Located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties, Ventura County’s local resources and talent are often overlooked by outsiders. Those of us who live and work here, own and run businesses, educate children, protect natural resources, and create and enforce laws, see the richness and know what we can accomplish together.

STEM Ecosystems: 2015, one of 26 communities selected through a national competition.

US2020: 2016, one of 11 communities selected to be a City Network implementing STEM mentoring.


Education & County

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What our partners are saying about VC STEM:

As a science-based company, Amgen is deeply committed to inspiring the innovators of tomorrow. We recognize that addressing the STEM skills gap requires partnerships between industry, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations to create greater capacity for innovation, so we prioritize investments that support collaborative approaches with the potential for long-lasting impact. We are proud of the work VC STEM has accomplished to date and excited to be a part of its future.
—President Eduardo Cetlin, Amgen Foundation

In Ventura County we have 20 school districts, 3 community colleges and 2 four-year universities – California State University Channel Islands and California Lutheran University – all of which are heavily invested in STEM education. In my capacity as Chair of our local P-20 Council, I have the honor and pleasure of working closely with a core of dedicated individuals from the public and private sectors that engage in and promote this work. VC STEM was launched as an initiative of the P-20 Council in December of 2014 with an emphasis on connecting students with role models that encourage and mentor them in their pursuit of STEM careers. This movement has been both complementary and synergistic in assisting the P-20 with its overarching goal of college and career readiness.
—Superintendent Stanley C. Mantooth, Ventura County Office of Education

Channel Islands National Park boasts one of the largest cohorts of volunteers in the national parks.  Together we can create and connect STEM rich learning environments for learners and their families. The cross-sector partnerships that expertly aligned our learning assets can do so much more to support youth pathways to ensure a healthy ecosystem for us all.
Channel Islands Park Foundation

The principles of STEM Learning Ecosystems fit closely with the collaborative nature of Ventura County and our current shared vision for regional collaboration between education, business, and community organizations.
—California State University, Channel Islands & Ventura County P-20 Council

The mission of VC STEM relies on the strategic collaboration by leaders from numerous sectors of our community to inspire students to be STEM-capable graduates and contribute to a 21st century workforce. VC-STEM intends to fulfill this mission by catalyzing moments of discovery through increased interactions between students and passionate, caring adults from STEM professions. Subsequently, Ventura County students, especially underrepresented populations, will recognize the importance of STEM in their everyday lives and aspire to and be prepared for STEM college education and careers
—Congresswoman Julia Brownley, 26th District