New Hancock Students: Complete Three Steps to Receive Priority Registration for Fall 2014

Complete START, new student orientation and Educational Planning Workshop.

PriorityRegRqmts4NewStudentsAPRIL 16, 2014 -- A new law called the Student Success Act requires all new California community college students to complete assessment and orientation before receiving priority registration status starting in fall 2014.  The purpose of the law is to help students experience success in college.  Allan Hancock College has designed a plan to help prospective students meet those requirements in plenty of time to plan ahead for fall registration.

A new student is defined as a first-time college student.  A person may only be a new student once in his/her entire college career, whether at Hancock or another college or university.  Those who are new to Hancock will have the opportunity to register during priority dates for fall 2014 if they complete the three steps by June 17. 

To do so, new Allan Hancock College students need to complete the START (Student Testing, Advising, Retention, and Transition) placement test, as well as attend a 90-minute New Student Orientation (NSO) and one-hour Educational Planning Workshop (EPW).  The three steps are part of the Student Success and Support Plan (3SP), which was created when the Student Success Act became law.  The new changes are designed to reward students making progress toward their goals with priority registration.  Priority dates help students secure the classes they need before the open registration period.

Yvonne Teniente-Cuello, chair of Hancock’s Counseling department, said the new system assists students in completing their goals, such as transferring to four-year universities.  “As a counselor who has worked with thousands of students, I know the students who have completed these steps are more successful than those who did not,” said Teniente-Cuello.  “They have the tools they need to succeed.”

The START test assesses a person’s basic skills in English and mathematics.  The free test is offered at both the Santa Maria campus and the Lompoc Valley Center.  Students must complete the online Hancock admission application and receive a student identification number, which is also known as an H-number, before taking the START test.  The test is used to help place students in the appropriate level courses.

Students can complete the second and third steps in less than three hours in Lompoc or Santa Maria beginning in early May.  The college is hosting new student orientations and academic advising workshops back-to-back on nine days throughout May and June.  There is no cost to attend.  However, new students must complete the START process prior to attending an Educational Planning Workshop.

During the orientations, new students learn about student service programs on campus, such as counseling and financial aid, as well as college success strategies and campus policies.

The Educational Planning Workshops provide students with the opportunity to meet with counselors to discuss important planning information, their START test results and develop a first semester schedule of classes.

“When students complete the NSO and EPW, not only will they complete two steps of what they need for priority registration, but they will also leave with a pre-preplanned fall schedule,” added Teniente-Cuello.

High school students enrolled in College Now! will still be considered new students once they graduate from high school if they reapply for admission to Hancock and do not attend another college or university.  

New students who do not complete the requirements may still register for classes during the open registration period. Priority registration for fall 2014 classes runs from June 30 to July 4.  Open registration begins July 5.  Classes begin August 18.

New students must preregister for the NSO and EPW.  To register, or for more information, go to, or call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3293.

The NSO and EPW schedule is listed below.

Day Room Time
May 6, 2014 G-106 (Student Center) NSO:   3-4:30 p.m.
    EPW:   4:30-5:30 p.m.
May 13, 2014 H-104 NSO:   3-4:30 p.m.
    EPW:   4:30-5:30 p.m.
June 3, 2014 C-40 (Forum) NSO:   5-6:30 p.m.
    EPW:   6:30-7:30 p.m.
June 9-12, 2014 C-40 (Forum) NSO:   9:30-11 a.m.
    EPW:   11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    NSO:   1-2:30 p.m.
    EPW:   2:30-3:30 p.m.
Day Room Time
June 16, 2014 Bldg.3 – Rm. 114 NSO:   12-1:30   p.m.
  Bldg.2 – Rm. 212 EPW:   1:30-2:30   p.m.
  Bldg.2 – Rm. 102 EPW:   1:30-2:30   p.m.
June 17, 2014 Bldg.3 – Rm. 114 NSO:   4:30-6   p.m.
  Bldg.1 – Rm. 204 EPW:   6-7   p.m.
  Bldg.2 – Rm. 203 EPW:   6-7   p.m.


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