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Ventura County Community College DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 1

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Dina Pielaet

10,148 votes (18.66%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Programs through Policy and Strategies that provide QUALITY OF LIFE for students and staff, because quality of life through higher education helps our community to thrive.
  • Local Industry and Cultural Partnerships to create programs that teach relevant employable skills for Immediate job placement making a fair living wage.
  • Flexibility and support that meet the needs of working families, Veterans, Life Long Learners.: Enhanced on-line interactive programs, Expanded evening classes, Supplemented childcare



Profession:Business Owner, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Artist
Owner, Chief Creative Officer, 451 Media (1997–current)
Film maker, Owner, RISE studio 35 (2015–current)
End of Life Doula, EOLA: End of Life Academy (2010–current)
Marketing Specialist, Ventura County Community College District (2010–2018)
Publisher, Ventura Life Magazine (2001–2010)

Community Activities

Foundation Director, Compass Ventura County (2016–current)
Board Member, District Industry Advisory Board (2018–current)
Founder, Volunteer, End Of Life Doula, End Of Life Academy (EOLA) (2010–current)


I have 12 brothers and sisters. In 1973 my parents moved us to California. They wanted us to have a higher education. In California, junior college was free. We made our way across the continent before finally landing in a faraway place called Simi Valley. Community College transformed my life before I ever stepped foot in one. That’s what our Community Colleges SHOULD do.Transform lives.



For 24 years now, Ventura is my home. Business owner, publisher of Ventura Life Magazine, winner of the Mayor’s Arts award, I am also an activist for the greater good. I have worked for VCCCD for over a decade. I helped to launch the Ventura promise; free college for 1st year students, and worked with the Ventura College Foundation. I wrote and implemented a marketing strategies plan where none existed, designed to increase student enrollment and success. I participated in policy and strategy development for all 3 colleges, while serving on numerous district and community councils and committees.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • College District Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni

Organizations (2)

  • Educational Workers United SEIU 99
  • Equality California

Individuals (1)

  • Community, Education and Political Leaders

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am NOT a candidate of politics. I am a candidate of people. I want our Colleges to be TRUE portals of success for students of all ages, all walks of life.


As am a woman with the widest range of direct experience in working with the VC Community College District and colleges; Ventura, Oxnard, Moorpark & Santa Paula, I want to be your Area 1 College Trustee. For me, this is not a stepping-stone. I am dedicated to the FUTURE of the people I serve. 


I want to be an agent for change in my community, helping to shape a better future in higher education with compassion, creativity, real-life experience and common sense. My goals are simple; Through policy and strategies, I want programs that provide QUALITY OF LIFE to students and staff. Quality of life through higher education means an entire community that thrives.



Everyone deserves to thrive ­– Students, staff, and our community. As a college trustee, I want quality of life for all.

Position Papers

Quality of Life for students, staff, community


Many people have asked me “Why do you want to be a trustee?” “How can you make a difference?” Let me start by telling you about my PERMA. Think of this as my education/institution philosophy:

Positivity: Create a positive environment that includes satisfaction, pride and awe, among students and staff. These emotions are a connection to positive outcomes; Students accomplish their academic goals and staff thrives.


Engagement: Building on one’s interests leads to a sense of fulfillment and clarity. Keeping students and staff engaged in the things they are passionate about leads to creative and collective outcomes. It is the essence of critical thinking and a true sense of self.


Relationships: Every voice matters. It is the essence of collegiality. Receiving, sharing, and spreading positivity to others is strengthened by communicating to one another positively. Collegiality is the essence of student success and staff well-being.


Meaning: Having a clear “why” puts everything into context. Working with meaning drives people to strive for desirable goals. Students want their education to have meaning. Staff want their work-life to have meaning. We must always ask ourselves “does this decision give our students and staff meaning and quality of life?”


Accomplishment: In the pursuit of success, accomplishments activate pride and positive emotion. Whether individual or community-based, positive results mean quality of life. It is the finale and the start of something new; graduation, promotion, sustainability, partnership, a thriving community!



  • FastTrack Programs so Degree earners, skill seekers finish sooner
  • Class flexibility and more support for working students
  • Supplemented childcare for students with kids
  • Better pathways for veterans
  • Enhanced on-line interactive programs
  • Local industry partnerships creating skillsets for relevant jobs
  • Inter-generational programs for Seniors & life long learners
  • Mobile educational outreach centers in marginalized communities
  • Professional development guiding women to leadership roles
  • Campus and neighborhood safety!
  • One health benefit for all
  • Green Energy Practices Districtwide
  • Expanded College Campus in Santa Paula
  • Fiscal accountability

Videos (1)

— October 29, 2018 The Community Advocate

An Interview addressing Dina Pielaet's issues on Quality of Life through Higher Education

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