Program Overview

All businesses need accounting information to measure their profitability, solvency, and liquidity. Accounting is known as the language of business and without it business would be unable to communicate with lenders, stakeholders, and government authorities. Our program focuses on traditional financial, managerial, and tax accounting principles and techniques. Coursework is sequenced in building blocks of knowledge and skills with an emphasis on learning by doing. The associate degree in accounting will prepare you for entry level positions and professional advancement in public, private, and governmental accounting.

How long does it take?

Several accounting courses (Acct 100, Acct 130, Acct 140, and Acct 150) transfer to four year business and accounting programs.

The accounting program at Allan Hancock College is a Tech Prep Program:

TECH PREP - Tech Prep is a carefully designed curriculum that engages students in a four-year program (two years of high school and two years of community college) to gain the knowledge, skills and values required for technical careers. A Tech Prep education (1) leads to an associate degree or certificate, (2) provides technical preparation, (3) builds student competence in mathematics, science, and communications through a sequential course of study, and (4) leads to placement in related employment or additional training. Tech Prep programs and courses are identified throughout the descriptions of degrees and announcement of courses.


Business Department, Building K
Phone: 805.922.6966 ext. 3239

Fax number: 805-347-1256 (Santa Maria Campus)
805-735-3976 (Lompoc Valley Center)


Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. 

closed during the month of July

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James May

James May
Accounting Student

"My career goals as an accounting student are to fully immerse myself in the business world, to basically have an understanding of how businesses operate and function. The teachers seem to be very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about what they're doing. Everything that has to do with learning how a business works is presented in a class. It's going to be very easy to apply anything that you learn here at school in the real world."

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James May describes his experience with the AHC Accounting Program

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Last Modified Jan 24, 2018