How to Apply

Become a part of a diverse network of leaders working to make Ventura County even better.


The application process for the 2018/2019 Ventura County Leadership Academy (Cohort XXIV) is now open. Applications are due by May 18th.

The 2018 process for application and preparation for the Ventura County Leadership Academy is as follows:

  • Submit your application by May 18, 2018 including the $25 application fee.  Application should be made using the online form - a PDF of the application can be downloaded and viewed for content but please use the online form to apply.
  • You will be contacted, and an interview will be scheduled before June 30, 2018
  • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by early July, 2018.
  • Upon acceptance, applicants are expected to schedule their own immersion activity within a Ventura County community. It is most often a ride-along with a local police department or fire department, but participants are encouraged to think outside the box. It is highly encouraged that immersion activities take place prior to the start of the cohort year; it is required that it is completed by graduation.

2018-2019 Cohort XXIV Curriculum Dates


Cohort Mixer - September 6, 2018 (Thur. Evening)

First Session - September 14, 2018

Second Session - October 12, 2018

Third Session - November 16, 2018

Fourth Session - December 7, 2018

Fifth Session - January 11, 2019

Sixth Session - February 8, 2019

Seventh Session - Sacramento - February 24-26, 2019 (Sun-Tue)

Eighth Session - March 22, 2019

Ninth Session - April 12, 2019

Tenth Session - May 10, 2019

Graduation - May 23, 2019 (Thu - Evening)






Curriculum subjects include, but are not limited to: public safety, social services & healthcare, local government & the legislative process, education, transportation, housing, water & agriculture, economics, and arts and culture.

email: info@VCLeadership.org
phone: 805-665-3504