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Student Equity and Achievement Program (SEA)

Counseling Department
Contact & Hours

Student Services Annex (SSA)
(818) 947-2474


All new students are required to complete the Student Equity and Achievement Program (SEA) matriculation process which includes three core services: online Placement, Orientation, Counseling, and Counseling/Student Educational Planning (POC).


Following the guidelines of AB 705, LA Valley College has implemented a NEW process for placement into English & Math courses. English as a Native Language (ENL) & Math assessments are no longer offered as of February 5, 2019. The process uses multiple measures including high school coursework, grades, and grade point average to determine placement into college-level English & Math.

·      New and returning students may refer to their U.S. high school transcripts when answering the multiple measures questions as part of the initial college application.

·      Continuing students will be prompted to complete the multiple measures questions in the student portal for updated English and Math placements.

Multiple measures questions will be available online through the student portal starting Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 via

The English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment is still offered. Students interested in being placed in the ESL sequence may visit the Assessment Center starting Wednesday, Feb 20th.

Students unable to answer the multiple measures questions, should complete the guided self-placement process available February 20th or consult with a counselor.


All new, non-exempt students are required to complete online orientation prior to assessment. Online Orientation is a multime­dia presentation available on the Counseling Department webpage.

Topics include:

  • Campus Policies & Procedures
  • Academic expectations
  • Educational Program Information
  • Campus resources and special programs
  • Maintaining registration priority


First Semester Student Educational Planning (SEP):  Once students have completed placement and online orientation, they are required to attend an in-person Counseling: First Semester Student Educational Planning (SEP) session or complete the online version. In-person SEP sessions are counselor-led group advisement ses­sions where students receive more personalized attention:

  • English and Math Placement
  • Educational Goal
  • Registration Process
  • Important dates and deadlines
  • First Semester Educational Planning (Abbreviated SEP)

Comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP):  Before completing 15 units, or their third semester, students are notified that they must declare a course of study and complete a Comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP). Students may attend a group advisement sessions to develop individual Comprehensive SEP to help guide them in completing their educational goal.  Counselors are also available by appointment for:

  • Comprehensive SEP
  • Career assessment and exploration
  • Transfer information
  • Academic or personal issues