California Agsploration

Grow your future in Agriculture! 

Take many of the courses necessary to achieve a rewarding career in agriculture and/or prepare for transfer to a university. Allan Hancock College offers classes that ready students for both California State Universities and University of California schools in the areas of animal science, fruit science and environmental horticulture, as well as agribusiness, integrated pest management, and soil science. Allan Hancock College offers its students flexible scheduling with in-person and online classes. Get your hands in the soil, and grow your future in agriculture at Allan Hancock College. 

The Agriculture Program

The recent addition of new agricultural courses at Allan Hancock College is a result of a USDA grant. These are introductory courses to get you started on your career path through the broad and growing agriculture industry. The program is designed for students to gain practical skills in agricultural communication, problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and leadership as well as apply classroom concepts and theories to California agriculture, with emphasis on crops on the Central Coast. Instructors challenge students to link the classroom with the real world through networking, special projects, field trips, and guest lecturers who are professionals in the agriculture industry.

All introductory agricultural courses have a component that concentrates on the employment opportunities and career tracks available in agriculture and agribusiness.  Graduating students with knowledge and experience in agriculture are in high demand for employment in the private sector such as environmental consulting firms, as well as with state and federal government agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Non-profit employment with private plant collections and arboreta are also possible.

The agricultural program can also serve as an exciting stepping stone for students to further their education at four-year universities.


Students enrolled in the Agribusiness program learn in our modern, hands-on facilities including a new campus winery, two student-maintained vineyards, greenhouse space, and the AHC Community Garden. Students receive training for farm and vineyard equipment with an emphasis on machine safety right on campus.

Students in our fruit science and viticulture classes help maintain two separate AHC-operated vineyards. One is located on the Santa Maria campus; the other is located off of Highway 101 in Los Alamos.

Those enrolled in the Introduction to Mechanized Agriculture class have access to vineyard, orchard, and AHC Community Garden equipment such as mowers, tractors, and tillers, and to the tools and materials necessary to maintain heavy farm machinery.

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Last Modified Nov 20, 2017