Early Childhood Studies Classes Added at Lompoc Valley Center

Other ECS classes are being offered at the Santa Maria campus.

S14 ECS PromoJANUARY 10, 2014 -- Whether a student is interested in becoming a teacher, police officer, mechanic or nurse, knowing how to interact with children is useful in a career.  It’s one of the many benefits available to students in Allan Hancock College’s early childhood studies program, which offers five degrees, five certificates and the opportunity for guaranteed transfers into the University of California and California State University systems.

Three entry-level early childhood studies classes are being offered at the Lompoc Valley Center during the 2014 spring semester – ECS 101(Child, Family and Community), ECS 104 (Principles and Practices) and ECS 116 (Teaching in a Diverse Society).  All three courses meet general education requirements and are specified core courses required to earn an early childhood studies degree.

Students may also take ECS 114 (Parent/Child Relationships) and ECS 125 (Curriculum for School-Age Children) on the Santa Maria campus during the spring.

“There’s more to this program than taking care of or studying children,” explained program coordinator and lead instructor Judith Dal Porto.  “We all interact with children and families at some point in our lives, so knowing the best ways to interact with children, and how to provide them with environments to support their emotional and physical growth, is going to help in any career.”

The early childhood studies program is designed to serve as a launching point for students interested in careers as teachers, social services workers, child psychologists and other related fields.  Dal Porto says the ECS program has a retention rate of more than 90 percent.  “Once our students commit to our program, we do our best to help them succeed,” she added.

According to the State of California’s Employment Development Department, child, family and school social workers in Santa Barbara County earned a median annual wage of $46,463 in 2013.  The median annual wage for child care workers in the county was $26,493 in 2013.

“There are many changes in the ECS field.  Many employers, such as Head Start programs, are requiring more ECS units and specific units from courses we offer,” added Dal Porto.

Spring classes begin the week of Jan.21.  Registration remains open.

Register online at www.hancockcollege.edu or email jdalporto@hancockcollege.edu for more information.

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Last Modified Dec 10, 2014