Staff Report

Allan Hancock College is inviting new students to learn more about the college at its first completely virtual “Hancock Hello” event next week.

 This year, Hancock Hello will take place live online via Zoom on Wednesday, June 10, from 4 – 7 p.m. and will be free for all first-time Hancock students and their parents.

“Hancock Hello is a chance for AHC to give its newest Bulldog students a warm welcome and connect them with the information and resources they will need to be successful,” said Hancock President/Superintendent Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “College students are facing new and unprecedented challenges in their lives and we want them to know that Hancock will be here to help them stay on track and feel supported from day one all the way through to their graduation day.”  

During this year’s Hancock Hello, participating students will get the chance to take a self-guided virtual tour of the college’s Santa Maria campus and take part in several virtual workshops that will teach them how to access important information, support services and student services at Hancock. Workshops will be available in English and Spanish. This year’s workshops include “Start Here, Transfer to a Four-Year,” “Promise Step 3: New Student Orientation,” “Financial Aid: Show Me the Money,” “Career Center Orientation” and many more.

Traditionally, Hancock Hello events are held in-person at the Hancock’s Santa Maria campus, but the event was transitioned to a remote format this year to ensure student health and safety and promote social distancing. More than 1,000 students participated in last year’s in-person Hancock Hello event.

Students can register to attend Hancock Hello at Registering students are also encouraged to take a short survey for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Zoe’s Hawaiian BBQ.

This year, Hancock is offering summer and fall classes remotely. Registration for summer and fall classes is ongoing. Summer classes start June 15 and fall classes start Aug. 17. To register for classes, visit