Allan Hancock College will host an open house at its new Santa Ynez Valley Center from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School campus.

The center is located in Building P on the west side of the campus near the auto body lab and is accessible from the west entrance on Highway 246.

The event is open to all and coincides with “Back to School Night,” a Hancock spokesman said.

The center, which opened Aug. 14, features two classrooms, including a computer lab, and two offices.

A full-time student services technician is on duty at the center, and an academic counselor is available during the week for high school students and community members.

At the open house, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about such Hancock programs at the school as concurrent enrollment classes, which are free and allow students to earn both college and high school credits during regular school hours.

A table will provide information about the Hancock Promise, the college’s newest program that provides high school graduates the opportunity to receive their first year of Hancock tuition free, beginning in fall 2018.

Representatives from the Admissions and Records Office and the Counseling Department also will be on site to answer questions regarding registration and classes.

“This partnership with Santa Ynez Valley High School will benefit not only current high school students, but will serve as a connection between the college and the community,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers.

“Having a presence on this campus will allow the greater Santa Ynez Valley to become more familiar with the college and the programs available for learners of all ages,” Walthers said.

For all members of the community, Hancock’s Community Education program will offer more than a dozen noncredit classes at the new center that are tuition free, although some material fees may apply.

Community Education will provide enrichment courses for older adults, as well as classes for those in the workforce looking to improve their job skills, the spokesman said.

Classes for fall semester include American Sign Language, watercolor painting, English as a second language, GED preparation and introductions to computers and computer programs.

Regular hours at the center are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday.

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This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at


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