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Hartnell College, CA

Grant Type:  Individual Development Grant


Hartnell College is a two-year, public college with a student enrollment of 10,495 as of the fall semester 2008.  52 percent of the FTE students are Hispanic.  In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education goals for Title V, Hartnell College will measure the increase in the number of Hispanic students who attend the college, the number who graduate, and the number who transfer.  Particular attention will be given to students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.  

Over the life of the grant, one activity, supported by three sub-activities, is proposed:


Sub-Activity One:  Retention and Persistence in Mathematics – will revamp the entire

Math curricula from pre-collegiate/pre-credit entry levels to higher-level calculus for Physics program applications. Attention will focus on a fully matriculated vertical model where each class builds on the previous one, and synchronized with Science, Technology, and Engineering programs. Between session “Boot Camps”, seminars, workshops, supplemental learning tools and directed learning programs will be developed and piloted; students on academic probation will be mandated to attend some form of supplemental instruction.


Sub-Activity Two:  Retention and Persistence in the Sciences – will revamp the science courses with a focus on direct employment at graduation or transfer to a baccalaureate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related program.  In addition to the curriculum changes noted under Sub-Activity Two, students will be provided work internships with area businesses and research laboratories, and selected as ambassadors to area middle and high schools.  On the theory that one learns by teaching, sophomore students will be hired to tutor lower level classes.


Sub-Activity Three:  Career Counseling, Education Plans, Early Alert Interventionwill provide successful Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program student ambassadors to area Middle and High Schools; prepare a 2+2+2 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics career track and the mechanics of providing students with an education plan; provide faculty and students with technical assistance about Web-based instruction and Early Alert/Degree Audit.  Hartnell College’s counseling staff will inform counterpart counseling staff in service area school districts of the targeted Hispanic-Serving Institutions- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs.

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