Jesús Vega, Ed. D.
Phone: (805) 289-6507
I have the privilege and honor of being the Coordinator the Ventura College First Year Experience (FYE). I am also the Assistant Dean for Ventura College East Campus in Santa Paula, Off Campus Programs, Student Engagement and Title IX Coordinator.
I am first-generation college student and graduate. I was born and raised in Oxnard and went to Hueneme High School. Growing up was not the easiest. Being raised here under Mexican traditions was difficult to balance. I was caught in two worlds at home. Then you add the educational world, and it added more stress. I wanted to be independent and do this on my own, but quickly realized that I needed help. Once I found my support group in college, it became a lot easier. That is the main reason that I enjoy working with incoming and returning students. Being their support group so that they do not experience what I did so many years ago. I look forward to working with you and being part of your team while you are here at Ventura College.
Alex Yepez, M.S.
Student Success Specialist II
Phone: (805) 289-6539
Born and raised in Oxnard, I am a proud first-generation college graduate from CSU Channel Islands. I graduated with my B.A. in Sociology and I have a Master’s in Counseling and College Student Personnel from California Lutheran University. My educational journey was definitely a challenge being the first in my family to pursue a higher education. My family never really understood the struggles and barriers that I faced as a college student. Now as a professional, I strive towards helping students navigating the college campus and accessing resources that would help them be successful.
Student Success Specialist II
Phone: (805) 289-6492
Proud to be a Ventura College Alumni from the 90’s and a lifelong pillar of this community who’s passion is to inform, educate and support students as they navigate their way through the community college experience . I transferred to California State University Northridge to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and to study K-8 education. Shortly after teaching 1st grade I decided to return to Grad school at the University of La Verne to study Pupil Personnel Services and earned an M.S. in Education. I’ve been working in higher education since 2010 in various departments of Student Services. FYE is now my home and a great fit for me as I have endless opportunities to interact with our students, provide resource support and motivate students to achieve their goals!
Phone: (805) 289-6119
I am a proud VC alumnus! I graduated from VC in 2004 and transferred to UCSB as a Sociology major. I then received my Master of Science in Counseling & Guidance in College Student Personnel from California Lutheran University. As a first-generation college student, my transition from VC to UCSB was by far my most challenging. Thankful for the Counseling faculty who helped guide me and reassured me that I could do it! It was then, that I made it my mission to return to my home of VC and help other students navigate and transition into successful college students. My hope is that the students I work with will accomplish their academic goals and have a positive impact on their families and communities.
Phone: (805) 289-6019
My earliest memory of having to create a supportive environment that fostered cooperation and compassion among others is when as a child in a household of five children all sharing the same room I had to learn to compromise and transmit a nurturing environment among family members. This role has now become a passion of mine in the academic setting. As an educational leader and counselor I am a conduit of support to students. I focus on creating learning communities where students can make decisions about their life in a self-empowering way. A critical component of the work I do at Ventura College is to help demystifying the transition and demands of a college environment for first-time students. I received my Bachelors of Arts degree from UC Santa Cruz, with a major in Sociology and Latin American Latino Studies. Go Slugs! My Masters of Education in Counseling is from the University of Southern California (USC). Go Trojans! I look forward to Guiding Pirates to Success (GPS). Let me be your GPS!
I AM FYE
"First Year Experience has compassionate, motivating and caring representatives that make college less intimidating."