In 1974, Ventura College began offering classes in Fillmore to serve the Santa Clara River Valley’s predominantly Hispanic population. In 1980, the Santa Paula Vocational Center, later known as East Campus opened on Dean Drive in Santa Paula. In 2011, the satellite campus, now referred to as the Ventura College Santa Paula Site, moved to it's current location on Faulkner Road. In addition to the general education and career-based programming offered at the site, Dual Enrollment classes are offered to students at Fillmore High School and Santa Paula High School.
Off-Campus programs serves over 800 students per semester through enrollment in off-campus classes, and assisting students through the Santa Paula site student services office and Library and Learning Resource Center.
Ventura College Off-Campus Programs bridges access to higher education for the underrepresented areas of the Santa Clara River communities. Over 75 percent of students enrolled in off-campus classes are from Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru.
Committed to diversity, Ventura College has been designated a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. Ventura College campus ethnicity is 55 percent Hispanic/Latino. Students enrolled in Ventura College off-campus classes are 86 percent Hispanic/Latino.