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Allan Hancock College Atkinson Lifelong Learning Center Taking the Classroom to the Community Project Allan Hancock College Atkinson Lifelong Learning Center Taking the Classroom to the Community Project Date: October 2004 -September 2007 Ardis Neilsen, Dean, Community Education Elaine Healy, Coordinator, Community Education

Allan Hancock College p Two-year community college located in Santa Maria, California Allan Hancock College p Two-year community college located in Santa Maria, California

Allan Hancock College Campuses: Santa Maria, Lompoc, Solvang, and VAFB p Credit enrollment 11, Allan Hancock College Campuses: Santa Maria, Lompoc, Solvang, and VAFB p Credit enrollment 11, 000 students p Noncredit enrollment 5, 000 -6, 000 students

Community Education Noncredit classes in basic skills, ESL, citizenship, health, older adults p Open-entry, Community Education Noncredit classes in basic skills, ESL, citizenship, health, older adults p Open-entry, open-exit classes p Open to anyone 18 and over p Classes are FREE! p ESL – 1400 - 1600 students per semester p

City of Santa Maria p Known as the “BBQ Capital” p Heart of Wine City of Santa Maria p Known as the “BBQ Capital” p Heart of Wine Country

City of Santa Maria p Agriculture is the largest industry p The City’s # City of Santa Maria p Agriculture is the largest industry p The City’s # 1 crop is strawberries.

City of Santa Maria p Approximately 60% of the City’s population is Hispanic. (Pop. City of Santa Maria p Approximately 60% of the City’s population is Hispanic. (Pop. approx 90, 000) p 248% increase in the Hispanic population between 1980 and 2000. p Mixtec Immigration: Santa Maria has the largest Mixtec population outside of Mexico.

Mixtec Immigration p p p Approx. 20, 000 Mixtec immigrants from Oaxaca live in Mixtec Immigration p p p Approx. 20, 000 Mixtec immigrants from Oaxaca live in Santa Maria. 92 dialects of Mixtec are spoken. Many Mixtecs speak little English or Spanish.

Unique Challenges for Immigrants Language barrier p Lack of formal schooling p Insufficient income Unique Challenges for Immigrants Language barrier p Lack of formal schooling p Insufficient income to afford decent housing p Cultural differences p Digital Divide—lack of access to technology p Residents “rarely venture beyond their own neighborhood. ” p

Bridging the “Distance” Challenges: n Empower residents toward educational and economic advancement. n offer Bridging the “Distance” Challenges: n Empower residents toward educational and economic advancement. n offer enticements to enter the world of lifelong learning. n Make these individuals “visible” in the community. “Prior to starting educational classes these were people who were the invisible of this community—they did not venture outside their neighborhoods” (Ginnie Sterling, Santa Maria Times).

Community Focus Group Identifies Needs (2003) A neighborhood resource center p English as a Community Focus Group Identifies Needs (2003) A neighborhood resource center p English as a Second Language classes p Job training p Health care services (due to lack of health insurance among over 70% of respondents) p Parenting classes p focus group was held May 2003 with community residents.

What Won’t Work p Asking students to: n Pay tuition n Travel to the What Won’t Work p Asking students to: n Pay tuition n Travel to the main AHC campus n Enroll in semester-length classes

What Might Work. . . p Bringing the most needed educational programs and technology What Might Work. . . p Bringing the most needed educational programs and technology access to the neighborhood at no cost or a very lowcost.

Grant Goal p Partner with City of Santa Maria and community agencies to n Grant Goal p Partner with City of Santa Maria and community agencies to n empower residents by offering opportunities for educational and economic advancement.

Project Site: Atkinson Center Project Site: Atkinson Center

Project Site: Atkinson Center Project Site: Atkinson Center

Community Partners p City of Santa Maria: n n n p Boys & Girls Community Partners p City of Santa Maria: n n n p Boys & Girls Club: n p offer summer scholarships to children (ages 6 -18) of parents attending classes CARES, Inc. : n p construct lab/classroom expand recreation area by adding a sports field, playground expand parking lot provide limited childcare to children of parents attending class AHC: n n provide educational services manage project

Project Site: Atkinson Center Located 2 ½ miles from the main AHC campus p Project Site: Atkinson Center Located 2 ½ miles from the main AHC campus p Across the street from Boys & Girls Club p Adjacent to elementary school p Situated in a low-income residential neighborhood p

The Surrounding Community p Predominately Hispanic and lowincome individuals: n n n Census Tract The Surrounding Community p Predominately Hispanic and lowincome individuals: n n n Census Tract 23. 03: 83. 4% low to moderate income (LMI) Census Tract 23. 04 is 81. 6% LMI Estimate of the percentage of foreignborn individuals within Census Tracts is 48. 3% (23. 03) and 50. 7% (23. 04)

Challenges for Residents of the Project Area p language p cultural p lack barriers Challenges for Residents of the Project Area p language p cultural p lack barriers differences of education p insufficient p lack income to afford housing of transportation

Grant Activity #1 p Build a community learning center n n Classroom State-of-the-art computer Grant Activity #1 p Build a community learning center n n Classroom State-of-the-art computer lab

Atkinson Center (2004) p Expand recreation area and parking lot Atkinson Center (2004) p Expand recreation area and parking lot

Activity #2 p Activity Two: Provide Educational Services and Access to Technology p Provide Activity #2 p Activity Two: Provide Educational Services and Access to Technology p Provide noncredit courses for educational and economic advancement. p Create a computer lab to address residents lack of access to technology. p Create a website to include links to community resources. p Provide limited childcare for children of parents who are attending classes.

Finally! Allan Hancock College Atkinson Lifelong Learning Center (2006) Finally! Allan Hancock College Atkinson Lifelong Learning Center (2006)

Allan Hancock College Atkinson Lifelong Learning Center Allan Hancock College Atkinson Lifelong Learning Center

Allan Hancock College Atkinson Lifelong Learning Center Allan Hancock College Atkinson Lifelong Learning Center

Surrounding Community Surrounding Community

Recreation Area Recreation Area

Recreation Area Recreation Area

Outreach is Critical If You Build It, They Will Come. . . Outreach is Critical If You Build It, They Will Come. . .

Outreach to Community Announcing Grand Opening p Flyers — 1000 distributed: n n door-to-door Outreach to Community Announcing Grand Opening p Flyers — 1000 distributed: n n door-to-door elementary school & jrhs New releases, PSA, community calendar – target English & Spanish media p Print ads, both languages, noncredit class schedule – 80, 000 distribution p Mailed invitations to community agencies, city and college representatives, media p

Open House: August 18, 2006 Open House: August 18, 2006

Open House Ribbon Cutting: AHC, Community Partners, and City of Santa Maria Chamber of Open House Ribbon Cutting: AHC, Community Partners, and City of Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce

Open House Over 200 people attended the open house. 114 people registered for classes Open House Over 200 people attended the open house. 114 people registered for classes in less than three hours. p p

Open House: Computer Lab Open House: Computer Lab

Open House: Computer Lab Open House: Computer Lab

Open House p Counseling assistance available at open house Open House p Counseling assistance available at open house

AHC Atkinson Lifelong Learning Center AHC Atkinson Lifelong Learning Center

17 Bilingual Class Sections 2007 spring semester p p p p p ESL — 17 Bilingual Class Sections 2007 spring semester p p p p p ESL — Lecture & Language Lab Intro to Computers Levels 1 & 2 Preparation for Citizenship Preparation for GED Digital Photography Levels 1 & 2 Reading & Writing Workshop Landscape / Gardening Needle Arts Fitness 13 part-time faculty

ESL Lecture ESL Lecture

ESL Lecture ESL Lecture

ESL Language Lab ESL Language Lab

ESL Language Lab ESL Language Lab

ESL Language Lab ESL Language Lab

Classes: Digital Photography Classes: Digital Photography

Classes: Digital Photography Classes: Digital Photography

Enrollment Increasing Enrollment Increasing

Project Website Project Website

Project Website Project Website

Challenges p Managing a construction project p Obtaining environmental impact report p Partnerships Challenges p Managing a construction project p Obtaining environmental impact report p Partnerships

Successes p Regional Award: Award of Excellence City of Santa Maria Recreation & Parks Successes p Regional Award: Award of Excellence City of Santa Maria Recreation & Parks p Submitting project for state level award

More Successes Increased visibility of college in the community – important with recent passage More Successes Increased visibility of college in the community – important with recent passage of a general obligation community bond Student satisfaction survey – 95% positive exceeded 80% goal Enrollment – 700 students/semester exceeded goal of 600 students per year Strong partnerships developed City of SM Boys & Girls Club Leveraged Resources – Driscoll Berries Inc. SB Foundation Dougan Grant

Next Steps. . . p Sustain the project p Develop a citizenship program – Next Steps. . . p Sustain the project p Develop a citizenship program – application processing support & workshop n SB Foundation p Establish an on-site educational counseling office p Develop additional Lifelong Learning Centers in community – next HUD grant?

Sustainability: More than a Project p Invite additional CBOs to offer services at the Sustainability: More than a Project p Invite additional CBOs to offer services at the center p Continue to leverage resources p Create educational pathways n Noncredit to credit

Thank you HUD – OUP! “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn. Thank you HUD – OUP! “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn. ” p “It’s nice that you offer these classes, you help us so much. Thank you. ” p “We are happy with the classes and the center because we live nearby and don’t drive. ” p “Thank you to all the persons who made this project possible. ” p