Ventura Adult Education High School Programs

Diploma Program Overview

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education is a fully accredited school that provides the opportunity to get a high school diploma by concentrating on a few subjects at one 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.

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.

Ventura Adult and Continuing Education High School offers a variety of academic approaches.

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 Enroll in the High School Diploma/GED®/HiSETGED® Program

First, get an official transcript from the last school in which you earned credits and bring it to VACE’s High School Office any time during office hours. Next you’ll complete an enrollment packet, and then schedule an orientation. You’ll be ready to start!

VACE is geared for adults 18 and older. Students under 18 must contact VACE's High School Office to learn about an alternate enrollment process.

High School Class Offerings

• Math: Math Intervention, General Math, Math Topics, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry

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

• Science: Earth Science, Life Science

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

• Health

• Applied Arts: Careers, Life Skills, Keyboarding, Computer Basics

• Fine Arts/ Foreign Language: Art I

• Test Prep:High School Equivalency Exams

Please call (805) 289-1749 ext 1230 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to schedule an appointment.

High School Classes are available Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm and Friday from 8 am to noon. Lunch is from 12 pm to 1 pm daily.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Staff 5280 Valentine Road 226 and 228 MTWTh 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Staff 5280 Valentine Road 226 and 228 F 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Staff 5280 Valentine Road 226 and 228 MTWTh 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm


High School Equivalency Exam Preparation

California now offers more than one option for getting a high school equivalency certificate. Here are answers to frequently-asked questions:

Should I take the GED or HiSET?

A high school equivalency certificate such as the GED or HiSET is equivalent to a diploma. It is a set of tests that measure the skills and knowledge similar to a high school course of study. VACE offers classes for both and our staff can advise you on which option may be best for your situation

How much do classes cost?

Preparation classes are free. However, you are encouraged to take official practice tests from the testing service, which cost $3.75 each. When you’re ready, you’ll also need to pay for the exam but you’ll do that through the testing service, not through VACE.

How do I register for classes?

STEP ONE: Come to the VACE High School Office to complete an enrollment packet and reserve your spot for an orientation and assessment.

Thursday evening: Room 224
Arrive at 5 pm and plan to stay until 9 pm.

Friday morning: Room 224
Arrive at 8 am and plan to stay until 12noon.

STEP TWO: Start your class!

When are the classes offered?

Weekday options start as early as 8 am and go as late as 8 pm. You must commit to a schedule to be ready to test as soon as possible. VACE operates year-round with only occasional breaks.

Can I do this in Spanish?


Will there be a graduation?

Yes! VACE holds a cap and gown ceremony for all who received their certificates.

How do I register for the exam?

Visit the testing services’ websites for details regarding fees, registration and payment:

Where will I take the exam?

VACE is an authorized test center for GED and HiSET.

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.

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 289-7925 for more information.

Session 1: Jan 16, 2018 - Feb 15, 2018
Session 2: Apr 10, 2018 - May 10, 2018

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Lopez EP Foster Elementary   TTh 6:00 - 9:00 pm

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.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Payan/Dorn 646 County Square DriveCtr MTF 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Payan/Dorn 646 County Square Drive MTF 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Payan/Dorn 550 North Ventura Avenue WTh 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Payan/Dorn 550 North Ventura Avenue WTh 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Workforce Development Academy

Good jobs depend on people who can put knowledge to work. The 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 to use office equipment such as copy and fax machines and electronic calculators. They also learn telephone etiquette and customer service techniques. Basic math, keyboarding, and computer applications are the focus of the programs, with an emphasis on the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access). Students learn to use email and the Internet effectively. Workshops are conducted on resumes (electronic and hard copy), cover and thank-you letters, and business cards. Customized modules address job-seeking skills including interviewing, phone contacting, and networking for job searches. This program helps job-seekers improve existing skills or learn new ones.

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 Career Technical Education programs at VACE.

The academy is FREE to all adults ages 18 and older. There is a book charge if students wish to purchase books.

The Workforce Development Academy is a joint project of Ventura Adult Education, the Ventura Job and Career Center and the County of Ventura. Enrollment is open entry and depends on available space. Call today to reserve a place: 289-1744. VACE’s Main Compus for registering (not attending classes) is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 7 pm and on Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Staff Ventura Job & Career Ctr 118 M-F 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Staff Ventura Job & Career Ctr 118 M-F 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Staff Ventura Job & Career Ctr 118 MW 5:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Staff Ventura Job & Career Ctr 118 TTh 5:15 pm - 8:15 pm