performingartsmontereybay.com.
  8. ^ Parks, Patrice (20 July 2000). "The Western Stage's adaptation of East of Eden brings us closer to the primal source of theater". Monterey County Weekly.
  9. ^ Ryce, Walter (29 August 2019). "Western Stage revives a Steinbeck musical that disappeared for decades". Monterey County Weekly.

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