Allan Hancock College

Arts Beat: Learning next generation animation

Dec 7, 2018
Menaka Wilhelm/KCBX

In the earliest days of cartoon movies, hopeful artists had to make their way to Los Angeles studios to learn animation. Now, digital tools let students learn the basics in far more places—including Allan Hancock community college in Santa Maria, which offers an associate degree in the field.

Allan Hancock College

New research from the California Community Colleges finds even students who don’t complete certificates or transfer to four-year colleges can benefit economically.

Meet your local college and university presidents

Apr 15, 2015

In the fall of 2014, KCBX News interviewed nearly every leader of the colleges and universities on the Central Coast. Our goal was to hear their visions for the campuses, find out what's new and on the horizon, and discover how they plan to deal with ongoing challenges.

The presidents of (from north to south) Hartnell, Cuesta, Cal Poly, Allan Hancock, and Santa Barbara City College all participated in our interview series.

Use the interactive map to hear each one. We were unsuccessful in our efforts to book an interview with UC Santa Barbara's Chancellor Yang.

Central Coast State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced a bill in Sacramento Monday aimed at cracking down on off-campus sexual assaults for community college students.

The UC and CSU systems already have the ability to address off-campus crimes and Sen. Jackson says those policies should extend to the state's community college campuses.

Under SB 186, students could be disciplined or even expelled for off-campus behaviors such as sexual assault, physical abuse, stalking and hazing, among others.

Cuesta College

Several community colleges throughout California are now set to become the first in the state to offer bachelor's degrees, however schools on the Central Coast are not currently among them.

A list of 15 pilot program schools was introduced Tuesday at the California Community Colleges Board of Governors meeting in Sacramento. 

Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo County chose not to formally apply, based on the program's restrictions.

Allan Hancock College

A refinancing move by the Allan Hancock College District is expected to save some Santa Barbara County taxpayers nearly $6 million in the years to come. 

Back in 2006, voters approved Measure I, a $180 million bond to pay for facility and technology improvements at Allan Hancock College. Last week, a portion of those bonds were resold at a better interest rate for taxpayers.

Allan Hancock College

It’s part three of our ongoing conversations with the men and women in charge of the Central Coast's public colleges and universities. 

President of Allan Hancock College, Dr. Kevin Walthers, speaks with News Director Randol White about the direction that institution is now taking, including a growing viticulture department and the expansion of its satellite facilities.

Broadcast date: 9/3/14

Allan Hancock College

Several Central Coast community colleges started their Fall class schedules Monday including Allan Hancock College in northern Santa Barbara County, Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo County and Hartnell College in Salinas.

Hancock is reporting an 8.5 percent jump in first time students and an overall increase of 0.6 percent.

At Cuesta, nearly 700 recent high school graduates in the county are taking advantage of the school's new Promise Program that provides a fee-free first semester. The college estimates that to be a $700 value.

City of King - KingCity.com

The King City Police Department is working to rebuild its force after embarrassing charges of corruption came to light this past February.

A total of six current and former officers--including the acting police chief at the time--were arrested for potential involvement in what prosecutors describe as a towing scheme targeting poor Latinos.

It's in this climate that the department is working to heal its relationship with the community, in part by adding new officers to the force.

Allan Hancock College

The Santa Maria campus of Allan Hancock College is offering classes in winemaking, tasting, and a wide variety of ag-related wine curriculum this fall.

The winemaking classes will be held in the school's new Industrial Technology Complex with its state-of-the-art winemaking facility. It has more than 35,000 square feet of lab space. There will also be an online-only version of the class offered.

Professor Alfredo Koch says the expanded wine curriculum is attractive to students looking to continue a degree at Cal Poly, Fresno State, or U.C.Davis.

Allan Hancock College

Lompoc's massive new Public Safety Training Complex is opening to the public on Saturday, August 2.

The 68 acre facility is part of Allan Hancock College and cost 38-million to build.

It will serve as a training location for fire fighters, law enforcement, medical teams, hazmat crews—even lifeguards. It's also designed to accommodate training related to homeland security and disaster response.

Highlights of the complex include a firing range, a 1.3 mile high speed track, and a six-story training tower with multiple fire props.

Later this week, students attending Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria will received the largest scholarship distribution in the history of the school, totaling $478,000.

This year's total is a 56-percent increase over last year, according to the foundation.

All of the money comes from donors based on the Central Coast, with awards ranging from $500 to $10,000.

The 266 students receiving the scholarships will get to meet the very people behind each award during a dinner Thursday night.

Hancock College up for $1 million prize

Mar 17, 2014
Allan Hancock College

  Santa Maria's Allan Hancock College is one of just seven community colleges in California that are up for a $1 million prize, and the only one selected on the Central Coast.

The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is handed out every two years with a finalist list of 150 schools chosen nationwide. Hancock was picked as a finalist for its success with institutional performance, improvement and equity on student retention and completion measures.

Hancock also showed high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.