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ONLINE CAMPUS SERVICES

LAVC is now offering a menu of online/remote campus services as well as online academic support to you so you can stay on top of ypur educational goals. From counseling and special programs to tutoring and library services, we’re here and ready to help you online!

Read more about our online campus services and academic support programs.


HOW TO FIND INSTRUCTOR EMAILS ON SIS SEARCH FOR CLASSES PAGE

The LACCD Student Information System (SIS) features a new way for you to contact an instructor directly with class questions or to request a permission number for a closed class. 

You can now send an instructor an email using Outlook or the email applications that you are currently using through the "Search for Classes" page in your Student Portal.

Follow the steps below to access the instructor email hyperlink:

STEP #1

Log on to MyCollege.laccd.edu and click on the “Manage Classes” tile.

Manage Classes Tile screenshot

STEP #2

Click “Class Search ad Enroll” on the left side menu and select the term they want to search for classes.

Class search and Enroll Screenshot

STEP #3

Search for Classes by entering keyword, e.g. course, subject, class number

Search for Classes screenshot

STEP #4

Click on the Class hyperlink for course details.

Click on Class hyperline screenshot

STEP #5

Click on the “Meeting Information” tab followed by the Instructor’s Name

Meeting Information Tab screenshot

STEP # 6

Outlook or other user email application will open with instructor’s email address displayed on the “TO” field. Compose communication and click send.

Send Email to Instructor Screenshot

 


BASIC NEEDS RESOURCES

Updated 9/8/20

We know that some of you may be struggling or facing difficulties as Stay at Home restrictions in our region continue.

In an effort to help connect our students with local resources, LAVC has complied a list of basic need resources that is available in the area. Please select from the menu of links below to learn more:


FOOD RESOURCES

LA Food Bank Pantry Locator

To find a local food pantry in your area, visit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Pantry Locator webpage.
 

Local Food Pantry/Resources 
(Updated 9/8/20)

The CalWORKs/LAVC Helping Hands Project has compiled a list of local food banks:

  • Salvation Army San Fernando Valley Corps
    14917 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys CA 91411
    Phone: 818.781.5739
    Hours: Thursday 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
     
  • SOVA Community Food and Resource Program
    16439 Vanowen Street Van Nuys CA 91406
    Phone: 818.988.7682
    Hours: Thursday 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM 

  • North Valley Caring Services
    15453 Rayen Street, North Hills CA 91343
    Phone: 818.891.0481
    Hours: Thursday 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
     
  • SOVA Community Food and Resource Program
    6605 Odessa Avenue Van Nuys CA 91406
    Phone: 818.988.7682
    Hours: Thursday 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM 

  • Valley Beth Shalom
    15739 Ventura Blvd Encino CA 91436
    Phone: 818-788-6000
    Hours: Thursday, 10 AM-2:00 PM

  • Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
    7400 Tujunga Dr North Hollywood CA 91605
    Phone: 818.901.9480
    Hours: Thursday 11:00 AM -1:00 PM

For the more information, visit the LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry webpage
 

California Meals for Kids Mobile App

The CA Meals for Kids mobile application helps you find nearby California Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs Sites. For more information, visit the California Department of Education CA Meals for Kids Mobile Application webpage.


FOOD INSECURITY SCHOLARSHIP

LACCD Foundation Food Insecurity Scholarship -
Kroger/Ralph’s/Food for Less Gift Cards for LACCD Students

If you are experiencing food insecurities that compromise your ability to continue your studies or successfully engage in classes, you can apply for a "Food Insecurities Scholarship" to receive a $50 Kroger/Ralphs/Food for Less gift card. 

  1. To apply, go to the Food Insecurites Scholarship link.
  2. Complete the online Food Insecurities Application and submit.
  3. If selected, you will be notified by a scholarship administrator. 
  4. Scholarship recipients will need to accept/decline the award online, and complete a thank you letter to the donor.

HOUSING / SHELTER RESOURCES

COVID-19 Renter Protections Information

Information on COVID-19 Renter Protections from evictions and rent increases is available at the Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department Covid-19 Renter Protections webpage.
 

Homeless Services

  • LA Family Housing
    7843 Lankershim Blvd
    North Hollywood, CA 91605
    (818) 982-4091
    Hours: 8am-5pm
     
  • Burbank Temporary Aid Center
    1304 W Burbank Blvd
    Burbank, CA 91506
    (818) 848-2822
    Hours: 9am-12noon,1:30-5pm
     

Campus Peer Navigator Program

Community college students (ages 18-25) experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness can contact the Campus Peer Navigator Program for resources. Download the Campus Peer Navigator Program Flyer [PDF]

Referral services are also available for students 25 years and older. 

Contact:
Brigette Zarazua Quintero, Campus Peer Navigator 
The Village Family Services
818.755.8786 
Email Brigette Zarazua
 

Continuum of Care / Point of Contact for Unhoused Individuals

Individuals experiencing homelessness can find the point of contact for unhoused individuals by viewing the State of California Continuum of Care List [PDF]. 

Contacts:
Elsa Fraire Contreras, 213-233-4761, efcontreras@lahsa.org 
Peter Lynn, 213-683-3333, plynn@lahsa.org
 

Los Angeles Room & Board Pilot Program

Current low-income LACCD students who are experiencing homelessness can apply for the Los Angeles Room & Board (LARNB) Pilot Program, which will provide with transitional housing, meals and other student support services in a large, single dwelling building in Westwood, near UCLA. Due to COVID-19, the program will start now with only about 35 students. 

Students interested in the program are encouraged to fill out the LARNB Opportunity House application


SHOWERS & HYGIENE SERVICES

Expanded Hygiene Services for People Experiencing Homelessness in Los Angeles

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and County of Los Angeles have deployed expanded hygiene services to better support our unsheltered neighbors.

For a link of these services and a guide to proper handwashing written by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, download the Expanded Hygiene Services for People Experiencing Homelessness in Los Angeles Guide [PDF].


MEDICAL/HEALTH & TESTING RESOURCES

LAVC Student Health Center & Psychological Services

The LA Valley College Student Health Center is available to help you with medical services via telephone at (818) 763-8836, press option #4, or visit the Valley Community Healthcare's Patient Services webpage.
 

COVID-19 Medi-Nurse Line

California has launched an advice line that can connect you with a nurse (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to talk about COVID-19 symptoms and help connect you with local resources in your area. Call the COVID-19 Medi-Nurse Line at 1-877-409-9052.
 

Free COVID-19 Testing for LA County Residents

Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles offers COVID-19 testing all Los Angeles County residents. For COVID-19 testing information, go to coronavirus.lacity.org/Testing.
 

Substance Abuse Helpline

People struggling with substance abuse can reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline:

SAMHSA Distress Helpline
Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
Text: TalkWithUs to 66746
TTY: 1-800-846-8517


MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

LA County Mental Health Access Line

If you are feeling stressed, d​expressed, or anxious and need to talk with someone ​contact @lacdmh

LA County Dept. of Mental Health 24/7
Access Line: 1-800-854-7771
Text: "LA" to 741741
 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. Call 800-273-8255 or text “Hope” to 916-668-ICAN).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline (4/9/2020): Access 24/7 video relay service by dialing 1-800-273-8255 (TTY 1-800-799-4889).
 

Emotional & Community Support Resources

LAVC Student Health Center's Psychological Services

The LA Valley College Student Health Center is available to you 5 days a week via telephone to handle all of your mental health needs. Therapists are available for phone sessions if you are finding yourself upset, depressed, worried, scared, or anxious about the current pandemic, or any other stress in your life.

Call Valley Community Healthcare at (818) 763-8836, press option #4, to speak with a case manager dial extension 1455, or visit the Valley Community Healthcare's Patient Services webpage.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES

LAVC Domestic Violence Resource

LAVC has certified staff who are available to talk with students who are experiencing domestic violence to provide resources and support. 

Contact:
Ellie Rabani
email Ellie Rabini
 

National Domestic Violence Hotline

If you or a loved one are in need of support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 anytime, 24/7, for free and confidential support. You are not alone.
 

LA City Text - 911 

Mobile users in LA now have the ability to send text messages to 911, giving hearing and speech impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 911, a potentially life-saving option.
 

Domestic Violence Shelter

If you need to locate a Domestic Violence Shelter, please call the DV Hotline at (800) 978-3600 or through 2-1-1.


IMMIGRATION RESOURCES

CHIRLA is offering one-on-one appointments every other Friday through a virtual platform for our students, faculty and staff who need legal immigration services. For more information, visit the LAVC Dream Resource Center webpage.


UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Angelenos

If you were laid off, furloughed or had your hours reduced, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits from the State of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). These benefits are available for all CA residents who have authorization to work in the U.S. and meet other eligibility requirements. Other unemployment benefits are available for self-employed and "gig" workers. Download the Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Angelenos Guide [PDF]
 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

If you are out of work or had your hours reduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits from the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. This benefit is for gig workers, freelancers, the self-employed, business owners, individuals with limited work history and others not usually eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. The assistance is distributed by California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) and is available to all eligible CA residents who have authorization to work in the U.S. Download the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide [PDF].


ONLINE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES & RESOURCES

LAVC Library

The LAVC Library is offering students online access to research materials including ebooks, articles, movies, tutorials, and more. In addition, librarians are available via email Monday–Friday (during operating hours) and 24/7 via real-time chat to help you find what they need. For the latest information on Library services and hours, visit the Library’s COVID-19 webpage
 

LAVC Academic Resource Center's Online Tutoring

The LAVC Academic Resource Center is offering free online tutoring through NetTutor on Canvas or the SIS portal. It is also offering remote academic support tutoring services are available by the Academic Resource Center (ARC) through Canvas and Zoom. For self-instructional resources and updates, visit the LAVC Academic Resource Center webpage
 

LA County Library Access from Home

The LA County Library Access from Home program has many digital resources you can access 24/7, no matter where you are. All you need is your library card number and PIN.


LOW-COST INTERNET OPTIONS

As the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) LACCD continues to offer the majority of courses remotely in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Internet access will be required for participation in many class activities. Several organizations provide low-cost Internet access to students. As a courtesy, contact information for several providers is provided below for your consideration. 

Download the Low-cost Internet Options for Students Guide [PDF].


LAPTOP/TABLET, TECHNOLOGY & BASIC NEEDS GRANTS

LA Valley College will provide grants to students with identified financial needs that compromise their ability to continue their studies or successfully engage in their classes.

Grant awards (up to $500) are one-time only and will be determined on a need basis. Eligibility will be determined using the following criteria:

  • LAVC is your home campus,
  • Be enrolled in six units or more, and
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Student can apply for both of the awards noted below. A panel will review your application and will determine eligibility. You will be notified of your award via email.

The following are the two award application process:
 

Laptop/Tablet Award

Applications review will start on August 31, 2020 and awardees will be notified starting September 8, 2020.

To apply:

  1. Go to the SIS Student Portal (mycollege.laccd.edu),
  2. Navigate to Key Links & Help Tile,
  3. Proceed to the Scholarship link to the Student Login button.
     

Technology Grant Award (Hot Spot or Internet Service) or Emergency Basic Needs Grant Award 

Applications review will start on August 31, 2020 and awardees will be notified starting September 8, 2020.

To apply: 

  1. Complete the Emergency Funds Application Form.
     

Download the Emergency Student Aid Application Steps Flyer [PDF] / Download the Emergency Student Aid Application Steps Flyer - Accessible [Word]


BOOK LOANS

LAVC Monarch College Store Financial Aid Book Loan Program

A financial aid book loan has been established in the College Monarch Store to allow qualified financial aid students to purchase the required instructional materials at the store. 

The loan amount due will be automatically deducted from the student's grant refund. Should the student become ineligible for their grant, the loan is owed immediately and is a responsibility of the student. A hold will be placed on your record if funds are not collected.

These funds are limited. The deadline is Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

All students who qualified for the Book Loan received an email from Los Angeles Valley College with details on how to place their order.


FREE GROUND SHIPPING ON TEXTBOOK ORDERS

Free Ground Shipping at the LAVC Monarch College Store on Student Textbook Orders

For a limited time, LAVC students can receive free ground shipping on their Fall 2020 textbooks from the LAVC Monarch Campus Store (Bookstore). 

The LAVC Monarch Store is currently closed to in-person service, but you can still get your textbooks, LAVC gear and supplies using our convenient online website. Simply select your items on the LAVC Monarch Campus Store website, and we will provide free ground shipping. 

Download the LAVC Monarch Campus Store Textbook Order Guide [PDF].


OTHER SERVICES & RESOURCES

Resources for LAVC Student

The Family Resource Center has complied an online Google Folder with numerous resources for students.

Income Benefits for College Students

The LAVC CalWORKs Office has posted a Student Income Resources for College students [PDF]. 

 


PRESIDENT'S VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS FOR STUDENTS

LAVC President Gribbons is holding regular student town halls on YouTube to share the latest Valley College updates and answer student questions.

LAVC VIRTUAL TOWN HALL FOR STUDENTS - SEPTEMBER 14, 2020


PREVIOUS STUDENT TOWN HALL RECORDINGS

To view the recording of past Student Town Halls, visit the LAVC President's Student Town Hall webpage. You can also find a complete list of LAVC videos on the Los Angeles Valley College YouTube channel


STUDENT QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FROM PAST TOWN HALLS

Looking for an answer to your question? Please check our compiled list of the student questions and answers [PDF] from our past Student Town Halls with President Gribbons.

 


UPDATES FOR STUDENTS

The following are the latest updates for students from Los Angeles Valley College:

Posted: 09/14/2020

VALLEY WEEKLY - SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2020


Posted: 09/7/2020

VALLEY WEEKLY - SEPTEMBER 7-13, 2020


Posted: 08/31/2020

VALLEY WEEKLY - AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 6, 2020


Posted: 08/31/2020

WELCOME TO THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER AT LA VALLEY COLLEGE

Dear Students,

Welcome to Fall 2020 at Los Angeles Valley College. We are so excited to have you join us and look forward to helping you reach your educational goals.

Here is some helpful information to get you started on your first day of class:

Questions about your class?
Please contact the instructor if you have class questions or to request a permission number. Learn how to email instructors through the LACCD SIS Class Search.

How to Access Your Online Class
To log into your online class through the SIS/Canvas:

If you are still having issues, please contact our 24/7 Canvas Hotline at (844) 303-5595. You can also contact our Virtual Valley Help Desk for assistance.

Distance Learning Resources
Get tips on how to use Canvas and Zoom, Internet/WiFi options, and answers to your most frequently asked questions at the new LACCD Student Distance Learning Resources webpage.

Limited In-Person Classes this Fall
All classes are being held online, except for a few classes that are being offered completely or partially face-to-face; see LAVC Fall Schedule page the list of classes. For more information on any of those classes, please contact the instructor.

Adding a Class & Permission Numbers
You can still try to add a class on the first day of the class by contacting the instructor and requesting an permission number. If you receive a permission number, please use the SIS Student Portal to enter that number to officially add you to the class.

Need Assistance or General Questions? Let the Welcome Center Help You
The LAVC Welcome Center is your one-stop resource for information and assistance. Please email, call or chat live with Welcome Center staff in our Student Support Help Desk.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 08/29/2020

JOIN US FOR A STUDENT TOWN HALL WITH DR. GRIBBONS ON MONDAY

Dear Students,

Please join LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons at the Student Town Hall on Monday, August 31 at 1 p.m. on YouTube Live. He will be joined by Alex Ojeda and Jessica Ruiz of the Next Up and Guardian Scholars foster youth programs.

Dr. Gribbons will give an update Surface Pro device and emergency grant applications, help available at our Welcome Center, and will answer questions on the live chat. Go to: http://bit.ly/2EFA6j8.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College