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!
Counseling Services Specialist
Phone: (805) 289-6119
I am a proud VC alumna! 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!
Kenya E Galdamez Ramirez, M.S.
Phone: (805) 289-6533
I am thrilled to be serving as a counselor in FYE! Like many of you, years ago I was trying to figure out how college worked, how to select my major, what was I supposed to do with all my family responsibilities and balancing everything else in between.
In addition to migrating to the USA as a teenager, I was also the first one in my family to attend college. Thankfully there were many resources and individuals who helped me along the way. I am a proud graduate of Oxnard College and their EOPS program. I transferred to CSU Northridge where I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. I also earned my Master of Science in Counseling & Guidance: PPS credential from California Lutheran University. I have worked since then at the University level, Oxnard Union High Schools, International School & EOPS for the past 17 years. Although I was born and raised in El Salvador, I like to call Oxnard home; I studied in Puerto Rico during my undergraduate years and worked in Brazil for a few years.
I want to make sure First Year Students also feel at home away from home at VC. I am honored to work with you and support you in your first year of college as you achieve your educational and personal goals.
I AM FYE
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