Special Programs and Ventura College East Campus
Special Programs and Ventura College East Campus
Civic Center (Facility Rentals)
The Civic Center Office coordinates the use of college facilities by off-campus organizations as authorized by the Civic Center Act and in accordance with the provisions of the Education Code §82537-82548. For information about facility usage, please call (805) 289-6105. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Civic Center Office is located on the Ventura College campus in the ADM building.
Ventura College has partnered with local K-12 school districts to offer dual enrollment opportunities in which college classes are offered at local high schools, enabling students to receive both high school and college credits. The goal is to develop pathways from high school to community college for Career Technical Education (CTE), preparation for transfer, improving high school graduation rates, and helping high school students achieve college and career readiness. High School students interested in registering for dual enrollment classes should contact the Counseling Office at their local high school. For additional information about the Ventura College Dual Enrollment Program, please call (805) 289-6457 or email VCDualEnrollment@vcccd.edu.
El Camino High School
El Camino High School (ECHS) at Ventura College joined the College campus in 2008. A unique high school in the state of California, ECHS is an accredited independent-study high school that offers Advanced Placement and college prep courses, a Middle College Academy, and is a school of choice in the Ventura Unified School District. Many students attend El Camino High School at Ventura College on “inter-district” transfers, attending from all over Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties. Virtually all the ECHS students are enrolled in Ventura College courses, providing them the opportunity to take college and high school courses simultaneously, and to accumulate college credits in a supportive environment.
The goal of El Camino High School is that every student be provided with a learning environment that best suits their academic abilities, learning style, and personal interests. The High School provides a competency-based college prep high school program in an independent study delivery system. A unique educational plan is designed for each student. For more information on El Camino High School at Ventura College, please visit venturausd.org/elcamino/ or contact Hector Guerrero, Principal, at (805) 289-7955.
The MESA Community College Program supports students to successfully transfer to four-year universities in science, engineering and math (STEM) majors. This support is especially crucial to to first-generation, low-income, historically-underserved community college students. The MESA Community College Program is a partnership between Ventura College and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
- Declare a calculus based (minimum of one semester required) major in math, science, or engineering field.
- Planning to transfer to a four-year institution.
- Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- Completed MATH V03 Intermediate Algebra (Units: 5) or higher.
- Demonstrated financial need by receiving federal and/or state financial aid (California Promise Grant, PELL Grant, Cal Grant, etc.).
- First-generation college student.
Main components include:
- Academic Excellence Workshops: Is a small community of students working collaboratively to master course material with the guidance of a faculty. The AEW is designed to give students the opportunity to enhance their learning experience for a particular course.
- Intro to Engineering course: New students majoring in Engineering are encourage to enroll in this course explores the branches of engineering, the functions of an engineer, and the industries in which engineers work.
- Academic advising/counseling: Students receive individualized academic guidance and develop multi-year plans so they can take courses in the most effective sequence and transfer in a timely manner.
- Study center: This dedicated multipurpose space is the hub for studying, workshops, special activities and information sharing. It is a key element in building a close learning community.
- Assistance in the transfer process: MESA provides counseling, workshops and visits to four-year universities.
- Career development: Students learn specifics about various STEM majors and job experiences. Industry mentors, job shadowing opportunities, career fairs, internships, scholarships and field trips to companies are also offered.
- Links with student and professional organizations: These resources provide mentors, guest speakers and tours of companies.
- Professional development: Through workshops, conferences, and mock job fairs, students learn soft skills, corporate culture, resume writing and interviewing skills.
- Industry Advisory partnerships: Local boards offer valuable connections between students and industry leaders. Corporate representatives, including MESA alumni, participate on boards and provide scholarships, strategic planning, summer internships, field trips, scholarships, employment opportunities and other resources.
Program funding is administered through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.
Call (805) 289-6538 or visit the MESA office in SCI-224 for information.
State of California Department of Rehabilitation Assistance
The State of California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) provides assistance for the vocational training and placement of individuals with disabilities. Emphasis is on serving individuals with the most severe disabilities.
What Assistance is Provided?
The DOR may provide financial assistance for tuition, books, supplies and transportation relating to vocational training. There is no fee for services provided.
Who Can Receive Assistance?
Eligibility for DOR services is determined by the DOR office and is based on the existence of a disability that results in a substantial impediment to employment. Apply to the:
State of California Department of Rehabilitation
1701 Pacific Avenue, Suite 120
Oxnard, CA 93033
101 Hodencamp Rd., Suite 212
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.
A Department of Rehabilitation counselor is also available for appointments on campus in the Educational Assistance Center for Ventura College students only. Call (805) 289-6300 for information.
Ventura College East Campus
957 Faulkner Road, Suite 106, Santa Paula
Phone: (805) 525-7136
Fax: (805) 933-1972
From main campus, dial extension 6100
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Library and Learning Resource Center Hours:
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For nearly 40 years, the Ventura College East Campus in Santa Paula (VCEC) has offered access to higher education to the communities of Fillmore, Piru, and Santa Paula. At VCEC, courses are open to all students seeking to achieve their educational goals. VCEC offers students the opportunity to complete their entire Associate Degree in Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Veterinary Technology. The campus also offers Certificates of Achievement in Medical Assistance, Administrative Assistance, and Veterinary Assistance. Students may also choose from a variety of educational programs, including rotation of general education transfer courses, career and technical training, and basic skills and English as a Second Language (ESL).
VCEC offers student services to all Ventura College students and prospective students. Bilingual (English/Spanish) staff, including a full-time Academic Counselor and Student Services Assistant are on site to assist students with educational planning, admissions, and registration. Additional services include financial aid assistance, MyVCCCD student portal support, payments, Career Center advising, and Student Health Center resources.
The VCEC Library and Learning Resource Center is open to all Ventura College students and is a place for students to do research, write and print class papers, check out books, textbooks via inter-library loan, access online classes, and work with software programs for their specific classes. Math tutoring and Wi-Fi are available.
The VCEC extension campus is a model on how institutions of higher learning can combine innovative programs, student support, and instruction technologies to provide outstanding learning opportunities and community services. The East Campus also serves as the center of operations for Ventura College Off-Campus Programs, including Dual Enrollment.