The business program at Allan Hancock College introduces students to how business
operates and prepares them for positions in the business world. Students also learn
why many business graduates choose to start their own businesses rather than work
The business curriculum explores business strategies that allow managers to compete
in today’s dynamic, global marketplace. Business in the 21st century requires that
managers connect people, technology, and ethics in order to form strong partnerships
with customers, employees, and other organizational stakeholders.
The curriculum at Allan Hancock College is carefully designed to prepare you for employment
or further education in several business concentrations:
Business Certificate Program
Seven certificate programs including one 24-unit business certificate are designed
to provide students with the basic business skills needed for immediate employment
in the business environment. AHC also offers eight 48-hour "fast-track" certificates
of completion with classes scheduled primarily in the evenings and on weekends that
is designed to provide short-term vocational training to help students quickly acquire
Why choose a career in business?
Selecting a career may be the most important decision you will ever make. The Business
Department at Allan Hancock College will help you prepare for an entry-level job –
your first permanent employment after leaving school. During your studies, you will
look at a range of business careers and discuss employment opportunities in fields
that are related to each area of study. You will learn about jobs that best match
your personal strengths and interests. In addition, Allan Hancock College provides
a strong foundation for transfer to four-year universities.
Education will improve your prospects of finding and keeping the right job. In addition,
with more education, you are likely to earn more to meet educational requirements
often needed for advancement to more responsible and higher-paying positions. The
business curriculum opens doors of opportunity for those prepared to put ideas into
action. Courses are offered on-site and on-line.
Business Department, Building K
Phone: 805.922.6966 ext. 3239
Fax number: 805-347-1256 (Santa Maria Campus)
805-735-3976 (Lompoc Valley Center)
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer: closed during the month of July
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"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."
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