Fall class registration begins at Hancock

Registration for Hancock College fall credit classes begins Tuesday and continues through Aug. 24.

Priority registration begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday for EOPS students, learning assistance students, members of the U.S. Armed Forces or former members within four years of leaving active duty, and foster youth up to age 24.

Priority nursing students, learning assistance note takers, CAN/TRIO students and students who have completed 50-plus credits are part of designated registration, which begins 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Students who have completed 30-plus credits can register beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday; those with more than 12 credits can register at 8 a.m. Friday; and students with at least 0.5 credits can register next Saturday.

All other students can register beginning at 8 a.m. next Sunday, July 1.

Fall classes begin the week of August 20.

All students register online. New students must first apply for admission, which is also completed online and is now under way.

For credit-class registration information, call Admissions & Records at 922-6966, ext. 3248. The toll-free number in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties is 866-DIAL AHC (342-5242), followed by the four-digit extension.

Lego camp coming to Exploration Station

The Exploration Station in Grover Beach is offering two Lego NXT Camps this summer, where kids 9 to 12 can build their own robots.

The first camp is from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday next week, and another one is July 16 through 20.

This one-week summer camp is designed for kids who have been playing with Legos and are ready to move on to programming and more sophisticated design.

Students will learn how to assemble the NXT robots, how to work with light, sound and motion sensors, and how to program the robots using a computer.

Instructor is Greg Randall, retired engineer and three-time FIRST Lego League robotics coach.

The cost is $75, and camps are limited to the first 10 to sign up.

Call 473-1421 to reserve a place or email youth@explorationstation.org.

Arts academy offered in Orcutt

The Orcutt Arts Academy is being offered again this summer by the Orcutt Children’s Arts Foundation (OCAF).

Classes, which will start in July, include music, dance, acting, visual arts and more.

Each week, OCAF will send out a newsletter highlighting a session and the artist teaching that medium.

Workshops include Lights, Camera, Action; Hit it Maestro; All Mixed Up; Art Craze; Watercolor; Broadway Bound; and So You Think You Can Dance.

Price and length of classes vary.

For more information about the academy or earning a scholarship, contact Hannah Rubalcava at 938-8966 or hannah@ocafonline.com.

Swim lessons offered at YMCA

The Santa Maria Valley YMCA is offering fun, with a splash of confidence, through its summer swim lessons.

The Y instructors will teach safe and fun swimming via parent-child lessons and youth lessons, designed to increase their confidence in the water no matter the skill level.

Registration is going on now for 45-minute morning and evening lessons, available all summer long.

Financial assistance is available. Call the Y at 937-8521 for more information.

Hancock College to host free course

Representatives of local businesses, industry, government agencies and the general public are invited to attend a free, one-day, surface coatings course in Santa Maria.

The course is offered by Hancock College and the Central California Environmental Training Center, in collaboration with the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Targeted audiences include owners, managers and staff from regulated industries as well as government and private sector environmental professionals.

Coatings for Automobiles, Metal Parts, and Products (CARB Course #231) will be Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the college Community Education building, room S-110.

Limited space is available and online preregistration is highly recommended. Daily parking permits will not be required, since regular Hancock classes will not be in session.

The class includes an optional field trip to a local automobile or metal parts and products coating operation.

To register, visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/training/myarb/login.php.

The class is taught by the Air Resources Board, not Hancock, and does not generate college credit.

Registration underway for Y summer camps

Registration is going on now for summer camp at the Santa Maria Valley Y.

Splash Camp includes 45 minutes of swim instruction each day as well as traditional camp activities.

Kids ages 8 and older can register for an action-packed Camp Xtreme.

Princess camp, super hero camp, soccer camp, cooking camp and Lego camp are also available.

Traditional camp is open to ages 4 to 12 and is filled with arts, crafts, games, projects, swimming and more.

The Y offers financial assistance.

For more information, call the Y at 937-8521

Head of Class

Local students graduate from USD

Two local students graduated from the University of San Diego on May 27.

Alanna MacDougall of Arroyo Grande earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, and Stesha Moore-Pavich of Oceano earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Henry graduates with high honors

Kelsey Henry, a 2008 graduate of Righetti High School, graduated with high honors during a June commencement ceremony at UC Santa Barbara.

Henry is the daughter of Celeste and Richard Henry of Santa Maria.

Local high school students win awards

Two local high school students were awarded the 2012 Saint Michael’s College Book Award for academic achievement with a social conscience.

Recipients are Madison Heil of Arroyo Grande and Kieran McQuade of Shell Beach, both students at Mission College Preparatory School.

Herber graduates from Sacramento State

Ashley Herber has graduated cum laude from Sacramento State with a degree in early childhood education.

The daughter of Mike and Linda Herber of Arroyo Grande, she will continue working in Sacramento while working on her teaching credential and master’s degree.

Manley makes dean’s list

Gwyneth Amber Manley of Santa Maria was named to the dean’s list at the University of Memphis for the spring 2012 semester.

Orozco graduates from USD

Samuel Orozco of Santa Maria graduated from the University of San Diego on May 27.

Orozco, who earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations, has been accepted into a master’s degree program in school psychology at Loyola Marymount University.

Avila resident makes dean’s list

Courtney Brooke Crawford of Avila Beach was named to the Baylor University dean’s list for the 2012 spring semester.

Rosales makes dean’s list

Julissa Rosales of Grover Beach has been named to the dean’s list at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., for spring 2012 semester.

Baldassini graduates

Cadet 1st Class Zachary Baldassini of Santa Maria graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on June 16 with a bachelor of science degree in marine engineering.

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