Ventura College Hosts First District-Wide Distance Education Summit

Dean of Distance Education Gwendolyn Lewis Huddleston and Chancellor Bernard Luskin hosts summit

Ventura College recently hosted its first district-wide Distance Education Summit on campus at the new Applied Science Center to discuss the future of Distance Education throughout the district and statewide.  Chancellor Bernard Luskin and Ventura College President Greg Gillespie joined Dean of Distance Education Gwendolyn Lewis Huddleston, Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura College administrators and faculty from across Ventura County in a discussion on the future of Distance Education.

“Ventura College is pleased to be one of eight pilot colleges participating in the statewide California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI), a collaboration to increase student access to high-quality online courses to ensure that more students are able to complete their educational goals,” explained Board Chair Larry Kennedy.  Through a common course management system, students will be able to take classes at any of the colleges in the exchange using a system of reciprocity.

Distance Education has come a long way from the days of correspondence classes.  Luskin, who supports this effort wholeheartedly, has been a pioneer in distance education throughout his career.

“Moving distance education into the mainstream of our offerings increases access and opportunity for students in our county,” said Luskin.  “Having Ventura College as one of the eight pilot colleges leading the statewide initiative is a testament to the leadership of Dean Huddleston and her colleagues.”


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