A brand new youth football camp is among several camps offered this summer at the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA.

YMCA offers day camps, sports camps this summer

A new football camp is among many sports camps offered this summer at the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez.

In the non-contact football camp, from July 16-20, campers will learn the fundamentals of the game through conditioning, scrimmages, and skill development for all positions.

  • Sports camps are offered for campers in grades 3-8 at rates of $120-$225 depending on YMCA membership status, and full-time or part-time participation.
  • Basketball Camp: From July 9-13, campers will learn the fundamentals of the game, including ball handling, passing, dribbling and shooting. There will be opportunities for campers to play on teams and individually, which will allow them to grow in the areas of teamwork and independence.
  • Day Camp: For campers in pre-K through eighth grade, day camp will include Lil’ Troopers Camp, Adventure Camp, and Explorer Camp. In each camp, participants will engage in learning experiences and take day trips to destinations such as Ravine Water Park and Universal Studios.

Prices for day camps range from $138 to $195 depending on YMCA membership status, and full-time or part-time participation. Day camps are offered from June 11 through Aug. 17.

For more information, visit ciymca.org/camp or call 805-686-2037.


The dental assisting program was one of Hancock’s 18 career technical education programs recognized by the state for student success after graduation.

Hancock earns state honors for CTE programs

Eighteen career technical education (CTE) programs at Hancock College have earned state recognition for preparing students for workplace success.

The programs were honored as part of the Strong Workforce Stars program, an annual recognition for CTE programs in the California Community Colleges system..

The program used three metrics: an increase in earnings by 50 percent or more; attainment of the regional living wage by 70 percent or more; and 90 percent or more being employed in a job similar to their field of study.

Programs that met all three metrics received a gold star. Those that met two of the requirements received a silver star and programs that met one metric received bronze star.

The college’s associate degree in nursing (licensed vocational nursing to registered nursing) received a gold star. Its graduates showed a 319 percent increase in earnings; 100 percent attained regional living wages, and 100 percent were employed in jobs similar to their field of study.

The dental assisting and cosmetology programs earned silver stars, and 15 other programs earned bronze.

For more information, visit www.hancockcollege.edu.


Wine Operations Manager Dave Corey will host tastings on Hancock College’s Santa Maria campus from 2-6 p.m. every Friday.

Hancock welcomes new winery operations manager

The Hancock College Viticulture and Enology Foundation has hired local wine industry professional Dave Corey of CORE Winery to oversee winery operations for Hancock’s student-focused winery on the Santa Maria campus.

In addition to coordinating student activities with department faculty, Corey will be responsible for winemaking, vineyard practices and wine sales for the program.

“I’m really looking forward to working in an academic atmosphere and being immersed in an educational environment,” he said. “The viticulture and enology program has so much potential, and I look forward to contributing my expertise in order to take that potential to the next level.”

The Viticulture and Enology Foundation supports educational and cultural programs in agribusiness, viticulture and enology. The foundation also operates a bonded winery facility on the Santa Maria campus. Hancock is one of only three community college in California to achieve this status.

The campus winery is opening for tastings from 2-6 p.m. every Friday in building O, Room 211, on the Santa Maria campus. The college currently has 11 different wines for sale and four available for tasting — chardonnay, pinot noir rosé, pinot noir and syrah.

Corey’s holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from San Jose State University and a master’s in entomology and plant physiology from Kansas State University.

For more information about the college winery, visit www.hancockcollege.edu/agribusiness/vineyard.