Students working in college fieldAllan 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.

A 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 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.

program contact information

Erin Krier

Industrial Hemp Research Project

Dr. Anjali Misra
1-805-735-3366 ext.3891

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 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 

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Last Modified Aug 30, 2019