President's Welcome

Dr. Gillespie's Picture 2013 Welcome to Ventura College!

Thank you for taking the time to consider how your community college can help you meet your educational and career goals! Ventura College provides the opportunity for nearly 14,000 students each semester to accomplish a number of goals: earn an Associate’s degree for transfer or career entry, complete certificates and upgrade job skills. The college also provides a range of student activities, leadership opportunities, and athletics to enhance your educational experience.

As a community and as individuals, we face many changing circumstances. We want to meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be. We offer many opportunities to support your access and success at Ventura College. For example, the Ventura College Promise program is unique to California Community Colleges (CCCs). The Ventura College Foundation pays for the first year’s enrollment fees at the college for recent Ventura County high school graduates or GED recipients. The Ventura College Promise is the largest program of its kind in the nation and has funded more than 6,000 students since its inception. In addition, our college is officially designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and our success rate in awarding Associate degrees to Hispanic students has been nationally recognized. The college provides flexible day and evening class schedules, online courses, and additional access at our off-campus site in Santa Paula.

Ventura County is comprised of a unique blend of rural and urban communities. Ventura College is committed to being an active and contributing member of our community. The college values its connections to community members and with industry, government, and educational partners. These partnerships help create unique opportunities for the college and pathways for our students supported with current and relevant content and skill development. Along with state, federal, and foundation grant dollars, our partnerships lead to new program development and enhancement of current professional/technical and academic programs. We have transfer agreements with all of the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) campuses to facilitate access into baccalaureate programs for students meeting the institution’s requirements. Together with the other two colleges in the District, Moorpark and Oxnard, we provide a range of programs for our diverse student populations and support of workforce and economic development for our communities and the county.

Our college website provides you with details on our diverse range of courses, programs, and support services. Please plan to visit our beautiful campus and learn more about how we can support you in meeting your educational goals! Ventura College has provided educational opportunities in Ventura County for over 85 years. That history provides our college with a strong foundation from which we provide quality instruction and support services delivered by outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators focused on your success.

We look forward to working with you!