Oxnard College

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Coordinates: 34°09′50.98″N 119°09′26.39″W / 34.1641611°N 119.1573306°W / 34.1641611; -119.1573306

Oxnard College
Established 1975
Endowment $151,380 (2011/2012) [1]
Students 6,941[2]
Location 4000 South Rose Ave
Oxnard, California
Campus 118 acres
Website www.oxnardcollege.edu

Oxnard College, an accredited two-year institution of higher education, has been a part of the Ventura County Community College District since 1975. Located in the heart of Ventura County two miles from Pacific Ocean beaches, Oxnard College is part of the largest and most vibrant city in Ventura County with a multi-cultural diversity that gives our college a unique and exciting student life.[3]


Oxnard College is located in Oxnard, California. It was established in 1975. It serves the Oxnard Plain cities of Oxnard, Camarillo, and the town of Port Hueneme. The college offers two year degrees, including the new California transfer curriculum, as well as career and technical education programs to the local community. The Dental hygienist program consistently ranks in the top of the 5 U.S. programs. Due to its location between the two stations of the Naval Base Ventura County, it is popular among the military personnel stationed there to attend classes.

The college formerly had a television channel, OCTV, which aired educational programming in the Oxnard and Port Hueneme area on Time Warner Cable and Fios. Currently, due to California state budget cuts, OCTV is inactive.

The college lies on a flat plain next to College Park, where the annual California Strawberry Festival is held. Because of the school has not yet grown to the capacity of the site, much of the unused land is leased to nurseries to raise semi-tropical plants in Oxnard's Mediterranean climate. A well-established native plant garden lies near the center of the campus, and changing art exhibits can be seen at the McNish Art Gallery. Numerous student artists display work throughout campus. The college mascot is the Condor. The school colors are royal blue and kelley green.

Oxnard College is part of the Ventura County Community College District along with Moorpark College, and Ventura College.


Historically, the need for a community college serving the Oxnard Plain has been recognized by the Oxnard, Camarillo, and Port Hueneme communities and the governing board and administration of the Ventura County Community College District, since the district was formed in 1962.

Founded on the understanding established in those early years, the 118 acre college site was purchased in 1968. In 1969, the first classes offered under an Oxnard Center concept were offered at Ramona School in Oxnard. The Oxnard Center program expanded in the fall of 1973 with the opening of the Oxnard Educational Center at 9th and B streets in Oxnard, under the direction of Ventura College; in February, 1974, a Camarillo Center opened under the auspices of Moorpark College.The 2000 AD Educational Master Plan and strong support from the Oxnard-Port Hueneme area focused attention on the need for a third college in the spring of 1974, and trustees officially voted to build Oxnard College on March 26, 1974.The college officially opened its doors in June, 1975, for its first summer session, utilizing the Oxnard and Camarillo centers begun by the other two colleges in the district, and adding classes at a variety of sites throughout the Oxnard Plain.

By mid-fall, 1975, Oxnard College had more than 4,400 students enrolled and during the spring semester that number was even higher -- in all likelihood a record enrollment for first-year community colleges in this state.In fall, 1979, the first two permanent buildings were occupied on the campus. A Liberal Arts building houses 20 classrooms plus science and business laboratories and faculty office wings, and a Library/Learning Resources Center holds the college Library, Learning Center, general classrooms, and administrative and student services offices.The more recently constructed Occupational Education Building houses the college's information processing, air conditioning and refrigeration, hotel and restaurant management, electronics, and word processing programs. A new Child Development Center opened in early 1992, and a new Physical Education Complex with basketball and racquetball courts, showers and lockers, dance room and weight training facilities officially opened in the fall of 1994. The construction of a Language Arts/Math/Science Building was completed in 1997. Other campus buildings include two relocatable classroom buildings, a vocational shop building, a student services center, student activities center and a food services facility. Oxnard College continues to be committed to developing a comprehensive educational program as well as a comprehensive campus environment for the students of its service area.[4]


Notable faculty include pioneering martial artist Graciela Casillas, English Department Chair Jim Merrill, who also composed the school anthem, sociologist Dr. Marie Butler whose work on Egyptian women, and the status of women in third world banking is well known, Dr. Tomás Salinas, a professor of Chicano Studies who was an early innovator in the field at both Oxnard College and UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Desmond Jones (emeritus), from the London School of Economics, Prof. Jeanette Redding, whose innovations in providing instruction to under-prepared students resulted in Oxnard College's Success Academy, Prof. Amy London Edwards, whose speech tournaments have led to statewide recognition for Oxnard College students, and Dr. Linda Kama'ila, ethnographer of Hawai'i and Native America, and author of articles on ethnopoetics.[5]


Notable programs include Dental Hygiene, whose graduates have consistently had 100% passage rates in the National and State Board exams; Culinary Arts whose students operate the program's Bistro Restaurant during the Spring Term; and the Fire Academy and Emergency Medical Technician programs.[6]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Oxnard College include artist Veronica Pantoja, the late writer Gerald Schnebly, British musician Fiona Elizabeth Cox, philosopher Vladimir Kalugin and international activist Maria Tapia.[7]



Gabriel Gonzalez , Sacramento Republic FC USL PRO

Ivan Mirkovic , Sacramento Republic USL PRO

Alberto Anguiano, LA Blues USL PRO

Travis Bowen , LA Galaxy II USL PRO

Hugo Zuniga, Queretero Mexico 2nd Division


Curtis Leavitt, Minnesota Twins

Justin Frash, Oakland A’s

Eric Komatsu, New York Yankees

Jesus Valdez, Dodgers

Cody Kurz, Oakland A's

Patrick Weigel, Milwaukee Brewers

Luke Eubank, Cleveland Indians


Associate of Arts, Associate of Science (awarded to students who have successfully completed a minimum of 60 semester units in general education courses with at least 18 units in one curriculum area), Certificate of Achievement (awarded to students who have successfully completed a minimum of 18 units in an occupational curriculum), Certificates of Completion (instructional divisions may award Certificates of Completion to students who have satisfactorily completed a course or a sequence of courses designed to lead them to specific types of employment or to an upgrading of skills).[8]

Student Resources[edit]

Counseling Department

The department of counseling offers, academic counseling, personal counseling, career counseling, and a Career & Personal Assessment.[9]

Admissions & Records

The Admissions and Records Office is responsible for admissions, registration, and for the accuracy and maintenance of all student records. They offer access to registration, grades, classes, the Oxnard College catalog and financial aid information via my.vcccd.edu.[10]

Child Development Center

Oxnard College Child Development Center provides childcare and childhood education to children from the ages of 2 to 5. The program covers critical thinking, creative experiences, science, music, language, and literacy, movement education, social development, and school readiness. The center also serves as a model lab for those students that are learning to observe and work with children. To hold a place for a child of a student or staff member a $50 deposit must be made. Tuition fees have to be paid monthly. The phone number of the Oxnard College Child Development Center is (805)986-5801.[11]

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is available to all Oxnard College student and is designed to help all students maintain a healthy lifestyle and wellness throughout their college experience. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday; 9 A.M- 5P.M Mondays and Thursdays, 9 A.M- 7P.M Tuesdays, 9 A.M-6 P.M Wednesdays and 9 A.M- 12 P.M on Fridays. It is recommended that students contact the center to make an appointment so that there is a minimal wait time but walk-ins are welcome. A no show fee of $10.00 will be applied for appointments that are missed or are not canceled at least 24 hours prior to the appointment date.Their phone number is (805)986-5832. The Health Center provides services such as: Medical Evaluations, Individualized Counseling, Physicals for students and the Child Development department, Emergency care and referral, Immunizations, Pregnancy testing, Cholesterol testing, Blood Sugar Testing, Accident Insurance, and some over the counter medicines such as Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and Cough Drops are available. Most general medical consults and Mental Health Counseling are free but some services require an additional fee. Most fees are cheaper at the OC Health Center compared to other facilities with the same services. The Oxnard College Health Center ensures all students that ALL medical and personal counseling records are confidential with legal restraints.[12]


  1. ^ Cowden Moore, Jean (January 12, 2013). "College foundations differ widely in how much they raise, what they spend". Ventura County Star. 
  2. ^ http://datamart.cccco.edu/Students/Enrollment_Status.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/
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  12. ^ http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/departments/student-services/student-health-center

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