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A popular weekend farmer’s market on the South Coast has been closed until further notice because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Ventura College Foundation Marketplace usually attracts thousands of visitors, and hundreds of vendors on Saturdays and Sundays.

Three South Coast colleges are taking a step toward going green, with a new effort from the Ventura County Community College District.

Ventura, Moorpark, and Oxnard college comprise the VCCCD, and the three schools will start construction on new solar-covered parking next year.

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.

She was an Oxnard teen with a simple dream: To go to college. But, fate would put Clarissa Swallows plan on hold for decades. It got worse, with her father developing prostate cancer, and her mother breast cancer. Even though she was an honors student, she dropped out of high school to take care of her ill parent, a move that ultimately sidetracked her college ambitions until now, some two decade later. A unique Ventura College scholarship program is helping her get her degree.

The College Promise Program, which pays tuition and books fees for some students for two years, will continue at Santa Barbara City College this semester.

To qualify for the program, the students must  be local highschool graduates who finished school within a year,  and they must attend college full-time.

Jose Razo of Oxnard has a dream for his family. He wants a better life for his five kids. Razo works overnights in a warehouse, in fact, close to 60 hours a week to support his family. Now, on top of that, the 32 year old man is taking college classes five hours a day.

Razo is one of more than two dozen Ventura College students in a new program giving them training to work in a field where there are wide open jobs which can’t be filled because there aren’t enough qualified candidates.

Thousands of people were on hand for a speech by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on the South Coast this afternoon, where he talked about issues ranging from education to health care.

Sanders started his more than hour-long speech at Ventura College with a bombshell, saying that Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has agreed to debate him.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is bringing his campaign to the South Coast, as he tries to drum up votes for the June 7th primary.

Sanders is planning to speak at Ventura College on Thursday.

The exact timing of his appearance hasn’t been announced, but his campaign’s website says gates to the outdoor event would open at 10 a.m.

The event is free, but it’s recommended that people RSVP through the official website.