Under the direction of the President, the Vice President for Student Affairs serves as the Chief Student Services Officer and is responsible for the overall design, organization, delivery, supervision, evaluation, and fiscal management of a comprehensive student development program charged with promoting and delivering programs and services that enhance student success, achievement, and retention. These areas include Assessment, Admissions and Records, Basic Needs, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, Student Health Center, Student Conduct, Title IX Compliance, Disabled Students Programs & Services, Dreamers, Foster Youth Services, EOP&S Program, Student Outreach, First Year Experience, Pirate’s Cove, Veterans’ Resource Center, CalWORKs, Student Engagement and Retention, International Student Services, Learning Resource Center/BEACH, Student Activities, Tutoring Center, University Transfer Center, Career Development Center, and VC East Campus in Santa Paula.


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Damien A. Peña, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Phone: (805) 289-6113
Office: ADM-17
Administration Building Ventura College
4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, California 93003
Email: dpena@vcccd.edu


Bio: Dr. Peña began his role as our Vice President for Student Affairs in July 2016.  Dr. Peña served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University Channel Islands from 2007-2016.  Prior to CI, he served as the Senior Director of Academic Programs at California Lutheran University from 1997-2007.  Dr. Peña is a first-generation college student who is actively involved in the community and is a proud graduate of Ventura College. He is involved on a statewide and national level as a member of the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Western Regional Board of Directors. On a personal level, his commitment to supporting the inclusion of Latina/o and other historically marginalized student groups is grounded in his desire to give back to his community. He was born and raised in Ventura County (Oxnard) and worked directly for over 20 years with under-served student populations in higher education, including first-generation, low-income, and Latina/o students. He is a father to a son with non-verbal autism and an active member in the disability community of Ventura County. Together, these personal experiences have led him to support students of all backgrounds with compassion.


Blair Gilbertson
Senior Administrative Assistant
Phone: (805) 289-6573
Office: ADM-17
Administrative Building
Email: bgilbertson@vcccd.edu

The Vice President for Student Affairs Office is located in the Administration Building and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, click on one of the links below or feel free to call (805) 289-6464.


Student Affairs at Ventura College
Dept. Location Phone
Admissions & Records SSC (805) 289-6457
Assessment SSC (805) 289-6402
Basic Needs BCS (805) 289-6583
CalWORKs CSC (805) 289-6003
Career Center SSC (805) 289-6411
Counseling SSC (805) 289-6448
Dean for Student Services SSC (805) 289-6455

Disabled Student Programs & Services/Educational Assistance Center

SSC (805) 289-6300
Extended Opportunity Programs & Services EOP (805) 289-6302
Financial Aid BCS (805) 289-6369
Freshman Year Experience BCS (805) 289-6438
International Students CSC (805) 289-6182
Learning Resource Center/BEACH LRC (805) 289-6320
MESA SCI (805) 289-6337
Mental Health and Personal Wellbeing Counseling SHC (805) 289-6346
Pirates Cove CSC (805) 289-7217
Student Activities & Clubs CSC (805) 289-6487
Student Conduct CSC (805) 553-4152
Student Health Center SHC (805) 289-6346
Student Outreach CSC (805) 289-6154
Transfer Center SSC (805) 289-6473
Tutoring Center LRC (805) 289-6026
Ventura College East Campus (Santa Paula) 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula (805) 525-7136
Veterans Resource Center CSC (805) 289-6060
Vice President for Student Affairs ADM-17 (805) 289-6113