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Start your career in agriculture

Field to Table Event
Event Date: Fall 2023
Event Time: TBD

Location: Santa Maria Campus

Allan Hancock College's Agriculture Program provides a wide range of courses, designed for students preparing for, or advancing in careers in agricultural sciences. Tailored to prepare students for employment within the local agriculture industry, this program offers a variety of options for students seeking employment or transfer. 

Local agriculture employment opportunities abound, with a high demand for skilled workers in positions that provide living wages and rewarding work experiences.  Completion of the Allan Hancock College Agriculture program will provide students with the skills necessary for success in these plentiful career pathways.  The emphasis in the Allan Hancock College Agriculture program is on workforce and transfer readiness, providing a hands-on learning environment and offering guidance toward career and college pathways that satisfy student interests.

NSF logoA Certificate of Achievement is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to go directly into agriculture-related employment and for those needing additional education to advance in their current agriculture job.  The Associate in Science Degree will prepare students who plan to transfer to a university to complete a higher degree. The Associate in Science for Transfer provides an educational foundation for persons aspiring to transfer for further studies toward a California State University (CSU) baccalaureate degree in Agriculture, Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences, Agricultural Science, Plant Science, Agricultural Business, or Agriculture Education. The Allan Hancock College agriculture program works closely with Cal Poly State University and other CSU campuses with strong agriculture programs to ensure transferability and articulation of our courses so that transfer students enter the university ready for success.

For details about our National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Project, Visit our NSF ATE Website

Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R)
Students have the unique opportunity to join our Young Farmers and Ranchers Club, formed in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau. The purpose of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Club is to attract, support and empower future Farm Bureau leaders through industry collaborations and to increase interest in and awareness of agricultural opportunities.  Students connect with industry leaders through outreach efforts and internship opportunities.  Additionally, the club offers support for the Allan Hancock College agriculture program along with its student garden and fruit orchard. 

Rodeo Team
Members of the Rodeo Team Club work to attract and guide collegiate rodeo team contestants and their supporters. With the expertise and advice of a seasoned college rodeo coach, enthusiastic advising team, and student collaboration, the club seeks to preserve local rodeo traditions and offer students the opportunity to compete as a college rodeo team in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). 

For more information on joining an agriculture club contact Erin Krier:


agriculture program contact information

Erin Krier
1-805-922-6966 ext. 3305
Building K-202

Career Opportunities

The agriculture program at Allan Hancock College is designed with input from Santa Maria Valley agriculture industry partners to ensure that students are adequately prepared for local career opportunities in fields such as:

  • agribusiness
  • agricultural inspection
  • agricultural science
  • agronomy
  • commodity sales and marketing
  • crop advising
  • crop protection
  • farm/orchard/ranch management
  • fertilizer consulting
  • greenhouse and nursery operations
  • horticulture
  • irrigation consulting
  • pest control advising 
  • pest management and control
  • soil science
  • weed science

Transfer Programs

This program will also adequately prepare students to transfer to a university for further study in many agricultural degree programs including:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Science
  • Crop Protection
  • Crop Science
  • Fruit Science
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Vegetable Science