Hancock College’s Lompoc Valley campus was transformed into a makeshift amusement park Tuesday afternoon for an open house that highlighted many of the programs and services offered at the school.

The free carnival-themed event featured refreshments, games, giveaways, campus tours, a “paint your path” activity, a photo booth, an inflatable Velcro wall and a panel with current and former students who shared their experiences at the school.

In addition to the activities designed to boost awareness and school spirit, the event also allowed school officials to unveil the center’s recently remodeled space that houses all student services, including admissions, cashiering, financial aid, health services, career services, transfer guidance, credit and noncredit counseling and other assistance programs.

“This is the first opportunity we have had to really showcase how these offices have come together,” Christine Grelck, the school’s extended campus coordinator, said ahead of the event. “We’ve created an efficient, centrally located area where students can find exactly what they need all in the same place.”

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During the tours, attendees were able to explore the astronomy lab’s dome, the Learning Resources Center (library) and the campus’ computer labs.

Also at the event, Hancock’s Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) hosted the “paint your path” activity, during which students were able to creatively express the future they envision for themselves by solidifying it on canvas.

This report was prepared by Willis Jacobson. He can be reached at wjacobson@leecentralcoastnews.com.