The Allan Hancock College Foundation was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from The Driscoll’s Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, which is the philanthropic arm of Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.  These funds will augment the materials used in the college’s noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) program by funding the purchase of 40 CDs for the language lab and 200 textbooks for its lending library.  These additional materials will directly benefit the college’s 1,400 ESL students.

Patrick Sheehy, of Los Padres Berry Farms, and Driscoll’s employee Renae Robertson, serve as co-captains of Driscoll’s Santa Maria Philanthropy Team, and they were instrumental in helping to secure the grant for the college.

“Allan Hancock College is the only institution in our community that offers sequential, college-level ESL instruction and has worked successfully with hundreds of ESL students.  The college’s experience has shown that ESL serves as an entry point to higher education for many students, and supports job promotion,” said Jeff Cotter, the foundation’s executive director.

“We’re very grateful to Driscoll’s for supporting access to college-level educational opportunities in our community,” he said.

The Allan Hancock College Foundation has been the recipient of gifts from Driscoll’s since 2007.