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  • Citizenship Class Online
    Citizenship classes starting September 1. Enroll now! See the News page for more information.
  • Learn English Online
    English as a Second Language is available online starting August 18. See the News page for more information.
  • Online Classes: AutoCAD 2020, Accounting, and QuickBooks Pro
    Learn to use AutoCAD 2020 in this online course. Learn accounting skills in Accounting Online and QuickBooks Pro Online. See the News page for details on these classes.
  • Learn Medical Terminology Online
    Learn medical terminology easily and quickly online. No previous knowledge of medical terminology is required. See the News page for more information.
  • ENCORE and WDA FREE Classes Now Available Online
    ENCORE offers basic computer and technology training for senior job seekers. The Workforce Development Academy (WDA) provides training to help job seekers improve existing skills and develop new ones. Both programs are now online. See the News page for more information.
  • Introduction to SolidWorks Online Class
    The Introduction to SolidWorks 2020 online class will provide you with practical, hands-on experience working with the software. No previous knowledge of SolidWorks is necessary. See the News page for more information.
  • Online Class: Introduction to MS Office 365
    Learn to use Microsoft Office 365 in this new online course. See the News page for a description of this new class.
  • Soon! Register Online
    VACE will soon offer Online Registration for many classes. See the News page for more details.
  • Coronavirus Updates
    Here is a link to the Ventura Unified School District School Closures Update Page: For more links to services for the community, see the News page.
  • Ventura County Concert Band
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VACE will soon offer Online Registration for many classes. Dates, times, and sessions for classes subject to change. Please call 805.289.1744 if you have questions.

High School Diploma Program

Diploma Program Overview

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education provides the opportunity to attain a high school diploma by concentrating on one subject at a time. Classes are free and are offered during the day and in the evening to accommodate a variety of schedules. Students may enter the program at any time throughout the year and work with friendly, knowledgeable, fully credentialed instructors to meet their goals.

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education is a fully accredited high school with a six-year clear WASC Accreditation granted in 2013. Ventura Adult and Continuing Education High School offers a variety of academic approaches. Talk to a counselor to find the best fit for you.

All of the classes offered meet the requirements for high school. A list of the classes offered can be found under the "High School Class Offerings" heading.

The VACE High School office is located in Room 227, Second Floor, 5280 Valentine Road. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

How to Register for the High School Diploma Program

Students who are 18 or older who are not currently enrolled in high school:

First, get an official transcript from the last school in which you earned credits and bring it to VACE’s High School office during office hours. Next, complete an enrollment packet and schedule an orientation. Classes are free, and new students may start each week.

VACE High School office: Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, 5280 Valentine Road, Second Floor, Room 227, (805) 289-1749, ext. 1230.

High School Class Offerings

• Math: General Math, Math Topics, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Math 1

• English Language Arts: English 9, 10, 11, 12, Reading I, Fantasy Literature

• Science: Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science

• Social Science: Geography, U.S. History, World History, Economics, American Democracy, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology

• Health

• Applied Arts: Careers, Life Skills

• Fine Arts/ Foreign Language: Art I

• Test Prep:High School Equivalency Exams

Please call (805) 289-1749 ext 1230 for more information or to find the best program for you.

High School Equivalency Program

High School Equivalency Exam Preparation

HSE (High School Equivalency) is the name given to tests such as GED® and HiSET® that are officially recognized as equivalent to having completed high school.

California now offers more than one option for getting a high school equivalency certificate. At VACE you can prepare for and take the GED® or the HiSET® exams. VACE’s instructors can help determine which one is best for you. VACE is an authorized test center for both exams.

HSE preparation classes are FREE! For GED® and HiSET®, the testing services offer official practice tests. You can test your readiness. Tests have a small cost which varies by company. Discounted practice test vouchers are often available for active VACE students. The actual HSE exams require payment directly to GED or HiSET at the time of exam scheduling.

Instruction is individualized. Our teachers utilize a blend of technology and traditional teaching methods to meet the needs and learning style of each student.

To register for classes, come to VACE’s High School office to complete an enrollment packet and reserve your spot for an orientation and individual assessment. We offer mornng and evening appointments. You can start class the next day.

Instructor Location Days Time
Staff 5280 Valentine Road MTWTh 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Staff 5280 Valentine Road F 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Clases de preparación de exámenes que equivalencia de la High School

California ahora ofrece más de una opción para obtener su certificado de equivalencia de escuela secundaria. Aquí están las respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes:

¿Debo tomar el GED o el HiSET?

Depende de sus metas y capacidad académica. Las clases le prepararán para cualquiera de las examinaciones. Sus maestros tienen información y orientación en cuanto a decidir qué examen es mejor para usted.

¿Cuánto cuestan las clases?

Las clases de preparación son gratuitas. Se anima a los estudiantes a tomar exámenes oficiales de práctica del servicio de examinacion, que cuestan $3.75 cada uno.

¿Cómo me registro para las clases?

PRIMER PASO: Venga al salón 224 a llenar su inscripción y reservar su lugar.

Lunes o Miércoles en la noche: Salón 224: Llegue a 6 pm y planee quedarse hasta las 9 pm.

SEGUNDO PASO: Su clase comienza.

¿Cuándo son las clases?

Las clases son 6 pm – 9 pm: lunes y miércoles. Sin embargo pueden venir al salón 221 de lunes a jueves desde las 8 am hasta las 8pm para más tiempo de estudio.

¿Cuánto tiempo tomará?

Esto depende de usted. Su maestro le dará una estimación desupés de evaluar sus habilidades.

¿Habrá una graduación?

¡Si! Tenemos una ceremonia para todos los que pasaron durante el año.

¿Cómo me registro para el examen?

Visite los sitios de examinación en el web para obtener información acerca de las tarifas, registración y el pago:

¿Dónde voy a tomar el examen?

VACE es un centro autorizado para examinación para el GED y el HiSET.

Adult Basic Education Literacy Programs

What Are ABE Literacy Classes?

For students who want to improve their basic academic skills, prepare for a career or professional exam, study for college, or just improve your basic math skills, ABE is for you! All classes are FREE!

Examples of classes for adults include: ASVAB academic skills prep, reading, literacy, math skills, writing practice, computer skills for taking tests, tutoring for community college placement tests, CTE and academic skills practice for English learners. Interested in academic assistance that is not listed? Contact VACE to see if your area is covered.

There are no academic requirements to enroll in ABE classes at VACE. ABE programs are available to students not currently attending a K-12 school who are 18 or older.

How do I enroll?

Visit the VACE office at 5280 Valentine Road, Room 227, M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm to register. There are weekly start dates available. Adult Basic Education classes are taught by fully-credentialed instructors.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Staff 5280 Valentine Road   MTWTh 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Staff 5280 Valentine Road   F 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
K12 Math Success

The purpose of the program is to facilitate math support at home and increase parent involvement for EL learners at risk of retention. Parents attend class twice a week with their children. Lessons have the dual purpose of increasing math competency while providing English Language Development to students and parents to facilitate the goal of enabling parents to assist with homework. The program is run at the request of elementary schools in the Ventura Unified School District.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Staff Call for schedule and location

Adult Basic Education Job Training Programs

ENCORE Computer and Technology Training for Senior Job Seekers

ENCORE is a hands-on, FREE self-paced training program designed for the senior student. Follow written materials and receive help from a teacher as needed. It is not a traditional lecture class where you have to be at the same point as everyone else.

Anyone 50 years or older who wants a paid or volunteer job may attend this class. You may also learn computer skills for personal use. Stay in class as long as necessary. Maximum is 12 months when there is a waiting list. Use a classroom copy of the textbook or buy your own. Choose the modules you want and opt out of those you don’t:

• Career Development
• Job Seeking Skills
• General Math & English
• Office Machines & Telephones
• Keyboarding
• Internet Basics & Email
• Microsoft Office Programs: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access

ENCORE is a partnership between Ventura Adult and Continuing Education, the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, and the City of Ventura. Funding is provided by the Ventura County Adult Education Consortium.

Call 805-289-1744 to join the short waitlist.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Dorn 646 County Square DriveCtr MT 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Dorn 646 County Square Drive MT 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hoffman 550 North Ventura Avenue WTh 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Hoffman 550 North Ventura Avenue WTh 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hoffman 5280 Valentine Road 224 MT 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hoffman 5280 Valentine Road 224 WTh 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hoffman 646 County Square Drive F 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Google Academy

VACE’s Google Academy workshop teaches students how to use Google’s free applications such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Draw, Gmail, Drive and more! Many workplaces and schools now use Google Apps, and this class helps prepare students to use these applications. This six-week workshop series provides lectures and hands-on practice. Students also learn to create their own Google accounts, to share their work with others, and to collaborate in real time. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all modules and earn a course completion certificate. Enrollment in individual modules is also an option. Call 805 204 5171 for help in enrolling online at www.CalJobs.Ca.Gov or enroll in class on the first day. Classes start Monday, October 29, 2018. Classes are held at America’s Job Center.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Hoffman 2901 N. Ventura Rd., Oxnard   MT 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hospitality ADVANCE

This course focuses on quality customer service– what it is and how to deliver it in a hospitality business, the benefits of high-quality customer service, industry skills to engage the guest, effective strategies for handling dissatisfied customers, and service recovery techniques.

Call 289-1744 and ask about the next start date./p

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Staff Call for schedule and location
Volunteer Paraeducator Training

Enroll in this free course where participants learn how to provide educational support as volunteers or paid paraeducators in schools operated by the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD).

Course topics include:

Overview of school procedures
Classroom management
Safety and first aid
Policies for children with special needs
Operation of commonly-used school equipment
Career growth opportunities in VUSD
Job search preparation skills

The course is taught two evenings a week for five weeks in Ventura. The minimum age is 18 and there is no maximum age. It is entirely free and course materials will be provided.Call 289-1744 for more information.

Spring Session 2019: Feb 25, 2019 - Mar 27, 2019

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Staff EP Foster Elem Schl 16 6 pm - 9 pm

Workforce Development Academy

Good jobs depend on people who can put knowledge to work. The Computers and Technology for Job Readiness courses taught at the Workforce Development Academy are designed to prepare job seekers for today’s labor market with adult basic literacy, numeracy, and computer skills offered in both book- and computer-based formats.

Students learn basic math, keyboarding, and computer applications, emphasizing the Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Workshops are conducted on resumes (electronic and hard copy), cover and thank-you letters, and business cards.

Certificates of Completion are awarded to students who meet all course requirements. Successful graduates of the Workforce Development Academy are eligible for scholarships to attend the full-time Career Technical Education programs at VACE.

The Workforce Development Academy is FREE to all adults ages 18 and older. Students may purchase their own textbook or use a classroom copy. Students should bring a flashdrive on which to save their assignments and headphones or ear buds to listen to video tutorials.

The Workforce Development Academy is a joint project of VACE and the County of Ventura. It is approved for CalWORKS clients and Veterans. Enrollment is open entry and depends on available space. Call to reserve a seat: 289-1744. Register at VACE’s Main Campus Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 7 pm and on Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Schuette 5280 Valentine Road 224 M-F 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Hoffman 5280 Valentine Road 224 M-F 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Crittenden 5280 Valentine Road 224 MW 5:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Crittenden 5280 Valentine Road 224 TTh 5:15 pm - 8:15 pm