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November 11, 1989 | BRENDAN HEALEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only two days before a big game against Moorpark College, two Ventura College football players were shot late Thursday night after attending a Moorpark High football game. Leading rusher John Johnson and starting cornerback Roderick Jones, both of Oxnard, were injured by an apparently random shotgun blast fired from a passing car at a Moorpark shopping center and will miss the remainder of the season, including a pivotal 7:30 home game tonight against Moorpark.
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December 16, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Graduating from flipping burgers at a fast-food restaurant to working as a clerk at a drugstore meant a bigger paycheck for 18-year-old Mario Rodriguez. But his bills still made paying for college a squeeze. So the Fillmore teenager was especially grateful for the financial help he received from the Ventura College Foundation, which provides up to a year's worth of enrollment fees and other costs to prospective students.
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December 13, 1990
Chris Thomas, a wide receiver and kick returner, was given the Ventura College football team most valuable player award at the team banquet. Quarterback Tim Albrent was chosen the outstanding offensive player and linebacker Pete Thow was named outstanding defensive player.
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November 25, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Ventura College instructor Jim Downer noticed something unusual when workers pruned and inspected palms on campus just after the start of the school year. "It struck me as odd," said Downer, a University of California extension plant pathologist who has taught at the college for 20 years. "They just don't keep up with tree trimming here." A few days later, his worst fears were realized.
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May 25, 1996 | ANDREW D. BLECHMAN
Assemblyman Nao Takasugi (R-Oxnard) was among five people who were honored by Ventura College on Friday night at the college's Hall of Achievement awards dinner. The event, which was held in Ventura, honors people for their service to the community, education and their past or present association with Ventura College.
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September 23, 1990
Ventura College's enrollment for the fall semester has jumped by more than 7% over last year, officials said. Registration figures show that 12,393 students have enrolled, a 7.14% increase over the 11,567 students who enrolled by mid-September, 1989. "We believe the increase in enrollment can be attributed in part to the rising cost of an education at the university level," said John Woolley, vice president for student services. "Ventura College has proven itself to be very affordable."
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November 24, 1988 | RALPH NICHOLS
The 8-team Ventura College basketball tournament will be held Friday through Sunday. In first-round games, Harbor plays Hancock, the defending tournament champion, Friday at 3 p.m.; Fresno City meets Oxnard at 5; Ventura (4-0) plays Cochise, Ariz., at 7; and Sacramento City faces L. A. City at 9. Ventura (4-0) opened the season by winning the Cypress tournament last weekend.
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October 27, 1998 | TINA DIRMANN
A Ventura College drama student died Sunday night after her car spun out of control and rolled over in a field near Victoria Avenue, authorities said. Sarah Jane Tietjen, 21, of Port Hueneme was driving south near Olivas Park Road when, for unknown reasons, her car went off the road and down an embankment about 11:15 p.m. Tietjen, who was wearing a seat belt, was awake and alert when paramedics arrived to pull her from the car. But Tietjen had lost consciousness by the time she arrived at St.
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September 2, 1991 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
Ventura College has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will be used to help keep disadvantaged students in school until graduation, school officials announced. The $407,631 first-year grant is part of the department's Strengthening Institutions program. Ventura College was one of 50 first-year recipients this year, and one of five in California. The grant can be renewed for four years if the college continues to meet the program's guidelines.
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August 31, 1996
Ramsey Jay, who set a Ventura County record of 47.49 seconds in the 400 meters for Ventura High in 1994, has transferred from USC to Ventura College. Jay, a sophomore, placed fourth in the 400 in the 1994 State championships and won five individual Ventura County titles during his career. Ventura College track Coach Tuck Mason said he didn't know why Jay chose to leave USC.Jay could not be reached for comment.
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September 21, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
After three years of declines, enrollment in the Ventura County Community College District is up at all three campuses, officials said. Average enrollment at the two-year colleges in Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura was up 4.4% during a head count in the fourth week of classes, officials said. "There are many factors that led to our enrollment" gains, said Mary Anne Rooney, chairwoman of the district's board of trustees. "But the greatest thing is that our people are hustling."
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March 19, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Jamie Taylor, a senior at Fillmore High School, knows attending college this fall will squeeze her family's finances. Her mother Joyce's paycheck from a Saugus grocery store has to stretch to cover their family of four, which includes a 16-year-old brother set to graduate next year. Her father, John, has been off work with a back injury for nearly three years.
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May 18, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Like any property owner who has built a home from the ground up, Ventura County Community College District administrators are realizing costs always seem to climb. International steel shortages, higher raw material prices and inflation have pushed up construction and renovation costs at the campuses in Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura.
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May 9, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Ventura College student Nathan Murillo arrived before the campus stirred to life, ready to tackle one of his most important duties as editor-in-chief of the college newspaper. As he has for three semesters, the 21-year-old journalism major motored across campus last week, filling wobbly orange news racks with stacks of the Ventura College Press fresh from the printer. But today, Murillo will load the racks for the last time.
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March 16, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of community college students in Oxnard and Ventura walked out of classes Tuesday to demand the reinstatement of part-time teachers and popular programs slashed last week to bridge a budget shortfall. Carrying signs that read "I can't afford to go to a university" and "Cut War Budget, Not Education," students stormed out of classes shortly before noon and staged rallies at the two campuses to protest cuts to close a $7.5-million budget gap this year and next.
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May 7, 2004 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Ventura police were searching Thursday for the killer of a 26-year-old man shot about a block from his home the night before. Ryan Jason Briner was shot about 11:25 p.m. Wednesday in the 7200 block of Wolverine Street on the city's west side, authorities said. He was pronounced dead a short time later from shotgun wounds to the torso, said Craig Stevens, a deputy county coroner. No motive is known. However, authorities don't believe the shooting was gang-related, according to Ventura Police Sgt.
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September 11, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Ventura College has received a $300,000 federal grant to train students for jobs in Ventura County's $1-billion farm industry. The grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help establish courses that will train students for high-tech jobs in agriculture-related businesses, officials said.
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January 24, 2004 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Every day, the economic news was getting worse for Ventura College. Classes were cut by more than 10%. Workers' hours were shaved. Reserves were dwindling. So when the student government board voted to donate $25,000 to beef up the college's summer school schedule, administrators were thrilled. "It's incredible," said interim college President Mike Gregoryk. "I think that's the first time something like this has been done."
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