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Workplace Essentials

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up?

To register, please click here: https://www.venturacollege.edu/apply-and-enroll/registration

For Application/Registration Questions, please contact Student Connect (805) 289-6457 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Customization Questions and Requests for the Applied Technology Courses, please contact John Clark at (805) 289-6430 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What is the Workplace Essentials Program at Ventura College?

Ventura College’s Workplaces Essentials Program offers free noncredit courses to provide students with technology and workplace skills to prepare for new careers, advance in their jobs, and provide value to employers. Take courses and earn micro-credentials/digital badges to get work ready for any business or prepare for a specific pathway like advanced manufacturing.  Invest in your professional development and learn new skills today through the Workforce Essentials Program.

What are digital badges?

Digital Badges are micro-credentials that you and/or your employees can earn at Ventura College’s Workplace Essentials Program. The difference between a digital badge and a degree or program certificate is that badges represent a smaller set of skills, such as learning the basics of electricity or how to operate a gantry crane.

What does it cost?

There is no cost for the classes.

Who should take these classes?

You! Whether you are just starting out, or have been in the workplace for years, in today’s marketplace, it is essential to keep up with the changes in technology and to continue your professional development.

Do I have to come to campus for classes?

Many Work Place Essentials courses are fully online, and some courses are hybrid that require you to come in person for hands-on lab practice and skill tests.

I don’t have a computer at home, how can I take the classes?

Ventura College has computers available in the Library/Learning Resource Center and in the ASC Learning Lab (ASC 120) for your use.

For Employers:

To request a complete set of skills offered for the Advanced Manufacturing/Applied Technology courses, or to schedule an in person meeting to discuss your training needs, please contact the Lead Instructor: John Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What courses offer digital badges?

Currently, the following Applied Technology (ATET) Courses offer digital badges:

  • ATET N104 - PRINCIPLES OF TECHNOLOGY
  • ATET N107 - TECHNICAL REFERENCE INTERPRETATION AND BLUEPRINT READING
  • ATET N108 - OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE
  • ATET N109 - TOOLS AND MACHINES IN INDUSTRY

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