Program Purpose: Students will be able to apply supervision principles and skills in a variety of situational settings in both the public and private sector, as well as be able to identify the skills and examine the roles and responsibilities of a supervisor at any level in any organization.

Program Description: This program provides knowledge and skills in order to improve students' approaches to supervision. This program also prepares students for advancement in their chosen career areas as a supervisor in both public and private sector settings.

Supervisors hold important and responsible positions in any business or organization. Sometimes called "middle management," supervisors are often responsible for interviewing, hiring, and training employees, as well as preparing work schedules, and dealing with customer complaints. Depending on the business, supervisors may also handle purchasing, budgeting and accounting. While specific responsibilities vary with the type and size of the business or organization, supervisors must all demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills. In order to be effective, they need to be able to write well and communicate clearly with employees as well as with upper management. Supervision is often part of a career path toward higher level management positions.

The Ventura College Supervision Certificate prepares individuals for supervision positions in any industry, including the nonprofit and government sectors. Courses include Organization and Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Exercise in Management Decision Making, Business Communications, Business English and Marketing.

Area Dean: Dr. Kathleen Schrader
Phone: (805) 289-6269
Office: MCW-313

Administrative Assistant: Victoria Jimenez
Phone: (805) 289-6276
Location: MCW Bldg (3rd Floor)

Department Chair: Debbie Newcomb
Phone: (805) 289-6268
Office: MCW-308


Advisory Committee Agenda and Minutes:

For more information, visit the Business Department page or contact the Business Department Chair, Debbie Newcomb at