Higher education in Lompoc is available through several opportunities. The main local institution in Lompoc is Allan Hancock Community College, which has locations in both Lompoc and on Vandenberg Air Force Base. It is ranked one of the five best community colleges in California and in the top 120 nation-wide.

It offers over 100 areas of study, certificate and associate degree programs, and opportunities to transfer to a four year university. Many Hancock students have tremendous success in transferring to University of California and California State University Campuses including the University of California, Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Lompoc is also conveniently located within an hour drive to major universities, University of California, Santa Barbara and Cal Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo. Another popular higher education institution is The University of La Verne with a satellite campus on Vandenberg Air Force Base.

In addition, the college recently expanded in 2013 to include the Allan Hancock College Public Safety Training Complex, a $38 million dollar expansion that focuses on programs for fire, law enforcement, and EMS training. The state-of-the-art facility features:

  • Training for Fire, Police and Law Enforcement, EMS, Environmental Technology, Oil and Gas Safety training, Wild-land Fire, and Environmental Health.

  • 1.3 mile, 110- mph closed loop driving track, 100- yd pistol and rifle range, simulators, scenario buildings, obstacle course, mock jail, six-story training tower, 1,350 foot burn building, simulation labs, and more.

The Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) is the driving force of preparing Lompoc’s youth to succeed and continue on to receive higher education. The two high schools that Lompoc Valley offers are Lompoc High School and Cabrillo High School. Lompoc High School features a comprehensive Business Academy that helps students obtain marketable business related skills, partake in networking, and introduce them to computer programming. Cabrillo High School recently built a new complex for the schools’ sports medicine program, as well as home to the Cabrillo High School Aquarium, which offers students an outlet for hands on experience in global marine awareness. For more information, please visit:


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