Local Dignitaries, Former & Current Hancock Employees Gather to Celebrate Lompoc Valley Center's 20th Anniversary

The LVC campus opened its doors in spring 1999

LVC 20th AnniversaryAPRIL 25, 2019--On April 25, dozens gathered in the courtyard of Allan Hancock College’s Lompoc Valley Center (LVC) to celebrate 20 years of the LVC.

“Today, the Lompoc Valley Center is a thriving, integral site of higher education in the Lompoc Valley,” said Allan Hancock College’s Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “We offer a variety of degrees and certificates that can be completed without ever having to travel to the main campus in Santa Maria. The Public Safety Training Complex boasts state-of-the-art facilities where the best of the best firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel, and others are trained, and, in turn, provide exceptional public service to each of us and our families every day. But it took years of dedicated persistence to bring us to this place.”

Efforts to secure funding for the LVC date back to the 1960s, when Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo attempted to open a branch campus in the area. In 1994, a state-wide bond election came up short to fund the center. In 1995, the Hancock Board of Trustees convened a special meeting to discuss funding alternatives – another bond issuance or different methods of taxation.

In March of that year, then-State Senator Jack O’Connell of Carpinteria and two other senators proposed including $75 million in the state budget for sizable projects in the California community college system. The Lompoc Valley Center was the most expensive among them.

After various setbacks, Senator O’Connell was able to persuade his fellow legislators to include the funding in the budget. However, it still needed to be signed by then-Governor Pete Wilson.

Senator O’Connell then worked to mobilize the community to support the campus. On the morning of August 9, 1995, the word came down from Sacramento that the budget was signed and funding for Hancock’s LVC was greenlighted.

“Decades of trying by Lompoc’s leaders, and months of lobbying by Senator O’Connell, had finally seen success,” said Dr. Walthers.

The LVC saw completion in the spring of 1999. In 2006, voters passed Measure I, which funded construction for the 68-acre Public Safety Training Complex.

“Today, the center is a premier educational institution, proudly serving thousands of residents of the Lompoc Valley each year,” said Dr. Walthers. “We look forward to helping thousands more reach their educational goals in the years to come.”

In attendance at today’s event was former Hancock Superintendent/President Ann Foxworthy Lewellen, Hancock Trustee Jeffery Hall, Hancock Trustee Larry Lahr, Hancock Trustee Greg Pensa, and former and current Hancock employees.

For more information about the college’s LVC, visit https://www.hancockcollege.edu/lompoc/.

- AHC -

Caption: Local dignitaries and former and current employees of Allan Hancock College gathered in the courtyard of the Lompoc Valley Center to celebrate the campus’ 20th anniversary.

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Last Modified Apr 25, 2019