Hartnell College, founded in 1920, is one of the oldest educational institutions in California. The college was originally named Salinas Junior College, but was renamed Hartnell College in 1948. The Hartnell Community College District was formed in 1949.
The college moved to its present location in Salinas in 1936. The college is in Monterey County, just 20 minutes away from the Pacific coast. The college serves the Salinas Valley, and draws its students from Salinas and the surrounding communities of Bradley, Castroville, Chualar, Greenfield, Jolon, King City, Lockwood, Moss Landing, San Ardo, San Lucas, Soledad and adjacent rural areas.
The college offers transfer classes, associate of arts/science degrees and certificates of proficiency. The college also provides vocational training, work force and community development classes, contract education and numerous cultural and recreational activities.
The college has transfer agreements with many California State University and University of California campuses that guarantee admission for Hartnell students who have completed the two-year requirements.
Sensitive to its diverse community, the college offers modified format courses to meet the needs of students who work or have other outside commitments, such as evening and weekend courses. Modified format courses include those that begin after the regular semester, at the lunch hour, prior to 8 a.m., or are offered in a condensed format. Hartnell provides off-campus courses at numerous locations in north and south Monterey County.