Today Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) announced that Allan Hancock College has been awarded a $135,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its Cultivating the Future project. As a part of the Cultivating the Future project, Allan Hancock College will enhance its agricultural program offerings and launch an "ag literacy" campaign to expand students' awareness of agriculture production and agriscience-related careers focusing on local opportunities for employment, including teaching.
Agriculture is such an important part of our local economy on the Central Coast and it's critically important that we encourage and prepare young people to pursue careers in the field. I'm so pleased that Allan Hancock and the City of Santa Maria will be working together to promote our local agriculture industry,"said Capps.
Agricultural production is a cornerstone of this region, and the opportunity to provide hands-on, project-based learning for our students is very appealing," said Betty Miller, Ed.D, interim superintendent/president. "We are especially pleased to be partnering with the City of Santa Maria to focus on the many opportunities a career in agriscience can provide."
The City of Santa Maria will also partake in the Cultivating the Future project by planting a community garden, designed to promote the agriculture industry in the region. The garden will be available for use as a living laboratory for project-based learning.