- Another beautiful day for Dr. Alfredo Koch and his Ag Business students in the AHC
campus vineyard. AG 150
- Students in the mechanized agriculture class gain mechanical skills such as these
students who are using a skid steer to mix, load, and apply compost to the campus
vineyard. AG 155
- AHC Fruit Science student learns first hand about orchard management as he tills and
prepares the ground for new fruit tree installation. AG 154
- Environmental Horticulture student evaluates the progress of her heirloom corn trials
grown in the AHC Community Garden. AG 156
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
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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