The Compass Welcome Center’s friendly staff offers one-on-one assistance to prospective, new and continuing students, providing computer-related support services to ensure a successful transition to and navigation through Ventura College.
The Compass Welcome Center Staff
Debbie Battey - Communications Assistant
Debbie joined Ventura College in April of 2021, becoming part of the Welcome Center team as a Communications Assistant. After living in Oregon the past 17 years, Debbie and her family returned to California and she is happy to be a part of the Ventura College community. She has a long history of working in education as a volunteer in every level, from elementary, middle and high school. She is currently serving as a Parent Family Association Regional Representative for the University of Oregon. Debbie enjoys gardening, admiring the night sky, walks with her dog Roy, cheering her favorite sports teams and traveling with her husband to visit their son and daughter who are currently attending college. Debbie is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a BA degree in Information and Communication Studies.
Alma Severiano - Communications Assistant
Alma joined The Welcome Center as a Communications Assistant in spring 2022. Born and raised in the city of Ventura, Alma is a dual degree graduate of Ventura College. Alma earned her Associates of Arts degree in Business Management and Social Media Marketing. As a Communications Assistant, Alma helps students navigate from application to registration, in addition to spearheading special projects, such as the Welcome Center’s Instagram. Whenever possible, Alma enjoys spending time with friends, going on morning hikes, traveling and exploring new places.
Princess Balderas - Student Ambassador
Princess became a Student Ambassador at Ventura College Welcome Center in October of 2021. Before working at VC, she worked for her fathers’ company as a secretary. Princess is committed to helping students apply for college and guiding them through the admission process. She is a graduate of Pacifica High School and was Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook team her junior and senior years. Princess loves being in nature, when she is not busy with school or work, you will find her with friends, spending time outdoors.
Vincent Jimenez - Communications Assistant
Vincent started his educational journey at Ventura College in fall 2020, and became an alum in spring 2022. He began his professional career at Ventura College as a Student Worker in the Counseling department, before graduating and getting hired as a Communications Assistant at The Compass Welcome Center. He is passionate about helping students navigate their college experience. In his free time, Vincent enjoys performing poetry at Slams, Open Mics, and teaching with California Poets in the Schools. He currently attends California State University Northridge (CSUN) and plans to become a teacher who motivates and pushes students to be the best version of themselves.
Manuel became a Student Ambassador at the Welcome Center in the Fall of 2023. He is dedicated to helping students navigate the resources Ventura College has to offer so they can succeed to their fullest potential. His knowledge and experience in the various social science disciplines of history, sociology, and psychology make him a great point of reference for students exploring these fields. In moments of leisure, he enjoys watching films, painting, and playing soccer.