By Gina Herlihy

for Hancock College

Registration for spring classes at Hancock College’s Santa Maria campus is under way with nearly 900 courses still available. Many classes begin the week of Jan. 22, and registration will continue until Jan. 21.

Students will be able to fulfill their general-education requirements with the options available and gain hands-on experience in semester-length and eight-week courses, including those in auto body, accounting, art, chemistry, law enforcement, music and others.

Spring classes are also offered at the college’s Santa Ynez Valley, Lompoc Valley and Vandenberg Air Force Base centers, and online.

A number of eight-week classes begin Jan. 22 or March 25. Dozens of short-term classes (less than eight weeks) begin throughout the semester. Shorter courses are offered in such areas as agribusiness, health education, global studies, sociology, speech communication, and welding technology.

“For some students, the eight-week time frame fits their schedules better,” said Nohemy Ornelas, vice president of student services. “Others enroll in eight-week classes because they enjoy the intensity and focus of the shorter courses.”

To view all winter and spring classes, visit and click the Class Search link on the homepage. Search options include subject, location, instructor, number of credits, and more.

Registration is available around the clock via the myHancock portal linked in the upper right section of the college’s homepage.

New students and those without a user name and password must first apply for admission to the college before registering for classes. To access the online admission application from the website homepage, select the Apply & Register link, then find the appropriate application.

Enrollment fee for California residents is $46 a unit (a typical three-unit class is $138). Other minimal fees apply. For registration information, call 805-922-6966 or toll free 1-866-342-5242, ext. 3248.