Allan Hancock College to pay select students $10,000 for community service under state program | Local News

Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria is one of 45 colleges and universities participating in a new state program that will pay students $10,000 for their hours of community service.

The Californians For All College Corps program, announced by Governor Gavin Newsom last week, will provide students with the opportunity to serve their communities, while earning stipends to make college more affordable.

​Up to 6,500 students will be selected from participating colleges and universities over two years to volunteer in the areas of K-12 education, food insecurity, climate action, and COVID recovery- 19. Students who complete 450 hours of service in the year will receive $10,000 – a living allowance of $7,000 and a scholarship of $3,000.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cuesta College in neighboring San Luis Obispo County have also been selected to participate in the College Corps program and will take a regional approach to the program with Allan Hancock College.

“I will begin by thanking Cal Poly for their leadership in this grant application and for including Allan Hancock students for this opportunity to participate,” said Thomas Lamica, project director at Hancock’s Career Center. “Dr. LeeAnne McNulty, Director of Institutional Grants, and I worked with a regional team led by Cal Poly to participate in the College Corps program.

Lamica said this was the first time the college had worked on such a project and, although the college was still in the early planning stages, he said Hancock students would be placed with service partners. communities in and around the Santa Maria Valley.

Approximately 50 students each will be selected from Allan Hancock College and Cuesta College, along with 165 students from Cal Poly.

Lamica said they will reach out to the Santa Barbara County Food Bank — with whom they have previously worked for Allan Hancock College’s monthly Food Share distribution — and partner with other local organizations.

“We are really excited. This is a great opportunity, not only for our students, but also for the companies we will be working with,” Lamica said. “We see this as the start of a long-term investment in the community.”

He added that the college plans to create and continue these community partnerships even after the grant and program end.

According to the College Corps website, the first year of cohort service will be from August 2022 to July 2023, and the second year of service will be from August 2023 to June 2024.

Each participating college will have its own application process. While the state’s website says colleges may have student application information available by March, Lamica said March may be too soon.

“All things considered, March is a very ambitious goal,” Lamica said. “We are focused on creating a high-quality service-learning work experience for our students that brings value to the community. As we accelerate the start-up, we will ensure that we are fully prepared to deliver a great experience for all parties involved. »

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported that Cal Poly and Cuesta College students “will teach local students to make up for lost learning time due to the pandemic and partner with local organizations to fight change.” climate change and food insecurity”.

Application for the College Corps program will be open to undergraduate students at partner campuses, and the program “specifically creates state-funded opportunities for eligible AB 540 Dreamers to serve their communities,” according to the state.

More information about the California College Corps program is available on its website, and those interested in the Allan Hancock College program can contact the college’s Career Center at 805.922.6966 ext. 3374 or via its website.

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