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Attention Students—Priority Registration for Spring 2015 Semester Starts November 17; Spring Open Classes List Now Online
Priority registration for the Spring 2015 Semester will take place from November 17-December 21, 2014; students should check the LACCD Student Information System (SIS) for their Spring 2015 registration date and time. In addition, The LAVC Academic Affairs Office has posted the Spring 2015 Schedule of Classes and a Spring 2015 Open Classes List on the LAVC Web site. The open classes list, which is regularly updated, shares a list of Spring Semester 2015 class sections that have available seats. Please note: The open classes list information is not live, therefore some class sections may be closed by the time students register. The Spring semester 2015 will take place from February 9, 2015 - June 7, 2015; day and evening classes will begin February 9 and Saturday classes will begin February 14. A complete list of academic dates and deadlines is posted on the LAVC Calendar of Events.
Have You Given LAVC Your Cell Phone and Alternate Email to Receive Emergency Notifications?
LAVC is urging all LAVC students, faculty and staff to provide emergency contact information to Valley College through the new LAVC Connect portal. During a campus emergency, LAVC will be notifying all students, faculty and staff using a new emergency alert system called Blackboard Connect. This new system has the ability to let LAVC send emergency alert notifications simultaneously to students, staff and faculty by email, voice, and text message. However, students, faculty and staff must provide their cell phone number and an alternate/personal email address (on the LAVC Connect Portal) before LAVC will be able to send alert by text or to a non-LACCD/non-LAVC email account. In the event of a campus emergency, current students will automatically receive alert notifications to their LACCD email address and their primary phone number (according to the LACCD Student Information System); LAVC faculty and staff will automatically receive notifications to their LAVC email address. Text message notifications and notifications to personal email addresses will ONLY be sent to students, faculty and staff who have provide that type of emergency contact information in the LAVC Connect Portal. Please note: this portal is for emergency notifications only, and will not update any student and employee records with the LACCD. (Faculty & Staff—A How to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts from LA Valley College for Faculty/Staff guide is available). For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the LAVC Emergency Response Plan Web Page.
2014-2015 Academic Year
Attention Students! LAVC's 2014-2015 Catalog is Now Posted Online
The LAVC Academic Affairs Office has posted the LAVC Catalog for the 2014-2015 academic year on the LAVC Web site. The catalog is only available online. The Catalog contains information for students on matriculation/admission and registration procedures, student learning outcomes, educational programs, course descriptions, academic policies, academic standards, district and college policies, academic resources and services, student services, student activities and more. View the LAVC 2014-2015 Catalog.
Fall Semester 2014
Are You Hungry? Food is Now Available at Two Food Trucks on Campus, in the LAVC Bookstore and at On-Campus Vending Machines
During Fall Semester 2014, food will be available for purchase at several locations on campus. Food services will be available at two food trucks on campus, the LAVC Monarch Store (Bookstore) and campus vending machines. The following are the hours of operation and location of food services on campus:
- The All Service Catering (ASC) Truck in Monarch Square is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday from 7 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
- The Falafelicious Truck near AHS isopen Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and closed on Friday
- The LAVC Monarch Store is open (normal business hours) from Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
- The on-campus vending machines are operational year-round
The Cafeteria Building was demolished to construct a new Student Union (a.k.a. the Monarch Center project), which will be the future home of the Cafeteria, Bookstore, Student Health Center and the Associated Student Union. To find the location of food services on campus, view the LAVC Campus Map.
Fall Semester 2014
Don't Forget—LAVC is a Smoke Free Campus Except in New Designated Smoking Areas; LAVC's Smoking Policy Updated to Prohibit the Use of E-Cigarettes
As of February 4, 2013, Los Angeles Valley College is a "Smoke Free Campus" except in four designated smoking areas. In June 2014, the policy was updated to prohibit the use of any tobacco products, other products that are capable of being ignited and smoked or otherwise inhaled, and electronic smoking devices except in the designated smoking locations. The following designated smoking areas are located:
- Near College Road North, west of Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC)
- Southwest corner of Parking Lot D
- East of Ethel Avenue, west side of Lot L, north of Bungalow 78
- West side of the Engineering Building, in the Receiving Area, adjacent to Parking Lot A
The locations of all the designated smoking areas, is posted on the LAVC Campus Map. The smoking policy and the designated smoking areas were created due to popular demand on campus, and was established through the college's shared governance process and approved by the College President. Read the two IEC motions on the Smoking Policy at (S12-16 and S14-09). If you have any questions regarding the LAVC Smoking Policy, please contact Raul Gonzalez, Associate Vice President of Administrative Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Semester 2014
Do You Have Your Fall 2014 Parking Permit? Don't Forget–Parking Permits are Now Required to Park on Campus
LAVC students, faculty/staff and guests will need to display a valid parking permit to park in a campus parking lot starting Monday, September 15. The LAVC Sheriff's Office will issue citations for vehicles without the properly displayed valid parking permit, and vehicles that are not parked legally. In addition, vehicles parked in staff parking spaces without the proper permit will be ticketed. Students can purchase their Fall 2014 Parking Permit from the LAVC Business Office, or purchase daily permits from parking pay stations on campus. For more information on campus parking, visit the LAVC Parking Information Web Page.
Fall Semester 2014
Don't Want to Hassle with Campus Parking? Take the Orange Line to Valley College!
Students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to travel to Los Angeles Valley College by way of public transportation. The campus is conveniently served by the Metro's Orange Line, Metro Bus lines and the DASH bus. There is a "Valley College" stop on Metro's Orange Line. In addition, the campus can be reached by using the Metro Bus Lines 154, 156, 167, or 656, as well as the DASH bus's Van Nuys/Studio City line. For more information, visit the LAVC Parking Information Web Page.
Fall Semester 2014
Want to Know the Latest on Campus Construction? Visit LAVC's Parking & Construction Updates Web Page
Los Angeles Valley College regularly posts information on construction projects that impact the campus on the LAVC's ReVitalizing Valley College Web Site. The Parking & Construction Web page, which is part of the Revitalizing Valley College Web site, provides the most up-to-date information from Yang Management, the college's construction project management team. In addition, there is information about Valley College's $626 million renovation and building project, which is funded through voter-supported Propositions A and AA, and Measure J. To learn more, visit the ReVitalizing Valley College Web Site. For the latest information on how construction is impacting the campus and parking, please visit the LAVC Construction and Parking Updates Web Page.
LAVC to Offer Winter Session 2015 Starting January 5
Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) announced that it will offer Winter Session 2015. Classes for the five-week session will be held from January 5-February 8. Day and evening classes will begin on January 5; Saturday classes will begin on January 10. Winter Session 2015 will comprise of over 100 class sections offered a variety of degree-transferrable subjects including English, math and communications studies, and vocational education courses in administration of justice, child development and nursing. There will also be noncredit ESL course offerings. In addition, the college will offer tutoring and library services during selected hours to assist Winter Session students. View the Winter Session 2015 Schedule of Classes.
Starting: August 11
The LAVC President's Office, Academic Affairs, Administrative Services, Reprographics, Payroll/Personnel, Campus Mailroom, LAVC Foundation, and Other Services Have Been Relocated to Temporary Spaces on Campus
Starting August 11, 2014, all offices that were located in the now closed Administration Building have been relocated to temporary spaces on campus. The following offices are now located at:
- The Academic Affairs Office (e.g. class scheduling, faculty absences) is located in the Admin 1 Bungalow (former Financial Aid bungalow)
- The Administrative Services Office (e.g. key requests, network accounts, voicemail box requests, reimbursement checks) is located at the western entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Campus Center)
- The Budget Office (e.g. budgets adjustments, budget transfers) is located at the western entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Campus Center)
- The Campus Operator is located in Campus Center W101
- The Campus Mailroom (e.g. faculty mailboxes, department mailboxes) is located in Campus Center E111
- The Institutional Effectiveness Office (e.g. data requests, research) is located at the southern entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Emergency Services Training)
- The Job Training Office (e.g. Extension, Job Club, LA Fellows) is located on the eastern entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Aquatics Center)
- The LAVC Foundation Office (e.g. alumni association, donations, employee payroll deductions, estate gifts) is located at the southern entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Emergency Services Training)
- The Master Calendar Office (e.g. facility requests) is located in Campus Center W101
- The Payroll/Personnel (e.g. new employee processing, timesheets) is located in Campus Center E112
- The President's Conference Room is located in the Admin 2 Bungalow (former CSIT 2 bungalow)
- The President's Office is located in the Admin 1 Bungalow (former Financial Aid bungalow)
- The Procurement Office (e.g. contracts/purchasing) is located at the western entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Campus Center)
- The Public Relations Office (e.g. media relations, college communications) is located at the southern entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Emergency Services Training)
- The Reprographics Services (e.g. copies) is located in Campus Center W101
View the updated LAVC Campus Map for the new locations. View the Administration Building New Locations Flyer. The college will also be posting additional campus wayfinding signage to direct people to these offices' new temporary locations.
Starting: September 2
Did You Know? The CCaTT lab has been Relocated to the Computer Commons
As of September 2, the CCaTT lab (formerly in BJ 103) is located in the Computer Commons on the second floor of the Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC). The Computer Commons is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 1-5 p.m. For more information regarding the Computer Commons and the other academic resources available to students, visit the LAVC Computer Commons Web Page.
Fall Semester 2014
LAVC Writing Center to Offer Fall 2014 Workshops to Help Students Improve their Grades and their Writing
The LAVC Writing Center will offer a variety of interactive workshops for students during the Fall 2014 semester. These workshops will provide important information for understanding various concepts and writing/grammar-related topics to help students do well in their academic courses. Workshops will be offered in the following areas: "Start the Semester Strong: Strategies for Success", "Grammar and Syntax", and "Essay Writing". Students must bring their LAVC student ID card to attend the workshop. For a complete schedule of the Writing Center's Fall 2014 workshops, visit the LAVC Writing Center's Web Page.
Starting: September 15
New Office Hours for the LAVC Academic Affairs Office
Effective Monday, September 15, the LAVC Office of Academic Affairs will change its hours of operation to Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit the LAVC Academic Affairs Web Page.
November 6-December 11 & February 9-26
LAVC Presents a Special Exhibition by LA Muralist Kent Twitchell in the LAVC Art Gallery from November 6-February 26
The LAVC Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled "Life Line: Drawings by Kent Twitchell" from November 6, 2014-February 26, 2015 in the LAVC Art Gallery in the Art Building. This exhibition by Los Angeles-based muralist Kent Twitchell focuses on his life-long devotion to drawing as his primary medium, and also his connections to his subjects. It highlights the artist's small graphite on paper renderings that are both intimate and engaging in scale. Culling from the artist's oeuvre, some of the drawings in this exhibition are being displayed for the first time. Twitchell is renowned for his larger-than-life, realistic portrayals of celebrities and creative luminaries in murals sprawling Los Angeles's buildings and freeways. As the exhibition title suggests, "Life Line" conjures up multiple associations. "Life Line" also serves as a stimulating pairing to the monumental and iconic mural of "The Old Woman of the Freeway" (or "Freeway Lady") that will be installed on the side of this campus's Student Services Center later this year. The exhibit, which is free to the public, will be on display in the LAVC Art Gallery in the Art Building and will is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; the Art Gallery is closed on November 11 and 27-28, and from December 12, 2014-February 8, 2015. For more information, visit the LAVC Art Gallery Web Page.
November 14, 15, 21 & 22
LAVC Theater Arts Presents In the Heights on November 14, 15, 21 and 22
The LAVC Theater Arts Department will present a production of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights on Friday-Saturday, November 14-15 and 21-22 at 8 p.m. in the Main Stage Theater in the Theatre Arts Building. In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestration. This production is directed by LAVC Theater Professor Cathy Susan Pyles, with choreography by LAVC Adjunct Faculty Member Maya Zellman, and musical direction by Melissa Sky Eagle. The cast includes LAVC Students Willie Vasquez, Marena Rosado, Justine Jacobs-Baron, Mike Rivas, Douglas Bruner, Katherine Arevalo, Micah Mora, Karla Romo, Jocelyn Palucho, Mary-Eudiah Onyango, Justin Sabino, Nicholas Goodreau, Dominique Bautista, Jasmine Burgos, Amparo Chepote, Conrad Cruz, Monica Fleming, Tiana Goss, Ben Hernandez, Natalia Kuchaeva, Cindy Minowa, Jazmine Sanchez, Vincent Smith, Vira Sovyuk. Student stage managers are Angel Hernandez, Rita Cannon, and Samuel Pino. General admission tickets are $15 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com, or $20 at the door. For more information, visit the LAVC Theater Arts Department Web Page.
LAVC Athletics Update—Men's Water Polo Team is the Western State Conference Champions and Women's Water Polo is a Runner Up; Women's Basketball Starts November 21
For the first time in the college's history, the LAVC Men's Water Polo team are the Western State Conference Champions. They will play next in the Southern California Regional Tournament on November 14-15 for a chance to play in the State Championship. The Women's Water Polo team ended its season with a second place finish in the Western State Conference championship. In addition, Women's Basketball will open their season on November 21. Come show your Monarch pride at one of the Athletics games during the week of November 16-22:
- Men's Basketball will play a home game against LA Harbor College on November 21 at 7 p.m.
- Women's Basketball will play in the Palomar Tournament on November 21-22
- If the Men's Water Polo wins So Cal Regional, then it will play in the State Championship on November 21-22 at American River College.
For more information, visit the LAVC Athletics Department Web page.
Faculty Office Hours: November 17
Staff Office Hours: November 25
Student Office Hours: TBA
Want to Chat with LAVC President Dr. Endrijonas? LAVC President to Hold Office Hours for Faculty, Staff and Students for November 2014
Dr. Erika Endrijonas, LAVC President, will hold monthly office hours for LAVC students, faculty and staff. Faculty, staff and students can stop by during designated office hours to say hello and to openly discuss issues of concern. The President's office hours for November 2014 are as follows:
- Faculty Office Hours: Monday, November 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Administration 1
- Staff Office Hours: Tuesday, November 25 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Administration 1
- Student Office Hours: TBA
November 20-December 20
Get 20%-50% Off at the Fall Sale at the LAVC Monarch Store!
The LAVC Monarch Store (Bookstore) is holding a Fall Sale from November 20-December 20. This pre-holiday sale will have LAVC and Hello Kitty clothing, and selected general merchandise, electronics and gift sets priced from 20%-50% off regular price. The LAVC Monarch Store is located on the first floor of Campus Center (facing Monarch Square) and is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; it will be closed on November 27-28. For more information, visit the LAVC Monarch Store Web site.
Interested in Getting a First Hand Look at UC Santa Barbara? Sign Up Today for the LAVC Fall 2014 Bus Trip to UCSB on November 21!
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will be offering students the opportunity to visit University of California, Santa Barbara, which is part of its Fall 2014 Bus Trips, on Friday, November 21. The bus will depart LAVC at 7 a.m. and will return at 2:45 p.m. Interested students should sign up at the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex; there is a $5 fee to reserve your spot (refundable). For more information or to reserve your spot, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Paper-Based Test: November 21-22
Computer Based Test: November 25
Practice Test: Various Dates
Want to Take the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test)? LAVC to Offer the HiSET® Paper-Based Test on November 21-22 and Computer-Based Test on November 25; HiSET® Practice Tests Also Available
The LAVC CalWORKs Program is now accepting registrations for the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test) test. LAVC is an official HiSET® testing site; the paper-based test will be offered on Friday-Saturday, November 21-22 and the computer-based test on Tuesday, November 25. HiSET® is the new alternative to the GED. The CA State Board of Education approved the HiSET® for individuals to earn a California High School Equivalency Certificate. It is offered as a paper-based or computer-based test, and covers the following subject areas: Language Arts-Reading & Writing, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics. The fee for the full test is $150.00 (non-refundable). In addition, the LAVC CalWORKs Program offers the HiSET® Practice Test. The practice test is offered every week on specific dates, and also by appointment; the practice testing fee is $10. For more information on HiSET® Testing, including registration information, and test and practice test dates and times, visit the LAVC CalWORKs Web Page.
LAVC Study Away to Offer an Information Session for its 2015 Summer Study in Montpellier Program on November 22
The LAVC Study Away Program will hold an information session for its 2015 Summer Study in Montpellier (South of France) program on Saturday, November 22 from 12 noon-2 p.m. in Foreign Language 102. This is a month-long study abroad program in the south of France from July 5-August 1, 2015 with the AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Studies). Students who participate in the Montpellier Study Away Program can earn up to 8 units of LAVC credit, which is transferrable to UC or CSU. Monthly information sessions will be offered until the application deadline of April 1, 2015; upcoming information sessions will be held on December 20, January 24, February 21 and March 28. For more information, visit the LAVC Study Away in Montpellier Web Page. If you have questions regarding this program, visit the LAVC Study Away in Montpellier Program Web Page, or contact Professor D. Merrill at email@example.com or (818) 947-2380.
Don't Forget! The Last Day to Drop a Class (by Internet Only) with a "W" is November 23
The LAVC Admissions & Records Office reminds you that the last day to drop a Fall Semester 2014 class (by Internet only) is Sunday, November 23. A letter grade will be required from that date forward. If you wish to drop a class with a "W", you must to do so online through the LACCD Student Information System (SIS). A complete list of academic dates and deadlines is posted on the LAVC Calendar of Events.
LAVC Athletics Update—Men's Water Polo Coach Jim McMillan Named Coach of the Year by the WSC and So CA Men's Water Polo; Women's Soccer Finished the Season with its Best Record in School History
LA Valley College congratulates Jim McMillan, our head men's water polo coach, for being voted the WSC Conference Coach of the Year, and the Southern California Men's Water Polo Coach of the Year. The Men's Water Polo team ended its season finishing in fourth in a very tough Southern California regional tournament draw, In addition, the Women's Soccer team finished its season with a 12-7-2 record—its best in college history. For more information, visit the LAVC Athletics Department Web page.
November 24 & 25
Are You Undecided About Your Major or Career? Get Help at the Undecided Major Workshops on November 24 and 25
The Career/Transfer Center (CTC) will hold two "Undecided Major" workshops on Monday, November 24 from 12-1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. These workshop sessions will help you determine what major at Valley College is best suited for you and your career goals. For more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
November 24 & 26
Are You Planning on Applying to a UC Campus? Come to One of the UC Application Workshops on November 24 and 26
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center (CTC) will offer two "UC Application" workshops on Monday, November 24 from 5:30-7 p.m. and Wednesday, November 26 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. The workshop will guide you through the process for completing the transfer application at any of the nine campuses in the University of California system. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Computer Based Test: November 25
Paper-Based Test: November 21-22
Practice Test: Various Dates
Want to Take the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test)? LAVC to Offer the Computer-Based Test on November 25 and the Paper-Based Test on December 5-6; HiSET® Practice Tests Also Available
The LAVC CalWORKs Program is now accepting registrations for the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test) test. LAVC is an official HiSET® testing site; the computer-based test will be offered on Tuesday, November 25 and the paper-based test on Friday-Saturday, December 5-6. HiSET® is the new alternative to the GED. The CA State Board of Education approved the HiSET® for individuals to earn a California High School Equivalency Certificate. It is offered as a paper-based or computer-based test, and covers the following subject areas: Language Arts- Reading & Writing, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics. The fee for the full test is $150.00 (non-refundable). In addition, the LAVC CalWORKs Program offers the HiSET® Practice Test. The practice test is offered every week on specific dates, and also by appointment; the practice testing fee is $10. For more information on HiSET® Testing, including registration information, and test and practice test dates and times, visit the LAVC CalWORKs Web Page.
Do You Have a 3.3 or Higher GPA? Come and Join LAVC's Honor Societies TAE and PTK
LAVC has two honor societies on campus that offers students the opportunity to serve the LAVC college community, and to work and socialize with other students dedicated to academic excellence. If you have a GPA of 3.3 or higher, you are eligible for membership in Tau Alpha Epsilon (TAE). If you have a 3.5 or higher GPA, then you are also eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). TAE and PTK meets every Tuesday at 1 p.m. and Thursday at 5 p.m.; there will be no meeting on November 27. For more information on TAE and PTK, visit the TAE Web page.
November 25 & 26
Want to Learn Unique and Creative Way to Cope with Stress? Don't Miss the Stress Management Workshops on November 25 and 26!
The LAVC Student Psychological Services Office will be holding two sessions of its "Stress and Distress: A Survival Guide" workshop for students on Tuesday, November 25 and Wednesday, November 26 from 1-2 p.m. in Campus Center 201. This workshop takes an unusual but unique approach to understanding stress management! Did you know, just thinking about milk can actually do a body good? Do you know that you can use a triangle to calm yourself down? This workshop will teach you that it's not about getting rid of stress, but learning how to cope with it. No need to attend both workshops, since the same materials will be covered on each day. For more information, contact Student Psychological Services at (818) 778-5708.
Attention Students—Don't Miss the CSU Application Workshop at the Career/Transfer Center on November 25
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center (CTC) will hold a "CSU Application" workshop on Tuesday, November 25 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. This workshop will help guide you thought the process of completing the California State University (CSU) transfer admissions application for any of the 23 CSU college campuses. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Are You Interested in Transferring to UCLA? Talk with a UCLA Peer Mentor on November 26 to Get Your Questions Answered
The LAVC Career Transfer Center (CTC) will host the UCLA Peer Mentor on Wednesday, November 26 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. The UCLA Peer Mentor can answer your questions about transferring to UCLA including general major requirements, eligibility requirements and financial aid. For more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Are You an "AB 540" Student? LAVC's Career/Transfer Center to Hold an "AB 540" Workshop on November 26
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center (CTC) will hold an "AB 540 Workshop" on Wednesday, November 26 from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. This workshop will share information about AB 540 and the services that LAVC provides to AB 540 students. For more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
LAVC Closed November 27-30 for the Thanksgiving Holiday
LAVC will be closed from November 27-30 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will not be in session, and college offices and services will be closed. The college will resume normal hours of operation on Monday, December 1. For a complete list of holidays, and academic dates and deadlines, visit the LAVC Calendar of Events.
Application Deadline: Early December 2014
Get Up to $40,000 per Year to Help You Complete Your Bachelor's Degree! Apply Today for the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship; Applications Now Available Online
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The deadline for students to apply is early December 2014. The Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly competitive selective scholarship that provides up to $40,000 per year for the nation's top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor's degrees at 4-year colleges or universities. Scholarship candidates must be an enrolled student at an accredited community college with a sophomore status (or be a recent graduate), hold a 3.5 GPA or above, have a plan to transfer to a 4-year college to begin studies in Fall 2015, and demonstrate unmet financial need. Applicants must complete an online application, submit two online recommendations from their professors, and submit parent financial forms by the application deadline. Since 2013, five LAVC students were awarded this scholarship and transferred to UC Berkeley, Stanford and Georgetown University. For more information, visit www.jkcf.org.
Give Blood, Change a Life! Be a Super Star! Sign Up Today to Donate at the LAVC Blood Drive on December 9
The American Red Cross and the LAVC Student Health Center will hold a Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 9 from 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. in the Blood Mobile, which will be parked outside the Allied Health & Sciences Center. All participating donors will receive vouchers for a variety of items. To schedule your life-saving appointment, visit the American Red Cross Web site (enter sponsor code: "LAVC"). Donors who give 3 blood donations or 2 ALYX donations during the 2014-2015 school year will receive a certificate and a prize on May 13. For more information, contact the Student Health Center at (818) 947-2918.
Got News to Share? LAVC's PR Office Offers College Departments/Programs/ Services with Publicity Assistance
The LAVC Public Relations Office can assist LAVC departments, programs and services with promoting news and events to the campus community and beyond. It can help with posting announcements in the College Bulletin, on the college's electronic marquee, on LAVC's online calendar, on the LAVC homepage, and on LAVC's Facebook and Twitter pages. Simply fill out a PR Request Form for your event or news item, and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the Public Relations Office can help with the creation of Facebook pages for college departments and programs. Please note: The LAVC PR Office is unable to fulfill requests from organizations not directly affiliated with Los Angeles Valley College. For more information, visit the PR Office Web Page.
Share Your "Best Shots" of Life at LA Valley College on Instagram!
Los Angeles Valley College encourages students, faculty and staff to share their best photos of life at Valley College using the hashtag #SceneAtLAVC. Every month, LAVC will share the best #SceneAtLAVC photos with its followers on Instagram. Valley College's Instagram feed shares regular college news, announcements and photos. Follow on Los Angeles Valley College on Instagram.
Don't Forget to "Like Us"! Follow Los Angeles Valley College on Facebook
Los Angeles Valley College posts regular announcements and information on campus events for students and the public on its Facebook page. Follow Los Angeles Valley College on Facebook.
Are You Following @LAVCPrez? Stay Connected with LAVC's President on Twitter
Dr. Erika Endrijonas, LAVC college president, is keeping connected through social media. She has a Twitter account (@LAVCPrez), and is regularly tweeting updates. LAVC faculty, staff, students and friends can follow the College President on Twitter, and learn about what is going on at LA Valley College. Follow @LAVCPrez on Twitter.
Attention New Parents! The Family Resource Center has a Free Baby Clothes Exchange for Sizes Newborn to Size 3T
The LAVC Family Resource Center offers a free baby clothes exchange (newborns to size 3T) for the community in the Family Resource Center, which is located in the Child Development and Family Complex. New parents are encouraged to bring their clean, gently used (e.g. in good condition) baby clothes and trade them for other gently-used baby clothes. The community can also donate clean and gently-used baby clothes to be used in the exchange. In addition, the Family Resource Center also offers other services and resources for new parents. The Family Resource Center is located on the northwestern corner of the Child Development and Family Complex, near the corner of Oxnard Street and Campus Drive. For more information, contact the Family Resource Center at (818) 778-5612 or visit LAVC Family Resource Center Web Page.
Looking for a Job? Check Out the LAVC Online Job Board
LAVC Cooperative Education/Job Resource Center has partnered with College Central Network to offer a LAVC Online Job Board. This job board for students, alumni and area employers includes vital online job search resources such as an exclusive LAVC Job Board, Career Portfolio & Resume Builders, Job Central™ & Intern Central, Job Central™ Podcasts, and more. For more information, visit the LAVC Job Board Web Page.
Attention Faculty & Staff—New Free Resource from CA Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to Help You
The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has launched a new Web site portal called Sidekick for faculty and staff. This innovative Web site combines six free resources into one site to help you create inspiring and engaging content that meets the needs of diverse audiences, during tough budgets, and ever-changing regulations. From this site, you will be able to access the following six resources:
- 3C Media Solutions – resources to help you creating dynamic video content, podcasts, streaming services, captioning and event coverage
- @ONE – online training and networking for faculty/staff
- Alternative Text Production Center - create alternate media products for students
- Distance Education Captioning and Transcription - captioning and transcribing distance education materials
- CCC Confer - Web conferencing and lecture capture services
- High Tech Center Training Unit - free training for faculty/staff on using Assistive Computer Technology, Alternate Media and Web Accessibility technology
For more information, visit the ToolsSidekick Web Page.
Two LAVC Students Recognized by the JPL Undergraduate Scholars Program and Selected to Participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Project
LAVC Students Michael Frawley and Emelie Oiknine were recognized as two of 29 JPL Undergraduate Scholars who finished the 6-week JPL Undergraduate Scholars Program (JPLUS) at JPL and Caltech on Friday, November 7. In addition, the two students were selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). The JPL Undergraduate Scholars Program (JPLUS) recognizes achievement and high potential in students attending community colleges closest to JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab) and Pasadena. Students studying engineering, physical science, computer science or mathematics were eligible for the program. In addition to a recognition award, students were provided with activities, such as seminars, workshops and conferences, that were designed to help them prepare for undergraduate research fellowship opportunities. The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS) is a two part program. Participants will participate in 5 weeks of interactive Web-based activities including webinars with NASA engineers/scientists, designing a 3D rover model, and planning a mission to Mars. Students who successfully complete the interactive Web-based activities may be eligible for an onsite experience at NASA, where they will be able to work on an exploratory team project directed by NASA engineers, attend briefings by engineers and scientists, and tour NASA facilities. Congratulations to Michael and Emelie!
BuildLACCD Publishes its October Construction Highlights Newsletter
BuildLACCD (LACCD's Bond Program Management Office) has published its October 2014 Program Highlights newsletter on the district-wide bond building program. This issue of the newsletter highlights the groundbreaking ceremony for LAVC's new Student Union. In addition, there are stories on LA Trade Tech's Mariposa Hall receiving an award, three LACCD colleges awarded national "Achieving the Dream Leader College" status, LACCD's college internship program, and a BuildLACCD's contractor opportunity boot camp. Read the October 2014 Program Highlights Newsletter. For more information, visit the LACCD Builds Green Web Page.
Attention Faculty & Staff—Microsoft Home Use Program Now Available for LAVC Employees
LAVC is now eligible to participate in Microsoft's Software Assurance Home Use Program (HUP). The HUP is part of our Microsoft Volume Licensing Program. Through this program, faculty and staff are able to purchase one licensed of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office for MAC 2011 (not both) for just $9.95 plus tax. An additional backup DVD is also available with additional cost to cover the costs of duplication, shipping and handling. Under this Home Use Program, you may acquire one licensed copy with two installations on your home computers (e.g. one desktop and one laptop). For up-to-date information on the availability of Home Use Program software, frequently asked questions and additional instruction on how to order the HUP online, please visit the LAVC Information Technology & Media Services Office Microsoft Home Use Program Web Page.
Did You Know? LAVC's Men's & Women's Physical Education Departments are Now Called the LAVC Kinesiology Department
The LAVC Men's Physical Education and Women's Physical Education Departments have recently joined together to create the Kinesiology Department. This new department combines all the men's and women's physical education courses into one department, and includes the subjects of Dance Specialties, Dance Studies, Dance Techniques, Health, Kinesiology, Kinesiology Athletics, Kinesiology Major, and Recreation. The department is also offering a new Associate Arts Transfer (AA-T) Degree. Kinesiology is the study of the art and science of human movement, while physical education is defined as sports and exercise taught in schools. This redefined focus also more closely aligns with how the discipline is referred to at most colleges and universities. All the Kinesiology Department classes have the same content and curriculum as the former physical education classes, and most importantly, these classes still fulfill the section E general education requirement. Students interested in pursuing fitness wellness careers (in the teaching/coaching/ therapy areas) or careers in clinical areas (such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes management or research and medicine) should explore Kinesiology as their major. For more information, contact the Kinesiology Department at (818) 947-2907.
LAVC Partners with Cal State Northridge to Receive a National Institute of Health Grant to Improve Recruitment of Underrepresented Minority Students in the Biomedical Field
Los Angeles Valley College in partnership with California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has received a Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) grant funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative, Enhancing the Diversity of the Workforce program. CSUN was awarded $22.8 million over a five-year period. The LAVC Biology and Psychology departments are committed to assist CSUN in recruiting of underrepresented minority students pursuing careers in the biomedical field as well as encourage those students to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise. LAVC will be working with CSUN in an ambitious attempt to change the way traditionally underrepresented minority students are mentored and trained as they set off on a career path as biomedical researchers. This program draws on a social justice model to inspire students and impact health disparities in the community. As a Pipeline Partner Institution, LAVC can participate in the following activities: (1) tutoring for gatekeeper Biology classes, (2) co-develop a Discovery of Research course or adapt an existing course to fit with an emphasis on research and cultural competence, (3) allow Pre-BUILD sophomore-level students to conduct year-long research activities at CSUN or LAVC with a mentor, (4) mentoring activities and workshops/trainings for Pre-BUILD students, (5) potential travel funding for conferences or trainings, (6) potential research funding, and (7) the ability for LAVC faculty to apply for research sabbaticals to work with CSUN faculty. Pipeline partners will be able to choose their own level of involvement in the program. For more information on the grant, read the NIH Press Release or visit the NIH's Funded Research Web Page.
LAVC Wins Awards at the South Bay Workforce Investment Board's Alumni & Awards Breakfast
The LAVC Job Training program was presented with seven awards at the 19th Annual Alumni & Awards Breakfast hosted by the South Bay Workforce Investment Board on October 23. The following programs received a recognition of outstanding performance of 90% - 100%: Customer Services Specialist with Employability Skills (100%), Customer Service Representative II (100%), Human Resources Assistant Academy (100%), Tool and Manufacturing Academy (100%), and LA Fellows with Professional Development (100%), Microsoft Academy (100%). In addition, the following program received a recognition of outstanding performance of 80% - 89%: Customer Service Specialist (86%). The percentage numbers are indicative of people completed training and were successfully placed in gainful employment. The Valley College Job Training program is entering their 21st year of service to the community, having placed more than 22,000 job seekers while providing skills and training upgrades to over 18,500 workers. For more information about LAVC Job Training's programs, visit the LAVC Job Training Web Page.
"Our Students are Going Places"—Valley, Pierce and Mission Colleges's Metro Bus Wrap Campaign Promotes Enrollment at the Three Colleges in the San Fernando Valley
Los Angeles Valley College, Pierce College and Los Angeles Mission Colleges launched a new outdoor advertising campaign to promote enrollment at all three colleges in the Valley. As of July 28, 2014, there are two fully "wrapped" Metro buses running for one year along the route that is closest to all three colleges, Metro route 8. The attention-grabbing buses, which display the three college names, logos, students and colorful graphics, are geared to promote the theme of "our students are going places" and help to raise the profiles of the three LACCD colleges in the Valley in a fun and positive way. It will also let the San Fernando Valley know their community colleges are back recruiting, offering more classes, and that it's time to go back to school! Each of the buses features one easy-to-remember web site address for people to access for information, www.my3colleges.com. This link will direct potential students to find the web site of what we are calling YOUR COLLEGE IN YOUR COMMUNITY—Pierce, Valley or Mission. This advertising collaboration with Pierce and Mission Colleges is made possible by a Los Angeles Community College District grant of funds.
LAVC Welcomes Olivia Vallejo, a New Counselor in the Counseling Department
The LAVC Counseling Department has recently hired Olivia Vallejo as a new counselor at Valley College. As a General Counselor in the Counseling Office, she will be providing academic, career, and personal counseling services to students to assist them in developing Student Educational Plans to support their educational and career goals. Olivia is a former community college student, who attended West Los Angeles College where she joined the EOPS Program. She transferred to Cal State Dominguez Hills where she received her B.A. in Biology and her M.A. in Education. After receiving her degree, Olivia worked as a counselor and instructor at Santa Monica College and Rio Hondo College. Welcome Olivia!
Looking for Parking on Campus? LAVC's New Parking Structure is Now Open
Los Angeles Valley College's brand-new Parking Structure opened on Tuesday, September 2. Staff and accessible parking will be available on the first level, and students/guest parking will be available on the second, third and fourth floors. Please note: Half of the parking on the second level will be closed until further notice. Access to the Parking Structure for students and guest will be from Ethel Avenue; faculty and staff will need to access the Parking Structure from Emelita Street (street on the north side of the Parking Structure). The Parking Structure will be open Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m.-12 midnight. The new Parking Structure can accommodate approximately 1,200 vehicles, and features electric vehicle charging stations and a counter at the structure's entrance that notes the available parking spaces on each floor. This project was funded by a voter-supported bond measure; for additional information on Prop A/AA/J construction, visit the ReVitalizing Valley College Web Page. For more information on parking, visit the LAVC Parking Information Web Page.
LAVC Named as One of the San Fernando Valley's "Largest Colleges and Universities" by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal
The San Fernando Valley Business Journal has ranked Los Angeles Valley College on its 2014 list of "Largest Colleges and Universities". LAVC is listed as the third largest institution of higher education in the San Fernando Valley for 2013-2014. The San Fernando Valley Business Journal annually ranks the Valley-based colleges and universities by the total number of students (full-time equivalents).
LAVC Named as a Top 50 Community Colleges for Hispanics
The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine has named Los Angeles Valley College as one of the 2014 "Top 50 Community Colleges" for Hispanics ranked by Hispanic Full-Time Enrollment for 2013-2014. This recognition is bestowed on the top community colleges in the nation that serves a large number of Hispanic students. This is the third time in the past four years that Valley College has received this honor.
Gainful Employment Data is Posted on LAVC's Institutional Effectiveness Office Web Page
Los Angeles Valley College provides disclosure information for each of its state-approved CTE certificates (16 or more units). The information is posted online on the LAVC Institutional Effectiveness Web page. Current and prospective students will find information about the careers that each certificate provides training for, the costs associated with the program, median debt accumulated by students completing the program, number of program completers and time to completion. To view LAVC's Gainful Employment Disclosures for 2012-2013, visit the LAVC Institutional Effectiveness Office's Gainful Employment and Other Disclosures Web Page.
Cooperative Education has moved to Bunaglows 3 & 4!
The LAVC Cooperative Education Office has recently relocated to Bungalow 3 and 4, which is next to Parking Lot A. Cooperative Education would also like to remind the campus community that it is currently accepting enrollments for the Spring 2014 semester; students who are working or interning during the spring semester may be eligible for up to 4 units of college credit. To apply, the individual must be enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College, complete the Cooperative Education enrollment application, and schedule an appointment to meet with the Cooperative Education Director; enrollment is by add slip only. For more information and to download the Spring application, please visit the LAVC Cooperative Education Web Page.
Have You Checked Out Financial Aid TV (FATV)? LAVC Financial Aid Posts Online Videos to Help Students Learn More About Financial Aid
The LAVC Financial Aid Office Web site has an online video library called Financial Aid TV (FATV), which explains different financial aid topics for prospective and current Valley College students. This online library of short video clips (60-90 seconds) provides easy-to-understand information on important topics such as financial aid, financial literacy, loans, grants and more. For more information, visit the LA Valley College's Financial Aid Web Site.
Get the Latest Financial Aid Info on the LAVC Financial Aid Facebook Page
The LAVC Financial Aid Office has recently launched a new Facebook page. The Financial Aid Office will post important announcements that you should be aware of including financial aid deadlines, financial aid events, and more! Visit the LAVC Financial Aid Facebook Page, and click "Like Us".
ACCJC Announces Result of LAVC's Accreditation Process
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) recently announced that it has placed Valley College on warning status—its lightest sanction—following the college's comprehensive visit in the Spring. As part of the peer review process that California Community Colleges undergo every six years, LAVC completed a self-evaluation and was visited in March 2013 by a review team, which made recommendations to help us improve our effectiveness. This sanction will require LAVC to prepare and submit a follow-up report by March 2014 that addresses all issues in our comprehensive report, and it will undergo a Spring 2014 visit where a team will verify the report and forward their recommendation to the Commission. During this time, Los Angeles Valley College remains fully accredited. Additional information about LAVC's Accreditation is posted online at the LAVC Accreditation Web Page.
Help Keep LAVC Safe! Report a Crime Anonymously to the LAVC Sheriff’s Tip Line
The LAVC Sheriff’s Department has a new hotline to anonymously report a crime or other suspicious activity on campus. Callers can leave a message on the LAVC Sheriff's Tip hotline at (818) 778-5678. For campus emergencies, please call (818) 947-2911.
Attention Students! Do You Know How to Access the Free Campus Wi-Fi for LAVC Students
The LAVC IT Department has recently made some changes to the campus wireless network for better access for our students, guests, faculty and staff. The new Wi-Fi network for students and guests is "LAVC-Students&Guests". For more information, visit the LAVC Web site on how to access the campus Wi-Fi.
Looking for Someone at LAVC? Check out the Online LAVC Phone/Email Directory on the LAVC Web Site
The LAVC Web site has a searchable campus directory on the college's homepage. This directory allows the campus community, students and the public to find the contact information for LAVC faculty/staff, departments, and programs/services. The searchable phone directory can be found by clicking the "Directory" link on the very top of the homepage (next to the search button). Information on the directory is grouped by name of the faculty/staff member, department, and program/service. Please note: If an employee finds that his/her information is inaccurate or missing, please contact your Department Chair to request for him/her to send the correct information to Arlene Stein in the LAVC Administrative Services Office. How to update information on the LAVC Online Phone/Email Directory
Are You Doing Your Part to Keep LAVC Clean? Don’t Litter, Report Vandalism/Stealing, and Let Us Know About Any Maintenance Concerns
With the start of the semester approaching, LAVC would like to remind all faculty, staff, and students to do their part to help keep our campus clean and beautiful. We encourage everyone to remember to take that extra step to make our campus better—don’t litter, pick up trash on the floor that someone has left, let Maintenance & Operations know if something needs to be fixed or cleaned, and report suspicious activity to the College Sheriff. If you see something that needs to be fixed or cleaned up, faculty/staff can submit a Work & Service Order (link only accessible from a campus computer). If you notice people vandalizing or stealing campus property, report them immediately to the LAVC Sheriff’s Station at (818) 947-2911. By working together we can all “Keep Valley College Clean”!
Do You Know What’s Going On at LAVC? Check Out the Online LAVC Calendar of Events
The LAVC posts an online Calendar of Events on the LAVC Web site for the campus community and the public to get information regarding events being held at the campus. The LAVC Calendar of Events now features an easy-to-read calendar format noting the different types of events being held on campus. In addition, the calendar information can be sorted by the type of event or information (e.g. academic dates & deadlines, faculty/staff events, student events, etc), and can be viewed according to the month, week or day. To view the online LAVC Calendar of Events Web Page.
Attention Faculty & Staff--Do You Need to Update Your Contact Information in the LAVC Phone & Email Directory?
The LAVC Administrative Services Office can assist faculty, staff and administrators with updating or adding information on the online LAVC Phone/Email Directory. To keep the information up-to-date, faculty are asked to check their information that is posted on the online directory, and notify Administrative Services if the information is not correct or is missing. If an employee finds that his/her information is inaccurate or missing, please send the following information to your department chair or supervisor, who upon verification and approval will send the information to Arlene Stein in Administrative Services at (email@example.com):
- employee's full name,
- nickname (if applicable),
- building location with room number
- LAVC phone number or voice mail extension,
- fax number,
- LAVC email address, &
- secondary phone number or email address (if applicable)
Arlene will notify your supervisor when the information has been updated online. If you have any questions, contact Arlene Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling extension 2336.