Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technology

(Emergent) hosted by Allan Hancock College

Why Agriculture, Water & Environmental Tech?

California representing one of only five Mediterranean growing regions in the world, sets the pace for the nation as the country's largest agricultural producer and exporter. Agriculture represents a key economic driver for the South Central Region, supporting high wage, high-skill jobs across the value chain in support, production, processing and packaging, and distribution. With no resource as precious as clean water, maintaining an adequate supply of water and increasing its efficiency of its use has become a high priority. Drinking water, drainage systems, crop irrigation, flood control, and wastewater services are all part of the water management infrastructure. Mission-critical occupations in water science/technology are projected to experience labor shortages in the near future. Lastly, occupations in the field of environmental technology are cross-cutting, serving virtually all industry sectors. Environmental engineers, scientists, and technicians support jobs in air quality, emergency preparedness and response, safety and health, waste management, natural resource management, and many other fields.


ExpoFest 2018 Draws Over 1,000 People to Hancock College

Over a thousand people attended the 2018 ExpoFest on Saturday at Hancock College, hosted by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce in an effort to connect the agriculture and energy industries and other local businesses with the community.

The decades-old event "gives an opportunity for all of our chamber members to come out and show the public what's around in the community," said Chamber CEO Glenn Morris.

Usually held at the Fairpark, ExpoFest was moved to the Hancock campus this year.

"It's the first time we're doing it outdoors, and it's also a first of many other things," Morris said. "This year, we have a featured industry section, which is where all of our local oil, gas and energy production folks are gathered around the back perimeter of the venue, and everyone else in the middle for a huge party."  Read more...


Amanda Lake Posted In Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technology Sunday, 26 August 2018


Ag Education in the 21st Century: A Day of Curriculum Renaissance

Promo for event on December 14, 2015

Agricultural education in California and in the United States is in the midst of an educational renaissance. New directions for Ag Education in the 21st Century include dynamic changes which will challenge students and create career pathways to success. It is critical, therefore, that educators integrate state-of-the-art instructional strategies into high school and higher ed programs. Join us for A Day of Curriculum Renaissance on Monday, December 14, at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 8 AM to 3:15 PM! For more information, contact DSN Margaret Lau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Margaret Lau Posted In Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technology Wednesday, 18 November 2015


South Central Coast Regional DSN-TAP Road Show at Hancock College

Promo for Event on November 20, 2015

Meet the regional Deputy Sector Navigators (DSNs), Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs), and other key economic and workforce development talent who are AT YOUR SERVICE! Let's work together to broaden student access and success; develop stronger career pathways; foster and promote industry engagement; expand professional development; and MORE!

Margaret Lau Posted In Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technology Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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