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Santa Maria woman leaves $380k to Hancock nursing programs

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A Santa Maria woman left a legacy of giving after her estate made a major financial donation to Allan Hancock College after her death. 

The estate of Barbara Andrastek of Santa Maria left $380,000 to the college's nursing programs.

Andrastek died last year at the age of 84. The gift from her estate was placed in a permanent endowment that will benefit Hancock's nursing programs.

"We are always deeply moved when a member of the community leaves a gift for Hancock students in their estate plans," said Hancock Executive Director of College Advancement Jon Hooten in a press release. "Mrs. Andrastek was never a student at Hancock, but her legacy will live on through generations of nursing students here."

The college's nursing programs plan to use the funds to support students in the Licensed Vocation Nursing (LVN), Certified Nursing Assisting (CNA) and Registered Nursing (RN) programs.

"The generous donation to our nursing programs will be thoughtfully used to promote and support clinical student learning in the skills lab setting," said Hancock LVN Program Director and Instructor Bonny Friedrich. "This has been an area of significant need, and the gift will enable the faculty to address this important aspect of student learning."

For more information about the programs at Allan Hancock College, visit their website

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