Beautiful Ventura County offers a stunning 42 miles of coastline and the Los Padres National Forest, which accounts for 46 percent of the county's land mass in the northern portion of the county. Fertile valleys in the southern half of the county make Ventura County a leading agricultural producer. Together, farming and the Los Padres National Forest occupy half of the county's 1.2 million acres.
A mild year-round climate, along with scenic geography make the area attractive to the 850,000 culturally and ethnically diverse people who call Ventura County home. The unincorportated areas, along with the ten incorporated cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and San Buenaventura (Ventura) ranks Ventura as the 11th most populous county in the State.
Ventura County has a strong economic base that includes major industries such as manufacturing, biotechnology, agrigculture, advacned technologies, oil production, military testing and development, and tourism.
Home to two universities (California State University Channel Islands and Californian Lutheran University), and three Community Colleges (Oxnard, Ventura, and Moorpark), multiple university extensions, institutes, and adult schools, the county enjoys a strong structure for workplace development.
Aside from our pledge to cooperate with local colleges to hire graduates straight out of training programs and get students working, here at Advanced Structural Technologies we also take pride in our Community Involvement Program.
With a commitment to improving the quality of life for our workforce and their families, as well as that of the local community, AST participates in our community in the following ways:
1. Support Local Organizations
AST continues to support The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Contributions made by AST and other local businesses help fund programs that directly benefit local children and their families. AST was also recently invited to attend the 9th Annual “It Just Takes One” Breakfast hosted by The Boys and Girls Clubs.
2. Adopt a Family Program for the Holiday Season
AST sponsors both a workplace family and a local community family during the Holiday Season by providing food and gifts for their families. This program aims to brighten the Holiday Season for families in need or crisis.
3. Adopt a Family Program
AST, on a bi-monthly basis, selects two families from the current workforce as well as a family in need from the local community to be included in the “Adopt a Family Program”. These needy families receive donations of food, clothes and other goods that are collected by AST during the course of the year. In addition to the donations, raffles are held periodically on larger items such as appliances, grills, or large outdoor toys that are donated to the program.
4. Recycling Programs
AST has taken on a number of initiatives to minimize disruption to the environment. They include minimizing the amount of unnecessary printing, using a recycling service for all office related items and disposing of broken or surplus electronics in an environmentally friendly manner. In addition, AST takes care to recycle all scrap aluminum and has replaced all of its office and shop lighting to more environmentally friendly products. We recognize the vital nature of responsibly eeking out our world's natural resources and taking care to make sure that everything that is reusable is recycled.