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!
Marisol Hernandez, M.S.
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.
Erica Ruiz, M. Ed.
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
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