AHC Offering Hundreds of Spring Classes in Santa Maria

Many begin the week of Jan. 22, 2013.

Hundreds of spring classes are being offered at the Allan Hancock College Santa Maria campus next spring.  Many begin the week of Jan. 22, 2013.  Registration for all spring classes is currently under way and continues through Jan. 25, 2013.

More than 650 semester-length classes are being offered.  Others are eight-week “term” classes beginning Jan. 22 (Term 3) or March 25 (Term 4).  Dozens of Fast Track classes, which last less than eight weeks, begin throughout the semester.

Spring classes are also being offered at the Lompoc Valley, Vandenberg AFB, and Solvang centers, and online.

Fast Track and Term courses are designed for students who prefer shorter, more intense study.  Eight-week classes offer the credit of a full semester course.  Courses include art, auto technology, business, culinary arts, dance, dental assisting, early childhood studies, electronics, emergency medical services, law enforcement, paralegal studies, physical education/athletics, machine and manufacturing technology, medical assisting, speech, blacksmithing, ornamental iron and more.

“For some students, the eight-week time frame fits their schedules better,” said Rebecca Alarcio, director of public affairs and publications.  “Others enroll in eight-week classes because they enjoy the intensity and focus of the shorter courses,” she said.

To view all spring classes, visit the AHC website at www.hancockcollege.edu and click the Class Search link on the homepage.  Search options include subject, location, instructor, number of credits, and more.

Registration for spring credit classes continues through January 25.  All students register online via myHancock, which is accessed from the home page.  Click the Student tab, then Register/Add/Drop/Search Classes

New students and those without a user name and password must first apply for admission to the college before registering for classes.  To access the online admission application from the website homepage, click the Apply & Register link, then select the appropriate application.

For more online registration information, click the Apply & Register link, then Application & Registration Information.

The enrollment fee for California residents is $46 a unit, meaning a typical three-unit class costs $138.  Other minimal fees apply.

Many new, continuing and returning students must be assessed.  This is done through START (Student Testing, Advising, Retention and Transition) placement testing.  START’s purpose is to assist those students who are planning to obtain a degree and/or certificate, those planning to transfer to a university or those unsure of their educational goals.  The START program includes an assessment of your basic skills in reading comprehension, sentence skills, and math; an orientation to the college; and advising by academic counselors regarding your course selection. 

START assessment scores are not used to determine your admission to Allan Hancock College.  Anyone who is 18 years or older and able to benefit from instruction is eligible to attend Allan Hancock College.  High school juniors and seniors may enroll in college classes through Hancock’s College Now! program. 

Students with certain qualifications, including students taking classes for life-long learning or those with degrees, are exempt from assessment.  For a complete list of exemptions to assessment and for the dates and times of assessment sessions, please refer to the college’s Testing Center Web page (Quick Link “START Placement Testing” from the home page), or call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3364.

For registration information, call (805) 922-6966 or toll free 1-866-DIAL AHC (342-5242) ext. 3248.

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Last Modified Jan 17, 2014