Program Overview

The business program at Allan Hancock College introduces students to how business operates and prepares them for positions in the business world.  Students also learn why many business graduates choose to start their own businesses rather than work for others.

The business curriculum explores business strategies that allow managers to compete in today’s dynamic, global marketplace. Business in the 21st century requires that managers connect people, technology, and ethics in order to form strong partnerships with customers, employees, and other organizational stakeholders.

The curriculum at Allan Hancock College is carefully designed to prepare you for employment or further education in several business concentrations:

Business Certificate Program
Seven certificate programs including one 24-unit business certificate are designed to provide students with the basic business skills needed for immediate employment in the business environment.  AHC also offers eight 48-hour "fast-track" certificates of completion with classes scheduled primarily in the evenings and on weekends that is designed to provide short-term vocational training to help students quickly acquire job skills

Why choose a career in business?

Selecting a career may be the most important decision you will ever make. The Business Department at Allan Hancock College will help you prepare for an entry-level job – your first permanent employment after leaving school. During your studies, you will look at a range of business careers and discuss employment opportunities in fields that are related to each area of study. You will learn about jobs that best match your personal strengths and interests. In addition, Allan Hancock College provides a strong foundation for transfer to four-year universities.

Education will improve your prospects of finding and keeping the right job. In addition, with more education, you are likely to earn more to meet educational requirements often needed for advancement to more responsible and higher-paying positions. The business curriculum opens doors of opportunity for those prepared to put ideas into action. Courses are offered on-site and on-line.


Business Department, Building K
Phone: 805.922.6966 ext. 3239

Fax number: 805-347-1256 (Santa Maria Campus)
805-735-3976 (Lompoc Valley Center)


Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer:  closed during the month of July

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Brian Farris

Brian Farris
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"Without a doubt the best part about Hancock College is the relationships you build with a group of like-minded individuals, and growing with that group. I enjoy the positive training environment that is created by the cadre and their efforts to help the cadets. They make the experience inside and outside the classroom fun. I would recommend Allan Hancock College to anyone interested in networking with a wealth of cadets and cadre who know what it takes to do the job. The knowledge you can open yourself up to will put you ahead of the game during your search for a career."
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Last Modified Nov 21, 2014