Mission: The First Year Experience Program will provide first-year students with the essential academic and social resources needed to successfully transition to Ventura College and graduate.

Vision: FYE will be a leader in the development and coordination of programming for first-year students while promoting other opportunities for personal growth.

Values: These values are the center of all interactions and programming:

  • Student Centered
  • Culture of Inclusion
  • Diversity
  • Leadership
  • Scholarship and Lifelong Learning


1. FYE students will acquire knowledge and develop skills that will allow them to connect with academic and student support services.

Successful students should:

  • identify and name two college resources available to assist them in achieving their academic goals.
  • articulate how these resources can contribute to achieving these goals.
  • identify counselors and faculty on campus.
  • demonstrate knowledge of learning opportunities outside of the classroom by participating in one or more student activity or program on campus.

2. FYE students will demonstrate competence in academic and career selection.

Successful students should:

  • identify occupations compatible with their personality, ability and interests.
  • select a program of study that supports their academic and career goals.
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the core academic requirements for their chosen program of study.

3. FYE students will demonstrate increased motivation, persistence, and enhanced academic performance leading to the completion of educational goals.

Successful students should:

  • persist into their second year of college.
  • improve their ability to engage in on and off campus activities.
  • participate in at least one constructive experience with a faculty member outside of class.



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"I would have been lost without First Year Experience (FYE). Invest in your college path and have the best experience as a VC pirate."
- Jazmin