About Venice Skills Center


Low-Cost Job Training in West Los Angeles. High School Diploma. English Classes.

We are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Division of Adult and Career Education. We have two main campuses, Venice Skills Center and Emerson Campus as well as additional campuses across West Los Angeles. We offer low-cost classes in the following areas:

CTE (Career Technical Eduction) courses designed for those who want to upgrade their job skills or train for a new career. Our CTE courses are aligned with the State of California’s CTE Industry Sectors.

Adult Secondary Education / High School Diploma: classes designed for individuals who want to earn their high school diploma, study for the High School Equivalency Exam or earn high school credits. Our Parent Ed classes enable students to learn parenting skills as well as earn high school credits. Concurrently enrolled high school students do not pay enrollment fees.

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes designed for people who are new to speaking English or who want to improve their English speaking skills.

Many of our classes offer open enrollment which means you can start anytime during the semester.

We are open Monday through Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Thank you for visiting our site. If you would like more information or have any questions, please give us a call at 310-664-5888.


Venice Skills Center Administration       

Principal Dr. Clifton de Cordoba
Assistant Principal, Operations Mark Washington
Assistant Principal, Operations Tom Hunt
Assistant Principal,
Adult Counseling Service
Cynthia Oliva
Assistant Principal,
Adult Counseling Service
Teacher Counselor Erika Zavala

Our Background
Venice Skills Center opened in 1968 as a vocational training program to serve adults and youth in Venice. The Center moved to its present site at 611 Fifth Avenue in May of 1968. Although always under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Venice Skills Center was funded by the Manpower Development Training Act (MDTA) from 1968 through 1974 and partially subsidized by the Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) from 1975 – 1982.
1987 brought full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. A major renovation in 2007-08 resulted in the campus as it looks today.

Venice Skills Center  |  611 Fifth Avenue, Venice, CA 90291    |    voice: 310-664-5888  fax: 310-392-3461    |

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