Staff Report

Hancock College has opened two “AIM to Dream Centers” to provide safe and supportive spaces for students at the college’s Santa Maria campus and Lompoc Valley Center.

Students will have access to computers, academic counseling, and several other student support services.

“The centers ensure that students have a place to go where they can feel comfortable, safe and supported,” said Hancock Associate Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services Nohemy Ornelas. “The centers also serve as spaces where students can access important services and resources to support their academic success at Hancock.”

The college celebrated the opening of the two centers with receptions on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. Attendees included college students, faculty, staff and administrators as well as representatives from local businesses and nonprofit community organizations.

The centers were the culmination of a collaborative effort between Hancock students, staff, administrators and members of the community.

The centers also reflect the spirit of previous resolutions passed by Hancock’s Associated Student Body Government, Academic Senate and Board of Trustees supporting diversity, unity, and undocumented students.

“Allan Hancock College has a proud history of embracing members of the college community irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, abilities and political views,” states the resolution passed by the trustees in February 2017.

The opening of the centers came as Hancock and community colleges across California prepared to recognize Undocumented Student Week on Oct. 14-18. Hancock collaborated with local agencies to engage in a week of activities created to support and build awareness about undocumented students throughout the state.