A community college on the South Coast has received one of the largest gifts ever given to a community college in the state.
The estate of a Ventura County woman has given Ventura College $12 million dollars. Miriam Schwab was a local philanthropist who passed away last December, at the age of 89. She was a longtime Ventura College supporter.
Schwab loved music, and played violin with the Ventura College Symphony for more than a decade. Most of the money given to the Ventura College Foundation will be used for music programs, including establishment of a year round symphony orchestra, and creation of a summer music institute. The bequest also includes $1.8 million dollars for the college’s aquatic programs.