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Noncredit Community

Welcome to Community Education

Allan Hancock College is moving to all-remote operations and instruction, effective Monday, March 23 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

For more information, you may visit the AHC COVID-19 webpage.

Community Education offers free noncredit courses:

  • Basic Skills
  • Citizenship
  • English as a second language
  • Home economics
  • Health and safety
  • Parent education
  • Courses for older adults
  • Courses for adults with disabilities
  • Short-term vocational education
  • Workforce preparation

The noncredit program provides adults the opportunity to learn English, earn a vocational certificate, prepare for the High School Diploma equivalency (i.e. GED or HiSET) or U.S. citizenship tests, upgrade job skills, strengthen basic skills, or transfer to credit.

Community Education also offers a series of college preparation and career development certificates.


Noncredit Counselors:

Do you have questions for the noncredit counselors? You can:

  • Visit the Noncredit Counseling webpage
  • Call (805) 922-6966, ext. 3740
  • Email
  • Visit the Cranium Cafe site. See instructions below:

    Cranium Cafe:
    If you are already an AHC student and know your username and password for your myHancock portal, you can use Cranium Café to chat with a counselor or the coordinator. If the counselor or coordinator's window is green and says "Online Now", you can click "Knock Door".

Community Education Staff:

Community Education staff are also available to answer all your questions, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Video: How to Register for a Class

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Get in-person help with registration for a noncredit or fee-based class by visiting Community Education in building S on the Santa Maria campus. 

Receive support in adult basic education, noncredit English as a Second Language, citizenship, and short-term vocational skills classes. 
se habla español.

Visit the Noncredit Counseling site

Community Education offers noncredit certificates to prepare students for employment or to be successful in college-level credit courses. 

More Certificate Information

For more information on noncredit courses or programs call 805-922-6966 ext. 3209 or email

En Español: Para obtener información en español sobre COVID-19, visite la página de sobre el Novedoso Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Campus Locations

Santa Maria Campus

Santa Maria Campus

800 South College Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454
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Lompoc Valley Center

Lompoc Valley Center

One Hancock Drive
Lompoc, CA 93436
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Santa Maria Campus

Santa Ynez Valley Center

2975 East Hwy 246 (SYVHS)
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
1-805-922-6966 ext. 3355
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Santa Maria Campus

Vandenberg AFB Center
641 Utah Ave, Bldg. 13640, Rm. 216
Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437

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