Coalinga college designated as Hispanic ag school

West Hills College CoalingaWest Hills College CoalingaWest Hills College Coalinga was esteemed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Hispanic-Serving Agriculture College.

Only 11 community colleges in California were given the designation while only 71 educational institutions were awarded nationally.

A Hispanic-Serving Agriculture College or University (HSACU) are those that offer accredited agriculture-related programs and whose full-time student population is at least 25 percent Hispanic.

West Hills College Coalinga has a Hispanic enrollment of 50 percent and has offered courses in agriculture for more than 20 years.

"This opportunity will allow the college to pursue innovative and creative approaches to meet the learning needs of students who are pursuing studies in agriculture and related fields," said Dr. Willard Lewallen, president of West Hills College Coalinga, in a press release.

The designation will make the school eligible for five new federal funding programs that can help improve its programs and services to Hispanic students.
West HIlls College Coalinga will also be able to apply for competitive HSACU grants.

Reedley College and Porterville College are also Hispanic-Serving Agriculture Colleges.