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Ventura College Students' Alternative to Expensive Textbooks
Foundation's Lending Program eases financial burden of buying books
In addition to the free lending service, the Ventura College Foundation supports a reserve textbook collection of nearly 1,500 books, where students can use the book for two-hour periods within the library. Between the two collections, including books at Ventura College’s Santa Paula campus, nearly 7,000 textbooks are accessible as a free alternative to purchasing books.
“Students are always very grateful for the opportunity to get free textbooks. Some of the students even choose their classes based on the availability of free textbooks,” said Tanya Shaffer, interim learning resources supervisor. “It’s great to see the generosity of the Foundation helping thousands of students achieve their academic goals.”
The Ventura College Foundation annually funds over $50,000 for the Textbook Lending Library. Between the lending library and reserve collection, approximately 9,000 students take advantage of the program.
“The Textbook Lending Library is an important Foundation initiative that greatly increases student success rates and helps keep college more affordable,”
The program primarily is supported through the generosity of donors. To make a donation, contact Norbert Tan at (805) 289-6160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1983, the Ventura College Foundation provides financial support to the students and the programs of Ventura College to facilitate student success and grow the impact and legacy of Ventura College as a vital community asset. The Foundation also hosts the Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, an outdoor shopping experience held every weekend on the Ventura College campus east parking lot. For more information, visit www.venturacollege.edu/
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics' consumer price index data
**Source: U.S. Government’s Accountability Office
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