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Jul 9, 2013 6:32 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

New Allan Hancock College president shares his vision

The new president of Allan Hancock College started his duties this week.

Dr. Kevin Walthers was appointed to the position in May.

He is the former president of a community college in Livermore.

He shared his vision for the future of Hancock College at a luncheon.

Dr. Kevin Walthers has a seasoned career in the community college system.

It's where he started his own education.

"The things that we do at community colleges are help students get to a four year school or help students get a job," said Dr. Walthers.

Nearly 60% of Hancock students plan to transfer to four year universities.

Twenty-nine percent are training for the workforce.

Dr. Walthers says his goal is to support students' goals.

"How do we get students off to a job or off to Cal Poly or wherever they are going to go," said Dr. Walthers.

This vision is what attracted Paola Sanchez to Allan Hancock College.

"It's really helpful for me to do that and get a head start on my college career," said Sanchez.

Sanchez says she plans on transferring to a four year college next year.

She chose community college first because of the affordability.

"It's really helpful to not have classes that are expensive," said Sanchez.

With yearly tuition and fees above $1,100, Sanchez says community college was the right fit for her.

"I've known a couple students who weren't able to go to the college of their dreams and their choice because of that," said Sanchez.

Dr. Walthers says he hopes to carry on the tradition of an affordable, quality education that community colleges offer.

Dr. Walthers was selected from a nationwide search launched in 2012.

He will serve as the fifth president in the college's history.

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