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LAVC to Offer Summer Session Classes Starting June 16
Spring Semester 2014
Are You Hungry? Food is Now Available at the Food Truck on Campus, in the LAVC Bookstore and at On-Campus Vending Machines
The Food Truck located in Monarch Square is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. during Spring Semester 2014. In addition, food is available for purchase in the LAVC Monarch Store (Bookstore) and in vending machines on campus. The Cafeteria is currently closed due to the upcoming construction of a new Monarch Center/Student Union.To find the location of the food truck, please view the LAVC Campus Map.
February 24-June 9
Attention Students—Don't Forget to Buy Your Student Parking Permit! Parking Permits are Now Required to Park on Campus
Students are reminded to purchase their parking permit for the Spring 2014 semester in the LAVC Business Office. The LAVC Sheriff's Office will begin issuing parking citations to vehicles without the a valid and properly displayed parking permit starting February 24; parking citations will be issued at ALL TIMES to vehicles parked in Staff parking areas without the proper faculty/staff parking permit. Student parking permits are available for purchase for the Spring 2014 semester at the LAVC Business Office, or email email@example.com for pick up at the LAVC Bookstore in the evening; daily parking permits can be purchased at the yellow Parking Pay Stations on campus. For more information, visit the LAVC Parking Information Web page.
March 13-April 24
LAVC Art Gallery Presents "Passing Time: 50 Years of Exhibitions" Exhibit; Exhibit Ends April 24
The LAVC Art Gallery is celebrating its 50th anniversary (1964-2014) with an exhibition of highlights from past shows titled "Passing Time: 50 Years of Exhibitions" from March 13-April 24. This exhibition presents highlights from 23 exhibitions held in the gallery during its first half-century including "Japanese American Photography in Los Angeles, 1920-1945" (shown in 1982), a presentation of recovered photographs once exhibited world-wide but believed lost during the Japanese American relocation of WWII; "The Furniture of Gustav Stickley" (shown in 1983), a survey of the American Arts & Crafts master; Creativity in the Shadow of Political Oppression: "Recent Czechoslovakian Graphic Art from the Werksman Collection" (shown in 1991), an exhibit of prints by artists who produced work about, and in spite of, the political tyranny of the Communist era in Czechoslovakia; "Sitting Pretty: Chairs of the Twentieth Century" (shown in 2007), celebrated the beauty of these functional necessities; "Cultural Windows: the Art of Ruth Asawa, Ynez Johnston, Betye Saar" (shown in 2010) explored the effects of various cultures and subcultures upon the work of these three veteran woman artists. The program will include acknowledgements, stories and a panel discussion. Refreshments will be served. The reception, program and exhibition are open to the public free of charge. For further information, please call the LAVC Art Gallery at (818) 778-5536, or visit the LAVC Art Gallery Web page.
Starting: April 1
Attention Parents! LAVC Monarch Day Camp Registration Begins April 1
The LAVC Community Services Program will begin registering campers for Summer 2014 Monarch Day Camp on Tuesday, April 1. Monarch Day Camp, which is now in its 36th year of operation at Valley College, is geared for boys and girls between the ages 5-14. This year, the popular “regular” day camp program will be offered along with the following specialty camps: All Sports Camp, Aquatics Camp, Art & Crafts Camp, Basketball Camp, Glee (singing) Camp, Gymnastics Camp, Nature Camp, Soccer Camp, Tennis Camp and Theater Arts Camp. Monarch Day Camp activities include games and sports, swim lessons (select camps only), recreational swim, special events, field trips (select camps only), weekly cookouts, arts & crafts (select camps only) and much more. Camp will be held Monday-Friday between June 9-August 8 (no camp on Friday, July 4) from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m.; extended care (available at no additional cost) is from 7:15-9 a.m. and 4:15-5:45 p.m. Fees are extremely reasonable starting at $240 for one week; there are discounts for multiple week registrations, early payment, sibling registrations and more. The LAVC Community Services Program will also be holding two Open House events for its Monarch Day Camp on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, May 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the LAVC Aquatics Center. For more information, contact LAVC Community Services at (818) 947-2577 x4172, or visit the Monarch Day Camp Web site at www.lavc.edu/monarchdaycamp.
It's Time to Vote for Your Next Student Representatives! ASU Elections are April 21 and 22
The Associated Student Union (ASU) will hold elections on Monday-Tuesday, April 21 and 22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. in Monarch Hall. You will be able to vote for your student government representatives for the 2014-2015 academic year. For more information, contact the ASU Office at (818) 778-5516.
April 21, 24, 28, 29 and 30
Are you on Academic or Progress Probation? Don't Get Dismissed from School or Lose Your Priority Registration! Sign Up Today for the Probation 2 Workshop
The LAVC Counseling Department will be offering several "Probation-2" workshops for students who are on academic or progress probation. Workshops are being held on: Monday, April 21 from 12-1:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 28 from 12-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 from 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 30 from 12-1:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit www.lavc.edu/Transfer/index.html.
LAVC to Hold an Armenian Cultural Celebration on April 22-23
The LAVC Associated Student Union will hold several events on April 22 and 23 as part of an Armenian Cultural Celebration at Valley College. The following events will be held:
- Artists on the Plaza – On Tuesday, April 22 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Student Services Plaza, there will be an "Artists on the Plaza" event with Armenian artists Nargiz Tshagaryan and Narine Isajanian demonstrating their special art techniques.
- The Importance of the Armenian Diaspora in the United States Lecture - On Tuesday, April 22 from 2-3 p.m. in the Student Services Center, Multi-Purpose Room, there will be a "The Importance of the Armenian Diaspora in the United States" lecture by Ara Khachatourian, a renowned journalist and editor of Asbarez News. He will discuss Armenian history and its importance to all Armenian-Americans.
- ASU Club Day: Commemorate Armenian Culture– On Wednesday, April 23 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Student Services Plaza, there will be a "Commemorate Armenian Culture" event as part of ASU Club Day. Come listen to performances by Armenian singers, dancers and musicians featuring Anna Armenakyan, Hovhannes Shahbazyan, Ruben Harutyunyan, and Arman Aghajanyan. In addition, there will be performances by Nektarine Chilyan, Gor Hambardzumyan, Olga Kramarova, Shahen Mkrtchyan, and Hakob Safaryan. Lunch will also be served.
For more information on this event, contact the Associated Student Union at (818) 778-5516.
April 22, 29, May 6, 13 and 20
LAVC Philosophy/Economics Department Presents a Spring 2014 Philosophy Lecture Series Starting April 22
The LAVC Philosophy/Economics Department will hold a Philosophy Lecture Series on Contemporary Moral/Ethical Issues during the Spring 2014 semester. The first lecture by Harold Ravitch, adjunct instructor, philosophy, LAVC, on "Education in Plato's Republic and California" will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 5-6 p.m. in Campus Center 104. This series of exciting and informative lectures will focus on a variety of interesting topics. Other upcoming lectures in the series include "Licensing for Parents: Locke and is Procreation a 'Right'?" on April 29, "Affirmative Action: Taylor" on May 6, "Labor and Habermas: Proposal to Raise the Minimum Wage" on May 13, and "Mill and the Decriminalization of Marijuana in CA and CO" on May 20. The lectures are free of charge and are put on by the philosophy instructors at LAVC. For more information, contact Christopher Pallotti at (818) 947-2468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 22 and 24
Want to Meet with a CSUN Admissions Representative? Sign Up Today for an Appointment on April 22 or 24
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will host a CSUN admissions representative on Tuesday, April 22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thursday, April 24 from 2-6 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center located in the Student Services Annex. The admission representative will be meeting with students during individual appointments. If you would like to make an appointment, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit www.lavc.edu/Transfer/index.html.
Transferring to UC? Don't Miss the "UC Transfer Workshop" on April 22
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will hold a "UC Transfer Workshop" for students who are planning to transfer to a University of California campus on Tuesday, April 22 from 5-6 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. Come ask your questions about admissions, personal statement, major, application, and more! For more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit www.lavc.edu/Transfer/index.html.
Planning on Transferring to Cal State Channel Islands? Make an Appointment to Talk with the Admissions Rep on April 23
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will have the California State University, Channel Islands admissions representative on-campus on Wednesday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center located in the Student Services Annex. The admission rep will be meeting with students during individual appointments to answer their questions about transferring to CSUCI including general major requirements, eligibility requirements and more. For more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit www.lavc.edu/Transfer/index.html.
Interested in Attending the University of Phoenix? Meet the Admissions Rep on April 23
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will have an admissions representative from the University of Phoenix on Wednesday, April 23 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center located in the Student Services Annex. Come learn about the University of Phoenix admissions process, programs, and much more. For more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit www.lavc.edu/Transfer/index.html.
Need Help on Making Your Needs a Priority? Don't Miss the "Putting Me First" Workshops on April 23 and 24
The Student Psychological Services will hold two "Putting Me First" workshops on Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24 from 1-2 p.m. in Campus Center 202. This workshop will teach you how to be assertive vs. being passive or aggressive, how to get your needs met, how to ask for what you want from others, and how to say "no" without feeling guilty. 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.
LAVC Theater Arts Department to Present ALICEn, a New Play with Music Based on the Works of Lewis Carroll, from April 23-27
The LAVC Theater Arts Department will present ALICEn, a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice books with original music by Matt Sheridan and Eric Killian on April 23-27 in the Horseshoe Theater. Performances will be held on Wednesday-Saturday, April 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27 at 2 p.m. The cast features LAVC students Matt McLaughlin, Ruben Hernandez, Maisha Grace, Lisa Marie Woods, Iselle Pena, Joclyn Palucho, Nicholas Goodreau, Jason Blanco, Kiki Bennett, Allena von Cayce, Shahid Thoronka, Veronica Vasquez, Mike Perrenoud, Shanti Smith-Mensah, Conrad Cruz, Sarkis Bakalyan, Nancy Garcia, Douglas Bruner, Mary Onyango, Kate Reinking, Phredi Cason, Tiana Goss, Marena Rosado, Monica Michele Fleming, Jazmine Sanchez, Natasha Lopez, Vincent Smith, Karla Romo, Channing Moore, Steven Montoya, Louis Lake III. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and children, $10 for LAVC students with an ID. To order tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/562698, or call the Theater Arts Department ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006. Seating is limited! For more information, visit the Theater Arts Department Web page at http://www.lavctheater.com/season.html.
April 24, May 3 and 8
Have You Heard? Free CPR Training and Certification Class for LAVC Students!
The LAVC Emergency Services Department will be offering free CPR/AED training and certification for LAVC students on April 24, and May 3 and 8 at 9 a.m.-12 noon and 1-4 p.m. in Emergency Services Training 114. Upon successful completion of the 3 hour course, you will receive a CPR/AED certification card. Space is limited; class size is limited to 15 people. To reserve a spot, call the LAVC Emergency Services Department at (818) 947-2982; please leave your name, contact number, and date and time of the class desired.
Are You Interested in Transferring to UCLA? Get a First-Hand Look at UCLA on April 25—Sign Up Today!
The LAVC Career Transfer Center (CTC) will offer bus trips for interested LAVC students to visit UCLA on Friday, April 25 from 6:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. There is a required $5 refundable fee to reserve your spot. Participants are asked to bring their lunch or money to purchase lunch during the trip. To reserve your spot or for more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit www.lavc.edu/transfer/.
You're Invited to Celebrate Earth Day at the Arbor/Earth Day Exhibit and Party on April 25
The LAVC Art Club will be holding a "Arbor/Earth Day Exhibit and Party" on Friday, April 25 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the cement slab in the North Mall of the campus in between the Theater Art and Art buildings.There will be an art show, scavenger hunt, paper making, collage workshop, information tables, food and music. In addition, there will be a Recycled Art Contest from 12-3 p.m. where painting, design, drawing, sculpture, fashion, ceramics, photos, prints, and collages will be made of 75% recycled materials. For more information, contact Carol Bishop at email@example.com.
LAVC to Host a Media Arts Career Event Called "Meet the Pros" on April 26
The California Media Arts CTE and Information Communication Technologies & Digital Media - Los Angeles Region will hold a "Meet the Pros 2014" event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Monarch Hall. Meet the Pros will feature representatives from all areas of media production. They will be on hand to discuss their career paths, what skills are needed to get into the field (including software), how to survive the job, and how to transition into a higher level position. For more information, contact the Meet the Pros Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (818) 947-2472.
LAVC Dance Program to Hold a "Dance Day" Fundraiser with Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Salsa, and Zumba Dance Classes on April 26
The LAVC Dance Program will hold a "Dance Day" where the public is invited to participate in a series of classes, which will be taught by guest artists in various dance genres on Saturday, April 26 from 12-5 p.m. in the Dance Studio in the North Gym. Classes will be offered in: Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Salsa, and Zumba. Classes are open to all ages 16 years and up. The cost is $4 per class or $15 for the whole day. (cash only). Proceeds will benefit the 2014 Spring Dance Production. For more information, contact Elizabeth Casebolt at email@example.com, or the visit the Dance Day event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/742761012421819/.
Want to Build Career Experiences, Leadership Skills and Make a Difference in the Lives of Children? Full-time, Paid, Year-of-Service Positions Available in 25 Different Cities; Apply by April 30!
City Year, an education focused, nonprofit organization, is offering full-time positions to college graduates who are interested in doing a paid, year of service. With 2500 positions to fill across the country (with over 1000 still to be filled), you can serve in your choice of 25 different cities. If you're selected, you get health insurance and loan forbearance, and will receive extensive training and professional development. Upon completion, participants will receive a $5,645 scholarship; City Year has partnerships with more than 80 grad schools for 25%-100% tuition scholarships. The final application deadline is April 30; apply online at http://www.cityyear.org/joincorps.aspx.For more information, visit cityyear.org or contact City Year Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAVC to Offer Free HIV & Hepatitis Screenings on May 7
The LAVC Student Health Center and Tarzana Treatment Center will hold a free "Rapid HIV and Hepatitis C Testing" on Tuesday, May 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Mobile HIV Unit outside the Allied Health & Sciences Center. Screenings are free, and the confidential results will be available in 15 minutes. No appointments are necessary; walk-ins are welcome. In addition, there will be educational materials available. For more information, contact the Student Health Center at (818) 947-2918.
Give Blood and Save 3 Lives! Come to the LAVC Blood Drive on May 8
The LAVC Student Health Center and American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive on Thursday, May 8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Monarch Hall. Do you want to be a superstar donor? It's easy as one, two, three! Just give three whole blood donations or two ALYX donations during the 2013-2014 school year. All Super Star donors will be recognized with a certificate, and will be entered for a special giveaway on May 8, 2014. Donors can donate Whole Blood every 56 days and ALYX every 112 days, so plan ahead! To schedule your life-saving appointment, visit the American Red Cross Web site (enter sponsor code: "LAVC"). 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 email@example.com. 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.
LAVC's Family Resource Center: A Home for LAVC Student-Parents!
The Family Resource Center (FRC) provides support services for all LAVC student-parents with young children. We are here to help you with parenting issues, academic challenges, or other barriers. The FRC is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and is located on the corner of Oxnard St. and Campus Dr. To make an appointment, call (818) 778-5612 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay connected with the FRC on Facebook (LAVC Family Resource Center) or Tumblr (lavc-frc.tumblr.com). For more information, contact the Family Resource Center at (818) 778-5612.
Gary Huff, FRC Coordinator, invited to present at CAEYC Conference
Gary Huff, coordinator of the Family Resource Center at LAVC, has been invited by the California Early Childhood Mentor Program to co-present a workshop at the 2014 California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Conference on April 4 in Pasadena. The workshop is titled "Communities of Practice in the California Early Childhood Mentor Program: Mentor Seminars, Going Deeper." The LAVC Mentor Program has been identified as a leader in the use of the Communities of Practice Model. As the coordinator of the program at LAVC, Gary will share best practices and stories from the field. Congratulations, Gary!
Women’s Basketball Coach Monica Hang to be Inducted into the Ventura College’s Athletic Hall of Fame
Ventura College will be honoring Monica Hang, coach of the LA Valley College Women’s Basketball Team, as a part of its 2014 class of inductees to the Ventura College Pirate Athletic Hall of Fame. Monica will be recognized as one of its five distinguished alumni at its annual Athletic Hall of Fame and Student Athlete Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, May 18. She played women’s basketball at Ventura College from 2000-2002 and was a 3-time state champion with a 105-6 team record. She was twice selected to the all-conference and all-state tournament. In addition, she coached the Lady Monarchs Basketball Team to win back-to-back Western State Conference (WSC) South championships. Congratulations Monica!
Book by English Professor Rod Moore Wins Juniper Prize in Fiction
Rod Moore, professor in the LAVC English Department, recently won the Juniper Prize in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His winning novel, A History of Hands, has just been published by the UMass press. The novel follows the story of Virge, an awkwardly introspective young man living with his parents, suffering from lingering effects of an accidental childhood poisoning, including a lack of coordination and the possibility of mental weakness. After tripping, falling and discovering his hands have become paralyzed, an elderly and possibly criminal doctor, offering free therapy, moves in. While the physician endeavors to restore the patient’s hands with a series of highly suspect injections, Virge recovers his sense of autonomy and an urge to escape the suffocating domestic circumstances that have perhaps caused his illnesses in the first place. The University of Massachusetts Press, in collaboration with the UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, established the Juniper Prize to honor and publish outstanding works of literary fiction. Congratulations Rod!
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 an online Job Board for students, alumni and area employers. The job board 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.
Dr. Fernando Rodriguez Named as the New Chancellor of the LA Community College District by the LACCD Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District has announced that it has selected Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, superintendent/president of the Mira Costa Community College District, to be LACCD's next chancellor. The selection of the new chancellor took place following a 10-month recruitment and selection process conducted by the Association for Community College Trustees. Dr. Rodriguez has been at his current position at Mira Costa Community College District for the last five years and overall in higher education for nearly 30 years. He has both a bachelor's and master's degree from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University. Dr. Rodriguez will assume his new position at LACCD on June 1.
LAVC Student Selected to Visit NASA as part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars Project
Lewis Marquez, a LAVC student, has been selected to travel to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center this spring to participate in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). Marquez is one of 40 community and junior college students from across the nation selected to participate. NCAS is a semester-long scholars program, culminating a three-day on-site event at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and offers students from across the nation the opportunity to interact NASA engineers and other participants as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students will form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team will be responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a 3d model of their rover and forming a company infrastructure, including budget, communications and presentations. The on-site experience at NASA includes a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts.
Elmida Baghdaserians, Child Development Department Chair, will Present at the CAEYC Conference
Elmida Baghdaserians, chair of the Child Development Department, will present at the 2014 California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Conference on April 5 in Pasadena. Her presentation geared towards college faculty, titled "Adult Learning Theory and the ECE field", will share how in the early 1970s Malcolm Knowles introduced the term "andragogy" describing differences between children and adult learners. Andragogy focuses on special needs of adult learners. Knowles identified six assumptions about adult learning: (1) need to know, (2) self-concept, (3) prior experience, (4) readiness to learn, (5) learning orientation, and (6) motivation to learn. In this presentation faculty will also focus on the following items: pedagogy and andragogy the connection of these theories and how it applies in the field of ECE. Congratulations Elmida!
Marni Roosevelt, FRC Director, Receives a Fellowship!
Marni Roosevelt, Director of the Family Resource Center (FRC), has been awarded a prestigious fellowship with the Simms/Mann Institute. She is one of 6 fellows selected from throughout the entire state of California. Through the upcoming year she will work on a research project that was inspired by this year's Think Tank that featured Dr. Ruth Feldman and Dr. Kyle Pruett from Yale University Child Study Center. Their area of expertise is on the neurobiological aspects of fatherhood. The Simms/Mann Institute Think Tank and Fellowship is a unique public/private partnership that is creating a cross-sector network of leaders to address the current and future needs of the early care workforce. This is the first program of its kind to be implemented at the community college level. Marni is the only person from the LACCD who has been awarded this honor. Congratulations Marni!
LA Valley College Honored with the 2013 American Red Cross Platinum Award
The American Red Cross awarded Los Angeles Valley College with its 2013 Red Cross Platinum Award on March 7. Sonia Nodal of the LAVC Student Health Center accepted the award on behalf of the college. The American Red Cross gave the Platinum award to LAVC because its successful efforts to increase the total units of blood the campus community donated by 43% in 2013. In 2013, the American Red Cross generously received over 300 units of blood, which can save over 900 lives, through the LAVC Blood Drives! The LAVC Student Health Center works closely with the American Red Cross to set up campus blood drives every month during each semester. It also created a Super Star Donor program to honor those individuals who donate three whole blood donations or 2 ALYX donations during the school year; the Super Star Donors are recognized in May with a certificate and prizes. The LAVC Student Health Center would like to thank all the faculty, staff, and students for their diligent efforts to either promote the blood drives or be generous donors in helping LAVC receive the 2013 Platinum Award.
LAVC's Library & Academic Resource Center wins a Best Public Project Award at the San Fernando Valley Business Journal's 2014 Commercial Real Estate Awards
The San Fernando Valley Business Journal recently recognized LAVC's Library & Academic Resource Center as an award finalist for "Best Public Project" in its 2014 Commercial Real Estate Awards. The awards reception, which was held on March 4, recognizes the biggest, best and most notable construction projects in the San Fernando Valley that were completed in 2013. Congratulations!
Did You Know? LAVC is Now a Smoke Free Campus Except in New Designated Smoking Areas
As of February 4, 2013, Los Angeles Valley College is a "Smoke Free Campus" except in designated smoking areas on campus. The following four designated smoking areas have been established on campus: (1) West of the Library & Academic Resource Center, near College Road North; (2) the Southwest corner of Parking Lot D, near Campus Drive and Emelita Street; (3) between the Field House and Bungalow 78, near Ethel Avenue, and (4) south of the Engineering Building, near Parking Lot A. To view the locations of all the designated smoking areas visit current campus map on the college Web site. 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. To read the IEC motion. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Raul Gonzalez, Associate Vice President of Administrative Services, at email@example.com.
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.
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 on the bus and rail routes to Valley College, visit the LAVC Parking Information Web page.
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" at https://www.facebook.com/lavalleycollege.
Professor Darby Southgate Published in the International Perspectives on Education and Society
Darby Southgate, sociology professor, has recently published a chapter in the International Perspectives on Education and Society, "Out of the Shadows: The Global Intensification of Supplementary Education", Volume 22. In the chapter titled "Family Capital: a Determinant of Supplementary Education in 17 Nations", she measures the impact of family capital on the use of supplementary education, such as tutoring in core subjects. Using logistic regression, she examines family-level determinants—SES, family structure, culture, educational aspirations, language, parental level of education and occupational prestige, and gender—among 17 nations, grouped by level of intensity. She finds that families with high levels of cultural capital are most likely to purchase supplementary education, which is interpreted as supporting the notion that family choice of supplementary education is a social reproduction mechanism in education. This research helps us understand how and why families choose additional education, and how supplementary education can be an "unequalizer." It will also inform future studies on national variations in supplementary education. For more information, visit the International Perspectives on Education & Society Web site.
Elmida Baghdaserians Presented at the Early Childhood STEM Conference
Elmida Baghdaserians, chair of the LAVC Child Development Department, made a presentation on "How to Promote Science in the Early Years" at the Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference in Costa Mesa on February 8. The conference, which was hosted by the Children's Center at Caltech (CCC), the Children & Families Commission of Orange County, and Think Together (TT), focused on the importance of introducing STEM education in early childhood (birth through eight years) and featured an expert panel discussion, workshops and exhibits. Congratulations Elmida!
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. This 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 are links to information about Valley College's $626 million renovation and building project that is funded through voter supported Proposition 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, or click on the "Construction & Parking Updates" button on the LAVC Homepage.
Want to Get Campus Emergency Updates? Sign Up for AlertU (Emergency Mobile Text Alerts) Today!
Los Angeles Valley College is offering an SMS-based emergency notification service for your mobile (cell) phone. In the event of an emergency, LAVC students, staff, faculty and others will be alerted in real-time by text message with important security information. Signing up for AlertU is voluntary, but this is the best and fastest way to learn right away in an emergency. To sign up for AlertU, visit the LAVC homepage (click the "AlertU" button on the left hand side of the page, enter the cell phone number and click "go", and reply with a "Y" to the confirmation text message sent to the cell phone). To learn more, visit the Alert U Web Page.
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.
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.
Campus Street, Parking and Pedestrian Pathway Closures Due to On-Going Construction
Construction on campus has caused the closure of some internal campus streets, pedestrian pathways, as well as some staff parking areas. The following closures will be in effect as of Monday, February 10:
- Campus Drive between Parking Lot C and Hatteras Drive will be closed,
- Emelita Street (southside of the Maintenance & Operations) will be closed,
- Parking Lot K for faculty/staff (eastside of Campus Center) will be closed,
- The pedestrian pathway between the former Cafeteria Building and Campus Center will be closed,
- The pedestrian pathway between the Art Building and the former Cafeteria Building will be closed,
- The pedestrian pathway between the Aquatics Center/Pool and South Gym will be closed, and
- A portion of the pedestrian pathway between the Music Building and the Motion Picture Studio will be closed.
These closures are necessary so that the college can proceed with its construction projects. Please refer to the current campus map on the college Web site for an illustration of the latest street closures, parking lot closures and pedestrian pathway changes on the campus. For more information regarding specific projects associated with campus construction, visit the LAVC Construction & Parking Updates Web page.
LAVC Opens a New Temporary Parking Lot M and Changes a Portion of Ethel Avenue into a Two-Way Street
As of August 22, a new temporary Parking Lot M has opened up in the location of the old tennis courts, and the southern portion of Ethel Avenue between the Allied Health & Sciences Center and Burbank Boulevard has been made be a two-way street. The old tennis courts were converted to a Parking Lot M to provide the campus with an additional 122 parking spaces, which will offset some of the parking issues being caused by the current construction on campus. Please view the campus map to see the new changes. For more information, visit the ReVitalizing Valley College's Construction & Parking Updates 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.
U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center Posts Information about College Tuition and Fees Online
The U.S. Department of Education has posted on the net price, graduation, loan default rate and typical amount borrowed by students at postsecondary institutions on its College Affordability and Transparency Center Web site. This site highlights institutions with high and low tuition and fees as well as high and low net prices (the price of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid). It also shows institutions where tuition and fees and net prices are increasing at the highest rates. The 2013 lists are based on data collected during the 2011-12 IPEDS data collection cycle, the most recent data that have undergone the full NCES data review process and that have been publicly released via the IPEDS Data Center. These lists meet requirements outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA). Per the HEOA, the lists are updated annually and posted by July 1. For more information, visit the LAVC Gainful Employment Web page.
Did You Know? Community College Students Can Complete Their Associate and Bachelor's Degrees in Only 120 Units with the Associate Degree for Transfer Program
The California Community Colleges' "I Can Afford College" is highlighting a new program called Associate Degree for Transfer, which provides community college students with guaranteed admission to the California State University system without taking wasted units that are not needed to transfer. The Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) is a special program that makes it easier for students to transfer from a California community college to a California State University campus. Students who earn an AA-T or AS-T degree and meet the California State University minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to the California State University system. For more information, read the June 2013 "I Can Afford College" Newsletter.
CA Community College Chancellor's Office "Salary Surfer" Shares How Much Graduates Can Earn with a Community College Degree
The California Community College Chancellor's Office has launched an online tool called Salary Surfer that allows students and the public to view the aggregated median earnings of those who complete a certificate or degree in a specific community college discipline and then enter the workforce. This new tool displays median annual incomes for those who complete 179 of the most widely enrolled programs and did not transfer to a four-year institution. It shows the median earnings for a community college graduate two years prior to earning a certificate or degree, then two years and five years after earning a certificate or degree. This tool also provides information on which colleges offer programs in those specific disciplines. The Salary Surfer does not contain information about wages earned by community college students who transfer to a four-year institution. For more information about the Salary Surfer, visit the LAVC Gainful Employment Data Web Page.
CA Community College Chancellor's Office's Provides Median Wage Information for California Community College Graduates on the College Wage Tracker Web Page
The California Community College Chancellor's Office has a College Wage Tracker that allows students and the public to find the median wage information for students who have completed credit awards at a particular California Community College. The information is taken according to a series of academic years using the California Employment Development (EDD) Unemployment Insurance (UI) wage data. It shows the total annual median wages for students three years after completion of award are displayed and categorized by College and type of award. Additional information on College Wage Tracker is available on the LAVC Gainful Employment Data Web Page.
LAVC Named to the 2013 “Most Affordable Large Community Colleges” List
Los Angeles Valley Colleges had been ranked on the 2013 Affordable Colleges Online List of the “Most Affordable Large Community Colleges” by AffordableCollegesOnline.org. This listing for prospective students is comprised of 100 top quality large community colleges that have an affordable price tag. Eight of the nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District are noted on the list. To view the entire list, visit the “AC Online List: Most Affordable Large Community Colleges” option at AffordablecollegesOnline.org Web Page.
California Community Colleges' Scorecard Reports on Student Success
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has recently established a performance measurement system called the "Student Success Scorecard" that tracks student success at all 112 community colleges; a link to Los Angeles Valley College's Scorecard is posted on the college homepage. The scorecard shares data on how well colleges are doing in remedial instruction, job training program, retention of students, and graduation and completion rates. For more information regarding the Student Success Scorecard, visit the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office Web Page.
LAVC Recognized for a Second Year as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation
Los Angeles Valley College has been recognized as a 2012 Tree Campus USA®. This is the second year in a row the college has received this unique distinction; last year, LAVC was the first California Community college (and only institution of higher learning in Los Angeles to be honored with this recognition. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, Inc., honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. To obtain this distinction, LAVC met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects. For more information on LAVC's Tree Campus USA designation, visit the LAVC Tree Master Plan Web Page.
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.
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.