News & Events

  • Fall Classes Begin!
    Want to kick up your Microsoft Office skills? Attend hour-long sessions in our Microsoft Office Boot Camp class every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 pm to 5 pm. FREE for VACE students, grads, and staff members! Not a VACE student, grad, or staff member? Call for very reasonable prices! We also have a new Medical Assistant Skills Workshop! Visit our News page for details.
  • Unemployed? Need a Job? Between the ages of 18 – 21?
    VACE’s WIA Youth Employment Program can help you earn your high school diploma or GED, and get a job. Call Jeffrey at 805.289.7925 ext. 1302 or email jeffrey.albaugh@
    adultedventura.edu. Let us help you become employed!
  • VACE Voted Favorite West County Trade School!
    VACE was again voted 2014 West County Favorite Trade School by readers of the Ventura County Star newspaper!
  • Ventura County Concert Band 51st Year!
    Free Concerts on November 9, 2014; January 25, 2015;
    April 12, 2015; June 7, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Ventura High School Auditorium. Fifty-one years of crowd-pleasing entertainment!
  • VACE Awarded "Health Champion Award"
    VACE was awarded the "Health Champion Award" given by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
  • First in State with Computer-based GED!
    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 may go online (www.gedcomputer.com) to complete the GED registration process, pay for and schedule tests, which are taken in our Pearson-Vue test Center.
  • High School/GED Wiki
  • WIA Funding Awarded to VACE
    Pending final approval by the California Department of Education, VACE has been re-awarded Workforce Investment ACT Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy Act funding.
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Accounting Classes

Accounting Fundamentals and QuickBooks Pro

Upgrade your accounting skills, whether for home or business. Accounting is a precise discipline that requires knowledge of both basic concepts as well as computer applications. Learn to apply concepts using QuickBooks Pro. These subjects are taught as a series of individualized, self-paced courses.

Courses include:
• Accounting Concepts and Principles
• Service Business, Merchandizing Business
• Proprietorship, Partnership, and Corporation
• Financial Statements
• Full Charge Bookkeeper
• QuickBooks Pro (Prerequisite: Acctg 1)

Each subject is a separate course that may take more than one 10-week session to complete.

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 14 - Sep 22, 2014
Session 2: Sep 29 - Dec 15, 2014
Session 3: Jan 5 - Mar 30, 2015
Session 4: Apr 13 - Jun 15, 2015

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Akkerman 5200 Valentine Road 206 M 6:00-pm-9:00 pm



AutoCAD Classes

AutoCAD Basics

Become a CAD drafter or upgrade your design skills. Learn professional quality drafting in two important areas: CAD design software and solid modeling software. These classes will teach you how to unleash your design creativity by building your computer skills in industrial design. These classes are imperative for dedicated CAD professionals as well as those seeking to enter the industry. Call 289-7925 to enroll.

In AutoCAD Basics, you will learn:
• AutoCAD fundamentals
• Lines, shapes, and hatching
• Editing, text placement, and layers
• Parts creation and outputting

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 15 - Sep 16, 2014
Session 2: Sep 23 - Dec 16, 2014
Session 3: Jan 13 - Mar 17, 2015
Session 4: Apr 14 - Jun 16, 2015

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Huston 5200 Valentine Road 204 T 6:00 - 9:00 pm



AutoCAD Intermediate

Upgrade your CAD design skills. Continue to learn professional quality drafting in two important areas: CAD design software and solid modeling software. This course builds on the concepts learned in AutoCAD Basics.

In AutoCAD Intermediate, you will learn:
• Creating and inserting AutoCAD blocks
• Dimensioning and dimensioning variables
• Isometric drawing
• Creating and working with views

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 14 - Sep 22, 2014
Session 2: Sep 22 - Dec 15, 2014
Session 3: Jan 5 - Mar 30, 2015
Session 4: Apr 13 - Jun 15, 2015

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Huston 5200 Valentine Road 204 M 6:00 - 9:00 pm



Revit Architecture 2014 Basics

Built on the Revit platform for building information modeling (BIM), Autodesk Revit Architecture software is a building design and documentation system that supports all phases of design, construction documentation, and even fabrication.

From conceptual studies and analysis of a project's development through the production of the most detailed construction drawings and schedules, Autodesk Revit Architecture helps deliver better coordination and quality across project phases and disciplines. Autodesk Revit Architecture contributes to better efficiency and higher profitability for architects, designers, and the rest of the building team.

This class will cover:
• Wall construction and styles
• Doors, windows, and roofs
• Component placement

Lab fee: $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 16 - Sep 16, 2014
Session 2: Oct 1 - Dec 17, 2014
Session 3: Jan 14 - Mar 18, 2015
Session 4: Apr 15 - Jun 17, 2015

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Collins 5200 Valentine Road 204 W 6:00 - 9:00 pm



Solid Works Basics
Prerequisite: Basic AutoCAD or professional equivalent

Solid modeling will enhance and extend your industrial design capabilities. Learn the fundamentals of Solid Works drawing commands involving 3-D solid modeling to produce high-end industrial models.

This class will cover:
• Solid Works fundamentals
• 3D solid modeling
• Assemblies, production drawings, and industrial applications

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 17 - Sep 18, 2014
Session 2: Oct 2 - Dec 18, 2014
Session 3: Jan 15 - Mar 19, 2015
Session 4: Apr 16 - Jun 18, 2015

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Huston 5200 Valentine Road 204 Th 6:00 - 9:00 pm



Business and Computer Classes

Computer and Business Enrichment

Now is the time to upgrade your business skills and learn new computer programs. Whether you use computers for your personal enjoyment, projects at home, or business applications, we have training opportunities for you. Choose from a variety of applications in an individualized instructional program in our business and computer training classroom. 289-7925

Business Subjects

 
Business English–Sharpen your standard business language usage
Business Mathematics–Refresh business calculating skills and abilities
Electronic Calculator–A must in countless application areas

Computer Subjects

 
Basic Introduction to the World of Computing–This course is for novice computer users taking their first computer classes. Students learn basic tasks using Windows, typing with word processor software, navigating the Web, and working with email.
Internet Explorer–Learn to move comfortably around the Internet by using all the features of the browser software on your computer.
Microsoft Windows–Beginning with an overview of computer hardware and software, the course also demonstrates running application programs, moving and sizing program windows, saving and printing. Windows online Help and file maintenance are also covered.
Microsoft Office, A Basic Introduction–An easy, fun way to learn the basics of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation techniques with hands-on projects that fit your daily life.
Microsoft Access, Beginning through Intermediate–The skills learned in this course include modifying and building tables, viewing and organizing information, using Access tools, building and modifying forms, planning and designing databases, producing reports and integrating with other applications.
Microsoft Excel, Beginning through Advanced–Learn to work with spreadsheets and workbooks, create formulas, use charts and other objects to enhance a spreadsheet, integrate data with other applications, and much more.
Microsoft Word, Beginning through Advanced–Begin by learning basic techniques for working with documents, paragraphs, pictures and charts. Progress to learning advanced features such as macros and creating forms, creating tables, using mail merge and collaborating with workgroups.
Microsoft Power Point–The skills taught include creating and customizing a presentation, working with visual and sound elements, text editing, managing files, delivering and modifying presentations.
Keyboarding–Develop touch-typing accuracy and speed.

Each subject is a separate course that may take more than one 10-week session to complete.

Lab fee $75 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Tuesdays

Session 1: Jul 15 - Sep 16, 2014
Session 2: Sep 23 - Dec 16, 2014
Session 3: Jan 13 - Mar 17, 2015
Session 4: Apr 14 - Jun 16, 2015

Thursdays

Session 1: Jul 17 - Sep 18, 2014
Session 2: Oct 2 - Dec 18, 2014
Session 3: Jan 15 - Mar 19, 2015
Session 4: Apr 16 - Jun 18, 2015

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Schuette 5200 Valentine Road 207 T 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Young 5200 Valentine Road 207 Th 6:00 - 9:00 pm




Microsoft Office Review

Want to kick up your Office skills? Attend hour-long sessions in our Microsoft Office Boot Camp class presented by Susan Vinson. Sessions begin on September 2, 2014, every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 pm to 5 pm. FREE for VACE students, grads, and staff members! Not a VACE student, grad, or staff member? Call for very reasonable prices!

The sessions consist of lecture, practice, and slide shows on popular Office topics. Tuesday topics are geared to beginners, while Thursday sessions cover more advanced topics.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Vinson 5200 Valentine Road 202 TTh 4:00 - 5:00 pm



Mini Course: Beginning Microsoft Word 2010

This short course is a lecture-based introduction to Microsoft Word 2010 that teaches the basic functions of word processing. Unlike longer courses, this two-session class is instructor-led.

Lab fee $35 for 2 sessions, plus cost of book.

Session 1: Oct 1 and Oct 8, 2014

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Schuette 5200 Valentine Road 207 W 5:30 - 9:00 pm



Mini Course: Beginning Microsoft Excel 2010

This short course is a lecture-based introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010 that teaches the basic functions of computer spreadsheets. Unlike longer courses, this two-session class is instructor-led.

Lab fee $35 for 2 sessions, plus cost of book.

Session 1: Oct 29 and Nov 5, 2014

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Schuette 5200 Valentine Road 207 W 5:30 - 9:00 pm



Graphic Design and Art Classes

Adobe Photoshop Basics

Learn to edit and manipulate computer graphic images for output to print, video, and the internet. This course will instruct students on the creation of images, the use of special effects and filters, and the basic animation of graphic images and video. Students will also learn importing and exporting files and programs, evaluating compatibility issues, and creating images using digital cameras, digital video and scanners. Basic computer operations will NOT be covered.

Topics include:
• Editing, manipulating, and repairing images and photos
• Layering and masking
• Tool palettes, filters, and special effects
• Using scanners, digital cameras and other input devices
• Renaming, resizing and cropping images

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 16 - Sep 16, 2014
Session 2: Oct 1 - Dec 17, 2014
Session 3: Jan 14 - Mar 18, 2015
Session 4: Apr 15 - Jun 17, 2015

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Wieser 5200 Valentine Road 106 W 6:00 - 9:00 pm



Graphic Design Workshop

Learn to complete projects using the proper tools. This workshop-style class offers assistance with selecting the proper software to complete your project for print or for web. The software available includes Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. If you are unfamiliar with the software, learn the basics in this class. Depending on your individual experience, you may require more than one 10-week session to accomplish your goal. This is NOT a lecture class.
Call 289-7925.

Course includes:
• Working with text and graphic objects
• Integrating with other software applications
• Preparing files for professional output for print or Web

Lab fee: $125. Cost of textbook not included. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 17 - Sep 18, 2014
Session 2: Oct 2 - Dec 18, 2014
Session 3: Jan 15 - Mar 19, 2015
Session 4: Apr 16 - Jun 18, 2015

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Yeomans 5200 Valentine Road 106 Th 6:00 - 9:00 pm



Medical Classes

Medical Office

Prepare for an exciting career in the medical industry. A wide range of class offerings that open windows of opportunity for people who want to move into medical office work or upgrade their skills. Length of course depends on content and degree of difficulty. The following courses are available:

Medical Terminology - Learn the language of the medical community
Medical Insurance Billing (Prerequisite: Medical Terminology) - Learn the latest computerized billing methods
Medical Coding (Prerequisites: Medical Terminology and Medical Insurance Billing)–Learn current industry-standard coding procedures
Medical Filing–Learn standard accepted practices in medical offices for maintaining records
Medical Law and Ethics–Learn the fundamental expectations of the medical industry for proper procedures

Each subject is a separate course that may take more than one 10-week session to complete. Note: Medical Terminology is a prerequisite course to be taken before Medical Billing and Medical Coding.

Lab fee $95 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. Certificate upon completion.

Session 1: Jul 16 - Sep 16, 2014
Session 2: Oct 1 - Dec 17, 2014
Session 3: Jan 14 - Mar 18, 2015
Session 4: Apr 15 - Jun 17, 2015

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Wilmoth 5200 Valentine Road 206A W 6:00 - 9:00 pm



Medical Assistant Skills Workshop

This is competency-based course for trained medical assistants and personnel interested in brushing up and enhancing their clinical skills. Proof of successful completion of a medical back office program or a transcript of previous training is required in order to enroll. Experience should be within the past five years. The course includes review of vital signs, EKGs, venipunctures, injections, patient and exam room preparation, basic lab tests, autoclaving, CPR and first aid. Students will be given time to practice practical skills on each other. Classroom copies of the textbook will be available for students who do not wish to purchase a book. All students must wear scrubs.

Cost: $300 (includes lab fees and CPR card). Book extra (Medical Assisting: Administrative and Clinical Competencies, 6th Ed.); will be used as a reference.

Dates: October 1 - December 18 (60 hours of training)

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Resler 5200 Valentine Road 206 WTh 6:00 - 9:00 pm



Language Classes

Chinese – Introductory Standard Chinese (Mandarin)

TThis introductory Standard Chinese course aims to develop basic communicative skills in Standard Chinese and knowledge of the peoples, cultures, and histories of China. The instructor will draw on a range of instructional strategies and curricula in an effort to make the language accessible to all learners.

Thursdays, starts on September 4, 2014

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Bond Sheridan Way School 27 Th 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Spanish for Educators

Learn the language and culture of our neighbors in Latin America! This $10 registration fee class is designed to equip educators and community members in the Ventura Unified School District to better understand the English learners we serve. Students will learn beginning Spanish language skills as well as first-hand information about the following:

• Speak Spanish with VUSD Families
• Understand School Systems in Spanish-speaking Countries
• History, Traditions and Culture
• Contemporary Issues

Tuesdays (Beginning Level) starts on Sep 23, 2014

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Rodrigues Adult Education Ctr 224 T 4:00 - 6:00 pm