Allan Hancock College
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|Type||Public Community College District|
|President||Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D.|
|Students||13,741 (Spring 2013)|
|Location||Santa Maria, California|
|Campus||105 acres (42 ha)|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Mascot||Spike the Bulldog|
Allan Hancock College is a California public community college located in Santa Maria in northern Santa Barbara County. In 2011, Allan Hancock College was ranked as one of the five best community colleges in California and one of the nation’s top 120 community colleges.
In 1920 Allan Hancock College was started by the Santa Maria High School District. Originally called Santa Maria Junior College, classes were held until eventually a bond was passed that allowed them to build a wing specifically for the college. Due to rising enrollment numbers in 1954, the college was moved to the former site of Allan Hancock Field. Named after G. Allan Hancock, Santa Maria’s Hancock College of Aeronautics was the primary training center for fighter pilots during World War II. Soon after it was moved the name was changed to Allan Hancock College in honor of George Allan Hancock. In 1958 another bond was passed that allowed the college to buy the site they were on, and start a building program.
A large business education building was opened in 1964, and a new fine arts building in 1965. The industrial technology building, gymnasium, administration and student services were all completed in 1967, and the performing arts center in 1968. A remodel of the Learning Resource Center, one of the original campus buildings, was finished in 2007. A community education building was opened in 2007, which currently contains modern computers and offices, along with a new two-story science building. In June, 2006 a $180 Million bond measure was passed, allowing additional new facilities to be completed over a period of 10 years.
Some buildings on the north side of the Santa Maria campus date from the original airfield.
Lompoc Valley Center
The Lompoc Valley Center (LVC) is located at the north end of the city of Lompoc at the intersection of Cabrillo Highway and "H" Street. The center opened in 1999, and has three main buildings plus a utility structure totaling 58,388 square feet (5,424.4 m2). All of the buildings are designed to be multifunctional as needs expand and change. The LVC is situated on 23 acres (9.3 ha) of a 156-acre (63 ha) parcel that includes portions of Davis Creek. All three main buildings are multifunctional. Building 1 is mostly for administrative purposes. Across from Building 1 is the Library. Upstairs from the Administration office is the Cafe, where students can play games, watch a movie, get food. Vending Machines are also available outside of the Cafe. Building 2 will have mainly General Education classes, but also includes, CNA, Student Job Placement/Career Services, Computer Labs, and the University Transfer Center. Building 3 across from the patio area and will consists of mostly Arts, Science Labs, Physical Education, and some General Education classes. Building 4 is on the side of Building 1 and its main purpose is for utilities. No unauthorized personnel can access the utilities building. Scheduled to open in 2013, the Public Safety Training Complex is one of Allan Hancock College’s most anticipated Measure I-funded projects and promises to change the future of public safety training in the region and across the state. The $37.9 million facility will house the college’s police, fire, emergency medical services, and environmental technology programs. The state-of-the-art complex will include a six-story fire tower, one-mile Emergency Vehicle Operations course, a ‘scenario’ village, shooting range, fitness track, obstacle course and much more.
Organization and administration
The college is part of the California Community Colleges System. The college president is Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D.
There are forty-eight major categories of programs offered by the college, ranging from accounting to wildland fire technology. Many of these categories are also divided into sub-categories, each of which offers its own degree or certificate.
University Transfer Center
The University Transfer Center is responsible for providing students four-year university and college information, including admission requirements and major and department information for the California State University, University of California, and California Independent Colleges and University systems.
The University Transfer Center maintains a reference library of university catalogs including out-of-state and study abroad programs. Academic counseling is available to assist transfer students in researching majors, campus selection, transcript evaluations, certification of general education patterns, scheduling of campus visits, and meeting with four-year university representatives.
The University Transfer Center is responsible for providing students four-year university and college information, including admission requirements and major and department information for the California State University, University of California, and California Independent Colleges and University systems. Allan Hancock College provides all the lower-division courses, while the universities provide all the upper-division courses required to complete a bachelor's degree.
Listed below are the universities that offer transfer admission guarantees to Allan Hancock College students (as of 12/11). Students planning to transfer must work closely with an AHC counselor in order to complete the specific criteria for that university's guaranteed transfer program.
The following colleges and universities are included within AHC's Transfer Admission Guarantee Program:
CSU Monterey Bay (guarantee) UC Santa Barbara (guarantee) UC Riverside (guarantee) UC Davis (guarantee) UC Santa Cruz (guarantee) UC Irvine (guarantee) UC San Diego (guarantee) UC Merced (guarantee) Brandman University/Chapman University System (guarantee) University of LaVerne - Central Coast Center (guarantee) Antioch University, Santa Barbara* Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - VAFB* Columbia College - San Luis Obispo Center*
- Admits all eligible AHC transfer students
The college has several partnerships with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, through its STEM programs science, technology, engineering and mathematics, that provide internships and a direct path to transfer to CP and other universities.
Vandenberg Air Force Base Center
The Allan Hancock College Vandenberg Air Force Base Center (formerly known as Camp Cook) opened in 1952 and is part of the base education center shared with the U.S. Air Force Education Office and three private four-year universities. Vandenberg Air Force Base Center offers academic courses and provides different support services such as registration (including adds/drops and processing on-demand transcripts); counseling, health services, issues financial aid including BOG and assists with GI Bill guidelines. Active duty military personnel receive in state rates and may qualify for 100 percent tuition assistance and health fee coverage. Active duty student and Veterans (with two year of separation) may be eligible for priority registration.
The Center offers mainly general education classes through traditional semester and eight week Fast Track classes. AHC VAFB offers classes to help airman achieve their associate degree including the Community College of the Air Force degree. With education becoming more critical in the work place today, AHC partnered with Vandenberg recognizes and accommodates for such a need and can assist in providing opportunities for military members, spouses, base contractors and the local community to pursue higher education. Credits can be earned and applied to a Fire Science degree awarded by the college The Vandenberg Interagency Training Facility is located on South Vandenberg Air Force Base, Bldg. 860 and is accredited by Allan Hancock College.
There are many special events that are held either directly on campus, usually around the student center, or in a specific area outside the campus. The Bulldog Bow-WOW! event occurs in the beginning of the spring and fall semesters. This particular event introduces the college's student services, academic programs, and student organizations to new and current students. Students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff and get to know the college well.
Transfer Day is another event for students interested in transferring to universities. This also ties with free field trips to nearby colleges such as University of California, Santa Barbara; California Polytechnic State University; and California State University, Monterey Bay that Allan Hancock provides for students.
Art exhibitions are frequent, usually held in the Ann Foxworthy Gallery, where professional artists as well as students and faculty display their work to the public. There's always a story behind every art show. A few include "Proud Flesh" which has to do with people that face the problems of life with dignity and the show, and "Altered" which students transform ordinary objects into life.
There are a wide variety of dances performed, such as Dimensions in Dance, held every fall semester in the Marian Theatre on the Santa Maria campus. There are usually 10-12 original dances performed and choreographed by faculty and students. They feature ballet, jazz, modern, tap and hip-hop.
The athletic program at Allan Hancock College contains sixteen total men's and women's varsity sport teams. The sports practiced at Allan Hancock College are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and women's volleyball. It is required of all first-year students at Allan Hancock College who are members of an intercollegiate athletic team to participate in a person development class (PD-101). Verification of current enrollment in good standing at Allan Hancock College, qualification of CCCAA academic eligibility standards, physical examination by an Allan Hancock College approved physician and health insurance evaluation by AHC athletic training staff are all requirements to participate in sports at Allan Hancock College. The sports facilities on the Allan Hancock college campus include a physical fitness lab, swimming pool, soccer field, baseball field, track and tennis courts and softball field. 
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- Brian Asselstine, Retired major league baseball player, Atlanta Braves.
- Kathy Bates, a motion picture star who won an Academy Award for her portrayal in the motion picture Misery, also won an Obie Award for her performance in the original off-Broadway production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. A PCPA alumnus, she also has received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Actress in a Mark Taper Forum production.
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- Sheldon Canley, former running back in the NFL, played for the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets.
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- Johnnie Gray, retired American safety in the National Football League.
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- Winifred Hervey, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television producer and writer (The Steve Harvey Show, Golden Girls, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air); selected as an AACC Alumni of the Year (2001).
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- John Madden, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning coach. After he suffered a knee injury while training for the Philadelphia Eagles, Madden went back to college at California Polytechnic State University to receive his master's degree in education, later becoming assistant coach at Allan Hancock College. In 1962, Madden was promoted to head coach at Hancock where he spent two years. During his coaching at Hancock he led them to a record 12-6.
- John Marshall, assistant coach-defensive line, NFL's Detroit Lions; former assistant head coach/defensive coordinator, NFL's Carolina Panthers.
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- Leslie Parsons, Emmy-nominated production designer and art director (Murder, She Wrote; Falcon Crest; Star Trek: Voyager).
- George Perry, Alzheimer´s disease researcher and dean at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
- John Rudometkin, star college basketball player at USC and then professionally for the New York Knicks and San Francisco Warriors
- Owen W. Siler (deceased), former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; member of Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter; received California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2002 from the California Community College League; Siler died July 17, 2007, at the age of 85.
- Bryn Smith, retired major league pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, Montreal Expos, and St. Louis Cardinals.
- Robin Williams (deceased), actor and comedian, winner of Academy Award and two Screen Actors Guild awards (Good Will Hunting; The Birdcage; Good Morning, Vietnam).
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