Basic Skills & ESL
Activity ONE focuses on basic skills and credit/noncredit ESL students. The goal is to increase
the persistence and completion of high-need students through multiple approaches,
including pedagogical and technology-assisted innovations, as well as centralized
information and support services. Currently, several acceleration projects are underway
and the a resource center - connecting students to academic resources has been developed.
Several instructors from the English and Math department have taken on acceleration
projects. The goal is to find strategies that will increase the advancement rate of
students under-prepared for college-level work.
The AIM Center, a bilingual virtual resource center, is now available to students
24/7 from any computer. Visit the AIM Center to access academic support resources, such as video tutorials, web-based tutoring
and language development tools. Through the AIM Center, students can also tap into
other AHC support services, such as the Writing Center, Math Center, Counseling, and
To learn more about this activity, go to the Activity One page.
Aligning Resource Development Strategies
Activity TWO of the grant focuses on aligning the college’s resource development functions to cultivate
and strengthen multiple revenue streams, partnerships, and other resources. A “total
resource development” strategy will strengthen internal partnerships, maximize revenues
and control costs. A goal is to create the framework for allocating resources to support
the college’s strategic priorities and core missions. A total resource development strategy
will not only develop resources to reduce barriers to students’ success, it will also
increase our resource development capacity for the long run.
The AIM Fund
The AIM Fund has been established at the AHC Foundation to support the needs of Basic
Skills and ESL students who are ineligible for financial aid, scholarships, and other
forms of financial assistance. A committee will review applications in November and
May each year. The maximum award amount is $1,000 per student each semester with
a total award maximum of $2,000 per student for all semesters at AHC.
For more information contact:
Natalie Rucobo, Advancement Specialist
To learn more about this activity, go to the Activity Two page.
In the fall of 2014, the U.S. Department of Education: Developing Hispanic-Serving
Institutions Program awarded Allan Hancock College a $2.4 million, five-year grant.
The grant, Advance, Innovate, Maintain (AIM) was developed to assist the neediest students at AHC feel connected, directed, nurtured,
focused, valued, and engaged. The overarching themes of AIM include Advancement, both in terms of student progress and success, and in resource development to support
them; Innovation, in pedagogy and technology as well as re-visioning development-focused organizational
structures; and Maintaining successful strategies in approaches to student persistence and success.
Two main activities
- Activity ONE is coordinated by Maria Solis, our Basic Skills Coordinator. This activity focuses
on basic skills and credit/noncredit ESL.
- Activity TWO is coordinated by Susan Houghton, our Executive Director of College Advancement. The
focus of this activity is on implementing structural changes to coordinate and integrate
the college's multiple resource development components.
To learn more about each activity, visit the Activity One and Activity Two page. The Title V Grant Summary and the Title V Newsletter are another source of information.
They can be viewed through the links provided below:
AIM Grant Team
The team is composed of AIM Grant staff and AHC faculty who collaborate with various
AHC departments. Together, we AIM to support student success! Refer to our contact page for activity related contact
information. For general questions regarding the grant, contact:
Project Director, Title V AIM Grant
The AIM Grant is funded by the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program from
the U.S. Department of Education.