STEM is a national initiative to prepare Americans for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs – and to ensure that our country remains a leader in technology and innovation.



Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is a national initiative to prepare Americans for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs – and to ensure that our country remains a leader in technology and innovation.


  • Engage in community outreach activities to increase local high school students’ interest in selecting AHC as their college of first choice for a STEM education
  • Provide internship, research, and teaching opportunities for students
  • Create joint outreach materials with Cal Poly that identify curriculum pathways
  • Improve and streamline the transfer process

AHC is working with its partners to: 

  • Increase the number of STEM students
  • Increase the number of highly qualified secondary teachers in STEM
  • Increase AHC enrollment and graduation rates in STEM fields

View the STEM Brochure PDF

August 15-18, 2016
Launch to Success: STEM Week of Discovery!
This four-day program will introduce interested students to a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors, as well as provide hands-on activities related to these majors. Our main goal is to give students and introduction to the world of STEM while also making them aware of the services that can help them be successful college students. An introduction to STEM success strategies and student support services aid in a smooth transition to a four year university. This four-day interactive experience will help to build a strong network of peers, faculty, and staff that will connect students with academic resources and encouragement needed throughout their education at Allan Hancock College and beyond!

May 5, 2017
Friday Night Science
A family friendly event, sponsored by the HSI STEM & Articulation Grant, brings together the community and Allan Hancock College to learn and interact with scientific activities. Each event features different “learn-by-doing” science activities with varying themes. AHC STEM students design and build the demonstrations, as well as explain the scientific principles at work. The event is highly popular and is publicized in local media and is even featured on YouTube. For the most up-to-date information about this event, please refer to the website. We hope to see you there! 

Summer, 2017 (TBA)
Math Academy

Allan Hancock College piloted the “Math Academy” in 2009 using Title V grant funds. The Math Academy was such a huge success, that the academy has continued every summer since then. Students who place in developmental range on the AcuPlacer (START) test and who have already completed the equivalent to algebra 2 in High School (with a passing grade of B or better) are eligible for this two week intensive math course. After completing 40 hours of instruction using specialized math course software, students are able to re-take the placement test in hopes of testing into a higher level math course. This allows students to progress quickly to transfer level math courses.

Summer, 2017 (TBA)
College for Kids Science Academy
Learn-by-doing classes geared towards students from ages 8 through 15 and aim at exciting kids about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Scientific principals are explored by doing different hands-on-activities, and by actively discussing the past, present, and future of scientific exploration. Classes are taught by both the Endeavor Center of Vandenberg and by AHC Faculty on topics such as: Rocketry, Astronomy & Telescopes, Engineering & Computer Science. More classes to come in the future! For more information, please feel free to contact Siboney Guardado at

AHC STEM center is a focal point for student learning.  Located on the Santa Maria Campus, it provides students with a collaborative space which encourages student-to-student interaction.  Students can utilize free drop-in tutoring, study spaces, a large group study room, academic counseling, etc.

Resources available

  • Six computer workstations – internet access
  • Study space
  • Wireless internet access
  • Small STEM Library
  • Textbook loan program 


Meet with a STEM Counselor!

If you are a current STEM student you are eligible to schedule an appointment with a STEM Counselor or sign up for a STEM Activity. 


Equipment/software available

  • Anatomy Microscopic Review CD
  • Anatomy Models
    • Dis-articulated Skeleton
    • Dis-articulated Skull
    • Human Brain
    • Neuron
    • Knee Joint
    • Muscle--Full Body
    • Inner Ear
  • Stellarium Software
  • XNA Software
  • Code Blocks Software
  • Eclipse Software
  • Java Development Kit
  • Visual Studio Software
  • Google Earth Software
  • Google Chrome
  • Geology Rock  Study Sets
  • Topographic Maps
  • Head Phones
  • Calculators
    • Graphing
    • Scientific

Services offered

  • Tutoring
  • Counseling
  • Workshops
  • Campus & Industry Field-trips

contact information

Location: STEM Center located on the Santa Maria Campus, in building W, Room 22.
Phone Number: 805-922-6966 ext. 3557


Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

SUmmer  Hours 

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 






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Stem stories of success

STEM Stories of Success
Current and former Allan Hancock College students discuss the benefits of joining the STEM program.

Science night

Chemistry Extravaganza
Watch the video from the Chemistry Extravaganza on Science Night

STEM Press

Santa Maria Times 
Night of Discovery: STEM Open House

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Proud sponsors of STEM at Allan Hancock College

Last Modified Feb 23, 2017