More than 140 students at Allan Hancock College can now benefit from a new $1 million, five-year federal grant that will provide increased student support services on campus.  The College Achievement Now (CAN) program, which is referred to nationally as a “TRIO” grant, is funded by the United States Department of Education with the purpose of providing support to low-income and first-generation college students, students with limited English proficiency and/or disabled students.

“Receiving this grant is an opportunity to help more students at a time when state funding for student support services is down,” said Bill Cordero, vice president, Student Services/Academic Affairs.  Cordero added, “There is room for more students, and we encourage applications from those who think they qualify.”

Students in the CAN program must have the goal of graduating from Allan Hancock College and/or transferring to a university.  Participants in the program will receive help in achieving those goals, with direct access to a dedicated counselor as well as priority registration and assistance with job searches and applying for scholarships.  In addition, CAN program students will have access to peer tutors and a support center with computers and more.

“This program has the potential to change the lives of students who take advantage of the additional staff and resources available to them,” said Diana Perez, CAN program interim director.

There is no deadline for application to the program, but space is limited. To download an online application, go to, click “Student Services,” then “AHC CAN.”  Applications are also available at the Santa Maria Campus in building W, room 22.  For more information call 922-6966 ext. 3434.