Highlighting the amazing Administration, Faculty, Classified Professionals, and Students that make up our pirate family. 

This month's highlights include:

Dan Kumpf (Dean of Sciences and Distance Ed), Mitchell (Mitch) Cervantez (Custodian), Colin Braza (Student)

Dan Kumpf, Dean of Student Learning
Dan Kumpf and wife with falcon.


Years of Service: 1.5 years as an adjunct math instructor, 13 years as a full-time math instructor, 8.5 years as a Dean.

Family: I have been married for 37 years to my wife, Laurie. We have a daughter, Julianna (32) and two grandchildren, Oliver (4) and Mason (1).

Hobbies: Travel, hiking, gardening

Favorite Food: Thai curries

Something fun, interesting, and/or unique about you:    

Prior to starting work at VC my wife and I spent 6 years on the island of Guam working as missionaries teaching school and leading a youth group. Our daughter was born there and at 32 years old today she insists that she is Guamanian to the point that she has the Guam seal tattooed on her. 


Dan Kumpf's grandchildren in a wheelbarrow.
Mitchell (Mitch) Cervantez, Custodian
Mitch Cervantez

Mitchell (Mitch) Cervantez just celebrated his work anniversary on the 10th of October, with over 30 years working for the district.  He started off as a provisional for 1.5 years, and he’s now been at VC for over 5 years.  He’s married with 3 children.  All 3 children attended and transferred from VC to four-year colleges.  He enjoys camping so he can get away to the great outdoors and he loves spending time with his family.  He has been a youth football coach since 1991.  He loves all different types of movies and music, but I think he prefers the Old School Jamz.  And he gives the best hugs! (…that’s from personal experience! …I met Mitch in 2006, a few months after I started working at MC and he transferred to VC about a year and a half before I did).

Submitted by Felicia Torres, VCCS Vice President


Colin Braza, Ventura College Student


Colin Braza, VC Student

Major: Political Science

Years at Ventura College: Second Year at VC

Family Life: First-Generation student. I am the third child out of four.

Hobbies: Reading and Playing Tennis

Favorite Food: Arancini

Favorite Movie: Death of Stalin (2017)

Favorite Song: The Killers - Mr. Brightside

Something fun interesting, and/or unique about you: I am planning on going to law school upon getting my bachelor’s degree.


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