Whether someone is interested in learning about film production, how to start a small business, or just wants to squeeze in a few general education classes this fall term, Allan Hancock College can help with several short-term classes beginning in mid-October.

Registration is underway for Hancock’s fall short-term classes, most of which start the week of Oct. 14. Every class can be completed in eight weeks or less, including nearly 30 online courses. There are also courses that meet only once, or only on the weekends.

Nearly all of the online classes meet general education requirements. Among the online options are Intro to Biological Anthropology (ANTH 101), Global Economics (BUS 141/ECON 141), World Music Appreciation (MUS 106), Child Psychology (PSY 117), Career Planning (PD 115) and more. Even students in Hancock’s Fire Academy can fit in a short-term class by taking Fire Hydraulics (FT 341) online.

Some of this fall’s short-term classes are being offered at Hancock’s Santa Maria campus. Those classes include courses in business, film, dance and Intermediate Spanish.

Students who want to learn more about Hazmat safety can sign up for Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste Permitting (ENVT 159) at the Public Safety Training Complex at Hancock’s Lompoc Valley Center. An 8-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) refresher course (ENVT 450) is also being offered at the Public Safety Training Complex.

Students taking short-term classes can earn between .5 and 3 units depending on the class. Registration is now open and continues until the day before a class starts.

All current Hancock students can register online via myHancock, which is accessed from the college’swebsite at; click the Student tab, then Register/Add/Drop/Search Classes.

For class details, click the Class Search link on the home page and search for classes beginning in October. Other search options include subject, location, instructor, number of credits and more.

New students and those without a user name and password must first apply for admission to the college, which is a quick and easy process, before registering for classes. To access the online admission application, click Apply & Register and then select the appropriate admission form.

Financial aid is still available. To see if you qualify, contact the Santa Maria campus financial aid office at 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3200 or

For registration and other questions, call 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3248 or toll-free in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, 1-866-DIAL-AHC (342-5242) ext. 3248.