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  • AutoCAD and SolidWorks, Accounting, and QuickBooks Pro
    Learn to use AutoCAD and SolidWorks in these classes. Learn accounting skills in Accounting and QuickBooks Pro. See the News page for latest details on these classes.
  • Learn Medical Terminology
    Learn medical terminology easily and quickly. No previous knowledge of medical terminology is required. See the News page for more information.
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Many classes are currently available online; check the News page for more information.

VACE offers Online Registration for many classes.

Dates, times, and sessions for classes subject to change.

Please call 805.289.1744 if you have questions.

Accounting Classes

Accounting Fundamentals and QuickBooks

The Accounting class includes the basics of accounting, including the entire accounting cycle, preparing financial statements, and formal bank reconciliations. The QuickBooks Pro class offers students the ability to apply these principles using automated accounting software. Students will need a computer (other than a Mac) with nternet capabilities and be willing to study and complete homework every day.

The in-person night classes require approximately 60 hours or two ten week sessions to complete the tests and assignments.. If you have more time weekly, you can finish the course even sooner. The Accounting course is the prerequisite to the QuickBooks Pro 2019 course. The QuickBooks Pro class takes 60 hours or two sessions per week for ten weeks to complete the tests and assignments.

Lessons consist of instructional videos (in accounting only), related work assignments, and a final exam project based on all the concepts and principles covered in the book. Learners complete activities in class and at their own pace at home, submitting their work to the instructor. The instructor will grade the assignments and provide feedback and tests in person or by email as needed.

A textbook and working papers are required for the Accounting Class. The QuickBooks Pro course requires a textbook.

Students enrolling in the QuickBooks course will receive free software for 140 days.

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. $10 annual registration fee. Certificate upon completion. Register Online Here

Wednesdays (Accounting 1 and Quickbooks)

Fall Session: Sep 28, 2022 to Dec 14, 2022
Winter Session: Jan 4, 2023 to Mar 8, 2023
Spring Session: Apr 12, 2023 to Jun 14, 2023

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Messier 5200 Valentine Road 207 W 6:00-pm-9:00 pm


AutoCAD Classes

AutoCAD In-person and Online Classes

The AutoCAD online and in-person class will provide you with practical, hands-on experience working with the software. No previous knowledge of AutoCAD is necessary. Intermediate and Advanced AutoCAD users can continue to learn the software, picking up where they left off.

Students have the flexibility to learn at their own pace with a requirement of 30 hours (three hours per week for ten weeks) and may choose to complete all assignments and quizzes online OR attend in-class sessions. Students will need access to a PC computer, Internet connection and previous Windows experience. VACE will provide students with access to the Canvas Learning Website, which is necessary to download course materials and submit completed assignments. Enrollment in the course includes a FREE, one-year, fully licensed, student version of the AutoCAD software directly from Autodesk, the software manufacturer.

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. $10 annual registration fee. Certificate upon completion. Register Online Here

Summer Session: Jul 11, 2022 to Sep 16, 2022
Fall Session: Sep 26, 2022 to Dec 16, 2022
Winter Session: Jan 3, 2023 to Mar 10, 2023
Spring Session: Apr 10, 2023 to Jun 16, 2023

Optional in-person lab classes meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Textbook: You will need a digital copy of the AutoCAD textbook
AutoCAD and Its Applications Comprehensive 2020 eBook, ISBN: 978-1-63563-867-7
You can purchase your textbook from an online retailer or directly via the www.g-w.com website.

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

The Revit 3D Design online and in-person class will provide you with practical, hands-on experience working with the software. No previous knowledge of Revit is necessary. Intermediate and Advanced Revit users can continue to learn the software, picking up where they left off.

Students have the flexibility to learn at their own pace with a requirement of 30 hours (approximately three hours per week for ten weeks) and may choose to complete all assignments and quizzes online OR to attend in-class sessions. Students will need access to a PC computer, Internet connection and previous Windows experience. VACE will provide students with access to the Canvas Learning Website, which is necessary to download course materials and submit completed assignments. Enrollment in the course includes a FREE, one-year, fully licensed, student version of the Revit 2020 software directly from Autodesk, the software manufacturer

Lab fee: $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. $10 annual registration fee. Certificate upon completion. Register Online Here

Summer Session: Jul 11, 2022 to Sep 16, 2022
Fall Session: Sep 26, 2022 to Dec 16, 2022
Winter Session: Jan 3, 2023 to Mar 10, 2023
Spring Session: Apr 10, 2023 to Jun 16, 2023

Optional in-person labs meet weekly on Tuesdays)

Textbook: You will need a copy of the Revit textbook, available in print and digital versions
Revit 2020 for Architecture No Experience Required
Print ISBN: 978-1-119-56008-1, eBook ISBN: 978-1-119-56014-2
Available from online retailers or directly from the publisher at https://www.wiley.com/en-us

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



SolidWorks

The SolidWorks online and in-person class will provide you with practical, hands-on experience working with the software. No previous knowledge of SolidWorks is necessary. Intermediate and Advanced SolidWorks users can continue to learn the software in additional sessions, picking up where they left off. Students have the flexibility to learn at their own pace with a requirement of 30 hours (approximately three hours per week for ten weeks) and may choose to complete all assignments and quizzes online OR to attend in-class sessions. Each lesson consists of software-based tutorial exercises and projects based on the SolidWorks software. No textbook is required for the introductory class.

Students have the flexibility to learn at their own pace with a requirement of 30 hours (three hours per week for ten weeks) and may choose to complete all assignments and quizzes online OR to attend in-class sessions. Each lesson consists of software-based tutorial exercises and projects based on the SolidWorks software. No textbook is required for the introductory class. Students will need access to a PC computer, Internet connection, and previous Windows experience. SolidWorks is not Mac-compatible.

VACE will provide students with access to the Canvas Learning Website, which is necessary to download course materials and submit completed assignments. Previous experience with CAD software is recommended but not required.

Enrollment in the course includes a FREE, one-year, fully licensed, student version of the SolidWorks 2020 software directly from Dassault Systèmes, the software manufacturer.

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. $10 annual registration fee. Certificate upon completion. Register Online Here

Summer Session: Jul 11, 2022 to Sep 16, 2022
Fall Session: Sep 26, 2022 to Dec 16, 2022
Winter Session: Jan 3, 2023 to Mar 10, 2023
Spring Session: Apr 10, 2023 to Jun 16, 2023

Optional in-person labs meet weekly on Tuesdays

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



Medical Classes




Medical Terminology

This Medical Terminology course is designed to help students learn medical terminology easily and quickly, online and in-person. No previous knowledge of medical terminology is required. The course uses a body-system approach to learning medical terms. Students will learn common anatomical roots, suffixes, and prefixes, the proper way to analyze terms, build medical words, basic body organization and the fourteen body systems.

Students have the flexibility to learn at their own pace with a requirement of three 30-hour sessions (a total of 90 hours) and may choose to complete all assignments and tests online or to attend in class sessions. For course completion, students must meet all competencies.

Lab fee $125 per 10-week session, plus cost of book. $10 annual registration fee. Certificate upon completion. Register Online Here

$83.73 textbook fee
(Students may purchase the textbook from other resellers)
Textbook: Illustrated Guide to Medical Terminology, Second Edition, by Juanita J. Davies Published by Cengage, ISBN-13: 978-1-285-17442-6

Summer Session: Jul 12, 2022 to Sep 13, 2022
Fall Session: Sep 27, 2022 to Dec 6, 2022
Winter Session: Jan 3, 2023 to Mar 7, 2023
Spring Session: Apr 11, 2023 to Jun 13, 2023

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

Workforce Preparation Classes

ENCORE Computer and Technology Training for Senior Job Seekers Online

ENCORE is a hands-on, self-paced training program that builds confidence with technology. Students follow written instructions and receive help from an instructor as needed.

ENCORE supports anyone who is 50 years or older and is looking for employment or is interested in gaining valuable computer skills for personal use. Classes are free!

Classes are offered on multiple platforms:

• In-person learning
• Hybrid learning
• Distance Learning

Program includes:

• Computer and Internet/Email Basics
• Microsoft Office Applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access
• Career Planning and Job Seeking Skills
• Keyboarding

Registration is easy!

• Enroll in-person–at VACE’s Administrative Office

• Enroll online–at www.adultedventura.edu Register Online Here

• Take a Computer Skills Self-Assessment

Please call 805-289-1744 ext. 0 for information.

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 Days Time
Staff Ventura Ave Adult/Senior Center TTh 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Staff Ventura Ave Adult/Senior Center TTh 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Google Academy

VACE’s Google Academy workshops teach students how to use Google’s free applications such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Draw, Gmail, Drive and more! This self-paced class will provide video lectures and hands-on practice to better prepare you to use the applications for personal use, at school, or in the workplace.

Students can enroll in individual modules and are encouraged to complete all modules and earn a course completion certificate.

Google Academy is open to all adults ages 18 years or older. Classes are free and are held at America’s Job Center.

Registration is easy!

• Enroll in-person–at VACE’s Administrative Office

• Enroll online–at www.adultedventura.edu Register Online Here

• Take a Computer Skills Self-Assessment

Please call 805-289-1744 ext. 0 for information.

Session: Open enrollment, students may start classes upon enrollment.

Instructor Location Days Time
Dorn 2901 N. Ventura Road, Oxnard Th 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dorn 2901 N. Ventura Road, Oxnard Th 1:00 pm - 5:00 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 805.289.1744 for the next start date.

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Staff 5280 Valentine Rd 229 F 1 pm to 4 pm
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 four weeks, one day online and one day in class. The minimum age is 18 and there is no maximum age. It is entirely free and course materials will be provided.

Call 805.289.1744 ext. 0 for current information.

Winter Session: Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 2, 2022

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Staff Online Zoom M 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Staff EP Foster Elementary School 16 W 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Workforce Development Academy

Workforce Development Academy classes prepare job seekers for today’s labor market with training in basic computer skills, resume workshops, interview skills, and adult basic literacy.

The Workforce Development Academy includes instruction on keyboarding and computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite. Workshop topics include: building resumes and cover letters, effective job searches, professional communication skills, and social skills. In addition, this class helps build both reading and general math skills as needed.

The Workforce Development Academy is open to all adults ages 18 years or older. Classes are free! Students may purchase their own textbook or use a classroom copy.

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

Registration is easy!

• Enroll in-person–at VACE’s Administrative Office

• Enroll online–at www.adultedventura.edu Register Online Here

• Take a Computer Skills Self-Assessment

Please call 805-289-1744 ext. 0 for information.

Session Options: Students are required to log at least four (4) hours of attendance per week, either in person, 100% online, or through a hybrid model (some online and some in person).

Schedule for In-person WDA Classes

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Crittenden 5200 Valentine Road 202 MW 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Crittenden 5200 Valentine Road 202 MW 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Crittenden 5200 Valentine Road 202 TTh 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Crittenden 5200 Valentine Road 202 TTh 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Workforce Development Academy is a joint project of VACE and the County of Ventura. It is approved for CalWORKS clients and Veterans.