Money to help Santa Ynez Valley students in college programs

Staff Report

Hancock College students and apprentices preparing for careers in the skilled trades will have access to scholarships and tools, thanks to a generous donation from the Los Olivos Rotary Club.

The Rotary donated $10,000 to benefit students from the Santa Ynez Valley in Hancock’s welding, culinary arts and agriculture programs, as well as apprenticeship programs in the pipefitting and electrical trades. The funds will be used to provide scholarships and awards for students in the programs, as well as purchase tools and equipment they will need to train for their respective trades.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Los Olivos Rotary Club for their commitment to supporting local students seeking to enter the trades,” said AHC Foundation Executive Director Jon Hooten. “This program will help ensure that even more students have access to programs that will give them the training and skills they need to enter successful careers in these industries.”

Chartered in 2002, the Los Olivos Rotary Club is a nonprofit organization that works to support the greater Santa Ynez Valley area of Northern Santa Barbara County, which is also within the service area of the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District.

Potential students are encouraged to explore these and other degree and certificate programs on the college’s new Guided Pathways website at Registration is open for spring classes, which start on Jan. 24. Register today at