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      6 week course, Tues and Thurs 3-5pm. Enroll now! See the News page for more information.
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    • Learn English and Intro to Caregiving
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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.
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      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. See the News page for more information.
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      Learn to use Microsoft Office in this course. See the News page for a description of this class.
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      Ventura Adult and Continuing Education provides Phlebotomy and Medical Assistant certification testing services through National Center for Competency Testing. See the News page for more information.
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: TBD
Winter Session: TBD
Spring Session: TBD

Instructor Location Room Days Time
Staff 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. See our flyer here.   

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

Winter Session: Jan 16, 2024 to Mar 9, 2024
Spring Session: Apr 9, 2024 to Jun 11, 2024

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 2022 Instructor by James A. Leach and Shawna Lockhart
Print ISBN: 978-1-63057-420-8, eBook ISBN: 978-1-63056-655-5

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. No textbook required for the Basics Course. For the Intermediate course the textbook is Beginner's Guide to Solidworks 2022 - Level 1 ISBN: 978-1-63057-465-9. Advanced course textbook is Beginner's Guide to Solidworks 2022 - Level II, ISBN: 978-1-63057-474-1.

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. See our flyer Here.

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

Winter Session: Jan 16, 2024 to Mar 9, 2024
Spring Session: Apr 9, 2024 to Jun 11, 2024

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: TBD
Fall Session: TBD
Winter Session: TBD
Spring Session: TBD

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 (FREE)

    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. See our 2 page flyer here!

    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

    Introduction to Caregiving

    This is an introductory training course for anyone wishing to go into caring for older adults professionally. The course is designed to equip individuals with the fundamental skills and certification required for caregiving. 14-Week Class Starts 2/14/2024 6 PM - 9 PM (Wednesdays). Original core class with an additional 4-week bridge to CTE Medical Programs. See our flyer here.

    Call 805.289.1744 for the next start date.

    Instructor Location Room Days Time
    Staff 5200 Valentine Rd 206B W 6:00 pm - 9:00 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 --- TBD TBD
    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). See our flyer here.

    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, The minimum age is 18 and there is no maximum age. It is entirely free and course materials will be provided.

    Classes start March 4 to Mar 27, 2024. Call 805.289.1744 ext. 0 for current information.

    Instructor Location Room Days Time
    Staff VACE 1st floor Gallery room M 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Staff VACE 1st floor Gallery room 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.