New Student Leaders Share a Vision Formed in Lompoc

Camerron Barlow and Steven Auclair are ready to lead!

Barlow and Auclair

For the first time anyone can remember, the two top student representatives at Allan Hancock College are both from the Lompoc Valley.  Camerron Barlow, a 22-year-old architecture major, was elected during the spring 2012 semester and will serve as the Associated Student Body President until spring 2013.  Steven Auclair, a 19-year-old liberal studies student, was sworn in as the new student trustee on the Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees on Tuesday, August 21.  He will serve on the board until July 1, 2013.

“Camerron is taking on student involvement and activities, and I’m more concerned with long-term college policies,” Auclair explained.  “Together we’ve formed a partnership that I believe will be successful and useful to the students at Allan Hancock College.”

Barlow and Auclair both grew up in Lompoc and attend classes primarily at the Lompoc Valley Center (LVC).  They’ve mapped out a plan for the 2012-13 school year that includes representing all Hancock students to the best of their abilities, but with special emphasis on students at the LVC.

“Making a difference in a year can be difficult,” Barlow said, “but there are so many opportunities for students to have fun at Hancock, and I want to help students get more involved, especially on the Lompoc campus.”

Barlow and Auclair both bring experience to their new posts, having served on the ASBG board last year as the commissioner of extended opportunities and the commissioner of student rights and advocacy, respectively.  Auclair previously served as a student representative on the Olive Grove Charter School advisory council.

“I have experience giving the student perspective on issues, and I know I can be a good resource to this board,” Auclair said.

This is Auclair’s second year at Hancock.  He is studying to become a special education teacher and said he is especially sensitive to issues affecting disabled students because of his experiences as a student with dyslexia.  That includes distance learning and access to programs and resources, he said.

Barlow was homeschooled and began attending Allan Hancock College when he was just 16 years old.  He earned an associate degree in architectural drafting and is preparing to transfer to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Barlow said he believes he has an understanding of what students want and need from their ASBG officers.

“When I’m called upon, I won’t be afraid to speak up for the students,” he said.

While Barlow concentrates on student activities and encouraging campus clubs and organizations to expand their outreach to the Lompoc Valley Center, Auclair said he will encourage the board to consider students on every campus when forming policies that might affect them.

“Student involvement on all campuses can be improved, but Camerron and I are uniquely qualified to help Lompoc students feel integrated into campus life, and that’s what we want to do,” Auclair said.

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Last Modified May 2, 2014