VACE Voted Best West County Trade School!

VACE was recently voted “2016 Favorite Trade School” in the West County by readers of the Ventura County STAR.

ENCORE Program for Seniors

VACE announces the beginning of our new ENCORE program for seniors in need of computer skills and job readiness training. Just pay a $10 registration fee for the year and the classes are FREE. Click for details on the new ENCORE program.

New Community Enrichment Classes Begin!

Be sure to visit our Community Enrichment classes page to see all the offerings for 2016 - 2017 school year.

We are offering a new class in Medical Terminology. It is scheduled for Wednesdaysfrom 6 to 9 pm, taught by Debe Resler and John Loest. This is a competency-based course providing the prerequisite information for learning to work in a medical office.

Microsoft Office Review Classes! Want to kick up your Office skills?  Attend free hour-long sessions in our Microsoft Office Boot Camp class presented by Susan Vinson.  Sessions are scheduled every Thursday from 4 pm to 5 pm.  Join us for this FREE series of classes! The sessions consist of lecture, practice, and slide shows on popular Office topics. Look at the calendar of topics and dates that outline the content for each session.

Attention Young Adults 18-24!

Do you want to get a job? Find out about our free WIOA Job Program for Young Adults.

California's First Computer-based GED Testing Site!

Computer-based GED testing is here! On February 27, Ventura Adult and Continuing Education became the first GED test center in California to implement computer-based GED testing.

In response to the increased demand for computer-based testing resulting from the phasing out of the paper-based GED test, VACE has opened a second Pearson-VUE test center dedicated to GED testing.

Students are now able to go online ( to complete the GED registration process, pay for and schedule tests, which are taken in our Pearson-Vue test center.

Ventura County Concert Band 53rd Year!

Join the Ventura County Concert Band for its 53rd season. Enjoy the performances at 3:00 p.m. in the Ventura High School Auditorium. Free Concerts!

Ventura County Concert Band

will be held at 3:00 pm at the
Ventura High School Auditorium on the
following Sundays:

November 6, 2016; January 29, 2017;
April 9, 2017; June 11, 2017.

Enrichment Classes!

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education has many classes that expand the learning opportunities for the adult population of Ventura.
2016 - 2017 Community Enrichment Classes

VACE Awarded "Health Champion Award"

VACE was awarded the "Health Champion Award" given by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. VACE was nominated for the award by the Partnership for a Healthy Ventura County's Healthy Living for Individuals 55+ Committee.

WIOA Funding Awarded to VACE

Pending final approval by the California Department of Education, VACE has been re-awarded Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy Act funding. This funding is based on performance points earned by students in Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and English as a Second Language programs, and is instrumental in sustaining and enhancing these programs.

NCCT Phlebotomy Testing Center

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education provides Phlebotomy and Medical Assistant certification testing services through National Center for Competency Testing. If you need to take a test leading to certification, you can register and take the test at VACE, 5200 Valentine Road in Ventura. There is a $30 testing fee (waived for VACE students) as well as an exam fee.

Testing dates for 2016-2017 are to be announced. Call Leticia Murillo at 289-1744, ext. 1103, for further information. For specific details that you must include in your application package, go to the NCCT Applications website at

Prometric and Pearson/VUETesting Center

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education provides testing services through Pearson/VUE and Prometric for such companies as Cisco, COMPTIA, and Microsoft, among others. If you need to take a test leading to licensure, certification and assessment programs offered by these leading testing services, you can register for the test you require at the web sites for either or and take the test at VACE, 5200 Valentine Road in Ventura. Call us at 289-7925 for more information.

Official Typing and Calculating Tests

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education offers certified typing and calculator testing. Please call 805-289-1744, ext. 1219 to schedule a testing appointment. Tests are scheduled on Tuesdays from 12 pm to 1 pm. Tests are monitored by an instructor.

Maximum of 20 minutes to practice before actual test begins
Typing: Four 5-minute timings will be given on a computer
Typing: Applicant needs at least 35 words-per-minute with no more than five errors
Calculator: One timing will be given on a calculator
Calculator: Applicant needs at least 135 keystrokes-per-minute with 99% accuracy
The cost is $10 (non-refundable)
Picture identification is required
When you pass the test, instructor will issue a certificate
Keep original certificate in a safe place and make copies for employers or to submit with application materials
Test certificates are valid for one year from date of testing