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Technology & Learning Resources

Allan Hancock College and the Central Coast has plenty of resources to help you focus on your academics without having to worry about technology and books! We understand the COVID-19 Pandemic has made things incredibly challenging, but know that we have your back! Check out the programs below for more information.

Allan Hancock College Resources

The Library is lending laptops to students throughout the semester. Pickup from the Santa Maria Library or Lompoc Valley Center Library. Use the link below to request a laptop or search "Chromebook" on the library website.

Request a Laptop Here

Students are notified via email when the item is available for pickup and have 7 days to retrieve their request.

Need to access WIFI for class? The Library is lending laptops to students throughout the semester. Pickup from the Santa Maria Library or Lompoc Valley Center Library. Use the link below to request a laptop or search "Hotspot : Library student loan program" on the library website.

Request a Hotspot Here

What is a WIFI hotspot?

Hotspots are mobile devices that let you connect to wireless internet wherever you are! 

Students are notified via email when the item is available for pickup and have 7 days to retrieve their request.

Wi-Fi is available in every building on the Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Santa Ynez campuses. In addition, we have outdoor Wi-Fi available in a few areas on the Santa Maria campus. You can connect on the patio between the library and the Student Center, in the parking lot outside of the gym (bldg. N), in front of bldg. S, and in the parking lot near Humanities (bldg. C). See image below:a map of the santa maria campus with prominant markings for where outdoor Wi-Fi is available.

Books for Bulldogs

Community Resources

Federal Lifeline Assistance:

Assurance Wireless is a federal Lifeline Assistance program. Lifeline is a government assistance program. The Assurance Wireless offer provides eligible low-income customers free monthly data, unlimited texting, and free monthly minutes. Plus a free phone.

Qualifications:

Enrollment is available to individuals who qualify based on federal or state-specific eligibility criteria. You may qualify if you are on certain public assistance programs, like Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

You can also qualify based on your household income. If you are unemployed, you can use your Unemployment Benefit Letter as proof of eligibility until 09/30/21.

Proof of Eligibility:

You must provide proof of program participation or proof of income.

One Account per Household:

The Lifeline Assistance program is available for only one wireless or wireline account per household. Separate households that live at the same address are eligible, including residents of homeless shelters and nursing homes. Residents with temporary addresses are also eligible.

APPLY HERE

EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

The FCC has announced that consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12, 2021. The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

Internet Essentials with Comcast

"As a part of our ongoing commitment to keeping families connected to fast, reliable Internet, we’re proud to support the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit program. This new government program offers temporary financial assistance to new and existing customers in qualified households. It’s easy to enroll and will fully cover the $9.95 monthly cost*.
* Taxes and fees extra"

Apply here!

Santa Maria Public Library

The Library holds a wide variety of resources beyond just books! Check out their website for events for adults, youth, & seniors in English & Spanish!

They also have computers you can use, as well as chromebooks that you can borrow!

How do I get a library card?

Apply online at Blackgold.org to get an electronic library card to begin placing holds, using e-books and other electronic content immediately. Visit the Black Gold website to review options or call the library at (805)925-0994 extension 8563 for more information.

Location

Santa Maria Public Library (Main Library)
421 South McClelland Street, Santa Maria, California 93454
(805) 925-0994

Hours

Monday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday

Closed

Lompoc Public Library System

The Library holds a wide variety of resources beyond just books! Check out their website for events for adults, youth, & seniors in English & Spanish!

How do I get a library card?

Lompoc Public Library Cards are available to California residents, or to anyone with a valid government issued photo ID and a California mailing address.

Patrons may apply in person or online.

Lompoc Main Library
501 E. North Avenue
Lompoc, CA 93436
Phone: 805-875-8775

Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10-5

Friday & Saturday: 1-5