Ventura County Community College District Elects New Board Officers

Trustees approve $1.5 million to expand class offerings at Oxnard College
CAMARILLO, Calif. - Jan. 3, 2022 - PRLog -- The Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees elected longtime Trustee Dianne B. McKay as board chair during the District's Annual Organizational Meeting on Dec. 14. The board elected Trustee Stan Mantooth as vice chair and Chancellor Greg Gillespie as secretary.

McKay and Mantooth will continue to work with Trustees Josh Chancer, Bernardo M. Perez and Gabriela Torres in conducting board business and reviewing and adopting policies that regulate activities in the District and its colleges in Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura. Student Trustee Bryan Rodriguez, a political science major at Ventura College, will continue to advocate for the District's approximately 31,000 students.

"Our board is diligently addressing several critical priorities this year, including continued support for our students and staff to return safely to our campuses, rebuilding enrollment and navigating the selection process of a new chancellor," said McKay.

McKay, who represents Area 2, was first elected to the VCCCD board in 2010; she was re-elected in 2014 and 2018 and has held leadership positions throughout her tenure. She represents statewide community college trustees on the Community College League of California Advisory Committee on Education Services, which plans training and events for new and continuing trustees throughout the state.

Mantooth, who was elected in 2020, represents Area 3. He retired after more than four decades in K-12 school districts and the Ventura County Office of Education. In 2010, 2014 and 2018, he was elected to successive four-year terms as County Superintendent of Schools.

"I am excited to continue the work the board has done to advance student success," said Mantooth. "My ties with local educators will bolster our partnerships with schools across the county, allowing them to see the benefits our colleges provide to those seeking a degree or certificate."

After electing new board leadership, trustees unanimously approved investing $1.5 million in reserves toward expanding class offerings at Oxnard College. Under the initiative, the college will expand its English as a Second Language program to include courses at multiple locations throughout the community and reestablish its Program for Accelerated College Education (PACE) for working adults, which will enable students to complete an associate degree in about two years.

Oxnard College's PACE will offer online and fast-track certificates and degrees in business, paralegal studies and elementary teacher education. The initiative will begin in fall 2022 and will be implemented over three years. Moorpark College's PACE program offers degrees in business administration, early childhood education, computer science, general studies and psychology. Ventura College also plans to implement a PACE program.

The next regular board of trustees meeting will be Jan. 18 via Zoom and in-person. Detailed information regarding board meetings can be found at (

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