Ventura County Community College District and the Naval Base of Ventura County to Train STEM Students

The Ventura County Community College District and the Naval Base of Ventura County, Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center sign partnership agreement

OXNARD, Calif. – The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) and the Naval Base of Ventura County, Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC), are collaborating to strengthen skills training and local employment outcomes in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by signing an agreement, Feb. 27.

The educational agreement focuses on four key pillars designed to ensure that students across Oxnard, Ventura and Moorpark colleges have access to a competitive STEM education and the ability to connect with the county’s largest employer. Objectives include increasing internship opportunities, facilities sharing, mentor programs, and career pathways.

VCCCD Chancellor Dr. Greg Gillespie joined NAVFAC EXWC Captain John Adametz in signing the memorandum. VCCCD Board of Trustees Mr. Stephen P. Blum, Esq. and Mr. Bernardo M. Perez, along with Oxnard College President Dr. Cynthia E. Azari and students, faculty and staff, were also present.

“The efforts of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM grant at Oxnard College have shown a commitment to STEM excellence through the partnership with the Naval Base Ventura County, Gillespie said during his remarks at the signing. “This partnership provides Oxnard College students with an amazing opportunity to connect with local STEM professionals, as Naval Base Ventura County is the largest employer in our county. All three of the colleges in the district will directly benefit from this formalized partnership.”

NAVFAC EXWC offers cutting-edge career opportunities in nearly every STEM discipline. In Ventura County alone, approximately 1,100 scientists and engineers provide research and technology solutions to the Navy, Marine Corps, federal agencies, and other Department of Defense commands. Most positions are located in Port Hueneme, Calif.

“In an effort to serve as mentors for underrepresented populations, we recognize the importance of incorporating mentoring in the work that we do,” said Capt. Adametz. “This mentoring cultivates dynamic relationships that span the breadth and depth of a given profession. These relationships are mutually beneficial to individuals and collectively empower the profession and community.”  

NAVFAC EXWC is a command of more than 1,100 dedicated federal employees, contractors, and military personnel who provide specialized facilities engineering, technology solutions, and life-cycle management of expeditionary equipment to the Navy, Marine Corps, federal agencies, and other Department of Defense supported commands.

OXNARD, Calif. – Capt. John Adametz, commanding officer, Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) and Dr. Greg Gillespie, chancellor of Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) sign the Education Partnership Agreement between VCCD and NAVFAC EXWC. This partnership provides Oxnard College students with opportunities to connect with local Science, Technology, Engineering and Math professionals at Naval Base Ventura County, the largest employer in our county. All three of the colleges in the district will directly benefit from this formalized partnership. (Photo by Palmer Pinckney II, NAVFAC EXWC)

 


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