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Most Classes Start: June 15
L.A. Valley College to Offer Summer Session 2015; Summer 2015 Class Schedule Posted Online
Want to Be Alerted During a Campus Emergency? Give LAVC Your Cell Phone and Alternate Email to Receive Emergency Alert Notifications
LAVC is urging all LAVC students, faculty and staff to provide their emergency contact information to Valley College. Students must provide their information on the LAVC Connect portal; faculty and staff can update their information on PCR (District Portal). This information will be used to contact all students, faculty and staff during a campus emergency. Since 2014, LAVC has been using Blackboard Connect to send emergency alert notifications; this system allows the college to simultaneously send students, staff and faculty by email, voice, and text message. 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 a personal email addresses will ONLY be sent to students, faculty and staff who have provide that type of emergency contact information. 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.
Spring Semester 2015
Are You Hungry? Food is Available at a Food Truck on Campus, in the LAVC Bookstore and at On-Campus Vending Machines
During Spring Semester 2015, food will be available for purchase at several locations on campus. Food services will be available at a food truck in Monarch Square, at the LAVC Monarch Store (Bookstore) and at vending machines on campus. Food services are available at:
All Services Catering (ASC) food truck (located in Monarch Square) is open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
LAVC Monarch Store is open from Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Vending machines are located throughout campus, and are open all the time.
To find the location of the food truck and LAVC Monarch Store/Bookstore, view the LAVC Campus Map. The former Cafeteria Building was demolished to construct a new Student Union building, which will be the future home of the Cafeteria, Bookstore, Student Health Center and the Associated Student Union. For more information regarding food services on campus, contact Raul Gonzalez in Administrative Services at (818) 947-2606.
Spring Semester 2015
Looking for Free Tutoring? LAVC Academic Resource Center Offers Expanded Evening and Weekend Tutoring Hours
The LAVC Academic Resource Center is offering expanded evening, Friday and Saturday tutoring hours on the second floor of the Library and Academic Resource Center (LARC); biology tutoring is offered in Allied Health and Sciences (AHS) 232. You must present your student I.D. (Monarch Card) to utilize these services. For help with math classes, visit the Math Lab in LARC 226. For assistance with any course that has writing assignments, visit the Writing Center in LARC 229. For assistance with challenging courses like chemistry, statistics, foreign languages, transfer math, and others, visit General Tutoring in LARC 212. In addition, the Computer Commons in LARC 234 has 100 computers available for student use. For more information, visit the LAVC Academic Resources and Tutoring Services Web page.
Spring Semester 2015
LAVC Writing Center Offers Spring 2015 Workshops to Help Students Improve their Grades and their Writing
The LAVC Writing Center is offering a variety of interactive workshops for students during the Spring 2015 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 Spring 2015 workshops, visit the LAVC Writing Center's Web page.
February 23-June 7
Don't Forget to Buy Your Spring Parking Permit! Parking Permits are Now Required to Park in Student Parking Lots
The College Sheriff reminds all students that as of Monday, February 23, parking permits are now required to park on campus. Parking citations will be issued to vehicles parked in student parking areas without the required permit. Also, please do not park in faculty/staff parking spots; faculty/staff parking permits are required at all times to park in any faculty/staff parking area. Students can purchase their student parking permit at the LAVC Business Office. For more information on parking permit fees, visit the LAVC Business Office Web page.
Beginning: March 23
New Student Services Hours of Operation for Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, and Veterans and International Students Office
Beginning March 23, LAVC's Admissions & Records Office, Financial Aid Office, and the Veteran and International Student Services Office will be open Mondays-Thursdays from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first floor of the Student Services Center. These longer hours will enable the college's student support services to better serve our students and help them meet their academic goals. For more information on the services available at each office, visit the LAVC Admissions & Records Web page, the LAVC Financial Aid Web page, the LAVC Veterans Student Services Web page and the LAVC International Student Services Web page.
April 21, 28, May 4, 11, 18, 25 & June 2
Join the LAVC Student Health Center's Brand-New Mindfulness/Meditation Group!
The LAVC Student Health Center invites you to join its new weekly Mindfulness and Meditation Group. The group meets every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Community Services Center, Multipurpose Room 1. For more information, contact the LAVC Student Health Center at (818) 947-2918.
April 21, 29 & May 5, 12, 19
LAVC Philosophy/Economics Department Presents a Spring 2015 Philosophy Lecture Series
The LAVC Philosophy/Economics Department will hold a "Philosophy Lecture Series" on various philosophical issues during the Spring 2015 semester. This series of exciting and informative lectures will focus on a variety of interesting philosophical topics. All lectures are free of charge and are put on by instructors in the LAVC Philosophy/Economics department. The following Spring 2016 Philosophy Lecture Series lectures will be offered on selected Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. in Campus Center 104:
"Aristotle on Friendship" lecture by Harold Rawitch, adjunct instructor, philosophy, LAVC, on Tuesday, April 21
"Marx and Carnegie on Alienation" lecture by Christopher Pallotti, assistant professor, philosophy, LAVC, on Tuesday, April 29
"Epictetus on the Good Life" lecture by Nathan Placencia, assistant professor, philosophy, LAVC, on Tuesday, May 5
"Plato on the Transformative Power of Knowledge" lecture by Zachary Knorr, assistant professor, philosophy, LAVC, on Tuesday, May 12
"Plato's Meno" lecture by William Wallis, professor, English, LAVC, on Tuesday, May 19
For more information, contact Christopher Pallotti at (818) 947-2468 or email@example.com.
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 and the LAVC Career/Transfer Center (CTC) are holding "Probation 2" workshops for students on academic or progress probation on Monday, April 27 from 12-1:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 30 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the LAVC Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. This workshop will help students on academic or progress probation get back on track and into good academic standing. No need to attend both workshops; the same information will be covered in each session. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
LAVC to Hold a Faculty Roundtable on "Teaching with Your Mouth Shut" on April 27
LAVC Professional Development will hold a Faculty Roundtable on "Teaching with Your Mouth Shut" on Monday, April 27 from 1-2 p.m. in Library & Academic Resource Center 200. Learn how to make your students works harder than you do. For more information, contact LAVC Professional Development at (818) 947-2712 or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page.
April 27 & 29
Want to Improve Your Writing Skills? Don't Miss the Free Writing Center Workshops on April 27 & 29!
The LAVC Writing Center is offering an "Analyzing Literature" Workshop on Monday, April 27 and an "Essay: Types and Structures" Workshop on Wednesday, April 29; all workshops are held from 1-2 p.m. in the Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) 212. The Writing Center offers a variety of free workshops for students throughout the semester in the areas of "Strategies for Success", "Grammar and Syntax" and "Essay Writing". No appointment is necessary! You will be able to refine and improve all aspects of your writing including, grammar, sentence skills, paragraphing, and essays. Beginning writers, ESL and transfer-ready students will also benefit from these workshops. For more information, visit the LAVC Writing Center Web page.
April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month—LAVC to Hold Sexual Assault Prevention Workshops on April 27-29 and Don't Forget to Wear Denim on April 29 for Denim Day
The LAVC Student Health Center and the Violence Prevention Advocacy Team will be offering several free workshops to raise awareness of sexual assault prevention during Sexual Assault Prevention month in April, and for Denim Day on April 29. As part of Sexual Assault Prevention month, the following activities will be held at Valley College:
Popcorn & a Movie with Peace Over Violence—Peace Over Violence will facilitate a workshop on interpersonal violence that includes popcorn and a movie followed by a question and answers session on Monday, April 27 from 10-11 a.m. in the Fireside Room.
Campus Safety & Sexual Violence Prevention Workshop – The LAVC Sheriff's Deputy Frank Velasco and the LAVC Student Psychological Services Intern Angel Faith will host a campus safety and sexual violence prevention workshop on Tuesday, April 28 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Library & Academic Resource Center 203.
Denim Day 2015 – The Los Angeles Community College District encourages the campus community to show their support of individuals who have been sexually assaulted by wearing jeans for Denim Day 2015 on Wednesday, April 29.
Two-Part Self-Defense Workshops—The LAVC Student Health Center is offering a free two-part self-defense class on Wednesday, April 29 in the Community Services Center, Multipurpose Room 1; Part 1 will be held from 10-11 a.m. and Part 2 will be held from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Facilitated by LAVC faculty member Doris Kaufman, these workshops will offer hands-on training on basic techniques to improve safety.
For more information, contact the LAVC Student Health Center at (818) 947-2918.
Computer-Based Test: April 28-29
Paper-Based Test: May 1-2
Practice Test: May 1
Need to Take the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test)? LAVC to Offer the Computer-Based and the Paper-Based Test; Practice Test Also Offered
The LAVC CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) Program is now accepting registrations for the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test). LAVC is an official HiSET testing site; the computer-based tests will be offered on Tuesday-Wednesday, April 28-29 and the paper-based test on Friday-Saturday, May 1-2. It will also offer the practice test on Friday, May 1; practice tests are also available by appointment. 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. Both types of tests are offered on a regular basis. The fee for the full test is $150.00 (non-refundable). The fee for the practice test is $10. For more information on HiSET® Testing, including registration information and all upcoming test and practice test dates and times, visit the LAVC CalWORKs Web page.
Are You Interested in Transferring to UCLA? Talk with a UCLA Peer Mentor on April 28 to Get Your Questions Answered
The LAVC Career Transfer Center (CTC) will host the UCLA Peer Mentor on Tuesday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. The UCLA Peer Mentor will be able to 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) 778-5576 or visit LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
April 28-May 28
Free Workshops to Help Students Prepare for the End of the Semester at the LAVC Academic Resource Center
The LAVC Academic Resource Center is offering a free workshop series to help students finish the Spring 2015 Semester strong, and develop a great plan for summer. Free workshops will teach students about goal setting, time management, test taking strategies for final exams, and how to improve their writing and grammar for final essays and term papers. One workshop topic will be offered each week, and workshop sessions will be available on Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m. The following series of workshops will be offered:
Self Discovery Workshop - Discover your interests, and then learn how to explore a major or career that's right for you at this workshop; choose from workshops offered on April 28-30
Setting Goals Workshop - Learn how to set goals and meet them at this workshop that will be offered between May 5-7
Time Management Workshop - Learn how to maximize your most precious commodity—your time—and make the most of your day at this workshop being held between May 12-14
ESL/English Intensive Review - Improve your English and take your communication skills to the next level at this workshop, which will be offered between May 19-21
Test Taking Strategies - With final examinations on the way, come learn how to ace those test at this workshop; workshops offered on May 26-28
The same information will be covered on the three workshops each week; no need to attend all three workshops. A complete list of workshop dates is posted on the LAVC Writing Center Web page. For more information, contact Scott Weigand in the LAVC Academic Resource Center at (818) 947-2811.
Are You Undecided about Your Major or Career? Get Help at One of the Undecided Major Workshops This Week
The Career/Transfer Center (CTC) will hold "Undecided Major" workshops on Tuesday, April 28 from 5:30-7 p.m., and Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30 from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. The Undecided Major workshop will help you determine what major at Valley College is best suited for you and your career goals. Workshop sessions cover the same information; no need to attend all three workshops. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
April 28 & 30
Do You Know What You Need to Do to Successfully Transfer to a College or University? Sign Up to Attend the "Transfer 101" Workshop
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center (CTC) will offer "Transfer 101" workshops on Tuesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 30 from 4-5 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center located in the Student Services Annex. The workshop will answer your questions about how to transfer, and will give you the latest information to help you transfer successfully to a UC or CSU campus. No need to attend both workshops; the same information will be covered in each session. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Get Prepared for the End of the Semester—Find Out the Major or Career That's Right for You at the Free "Self Discovery" Workshops on April 28-30
The LAVC Academic Resource Center is offering free workshops on "Self Discovery" on Tuesday, April 28 from 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 29 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and Thursday, April 30 from 1-2:30 p.m.; all workshops will be held on Library & Academic Resource Center 212. The "Self Discover" workshop will help you discover your interests and abilities, and how to find a major or career that's right for you. This workshop is part of the "Your Finish Your Semester Strong" workshop series; other workshops will be offered during the remainder of the Spring 2015 semester. For more information, contact Scott Weigand in the LAVC Academic Resource Center at (818) 947-2811.
Got Questions about Transferring to CSUN? Come and Talk with the CSUN Peer Mentor
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center (CTC) will host a CSUN Peer Mentor on Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. The CSUN Peer Mentor will be on-campus to answer general questions about transferring to CSUN including majors, financial aid, and more. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Want to Learn More about Transferring to National University? Come meet its Admissions Rep on April 29
The LAVC Career Transfer Center (CTC) will host an admissions representative from National University on Wednesday, April 29 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. The admissions rep can answer your questions about transferring to this private school including majors, eligibility requirements and financial aid. For more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Unsure on How to Create a Cover Letter or Resume? Come to the Resume/Cover Letter Workshop on April 29
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center (CTC) will hold a "Resume/Cover Letter" Workshop on Wednesday, April 29 from 2-3 p.m. in the in the Career/Transfer Center located in the Student Services Annex. This workshop will show you how to highlight your qualifications, and how to understand what employees are looking for. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Deadline: April 29
Recognize Your Outstanding Peers with a LAVC Above and Beyond Award; Nomination are Due April 29!
Faculty and staff are encouraged to recognize their peers for outstanding leadership, vision, and commitment to the college by nominating their co-workers for a LAVC Above and Beyond Award. Nominations are being accepted until Wednesday, April 29 in the following categories: "Creativity and Innovation", "Outstanding Work Ethic", "Outstanding Service and Mentoring to Students", "Fulfilling the College's Mission towards Student Success", "Community Involvement and Monarch Pride", and "Just Do It!" If you know a deserving person, please deposit your completed nomination form in the campus mail slot outside the mailroom by the April 29. To request the nomination form, contact Maggie Lopez in the LAVC President's Office at (818) 947-2321. The "Above and Beyond" award winners will be announced at the Spring 2015 Service Recognition, Above and Beyond Awards, and Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, May 12.
LAVC Faculty Invited to the "Create a Stimulating and Engaging Syllabus" Workshop
LAVC Professional Development will hold a "Create a Stimulating and Engaging Syllabus" workshop on Thursday, April 30 from 4-6 p.m. in Library & Academic Resource Center 200. Learn how to create effective syllabi, and get an overview of various designs, models, ideas and technology you can use for a great syllabus. This workshop is facilitated by Levin Welch, instructor, Sociology, and Fatema Baldiwala, instructor, English, and Faculty Teaching and Learning Academy (FTLA) Certified. For more information, contact LAVC Professional Development at (818) 947-2712 or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page.
LAVC to Host a STARS Panel Discussion on "Student Success Stories"
LAVC Strategic Team for the Advancement and Retention of Students (STARS) Committee will hold a "STARS Panel—Student Success Stories" event on Thursday, April 30 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Behavioral Sciences Building 102. Students, faculty and staff are invited to hear from a panel of students who have been successful at Valley College, and are getting ready to start the next phase of their journeys. Participants will learn the "secrets of success" from these students including how they overcame obstacles, how they decided on a major and selected the right courses to take, what college services were helpful for them, and other types of valuable advice to help someone be more successful in completing his/her educational goals. For more information, contact LAVC Professional Development at (818) 947-2712.
Do You Know What to Do After You've Applied to a CSU or UC Campus? Don't Miss the "What's Next" Workshop on April 30
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center (CTC) will host a "CSU/UC: What's Next" Workshop on Thursday, April 30 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center located in the Student Services Annex. The "What's Next" workshop is for students who have applied for Fall 2015 admissions to any California State University and/or University of California campus. You will get an overview on the things that you will have to do after you have applied, but before you can be accepted to a UC or CSU campus. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Want to Transfer to Pepperdine's Business School? Come to an Information Session on Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center (CTC) will hold an information session on Pepperdine University's GraziadioSchool of Business and Management on Thursday, April 30 from 5-7 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. Participants will learn about Pepperdine University and its admissions process, majors, and much more! For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Mark Your Calendar—LACCD Black Graduation is May 21 at WLAC
The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Black Graduation Committee invites all faculty and staff to attend the "LACCD Black Graduation Celebration" on Thursday, May 21 at 3 p.m. in West Los Angeles College. This annual celebration will celebrate the achievements of students of the African diaspora. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To RSVP, please visit www.WLAC.edu/Black‐Graduation/index.aspx.
Deadline: June 5
Attention Graduates—Are You Transferring to a College or University This Fall? Let LAVC Share the Good News on the College Marquees
LAVC would like to publicly recognize LAVC students who will be transferring to a four-year college or university in Fall 2015 on the college's electronic marquees. If you'd like to share what school you will be transferring to, please send an email with your name, the school you are going to, and your student ID number to email@example.com by Friday, June 5.
Attention Class of 2015! LAVC Commencement Ceremony will be held on June 11 at 9 a.m.
LAVC will hold its 2015 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 11 at 9 a.m. in Monarch Stadium. Information for graduates and their families is now available online. For more information, contact the Student Services Office at (818) 947-2543, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting Fall 2015
Attention Students—Announcing New Prerequisites for Chem 51 and Chem 68!
Effective in Fall 2015, students who would like to enroll in Chem 51 must have completed Math 115 or its equivalent (Math 113, Math 114) with a grade of C or better. Similarly, Math 125 will be required as a prerequisite for Chem 68. Please note: Students who place above the level of the prerequisite math class will have met the prerequisite. If you have any questions regarding the prerequisite change for Chem 51 and Chem 68, please contact the LAVC Chemistry Department at (818) 947-2827.
Starting Fall 2015
Attention Life Science or Pre-Med Majors! LAVC will be Offering Two New Calculus-Based Physics Classes with Laboratory starting this Fall!
Starting in Fall 2015, the LAVC Physics Department will be offering new Phys 66 and Phy 67 classes for life science or pre-med students transferring to UCLA, Berkeley or other university that requires (or encourages) one year of calculus-based physics with laboratory. Phys 66 (to be offered in the Fall semester) has a prerequisite of Math 240 or its equivalent and a co-requisite of Math 265. Phy 67 (to be offered in the Spring semester) has a prerequisite of Phys 66 and Math 265. Both of these new courses are UC and CSU transferrable, and can replace Phys 6 or Phys 7 for transfer since they satisfy more requirements. For more information, contact the Ted Fickel in the Physics Department at email@example.com.
Got News to Share? LAVC's PR Office Can Provide College Departments/
Programs/Services with Publicity Assistance
The LAVC Public Relations Office is available to assist LAVC departments, programs and services with promoting news and events to the campus community and the general public. It can help with posting announcements in the College Bulletin, on the college's electronic marquees, on LAVC's online calendar, on the LAVC News & Events section of the college's homepage, and on LAVC's Facebook and Twitter pages. Simply fill out a PR Request Form for your eventor news item, and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: The LAVC PR Office is unable to fulfill requests from organizations not directly affiliated with Los Angeles Valley College. In addition, the Public Relations Office can assist college departments and programs with the creation ofFacebook pages. Any requests to update college Web pages should be sent directly to email@example.com; the LAVC Public Relations Office no longer oversees the college web site, and it is now managed by the LAVC Information Technology Department. For more information, visit the LAVC Public Relations 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 Faculty/Staff!—LAVC Emergency Alerts will Now be Sent to the Email Addresses and Phone Number Listed in the District Portal; Employees Urged to Update Their Information in PCR
Effective March 13, 2015, LAVC will send employees any campus emergency alerts to their work, home and/or cell phone number(s), and to their campus and personal email address(es) that are listed in the district portal (PCR). Faculty and staff are encouraged to check their information on PCR / District Portal to ensure that they will continue to receive emergency alert notifications; any information entered into the LAVC Connect Portal will no longer be used. Since 2014, LAVC has been using Blackboard Connect to send emergency alert notifications; this system allows the college to simultaneously send students, staff and faculty by email, voice, and text message. 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, and to their work, home and cell phone numbers and personal email address (according to the District Portal). Students will still have to provide their cell phone and personal email address on the LAVC Connect Portal to receive emergency alert notifications by text and/or to their personal email. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the LAVC Emergency Response Plan Web Page.
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.
Two LAVC Students Selected to Participate in the NCAS Armstrong Flight Research Center On-Site Workshop
Ivan Merino and Diana Lau, LAVC students, were selected to participate in an NCAS (NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program) onsite workshop on April 15-17 at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. NCAS offers community college students interested in pursuing a NASA related STEM career an opportunity to participate in an online learning experience and the onsite workshop. Following a competitive selection process, Ivan and Diana were selected to participate in an all-travel-expenses-paid trip to a NASA field center, work in teams to create a fictitious company competing to win a NASA contract for the next Mars mission, access unique NASA people, missions, and facilities, work side-by-side with a NASA mentor and team of high-achieving community college students from across the nation, and learn what it is like to work at NASA. Congratulations!
Attention Employees—New Key Request Procedure
Effective immediately, LAVC is transitioning to the new Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and the office of Administrative Services will no longer accept the "Gold Card" Key Request Form. To access the CMMS, first go to the "LACCD Portal" by doing the following steps:
Go to https://portal.laccd.edu/irj/portal –OR– Go to www.lavc.edu, click on the "Faculty and Staff" link on the left hand side, then click on the "Computer Maintenance Management System" link in the black box.
Log in using your username and password. Use the "First Time User" link for help logging in.
Once you are logged in, click on the "Work Request" tab and choose "Key Request" to reach the electronic form.
Fill out the form. When requesting a replacement key, please include your lost key report number when submitting your request.
Click "Submit" to send the request for approval and processing. All requests must be approved by the Department Chair and VP of Administrative Services.
For more information about this new key request procedure, contact LAVC Administrative Services at (818) 947-2336.
Have You Seen the Valley/Pierce/Mission College's "Our Students are Going Places" Bus? Metro Bus Wrap Campaign Promotes Enrollment at the Three LACCD 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, picture of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attention Faculty & Staff! LAVC Mailroom Hours of Operation
The mailroom, which is located in Campus Center (next to the elevator), is always open during normal operating hours of the college for faculty to access their mailboxes. The back room of the mailroom for mail pickup by departments is normally open as follows:
Monday-Thursday from 8 a,m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Fridays from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
If you need access to the back room and it is locked please go to Reprographics located in Room W101.
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.
Attention New Parents! The Family Resource Center has a Free Baby Clothes Exchange for the Community
The LAVC Family Resource Center offers a free baby clothes exchange (newborns to 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 may 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.