VC FOUNDATION UPDATES DURING COVID-19

INFORMATION AS OF April 10, 2021

MARKETPLACE INFORMATION

THE MARKETPLACE IS Back In the East Lot!

We are thrilled to be able to move back to our original home at Ventura College’s East Parking Lot (Located Corner of Telegraph Rd/Day Rd).

We are excited that Ventura County received the great news this past Wednesday, March 17, 2021, that our region has moved to the State’s COVID Red Tier.

Unfortunately, at this time, the Weekend Marketplace will continue to operate the same as we did in the Purple Tier and will continue to follow all the Vendor & Customer Safety Protocols as outlined in our Marketplace COVID Operation Plan Information Packet (Download: English Version or Spanish Version).

We are all in this together and must continue moving forward so that we don’t revert back to the purple tier and instead continue making progress towards the next tier so that in time the Marketplace can increase our capacity and additional vendors can be welcomed back.


COVID-19 Marketplace Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

For our customer's safety, we encourage seniors, individuals with compromised immune systems, or persons with mobility issues to visit the Marketplace on Saturdays or on Sundays between 8:00 a.m. (opening) and 9:00 a.m. when fewer guests are in attendance.

Please note: We cannot allow more vendors than we already accommodate. COVID safety protocol remains in place for both our vendors and patrons. Face coverings are mandatory (worn over nose and mouth at all times), social distancing practices are mandatory, no eating or drink is allowed on the premises, and patrons are asked to only use official entrances and exits. The Marketplace is currently operating as an outdoor retail market with produce and bulk pre-packaged food item vendors, and retail sales of NEW items in accordance with county and state COVID safety protocols.

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STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS UPDATE!

We are excited to announce that the Ventura College Foundation Scholarship Review Committee is currently reviewing all 2021 Scholarship Applications!

THANK YOU TO ALL STUDENTS WHO APPLIED!

All student scholarship applicants will be notified whether they've been selected as a scholarship recipient by mid-April via their Ventura College email address as well as their personal email address if provided.

Because the VC Foundation is currently short-staffed, we ask students to not contact the Ventura College Foundation directly about their scholarship award status if at all possible.

Scholarship Awarding Updates can be found at: VenturaCollegeFoundation.org/covid/#scholarships  We appreciate the students' patience and understanding.


SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS EVENTS

The Foundation usually hosts events at which students are presented with their scholarship awards and have the opportunity to meet their scholarship donors. Sadly, these events have all been canceled due to state and local COVID directives.

We know these gatherings are a highlight for our students and donors alike and are truly sorry they will not be held. We do have plans to ensure our scholarship recipients and donors are celebrated.  We look forward to announcing our Scholarship Celebration Activities very soon!  Keep checking back for updates!

ADDITIONAL STUDENT RESOURCES

Ventura College Learning Resource Center

To access online resources from the Ventura College Learning Resource Center including library chat, free online resources, library resources and library guides click here. 

Ventura College Student Resource List

Provided by Ventura College Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Damien Pena, this list includes updates and resources for VC students including distance learning, Laptop lending, Wifi access, Zoom, mental health resources, financial aid, addmissions and records, academic counseling, online toutoring, Basic Needs Office, Pirates Cove, First Year Experience, Student Activities & ASVC.

To view the document click here. 

From the Foundation's Executive Director, Anne Paul King
Video Transcript

00:03 [Music]
00:12 Everyone this is Anne Paul King your
00:15 executive director of the Ventura
00:16 College Foundation I wanted to reach out
00:19 to you from my new virtual office and my
00:21 daughter's old bedroom I hope that you
00:24 are safe healthy and finding some joy my
00:29 staff is working hard to transform
00:30 student lives through education by
00:32 providing vital resources through your
00:34 investment of financial support so thank
00:37 you so much this continues though our
00:39 spring scholarship awarding events have
00:41 been canceled we are awarding all
00:43 scholarships that were secured prior to
00:45 the crisis such good news especially at
00:47 this important time students faculty and
00:51 staff and put Ventura College into a
00:53 virtual world and the Ventura College
00:55 Foundation Board held its first board
00:58 meeting via teleconference where we
01:00 heard Jamie Humana black occurrence to
01:02 Haddie went the educational assistant
01:05 center coordinator Arbor Flores
01:07 Performing Arts costume instructor and
01:09 also our dr. cam Hawkins Ventura College
01:13 president share stories of successful
01:15 changes and efforts to overcome
01:17 challenges on campus I loved hearing
01:20 that Jamie's online anthropology classes
01:22 ones and that she continues to be
01:24 inspired by the donors of her three
01:27 Ventura College Foundation scholarships
01:28 as they have just as helped realize her
01:32 potential
01:33 we laughed when opera described that her
01:36 virtual classroom rules of conduct now
01:39 require that every student show up on
01:41 video the dress
01:44 president Hopkins asked chief for
01:47 feedback on the campuses virtual
01:49 academic counseling program power of
01:53 education continues to transform lives
01:55 at Ventura College so maybe you would
01:57 like to sign up for a summer course go
01:59 ahead just go to the campus website and
02:02 they can help you that the Ventura
02:05 College Foundation has run the weekend
02:07 marketplace in the eastern parking lot
02:09 of main campus every weekend for the
02:11 last 35 years until revenue from the 400
02:15 vendors has paid 100 percent of our
02:19 operating costs for years 100 percent of
02:22 your scholarship promise and textbook
02:24 lending donations served our students
02:27 directly I have a deep sense of
02:29 gratitude for a markedly SAP our vendors
02:32 and our customers who have been 100%
02:35 responsible we're enabling our
02:37 foundation to exist and part however due
02:41 to Cogan 19 weekend marketplace has been
02:45 suspended for weeks possibly months so
02:50 we have 26 million dollars in assets
02:52 most of that is restricted and cannot be
02:55 used for operations so with the board
02:58 support and a heavy heart I have begun
03:01 to implement a reduction in workforce
03:03 plan
03:05 the skeleton staff that remains you will
03:08 rework our business model and budgets
03:10 small business emergency plans and
03:13 Michael's utilize creative fundraising
03:16 strategies to ensure that our foundation
03:18 is poised to support our hard-working
03:20 students and campus from this crisis is
03:23 over our commitment to the power of
03:26 education remains as strong as ever
03:28 the 13,000 students on campus still 70
03:32 percent are under the poverty line 50%
03:34 are Buddhists 40% are first-generation
03:38 college students in 18% our housing and
03:42 yet bounds graduate 1,000 successfully
03:47 transfer to four-year colleges and
03:50 our work together so I look forward to
03:55 working beautifully and effectively to
03:58 survive displaces and to become much
04:01 more resilient and system I invite you
04:05 to read inspiring stories about the
04:07 transformation students lives and to
04:10 make a donation of support to the fund
04:12 for these at our web page at Ventura
04:16 College Foundation o-r-g
04:20 we'll keep you updated on the crisis on
04:23 our web page as well again that's
04:25 Ventura College Foundation or2 I wish
04:31 you safety I wish in clean hands I wish
04:35 you good social distancing so that we'll
04:38 be back together again in person as soon
04:41 as this crisis is home stay well and
04:43 thank you so much for yourself
04:46 [Music]