Foundation News

Remarkable OC Graduation

Students earning diplomas and certificates paraded into the Oxnard College Soccer Stadium in front of thousands of family and friends.

The OC Foundation visited with graduates before the commencement exercises to welcome them into the OC Alumni Network.

If you graduated, but did not get a chance to add your name to the OC Alumni Network, complete the very brief graduate form.

May 20, 2024|

Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet a major success

Three amazing members of the Oxnard College family were honored at the third annual OC Athletic Alumni Association Hall of Fame banquet.

Tenley Garcia (soccer) and Jon Larson (baseball) were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Marti Dibble received the prestigious Lifetime Condor Award, due to her long-time dedication to the Athletic Department.

A big thanks is extended to Jonas Crawford and Emily Perez-Delgado for coordinating an exceptional event.

May 15, 2024|

Foundation Bulletin – May 2024

The May 2024 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following topics are featured in the bulletin:

  • Transfer Scholarships
  • Athletic Alumni Association Hall of Fame
  • Family Festival
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Scholarships
  • STEM Recognition
  • Volunteerism
  • Upcoming Events

Click to read the May 2024 Bulletin

May 3, 2024|

TRIO SSS Commencement

Twenty-six incredibly bright minds were recognized at the annual Student Support Services graduation.

The OC Foundation is a strong support of OC’s Student Support Services program. Over 73% of Oxnard College’s TRIO SSS students are both first-generation and low-income students paving the way toward a college degree not only for themselves, but for their families.

May 2, 2024|

Successful Family Festival

The third annual OC Family Festival attracted another large crowd of community members onto the Oxnard College campus.

Hundreds of students and campus personnel hosted activities, games, and large kids fun zone. An estimated 3,500 attendees enjoyed live entertainment, shopping at the Marketplace, food trucks, and access to over 40 community organizations. It was an extraordinary success.

The event was coordinated by the Oxnard College Marketing Department, supported by a long list of exceptional leaders, and financially sponsored by […]

April 29, 2024|

Latino GDP Presentation was a major success

The Latino GDP Presentation was an incredible success. The event welcomed over 200 people in attendance, including students, community and business leaders who learned about the increasing economic impact of the Latino community from Dr. Matthew Fienup and Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, authors of the 2023 U.S. Latino GDP Report.

Their findings were supported by a panel of leaders, who voiced what they see on a local level. Special thanks to moderator, Jorge Mercado, and panelists […]

April 18, 2024|

Foundation Bulletin – April 2024

The April 2024 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following topics are featured in the bulletin:

  • Athletic Alumni Association Hall of Fame
  • Latino GDP Presentation
  • OC Family Festival
  • OC Foundation contributions
  • In Memoriam
  • Alumni update
  • Scholarships
  • Volunteerism
  • Upcoming Events

Click to read the April 2024 Bulletin

April 5, 2024|

Robert England passes away

The OC Foundation mourns the passing of longtime board member, Robert England.

Bob joined the OC Foundation Board of Directors in 2003, bringing keen insight from his experience as an attorney and years of service to several community organizations. By profession, he was an estate planning, trust, probate lawyer, and counsel for Ferguson Case Orr Paterson. He was a certified estate planning specialist and former licensed certified public accountant.

In addition to the OC Foundation, Bob served as […]

March 29, 2024|

Apply for other scholarships

The OC Foundation plans to award over $250,000 in scholarship grants for the 2024/2025 school year. The transfer application has closed, the continuing/returning application closes on May 31, and the entering application closes on June 21.

Students are not limited to applying for only OC Foundation scholarships. They’re encouraged to apply for other scholarships. We created a list of additional scholarships on our Scholarships webpage, located at

The page features the following locally-based scholarships:

March 25, 2024|

Heredia Recogized by Soroptimist

Congratuations to Brenda Heredia, a member of the OC Foundation Board of Directors, for receiving the 2024 Women Making a Difference Award from Soroptimist International of Oxnard.

In addition to her service to Oxnard College as Secretary of the Foundation Board, she contributes an extraordinary amount of time to Nyeland Promise. She’s spearheading the Nyland Promise Comrades Unidas program, which empowers Latina women to reach their dreams and goals. It […]

March 12, 2024|

Speakers announced for April 17 Latino GPD presentation

An outstanding group of leaders will discuss the large and rapidly growing economic contribution of Latinos on April 17 in the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center.

Speakers include:

  • David Hayes-Bautista, PhD – Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health & Culture at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
  • Matthew Fienup, PhD – Executive Director of the Center for Economic Research & Forecasting at California Lutheran University.

A panel discussion following the speakers will be moderated […]

March 11, 2024|

Homeownership Planning Workshop

The OC STEM Alumni Association is hosting a Homeownership Workshop for the entire campus community on Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30pm. Representatives from Bank of America will provide information, important steps, and answers to questions at the workshop, which takes place in Room AA-101 at Oxnard College.

The workshop is ideal for anyone who wishes to own a home someday. You’ll learn what’s necessary, ways to set financial goals, and tips on what to do next.

Food and beverage […]

March 7, 2024|

Rotary Club of Oxnard Announces Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Oxnard, in partnership with the Oxnard College Foundation, is pleased to announce a Mental Health Practitioner scholarship opportunity for 2024.

One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the 2024 graduate of Oxnard College who has demonstrated high academic achievement, and who intends to continue baccalaureate studies at a university during 2024-25, preparing for a career in the field of mental health and emotional well-being – one of the 2023-24 priorities of Rotary International.

The deadline […]

March 4, 2024|

Foundation Bulletin – March 2024

The March 2024 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following topics are featured in the bulletin:

  • Latino GDP Presentation
  • OC Family Festival
  • OC Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame
  • OC STEM Alumni
  • OCF Scholarships
  • Transfer Scholarship Deadline
  • Upcoming Events

Click to read the March 2024 Bulletin

March 1, 2024|

Transfer Scholarship Application Deadline is February 29

Oxnard College students who plan to transfer to a four-year university in Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 will need to complete the OC Foundation Scholarship Grants Application by February 29th at 11:59pm. Since 2024 is a leap year, students have that extra day in February, though don’t wait until the last minute and miss this opportunity!

The OC Foundation awards over $250,000 in scholarship grants to Oxnard College recipients every year. The online application process has been simplified […]

February 19, 2024|

Ventura County Mobile Library visits the Marketplace

The January 31 Oxnard College Community Marketplace attracted over 2,000 people who enjoyed the experience of shopping, food vendors and connecting with over 30 community organizations. As is customary with the last Sunday of the month, the Swap Meet Justice Citizenship and Resource Fair provided invaluable complimentary services to community members. This event welcomed the Ventura County Mobile Library, upon the recommendation of Supervisor Kelly Long.

Serving an important outreach role as the first bookmobile service in California […]

February 14, 2024|

OC Foundation recognized by Montecito Bank & Trust

The grand opening of the Montecito Bank & Trust Oxnard Branch was recently acknowledged and celebrated in front of a large group of community leaders, customers, and public officials. During the presentation, bank executives presented four local non-profit organizations with contributions. The OC Foundation was selected among the supported charitable organizations.

“We’re honored to be selected as a recipient of Montecito Bank’s generosity,” says Pete Parker, OC Foundation Executive Director. “We’ve enjoyed a long-standing relationship and look forward […]

February 10, 2024|

Join our team of scholarship application reviewers

Scholarship Reviewers Wanted – Join the Club!

Perhaps the greatest impact a volunteer can provide through the OC Foundation is by reviewing and scoring scholarship applications. We saw a 232% increase in applications last year and anticipate a similar increase for the 2024/2025 application cycle. With an average of 4-5 hours total, Scholarship Reviewers will receive the training, support, and tools they need to be a part of a committee – reading our students’ stories and helping us […]

February 6, 2024|

Foundation Bulletin – February 2024

The February 2024 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following topics are featured in the bulletin:

  • Latino GDP Presentation
  • Montecito Bank & Trust donation
  • OC Interim President letter
  • Community Marketplace
  • OC STEM Alumni
  • Transfer Scholarship Deadline
  • Upcoming Events

Click to read the February 2024 Bulletin

February 2, 2024|

Building a brighter future for county’s families

Interim Oxnard College President, Oscar Cobian, penned the following Op-Ed in the VC Star this week, describing the College’s work serving the community.

As we enter the new year, there’s much to be excited about at Oxnard College. After several years of COVID-related downturns, our college is surging ahead. From enrollment increases and new programming to local partnerships and national recognition, Oxnard College – along with our sister colleges in Moorpark and Ventura – is strongly positioned to […]

February 1, 2024|

Save the Date – Latino GDP Presentation

We are excited to inform you that Oxnard College and the Oxnard College Foundation, in collaboration with California Lutheran University and the West Ventura County Business Alliance, are organizing a 2023-24 Latino Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Report event at Oxnard College.

The event, scheduled for April 17, 2024, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm with a reception to follow, will feature faculty members from California Lutheran University and UCLA who will share insights from the report. The event features a […]

January 24, 2024|

OC Foundation Spotlight – Antonio Rodriguez

Meet Antonio Rodriguez, who recently joined the OC Foundation Board of Directors.

Antonio works as an associate attorney at Staker|Johnson Law Corporation. Antonio’s practices trust and estate law; he is one of the few Spanish-speaking attorneys in Ventura County who practices in this area of the law. He is a first-generation college graduate who comes from a working-class immigrant family.

Antonio holds a bachelor’s degree in Chicana/o Studies and Law & Society, a master’s degree in Public Policy and […]

January 22, 2024|

OC STEM Alumni to host social event

The OC STEM Alumni Association welcomes fellow alumni and students to a social gathering on February 6 at Oxnard College.

The event takes place in Room AA-101, beginning at 6:00pm. Light food and refreshments will be offered.

Attendees will enjoy friendly camaraderie, share feedback and advice, and learn the latest with OC’s STEM program.

RSVPs are not required to attend and the event is free of charge.

Learn more about the STEM Alumni Association at

January 18, 2024|

Nominate a former student-athlete

The Oxnard College Athletic Alumni Association is hosting its 3rd Annual Hall of Fame Banquet on May 11, 2024. The event will recognize former Condor athletes, based on their success as student-athletes, as well as their careers.

Hall of Fame inductees are selected each year, based on a review of nominations.

To be considered for induction this May, all nominations must be received by January 31, 2024.

Submit a Nomination today!

January 11, 2024|

Foundation Bulletin – January 2024

The January 2024 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following topics are featured in the bulletin:

  • Strategic Plan update
  • Fire Academy graduation
  • Community Marketplace
  • OC STEM Alum of the Month
  • Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Foundation Board Member Spotlight
  • Upcoming Events

Click to read the January 2024 Bulletin

January 5, 2024|

We’re Hiring

We’re seeking to full the position of Senior Marketplace Coordinator, who is a member of the Foundation staff and reports directly to the Executive Director.

We are proud to share that The Community Marketplace has grown in the past two years and is positioned for continued success by adding to the team a Senior Marketplace Coordinator. Help manage over 100 vendors’ rent space so they can sell household items, personal care products, recreation equipment, clothing, flowers, produce, and […]

January 4, 2024|

OC Foundation board spotlight: Rachel Jones

Meet Rachel Jones, who recently joined the OC Foundation Board of Directors.

Rachel currently works for Community West Bank as an AVP, Information System Security Administrator. She holds a BS in Fine Art, MEd. in Secondary Education, a MS in Computer Science, and is currently pursuing her MBA. Rachel has worked previously as a public school elementary teacher in DC before career switching and moving to California. She is still driven with a desire to bring resources and […]

December 15, 2023|

Foundation Bulletin – December 2023

The December 2023 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following topics are featured in the bulletin:

  • Highlights from 2023
  • Community Marketplace
  • OC STEM Alum of the Month
  • Foundation Board Member Spotlight
  • Upcoming Events
  • Action Items

Click to read the December Bulletin

December 4, 2023|

Alumni News – Cristian Rosete ’23

2023 alumnus, Cristian Rosete, was recently featured in a San Diego State University news story describing his journey of resilience and success.

Cristian transfered for the fall semester, earning a SDSU Guardian Scholars scholarship, which supports students who identify as current or former foster youth, wards of the court or homeless.

We’re proud of Cristian’s success, as he’s a big part of the Oxnard College family.

Read the full story here.

November 8, 2023|

OC Foundation board spotlight: Kaye Placio

Meet Kaye Placio, who recently joined the OC Foundation Board of Directors.

Kaye is currently a Biomedical Engineering major student and the Associated Student Government President (ASG) at Oxnard College. She will be transferring in Fall 2024 to earn her bachelor’s degree and continue her studies by applying for medical school. She leads the ASG board to amplify student voice and to maintain a quality student experience here at Oxnard College. Kaye chose Oxnard College because of the […]

November 8, 2023|

Halloween Fun at the Marketplace

We’re celebrating Halloween at this Sunday’s Community Marketplace. Bring your family and enjoy entertainment and fun activities. Children will participate in a safe trick-or-treat experience as the Foundation, and vendors distribute tasty treats. The fun will take place between 12pm and 2pm.

It’s also a Swap Meet Justice Sunday, as 30+ community organizations will provide free services to local community members. Visit any time between 9am and 3pm.

Wear your favorite Halloween costume come on out to Sunday’s Spooktacular […]

October 25, 2023|

2024/2025 Scholarship Applications Open Today!

The application period for 2024/2025 scholarship grants open today, October 13.

The application has been designed for students seeking to enter Oxnard College next school year, continue at Oxnard College, or transfer from Oxnard College to a four-year university. Deadlines for each scholarship application category varies. Please refer to the official calendar for key deadlines.

Students seeking financial support for the 2024/2025 school year may complete the scholarship grant application, accessed at the Scholarship Manager portal.

The first […]

October 13, 2023|

OC Foundation board spotlight: Mari Estrada

Meet Mari Estrada, who recently joined the OC Foundation Board of Directors.

Mari works at Moorpark College as the Program Director of Bachelor Degree Programs, serves as a lecturer for CSU Channel Islands, and adjunct faculty for Fresno City College. Mari’s work focuses on workforce development which includes professional development and higher education.

As the youngest of four, she felt tremendous pressure to go to college despite limited financial means. Mari fully understands concerns about student loan debt, the […]

October 11, 2023|

Foundation Bulletin – October 2023

The October 2023 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following is featured in the bulletin:

  • OC Athletics Teams Drive
  • El Concilio Awards
  • Scholarship updates
  • Fire Academy news
  • Alumni Network
  • Dia de los Muertos invitation
  • Board Member Spotlight
  • Upcoming Events

Click to read the October Bulletin

October 9, 2023|

Fire Academy Dedicates Apparatus Bay

The Oxnard College Fire Academy unveiled its latest multi-use facility last week, dedicating it to the Academy’s founder, Ed French.

Construction began on the $6.4 million state-of-the-art facility in 2019. It provides a learning space for students and cadets to gain hands-on experience with tools and fire science apparatus, helping develop and hone their firefighting skills. The facility also houses the program’s equipment and fleet of firefighting vehicles.

“We are excited to expand our facilities at Oxnard College’s esteemed […]

September 27, 2023|

OC Foundation board spotlight: Maria Thayer

Meet Maria Thayer, who recent joined the OC Foundation Board of Directors.

Maria works at California Lutheran University as the Director of Hispanic-Serving Institution Initiatives and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Programs. As a first-generation college graduate, Maria’s mission is to make higher education accessible to all students. She brings 16 years of leadership experience to the campus. She received her bachelor’s from CSUN in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies, a master’s from CSUCI in Business Administration (MBA) and […]

September 20, 2023|

Foundation spotlighted in Giving Guide

The OC Foundation is pleased to be spotlighted in the Pacific Coast Business Times annual Giving Guide.

The two-page layout features information about the Foundation, along with an impressive advertisement about Oxnard College.

Pickup a copy to view other amazing non-profit organizations, which are also strengthening our community. A big thanks to the team at the Pac Biz Times for continuing to promote the business and community engagement of our amazing area.

View the online version of the Giving […]

September 18, 2023|

Chef Hart featured in Edible Ojai & Ventura County

Oxnard College is home to a world-class culinary arts program. You can find program graduates in many of the restaurants in Ventura County and throughout the world.

Behind every noteworthy program is a passionate and successful leader. At the OC Culinary Arts program, that person is Chef Adam Hart. A member of the OC family since 2016, Adam is a driving force behind the future success of countless students.

Adam […]

September 15, 2023|

OCF Board Member Featured in Vida

OC Foundation board member, Gabriela Rodriguez, was featured on the front page of today’s issue of Vida Newspaper for outstanding service to others.

Gabriela is the director of Proyecto Exito, a Title V Grant aimed at helping students determine their career paths.

Raised in Oxnard, she earned a master’s degree in Education with a Guidance Counselor credential after completing her undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara. She actively serves the community through the […]

September 8, 2023|

Foundation Bulletin – September 2023

The September 2023 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following is featured in the bulletin:

  • OC Arts dedication ceremonies
  • Student Support Services donation
  • Scholarship updates
  • Metallica donation
  • Alumni Network
  • OC Employee Giving sets record
  • Board Member Spotlight
  • Upcoming Events

Click to read the September Bulletin

September 1, 2023|

OCF Board Member Among 40 Under 40 awardees

OC Foundation board member, Brenda Heredia, was selected as a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award presented by the Pacific Coast Business Times.

She’s a member of the 23rd 40 Under 40 class, which the Biz Times tabs as a select group of the region’s rising stars.

Brenda provides leadership service to three different organizations, including the OC Foundation, and works for the City of Oxnard. A graduate of Ventura College, Cal State Long Beach, […]

August 30, 2023|

Deadline to establish a 2024/2025 scholarship nears

As we’re making the final selections for the 2023/2024 scholarships, we’re already gearing up for the next round of applications.

The window is open for anyone wishing to create a scholarship to be awarded for the next round of scholarships, but closes on September 22, 2023. This only applies to new scholarships which will be awarded for the next round of applications.

Below are important deadline dates for scholarship fund donors:
September 22, 2023 – Establish a new scholarship fund to […]

August 29, 2023|

Incredible Art Dedication Event!

The Oxnard College Art+Design Complex officially opened its doors for the public to see last night! The occasion was especially exciting, as the dedication was coupled with the unveiling of the new mural, featured in the OC Amphitheater. The celebration also included the McNish Gallery, which received a sizeable contribution from Carnegie Art Cornerstone.

It was an evening of arts celebration.

The OC Foundation is a proud supporter of Oxnard College arts, accentuated by its $500,000 donation to renovate the […]

August 25, 2023|

Oxnard College Receives $100,000 Grant

Oxnard College Receives $100,000 Grant from Metallica’s All Within My Hands’ Scholars Initiative
The Grant Will Fund Equipment for Oxnard College’s Career Education Students

Oxnard, Calif. (Aug. 21, 2023) — Oxnard College has been selected to receive a $100,000 grant from the Grammy Award-winning band Metallica and its foundation, All Within My Hands. The award will support students in the college’s Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene and Fire Academy programs as the band continues its multimillion-dollar investment in critical workforce […]

August 22, 2023|

Employee Giving Makes a Difference

Oxnard College is a very special place, home to committed leaders, both in and out of the classroom. The family atmosphere is readily apparent on all areas of campus, nurturing a caring, supportive, and empowering environment to learn and succeed.

Through the OC Foundation, College and District employees are able to invest in the growth and advancement of the College by contributing toward campus programs and scholarship grants. During the 2022/2023 fiscal year, 25 campus leaders contributed a […]

August 14, 2023|

Bomberos Toss for Scholarships

A large group of fire fighters, many of whom joined by family and friends, assembled at Topa Topa Brewery to raise funds for the latest OC Foundation scholarship to benefit Fire Academy students.

The Ventura County Bomberos, a collection of incredible and motivated fire personnel, hosted its inaugural event on Saturday, July 29. The goal was simple, raise enough funds to award $2,500 for its first allocation. Bomberos’ President, Robert Molina, hopes the first award is presented to […]

August 1, 2023|

OC Foundation strategic plan invites input

The Oxnard College Foundation is conducting a strategic planning process to identify strategies that will best advance its mission of supporting Oxnard College and its students. The process allows the board, staff, and stakeholders to outline the Foundation’s most important priorities.

Campus and community members are invited to participate in the strategic planning process by completing a Campus/Community Survey. The purpose is to collect and discuss feedback pertaining to the Foundation’s programs, resourcefulness, […]

July 20, 2023|

Foundation Bulletin – July 2023

The July 2023 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following is featured in the bulletin:

  • New Foundation board members
  • Record number of donations
  • Foundation strategic plan
  • Scholarship information
  • OC STEM Alumnus of the Month
  • Alumni Network
  • Upcoming Events
  • Summer Checklist

Click to read the July Bulletin

July 8, 2023|

Incoming and outgoing Foundation board members

The OC Foundation board voted in six new directors at its June full board meeting. It marks the largest class of incoming board members in many years. These outstanding leaders join an amazing team of committed change-makers.

Please welcome the following new directors:

Mari Estrada-Gonzalez
Lecturer Faculty & Special Consultant, Early Childhood Studies
Cal State Channel Islands

Rachel Jones
Assistant Vice President – Information System Security Administrator
Community West Bank

Antonio Rodriguez
Staker|Johnson Law Corporation

Gabriela Rodriguez
Title V Grant Director – Proyecto Exito
Oxnard College

Vincent Stewart
Lockheed-Martin Corporation

Maria Thayer
Director […]

June 28, 2023|

Entering Scholarship Application Deadline is July 3

Students who are starting their college journeys at Oxnard College for the Fall 2023 semester are encouraged to apply for scholarships by the July 3 deadline. Application workshops are held every Friday, either in person, via Zoom, or in the Foundation office. Visit the Scholarship Calendar for details.

Below is a list of scholarship grants available to students entering Oxnard College for the first time.

Ben Secor Memorial Scholarship – perfect for Automotive Technology students
Cecilia Cabrera-Urango – perfect […]

June 15, 2023|

Suggested Summer Checklist

Now that the summer has begun, the OC Foundation recommends the following summertime activities.

  • Review scholarship applications for students seeking to continue their Oxnard College education during the upcoming school year. Easy sign up!
  • Visit the Marketplace, held every Sunday. The OC Community Marketplace features around 105 vendors offering a variety of household items, produce, and prepared meals.
  • Share a story about your Oxnard College experience. We’d love to learn how OC has impacted your […]
June 6, 2023|

Foundation Bulletin – June 2023

The June 2023 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following is featured in the bulletin:

  • Graduation festivities
  • Transfer and Scholarship Ceremony
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration
  • OC Family Fest Recap
  • Scholarship Deadline and Invitation
  • OC STEM Alumni of the Month
  • Alumni Network Invitation
  • Upcoming Events
  • Summer Checklist

Click to read the June Bulletin

June 5, 2023|

Evening of Athletic Recognition

The second annual OC Athletic Alumni Association Hall of Fame Banquet was another outstanding success. Organized by the OCAAA and the OC Foundation, the evening recognized noteworthy past Condor student athletes and program contributors.

Inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame were Randi Walters, who competed in soccer and softball, and Jeremiah Massey, who excelled in basketball. Both Condor alumni made inspiring remarks while accepting their Hall of Fame recognition.

A new award was presented Friday night to recognize […]

May 31, 2023|

Inspiring Upward Bound Graduation

The OC Foundation was pleased to attend last night’s TRIO Upward Bound Graduation.  The remarks made by incredible leaders and the involvement of loved ones during the graduation ceremony made for an inspiring celebration.

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. In particular, Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and […]

May 24, 2023|

An incredible Graduation

Commencement exercises for the 2023 Oxnard College class were outstanding. Hundreds of accomplished students celebrated their degree and certificate achievements in front of many family and friends at the OC Stadium.

The OC Foundation helped inspire the celebration by presenting each graduate with a commemorative medallion to be worn at Commencement. While students were receiving their medallions, they took their first step as alumni by signing up for the Oxnard College Alumni Network.

Joined by the OC STEM Alumni […]

May 22, 2023|

Gohlkes to receive Lifetime Condor Award

Bill and Debbie Gohlke will receive the inaugural Lifetime Condor Award to be presented at the OC Athletic Alumni Association Hall of Fame Banquet on May 26 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Conference Center.

There have been many achievements in Oxnard College Athletics over the years, but none greater than the contributions made by Bill and Deborah Gohlke. From their financial contributions to elevate the baseball, softball, and basketball teams, to their regular attendance at many […]

May 15, 2023|

Congratulations to the District’s newest student rep

Damaris Figueroa, the first student representative on the OC Foundation Board of Directors, was elected as the VCCCD’s Student Trustee for the 2023/2024 term.

We are extremely proud of Damaris, who’s been an active and vocal member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. There’s no doubt her leadership and passion will make a difference within the entire District.

Read more about Damaris

May 11, 2023|

Recent Condor Madness contest a success

The results are in! The recent NCAA Tournament bracket-buster event was a big success!

The OC Foundation teamed up with the OC Athletic Department to host a fun NCAA March Madness bracket competition. Twenty-five campus leaders, OC alumni, and community members selected their favorite teams to win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in a free and entertaining contest.

Condor Madness winners:
First Place: Aidan Lynch
Second Place: Lori Jay
Last Place: Brady Levenson

Aidan Lynch accepts his first place […]

May 9, 2023|

An incredible Family Fest

The 2nd Annual OC Family Fest was absolutely incredible!

Sponsored by the OC Foundation and coordinated by the OC Marketing and Public Relations Office, the event welcomed the combined OC campus and greater Oxnard community for a day of fun, activities, and enjoyment.

The Foundation table welcomed many OC alumni, who shared stories and signed up for the newly created OC Alumni Network.

Visitors also learned more about scholarships, donations, and other Foundation activities.

It was so much […]

May 8, 2023|

Transfer Center hosts inspiring ceremony

OC’s University Transfer Center hosted its annual Transfer Ceremony on Friday, May 5 to an auditorium full of administration, faculty, students, and families. The end of the year celebration recognized students for their academic performances noted their pursuits of further education. The event was co-sponsored by Proyecto Exito and the OC Foundation.

Attendees were inspired by remarks made by Letty Mojica, OC’s Transfer & Honors Counselor, and Oscar Cobian, OC’s Acting President. A highlight of the event was […]

May 6, 2023|

Foundation Bulletin – May 2023

The May 2023 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following is featured in the bulletin:

  • OC Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Invitation
  • Student Representative elected to VCCCD Trustees
  • Scholarships Notification and Invitation
  • OC Family Fest Reminder
  • Campus Celebrations
  • New Foundation Board member
  • OC STEM Alumni of the Month
  • Alumni Network Invitation
  • Upcoming Events

Click to read the May Bulletin

May 5, 2023|

A phenomenal night for SSS

The TRIO Student Support Services graduation was an extraordinary experience for Oxnard College, its TRIO SSS program, and the SSS graduates and their families. Sponsored by the OC Foundation, the graduation featured keynote presentations from:

  • Dr. Rick MacLennan – Ventura County Community College District’s Chancellor
  • Dr. Paloma Vargas – Oxnard College’s Dean of Math, Science, Health, Kinesiology, and Athletics
  • Joanna Arenas – OC TRIO Upward Bound and TRIO SSS alumnus

Everyone in attendance also observed a moving speech […]

May 4, 2023|

Find us at the Family Fest

In addition to sponsoring this Sunday’s Oxnard College Family Fest, your OC Foundation will feature at table at the event. The second annual event runs from 12pm to 4pm on the Oxnard College campus. And, while you’re at the big event, take advantage of the Community Marketplace!

We’re anticipating a large number of community members at the event. All Oxnard College past students are encouraged to visit the Foundation booth to sign up for our new OC Alumni […]

May 1, 2023|

There’s a lot happening in May

The campus will be buzzing with activities throughout the month of May. It’s all inspired by the end of spring semester. Hundreds of students will be celebrating their academic achievements, opening the doors to extraordinary education and career possibilities. You’re encouraged to visit campus to celebrate these outstanding accomplishments.

Make sure the following are featured on your calendars.

TRIO Student Support Services Graduation – May 3
OC STEM Recognition Ceremony – May 4
OC Transfer Ceremony (and Scholarship presentations) – May […]

April 28, 2023|

Foundation Board welcomes Joe Black

The OC Foundation welcomes Joe Black to its Board of Directors.

Joe is Co-Founder and President/CEO of JSL Technologies, Inc. He brings over 35 years of industry and military experience and has served in multiple profit and loss positions at the executive level.

Joe attended Oxnard College from 1979 to 1982 before transferring to California Coast University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations.

Joe’s reason for joining the board…
“I would like an opportunity to […]

April 10, 2023|

Foundation Bulletin – April 2023

The April 2023 Bulletin provides an update to recent and upcoming OC Foundation programs and activities. The following is featured in the bulletin:

  • Recent Foundation donor reception
  • Record number of scholarship applications
  • OC Family Fest scheduled
  • OC Athletic Alumni Association Hall of Fame announced
  • New OC Foundation board member
  • OC STEM Alumni of the Month

Click to read the April Bulletin

April 9, 2023|

First donor reception a success

The OC Foundation hosted its first donor reception in quite a while last night, in conjunction with the OC LIVE event. Foundation supporters gathered in the PAB Conference Center to enjoy camaraderie, local wine, and tasty finger snacks before watching Hermanos Herrera take the stage in its incredible performance.

The reception presented an opportunity to thank the Foundation’s financial supporters for their generous contributions. President’s Circle ($1,000 and up) and Condor Club (monthly giving donors) enjoyed the opportunity […]

March 24, 2023|

Join us at the Scholarship Reviewer Social

A core purpose of the OC Foundation is student success. The Foundation strives to inspire success in a variety of ways, the most prominent being its scholarship grants program.

A key component to awarding scholarship grants to deserving students is the review and selection process. It presents a golden opportunity for campus and community members to make an extraordinary difference in the lives and directions of Oxnard College students.

The Foundation is hosting a Scholarship Reviewer Social (and Training […]

March 17, 2023|

Play Condor Madness

The OC Athletic Alumni Association and OC Foundation are co-hosting a fun March Madness contest. It’s free of charge and open to the public.

We’re celebrating the Condor Spirit by playing along with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Prizes are non-monetary, awarded to the top and last finishers, and full of OC merchandise.

The tournament starts on March 14, but all brackets must be submitted by March 16. Create your Condor Madness bracket today! Click to Play Condor […]

March 9, 2023|

Scholarship endowment created for arts students

A named endowment was recently created to award scholarship grants to visual and performing arts transfer students.

The Brownlee Family established the Emmie Brownlee Scholarship in memory of their daughter, who was fascinated by and immersed in performing arts. The contribution serves as an incredible resource for students facing financial challenges when pursuing their educational dreams.

The first recipient of the Emmie Brownlee Scholarship grant was awarded last May.

Michelle Brownlee, Emmie’s sister, represented the family when she recently presented […]

March 8, 2023|

Foundation Bulletin – March 2023

The OC Foundation’s March Bulletin was distributed today. Released on our favorite day, Foundation Friday, the bulletin provides an update of recent activities and presents opportunities and future events.

You’ll find information regarding:

  • A new named endowment
  • Monthly giving benefits
  • Transfer scholarship deadlines
  • Foundation-sponsored events

Click to read the Foundation Bulletin

March 3, 2023|

Join us at the OC Career Fair on March 7

The OC Career Center is hosting its annual Spring Job Fair on Tuesday, March 7 from 10:00am-1:00pm in the Oxnard College Quad Area.

In partnership with the City of Oxnard, West Ventura County Business Alliance, and Oxnard College’s Proyecto Exito, the event is open to the entire community. The OC Foundation is proud to sponsor the event, as it provides Oxnard College students and our community’s job seekers the opportunity to meet over 45 organizations seeking new hires. Coffee […]

March 1, 2023|

Transfer Scholarship Deadlines are approaching!

Two deadlines for the OC Foundation Transfer Scholarship are quickly approaching.

Application Deadline – March 15
Students seeking financial support when they enroll as transfer students at four-year universities must apply by March 15. Apply before time runs out!
You’re encouraged to attend scholarship application workshops. The next takes place this Friday, March 3 at 12:30pm in OE-3. RSVP ASAP!

Scholarship Reviewer Deadline – March 24
Campus and community members interested in reviewing transfer scholarships must […]

February 27, 2023|

Monthly giving provides health benefits

Did you know the act of Giving has been scientifically proven to provide health benefits for those who contribute voluntarily and/or financially to their community? Yes – it’s true! And every good habit we adopt has a lasting impact on ourselves and our communities.

We’ve learned that there’s a chemical response in your body when you do something nice. As you make your contribution, your act of generosity triggers the following chemicals:

  • Serotonin, which regulates your mood;
  • Dopamine, […]
February 24, 2023|

ZUZU African Acrobats take the OC Live stage this Thursday!

In celebration of Black History Month, OC Live presents a spectacular evening of amazement on Thursday, February 23.

Join the OC Foundation and the entire Oxnard College community at the Performing Arts Building to witness an inspiring display of artistic movement and sound. The ZUZU Acrobats are a Tanzanian troupe who base their performances on 2000 years of history. They bring modern art, culture, and passion with them everywhere they go. ZUZU celebrates their niche culture of Dar […]

February 21, 2023|

Inaugural OC STEM Alumni event a success

It didn’t take long for the newly formed OC STEM Alumni Association to find success. Thanks to the vision and leadership of Marcella Klein-Williams and Christina Hanna, the Association’s young alumni leaders coordinated an informative and engaging initial event last night.

Several STEM alumni shared their latest successes with students, faculty, campus leaders in attendance at the on-campus event. Students gained first-hand knowledge of what it takes to complete educational journeys and transition into great careers. Alumni were […]

February 8, 2023|

Foundation Bulletin – February 2023

The OC Foundation’s February Bulletin was distributed today. Released on our favorite day, Foundation Friday, the bulletin provides an update of recent activities and presents opportunities and future events.

You’ll find information regarding:

  • An exciting major donation
  • Scholarship Application and Review opportunities
  • First ever STEM Alumni event
  • Condor Club info

If you did not receive the bulletin in your email inbox, click the “Join our email list” button at the top of the screen. Click to read the Foundation […]

February 3, 2023|

Ventura Townehouse invests in OC’s Culinary Arts

Strong corporate-to-college partnerships have the ability to change lives, impact businesses, and transform communities. A shining example is the relationship between Oxnard College’s Culinary Arts Program and Ventura Townehouse.

Ventura Townehouse, which is Ventura’s premier luxury resort living community, is home to an exceptional restaurant and dining program. It’s executive chef, Bryan Gross, initiated the relationship by reaching out to Adam Hart, professor of OC’s popular culinary program. It didn’t take long for its owner, Jay Isaacs, and […]

January 30, 2023|

Meet us at the Evening Resource Fair

We’re excited to participate in tomorrow’s Spring Evening Resource Fair, taking place at the Clocktower at 5:00pm.

The Resource Fair presents a golden opportunity for students to learn about vital campus programs available to them. Each provide services and resources to help maximize their educational journey.

The OC Foundation will share important scholarship information. Be sure to ask us about our new scholarship application and tips to writing compelling applications.

January 24, 2023|

OC STEM Alumni Association to host inaugural event

Update your calendar and be sure to attend the OC STEM Alumni Association’s first-ever event on February 7 at 6pm in AA 101.

Directors of the newly formed OCSAA invite past and current students, faculty, admin, and the community to gather for an informal, yet informational evening. Student groups and campus programs will promote their offerings, while attendees can visit with one another and enjoy food and beverage.

RSVP Today!

January 23, 2023|

Scholarship workshops begin today

The Spring schedule of workshops for scholarship applicants begins today at 12pm.

Anyone seeking a scholarship for the 2023/2024 school year is welcome to join the one hour Zoom session.

The workshop will…

  • Introduce students to the OC Foundation Scholarship Grant program
  • Guide students through the application process
  • Provide tips on making applications appealing to selection committees

Gain login access to the Zoom workshop by completing this form:

For all scholarship grant information, go to

January 13, 2023|

Foundation turns 40 years young

The Oxnard College Foundation was established in January 1983 by a group of committed campus and community leaders who shared a strong passion for supporting the growth of Oxnard College and the success of its students.

In honor of the impact created by the Foundation over the past 40 years, we’ll celebrate the milestone throughout the 2023 calendar year. You’ll see the return of past programs, recognition of alumni and campus leaders, establishment of new opportunities, and much […]

January 9, 2023|

Read the First Foundation Bulletin

The OC Foundation distributed its first-ever e-bulletin today. Click here or the image to access its stories.

The first story is the announcement of the Foundation’s birthday, which is tomorrow, January 7. The OC Foundation turns 40 years old.

Additional stories provide information about:

  • Scholarships
  • Community Marketplace
  • Foundation’s new Executive Director

If you did not receive the bulletin in your email inbox, click the “Join our email list” button at the top of the screen.

January 6, 2023|

You can make a difference!

The calendar year is quickly coming to a close, but it’s not too late to make a difference  at Oxnard College.

Students are preparing for another vigorous semester, which begins on January 6th. With your support, they’ll gain an extra advantage when focusing on their education.

Unless you choose otherwise, we’re encouraging all donors to select the Oxnard College Student Support Fund – Phil Greene Memorial for their year end contributions. […]

December 26, 2022|

Santa delivers toys at the Marketplace

The final Marketplace of the year was its largest, as Santa and the Grinch teamed up to celebrate the Holidays for the local community. Thanks to generous donors, especially Juarez Tacos and Radio Lazer, over 1,000 children received toys at today’s Marketplace.

The biggest shopping day also featured fun games and live entertainment.

As we close the calendar year, we thank each Community Marketplace vendor for helping Oxnard College students pursue their educational and career dreams through scholarships and […]

December 18, 2022|

Battalion 58 cadets earn scholarships

Today marked an incredible day for the OC Foundation. The OC Fire Academy’s Battalion 58 convened at the Performing Arts Building for graduation in front of a full auditorium.

Following the hour-long and impressive video, the cadets were honored in a number of ways. The Foundation had the privilege of awarding scholarship grants, based on completed applications. Ten cadets received a total of $18,000 in financial support.

Congratulations to the recipients and […]

December 16, 2022|

OC Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations being accepted

Nominate an outstanding former Condor to the Oxnard College Athletic Alumni Association Hall of Fame.

The 2nd Annual OCAAA Hall of Fame Banquet is scheduled for May 26 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Conference Center.

Complete the OCAAA Hall of Fame Nomination Form by the end of the year.

December 12, 2022|

Celebrating the State Champs

The Oxnard College Men’s soccer team won the California State Championship Title in a match against defending champions Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) on Sunday with a final score of 2-1. The competition was held by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and hosted by American River College in Sacramento. Oxnard College last appeared in the state championship in 2015 when its Condors defeated Evergreen Valley College […]

December 9, 2022|

Our Giving Tuesday Drive

Giving Tuesday, a national one-day celebration of charitable giving, arrives onto the Oxnard College campus on Tuesday, November 29. Alumni, staff, faculty, and members of the greater community are invited to make a difference through a contribution to the OC Foundation. The end recipients of the day’s generosity are students who are in dire need of financial assistance.

The Oxnard College Foundation’s highest priority is to ensure students’ needs […]

November 28, 2022|

We Appreciate our Marketplace Vendors

Yesterday’s Community Marketplace was simply incredible. The OC Foundation is incredibly thankful for the vendors who participate in the weekly Marketplace. As a small token of our appreciation, OC Foundation staff and board members, as well as leaders from the OC Associated Student Government visited each vendor. In saying thank you for their participation, we handed out boxes containing breakfast and items provided by vendors and local small businesses. It was a great opportunity for students to […]

November 21, 2022|

Spreading Thanks at Sunday’s Marketplace

The OC Foundation is excited to spend the day recognizing the vendors and patrons who make the weekly Oxnard College Community Marketplace so special.

We’re thankful for our vendors and will remind them that, through their vendor fees, they’re changing the lives of students through scholarship grants. These awards enable students to pursue and achieve their educational and career goals. The Marketplace is linked to hundreds of success stories achieved by past and current students.

The day will begin […]

November 16, 2022|

Light recognized as Who’s Who

We’re excited to announce that Jon Light, a member of the OC Foundation Board of Directors, was named as a Who’s Who in Professional Services by the Pacific Coast Business Times.

Currently in his third year of leadership on the Foundation Board, Jon is the chair of the Public Relations Committee.

Here’s how the Pacific Coast Business Times described Jon in its October 28, 2022 issue:

Jonathan Light is the managing attorney […]

November 14, 2022|

Rams earn a win at Oxnard College

The LA Rams visited Oxnard College yesterday to earn another victory. Led by its Head of Employee Experience, Oracio Galindo, the national championship franchise created an indelible impact on the College and its students during First Generation College Day.

Hosted by the Oxnard College Career Center, Galindo participated in a Question/Answer exchange with Director of Athletics, Jonas Crawford. The two of them delivered an awe-aspiring dialogue, where Oracio described his educational and career journeys, provided a detailed overview […]

November 9, 2022|

Creating the OC Alumni Network

For nearly 50 years, Oxnard College has been an incubator of professional, civic, community, and family vibrance. As the school nears its 50th anniversary in 2025, the OC Foundation is creating the Oxnard College Alumni Network.

We’ve forming an opportunity for all past Oxnard College students to recapture fond memories, reconnect with fellow alumni, share advice and mentor students, and contribute to the vibrancy of this great institution. As the Foundation manages the Alumni Network, the entire initiative […]

November 8, 2022|

LA Rams to talk Careers with OC students

Representatives from NFL Champions, the LA Rams, are visiting with Oxnard College students tomorrow, November 8 in the Performing Arts Building. Students will learn about internships and career possibilities with the LA Rams and professional sports.

The OC Foundation is pleased to sponsor the event, which provides an opportunity for students to network with professionals, recognize the transferability of their skills into sports management, and celebrate the LA Rams.

While it may […]

November 7, 2022|

Dia de los Muertos at Oxnard College

An incredible event celebrating Dia de los Muertos was held on the Oxnard College campus on Friday, October 28. Thanks to a collaborative planning effort between Oxnard College, El Rio School District, Inlakech Cultural Arts Center, Santa Paula Unified School District, and CA Poets in the Schools, the event attracted hundreds of community members. The OC Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor this event with FOMAT Medical Research, Port of Hueneme, Ruby’s Mexican Restaurant, La Tolteca Tortilla Company, […]

November 1, 2022|

Foundation Volunteer Opportunity – Review Scholarships

The 2023/2024 scholarship grants application period officially started on October 3, the earliest in Foundation history. This and other improvements made to the OCF scholarship program are expected to significantly increase the number of applicants. This is tremendous news for students and it creates a golden opportunity to increase our pool of scholarship grant application reviewers.

The OC Foundation is actively recruiting volunteers to participate in the scholarship grant review and selection process. Each reviewer can expect to […]

October 26, 2022|

Treats Galore at the Marketplace

Sunday’s Marketplace was an extraordinary event, full of treats for the entire community. For the first time since before the pandemic, the Oxnard College Community Marketplace hosted a special event during its regular Sunday program.

Thanks to our friends at Radio Lazer, outstanding student volunteers from the Automotive Technology and Dental Hygiene programs, and incredible staff members, the Marketplace entertained a large crowd of community members. Vendors welcomed children with big smiles and hands full of tasty treats. […]

October 24, 2022|

Support OC Condor Athletics

The OC Foundation is teaming up with OC Athletics to raise money for the competitive Condor athletic teams.

Each team raises money every year to cover costs which extend beyond the annual budget. Items such as jerseys, team equipment, educational resources, coaching, and unscheduled travel impact a team’s ability to participate in events and, in some cases, achieve success.

The Foundation is managing a crowdfunding platform which the student-athletes are using to invite family, friends, and other community members […]

October 19, 2022|

Trick or Treat at the Marketplace

The Oxnard College Foundation is hosting a safe trick-or-treating family event day where children from our community this Sunday, October 23. Kids will be able to trick-or-treat while their parents shop at our amazing vendor booths. Fun carnival-style activities will be available throughout the day, including face painting, balloon artist, and more.

The Marketplace opens at 8:00am. Our friends from Radio Lazer will join us around 11am, when they’ll make frequent announcements and live interviews. They’ll help line […]

October 18, 2022|

Women’s Soccer Kicks for Cancer Game on Oct. 14

The Women’s Soccer Team is dressing up in pink for its home soccer game on Friday, October 14 against Allan Hancock at Condor Stadium.

The community is invited to watch the Lady Condors and wear pink, as well. The team is spreading awareness about breast cancer, encouraging everyone to get screened.

Special “Kicks for Cancer” t-shirts are available for $20. If you’re interested in purchasing a shirt, make an online […]

October 10, 2022|

Santa to the Sea Race Offer

The OC Foundation received a special offer from Santa to the Sea, which funds a significant number of scholarships to Oxnard College students every year.

Santa to the Sea is celebrating its 15th Annual Run. This event started in 2003 as a toy drive to celebrate the relocation of the world’s largest Santa Claus from Carpentaria to Oxnard. Since then it’s grown into a robust running event, toy drive, and community fundraiser. Santa to the Sea includes a […]

October 7, 2022|

Initial scholarship workshop on October 14

The Oxnard College Foundation is hosting a workshop to describe changes to the 2022/2023 OCF Scholarship Application. The one hour session will take place on October 14 at 11:00am in LLRC 101.

All are welcome.

Learn more about the OC Foundation scholarship program at

The Foundation will be collaborating with different departments and organizations on campus to offer in-person and Zoom workshops throughout the application season. Workshop information and OC Foundation Fridays via Zoom will be posted shortly […]

October 6, 2022|

Scholarship Application period begins

Scholarship applications for the 2023/2024 school year are open. If you’re planning to start your education at Oxnard College, continue or return to OC, or set to transfer, the OC Foundation offers scholarships to help you achieve your educational goals. Learn about the many available scholarships by visiting our Scholarships webpage. In addition to the long list, you’ll gain access to key resources and tips to earning scholarships.

Apply for scholarships on our NextGen Scholarship portal.

October 4, 2022|

Welcome to the OCF website!

Welcome to the new Oxnard College Foundation website.

We’ve enjoyed our presence on the website for years, but have outgrown our presence. A standalone website allows us to be creative with how we share information, promote opportunities and achievements, and inspire engagement.

The website is designed by Moni Design, a local web, graphic design, and internet marketing agency. We worked closely with Monika, who guided us through an efficient process to illustrate the Foundation’s […]

September 26, 2022|
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