Ventura College is a great pick! Its local, not too big, not too small, and offers a very wide range of classes to incoming students of all standings. I enjoyed their Holistic Health programs, which were fun to take while I was earning my AA in Math and Science in my path to PreMed. I would happily go to this school again for its ease of enrollment, and its close proximity--but I would change a few things too. Their parking is horrible, expect and accept that and life will become much easier. Though i live 5 minutes away, I often leave the house up to half an hour early so I can park down the road and walk to my classes. Thankfully, the college is located in a nice area, and I haven't had to worry about an extra 10 or 15 minute walk. I would also strongly encourage any student who is planning to transfer like I am: TALK TO THE TRANSFER CENTER ON CAMPUS! But like Regan says, "Trust but verify". They the councilors will lead many astray; do your own research. Talking to them is helpful, but do not rely on them to get to your dream college.