Ventura College in the news

by Veronica Johnson

Ventura College Foundation is pleased to announce the appointments of Mike Orman, Patty Wendt and Leslie Herrera to its board of directors.

Orman embarked on a career in banking following his graduation from the University of Southern California. Orman is currently EVP and COO of Ojai Community Bank, and will become Market President upon completion of the bank’s acquisition by Bank of the Sierra.

Wendt is a counselor at the Ventura College’s Educational Assistance Center. She’s an advocate support services and community resources for students with disabilities, and teaches the class, “Strategies for Success in College and Life.”

Herrera, a student at Ventura College, is the 2017/18 President of the Associated Students of Ventura College. She brings an expertise in communications, where she will serve as student representative.

The Ventura County Community College District and Ventura College have established a transfer agreement with Bellevue University, which grants Ventura College students, who meet the qualifying criteria, guaranteed admission into Bellevue University’s online bachelor’s degree programs.

Bellevue University is recognized nationally as a leader in preparing students with career-relevant knowledge and skills for lifelong success.

Ventura College students transferring with an associate’s degree will receive credit for all coursework in their degree program and enter Bellevue University with junior status.

Bellevue University also offers a one-time Fellowship Grant to community college employees based on their employment status.

To learn more about the Ventura College and Bellevue University partnership, contact Bellevue University Relationship Manager Spellman Cunningham at 289-6559 or to schedule an office visit.

Ventura College and the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTap), Veterans Services Division, CalVet, will present the Ventura County Student Veteran Expo, Friday, September 15, 9 a.m., at Ventura College Applied Science Center, Lecture Hall ASC-150. The expo is free and open to student veterans throughout the Ventura County Community College District. Register online at the Ventura County Student Veteran Expo website located at

The expo is designed to connect student veterans with services and benefits. Representatives from CalVet, College of the Canyons Small Business Development Center, Support Services Veterans Families (SSVF) Salvation Army, and others are scheduled to attend and present valuable information to help student veterans.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to attendees. Parking is free in the east parking lot of the campus during the expo. For more information, please contact Bruce McFadden at 289-6060 or or visit

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