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ONLINE CAMPUS SERVICES

LAVC is here and ready to help you online! We’re offering online/remote support services as well as online academic support.

ONLINE STUDENT SERVICES

The Welcome Center, Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Counseling, Special Programs, High School Outreach, Student Life, and more are available to assist you online. Visit our LAVC Online Student Services webpage

VIRTUAL CHAT

Let us assist you through our popular online virtual chat feature on the LACCD Student Portal. Click on “Online Counseling and Live Chat” tile and select the department you like to contact. You will be able to see what representative is available to chat with you; Hours and availability vary. Find who you want to chat with and select "Knock on the Door" to alert them. (If you don't find the person you need, check back frequently to see if that person is available.)

ONLINE ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Free online tutoring is available through NetTutor on Canvas or the SIS portal. For details, visit the LAVC Academic Resource Center's NetTutor webpage.

Remote academic support tutoring services are available by the Academic Resource Center (ARC) through Canvas and Zoom during Summer Session. For self-instructional resources and all updates related to tutoring, visit the LAVC Academic Resource Center  webpage

Online research assistance and research materials is available through the LAVC Library during Summer Session. Get online access to a great variety of research materials including ebooks, articles, movies, tutorials, and more. Librarians are also available via email Monday–Friday (during operating hours) and 24/7 via real-time chat to help you find what they need. For the latest information on Library services and hours, visit the Library’s COVID-19 webpage

CONTACT A DEPARTMENT OR OFFICE

Visit our Directory of LAVC Services and Departments page to contact us directly by email or phone during our normal business hours. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

STUDENT HELPLINE & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For help with Canvas, SIS, IT support, or general questions, call the toll-free LACCD Student Helpline at 1-888-930-5222 (open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) or email studenthelp@laccd.edu.

Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions is available on the LACCD Frequently Asked Questions webpage and on the LAVC President's Student Town Hall Questions & Answers.

 


BASIC NEEDS RESOURCES

Updated 7/13/20

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

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


FOOD RESOURCES

LA Food Bank Pantry Locator

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

Local Food Banks (Updated 7/2/20)

Salvation Army San Fernando Valley Corps
14917 Victory Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Open: 9:00am-12:00pm

North Valley Caring Services
15453 Rayen St.
North Hills, CA 91343
Open: 10:00am-1:00pm

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
7400 Tujunga Dr
North Hollywood, CA 91605
Open: 11:00am-1:00pm

Prince of Peace/ Family Rescue 
22103 Van Owen St
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Open: 9:00am-1:00pm

For the most up-to-date information, visit the LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry Information webpage

Hot Meals (Updated 7/2/20)

Holy Family Services
10825 Moorpark St.
N.Hollywood, CA 91402
Open: 9:00am

Free Grab and Go Lunches for Kids (Updated 7/1/20)

The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is offering free grab and go lunches for kids ages 1-18 years old on Mondays through Fridays from June 29, 2020 - August 14, 2020. For more information call (213)-485-8743, visit the LA Parks and Recreation 2020 Lunch Program webpage, or text "Summer Meals" to 97779.

California Meals for Kids Mobile App

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


HOUSING / SHELTER RESOURCES

COVID-19 Renter Protections Information

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

Emergency Renters Assistance Program

The City of Los Angeles has a Emergency Renters Assistance Program that is accepting applications starting at July 13, 2020 at 8 a.m.-July 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, visit the City of Los Angeles Emergency Renters Relief Program webpage

Homeless Services

LA Family Housing
7843 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-4091
Hours: 8am-5pm

Burbank Temporary Aid Center
1304 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 848-2822
Hours: 9am-12noon,1:30-5pm

Campus Peer Navigator Program (Updated 6/24/20)

Community college students (ages 18-25) experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness can contact the Campus Peer Navigator Program for resources. Referral services are also available for students 25 years and older. Download the Campus Peer Navigator Program Flyer [PDF]

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

Continuum of Care / Point of Contact for Unhoused Individuals

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

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


SHOWERS & HYGIENE SERVICES

Showers (Updated 7/2/20)

Holy Family Services
10825 Moorpark Street
N.Hollywood, CA 91602
Open: 7:30am-11:00pm

Hygiene Services / Handwashing Stations

Expanded Hygiene Services for People Experiencing Homelessness in Los Angeles In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and County of Los Angeles have deployed expanded hygiene services to better support our unsheltered neighbors. Please see below for links to these services and a guide to proper handwashing written by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Download the Expanded Hygiene Services for People Experiencing Homelessness in Los Angeles Guide [PDF]


MEDICAL/HEALTH & TESTING RESOURCES

LAVC Student Health Center & Psychological Services

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

COVID-19 Medi-Nurse Line

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

Free COVID-19 Testing for LA County Residents

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

Substance Abuse Helpline

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

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


MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

LA County Mental Health Access Line

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

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

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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

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

Emotional & Community Support Resources

LAVC Student Health Center & Psychological Services

The LA Valley College Student Health Center is available to you 5 days a week via telephone to handle all of your mental health needs.

Therapists are available for phone sessions if you are finding yourself upset, depressed, worried, scared, or anxious about the current pandemic, or any other stress in your life.

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


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES

LAVC Domestic Violence Resource

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

LAVC Contact:
Ellie Rabani
email Ellie Rabini

National Domestic Violence Hotline

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

LA City Text - 911 

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

Domestic Violence Shelter

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


IMMIGRATION RESOURCES

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


UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Angelenos (Updated 7/13/20)

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

Download the Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Angelenos Guide [PDF]

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (Updated 7/13/20)

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

Download the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide [PDF].


LOW-COST INTERNET OPTIONS

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

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


EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

LA County Library Access from Home

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


LAPTOP SCHOLARSHIPS / FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can I apply for a laptop so I can continue my schoolwork? 

The Los Angeles Community Colleges District Foundation's Laptop Scholarship application process is currently closed. 

How do I know if I have been awarded a laptop scholarship? 

Students are advised to check their LACCD student email account for an email from “notify@NGWebSolutions.com” for specific instructions on how to claim their laptop. 

I've applied for a laptop scholarship. but haven't heard anything. When will I be notified if I got a laptop? 

Students who have already applied are still having their applications processed.  

I just received one of the free Chromebooks, but I need tech support. Can I get help? 

Our supplier, human-I-T, provides one year of tech support for students who have recieved an emergency laptop. Use the Chromebook Setup Guide to get started. Contact them directly for tech support using contact info in the guide. 


OTHER SERVICES & RESOURCES

Resources for LAVC Student

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

Income Benefits for College Students

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

 


PRESIDENT'S VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS FOR STUDENTS

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

LAVC VIRTUAL TOWN HALL FOR STUDENTS - JULY 13, 2020

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

PAST TOWN HALL QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

We have also complied a list of the questions and answers [PDF] from the past Student Town Halls with President Gribbons.

 


UPDATES FOR STUDENTS

Posted: 07/13/2020

STUDENT TOWN HALL TODAY AT 1 PM

Dear Students,

This is a reminder to inform you that LAVC President Barry Gribbons will be holding a virtual Town Hall for Students today at 1 p.m. on YouTube Live. Participants will get a college update on International Students, Promise, CARES Act funding, plans for Summer and Fall classes, and accessing online services as well as have an opportunity to ask President Gribbons questions on the live chat.

To set your reminder on YouTube, go to: https://youtu.be/ElUM80QC7hE

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 07/10/2020

YOU'RE INVITED TO THE LAVC STUDENT TOWN HALL WITH PRESIDENT GRIBBONS ON JULY 13

Dear Students, 

LAVC President Barry Gribbons will be holding a virtual Town Hall for Students on Monday, July 13 at 1 p.m. on YouTube Live. Participants will get a college update on Promise, CARES Act funding, plans for Summer and Fall classes, and accessing online services as well as have an opportunity to ask President Gribbons questions on the live chat.

To set your reminder on YouTube, go to: https://youtu.be/ElUM80QC7hE

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 06/26/2020

YOU'RE INVITED TO THE LAVC STUDENT TOWN HALL WITH PRESIDENT GRIBBONS ON JUNE 29

Dear Students,

LAVC President Barry Gribbons will be holding a virtual Town Hall for Students on Monday, June 29 at 1 p.m. on YouTube Live. Get an college update as well as answering questions that you have on the live chat.

To set your reminder on YouTube, go to: https://youtu.be/8vIkIX5nPD4.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 06/22/2020

INSTRUCTOR EMAILS NOW AVAILABLE ON SIS SEARCH FOR CLASSES PAGE

The LACCD Student Information System (SIS) now features a new way for you to contact an instructor directly with class questions or to request a permission number for closed classes. Through the "Search for Classes" page in your Student Portal, you can send an instructor an email using Outlook or the email applications that you are currently using.

Below are screenshots and the steps you need to follow to access the instructor email hyperlink.

STEP #1

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

Manage Classes Tile screenshot

STEP #2

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

Class search and Enroll Screenshot

STEP #3

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

Search for Classes screenshot

STEP #4

Click on the Class hyperlink for course details.

Click on Class hyperline screenshot

STEP #5

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

Meeting Information Tab screenshot

STEP # 6

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

Send Email to Instructor Screenshot

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 06/19/2020

EARN HIGHER GRADES WITH FREE TUTORING FOR SUMMER SESSION AT LAVC

Dear Students,

Congratulations on completing the first week of Summer Session 1! 

Please see the answers below to frequently asked questions about Valley’s free tutoring services from the Academic Resource Center (ARC), which can help you earn higher grades and pass your classes!

How can students access tutoring and computer support services?

  • For the summer session, we are offering tutoring in a wide variety of subjects including writing (for all essays/papers, etc.), statistics 100 and 101, math (all levels), anatomy, chemistry, and physics.
  • Online assistance with computer related/technology questions including MS Excel, Word, and PPT is also available through the Computer Commons.
  • Add the ARC to your Canvas Dashboard for easy access!
  • Check out this short ARC video to see how the online tutoring services work!
  • Visit the Academic Resource Center Website to access all online tutoring services.
  • Follow @arclavc on social media

What are the hours of operation?

  • Services are available Monday-Saturday. See the attached document or visit the website for specific hours.  
  • Free tutoring is also available through NetTutor, which provides help with additional hours and support in wide variety of subjects.

Please reach out to the ARC(arc@lavc.edu) with any questions, concerns, or needs. We are here to support you!

Best,

​Scott Weigand
Director, Academic Resource Center (ARC)
Los Angeles Valley College
818-947-2811


Posted: 06/15/2020

WELCOME TO SUMMER 2020 AT LA VALLEY COLLEGE

Dear Students,

Welcome to the first day of Summer classes at Los Angeles Valley College.

To help with your transition to online instruction this Summer, we wanted to let you know about some of the free online resources LAVC offers to help you be successful in your courses.

ONLINE/DISTANCE EDUCATION SUPPORT

  • You should have received an email from your instructor(s) on how to access your online class. If you have not received an email from your instructor or have issues with logging-in to Canvas, please contact the Virtual Valley Help Desk at call (818) 778-5834 or email vvhd@lavc.edu

ONLINE ACADEMIC TUTORING & LIBRARY SERVICES

  • We want to help support you during your online Summer classes. Our Academic Resource Center offers remote online tutoring through our Writing Center, Math Lab, and General Tutoring, and the Computer Commons provides online computer support services. Details at the LAVC Academic Resource Center Webpage.
  • The LAVC Library is also ready to help you with remote research assistance, and 24/7 real-time chat services with a librarian. Learn more on the LAVC Library Webpage.

ONLINE STUDENT SERVICES & STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAMS

  • If you have questions for LAVC Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Counseling, EOP&S, and Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), and Counseling, they can answer your questions using instant messaging with virtual chat on the LACCD Student Portal.
  • The LAVC Welcome Center, Special Programs, and Student Life are now available to serve student online through the LAVC Online Student Services webpage

LAVC DIRECTORY

LAVC VIRTUAL STUDENT TOWN HALL TODAY AT 1 P.M.  

  • Please join LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons for a virtual Student Town Hall TODAY at 1 p.m. on YouTube. Dr. Gribbons will share a campus update with you as well as answering some of your questions on the Live Chat. In addition, he will be joined by the LAVC Family Resource Center to share about the services available to our student parents. Go to: https://youtu.be/a9rplMExwUU.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 06/13/2020

YOU'RE INVITED TO THE LAVC STUDENT TOWN HALL ON MONDAY AT 1 P.M.

Dear Students,

We are excited to have you join us online this Summer. Our 5-week Session 1 classes and 8-week classes start on Monday, June 15, and our 5-week Session 2 classes begin on July 20.

We would like to invite you to an LAVC Student Town Hall with LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons on Monday, June 15 at 1 p.m. on YouTube. Dr. Gribbons will give you a campus update and will answer some of your questions on the Live Chat. He will also be joined by Amber Angel and Lorena Barton of the LAVC Family Resource Center to share an update on the resources available to our student parents. Go to: https://youtu.be/a9rplMExwUU.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College

Posted: 06/05/2020

LAVC YOUTUBE TOWN HALL JUNE 8 WITH PRESIDENT GRIBBONS AT 1 PM

Dear Students,

Please join Dr. Gribbons for the final LAVC Student Town Hall of the Spring semester on Monday, June 8 at 1 p.m. on YouTube.

He will give a campus update on the Virtual Recognition of Graduates, Call to Action on Racism, Reminder on Excused Withdrawals (EWs), plans for Summer and Fall, and CARES Act funding. He will also be answering some of your questions on the live chat. 

Set a reminder on YouTube at: https://bit.ly/375v9u1

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 05/29/2020; Revised: 06/1/2020

REMINDER - LAVC FINAL EXAMS START JUNE 2, STUDENT TOWN HALL ON JUNE 1 & VIRTUAL RECOGNITION IS JUNE 9

Dear Students,

We applaud you on your resilience, perseverance and hard work this semester. All your hard work will pay off, and we want to wish you well as you get ready for finals. 

Here are few important dates that you should keep in mind:

Spring 2020 Final Exams are June 2-8. Final exams start on Tuesday, June 2, so please take advantage of the FREE academic support services that are available to help you in this final stretch! Please remember to check the Spring 2020 Final Exam Schedule to find the date and time of your final exam. 

Student Town Hall on June 1. Dr. Barry Gribbons will be joined by the Family Resource Center holding a discussion on George Floyd and how LAVC can support of African-American & Black students and employees at our virtual Student Town Hall on Monday, June 1 at 1 p.m. on YouTube. He will also be giving college updates on summer session classes and the upcoming Fall semester, and will be answering your questions on the live chat. Go to: https://youtu.be/cGMpqCvN8aw.

Virtual Recognition Ceremony on June 9. Please join us online to celebrate our Class of 2020 with our Virtual Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, June 9 at 9 a.m. on LAVC’s Facebook Page and the LA Valley College YouTube Channel.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 05/28/2020

IT'S CRUNCH TIME FOR FINALS! FREE ONLINE SERVICES TO HELP YOU GET IN SHAPE AND PREPARE FOR YOUR ONLINE FINALS

Dear Students,

Finals are just around the corner, and you don’t have to sweat it alone. We know this has been a stressful semester, but we know that you have what it takes to make it into the finish line! Let us help get you there.

Need help? We can help you buckle down and prepare during this last bit of “crunch time” before your online final exams begin next week:

Get Your Research Papers into Shape with Online Library Resources

The LAVC Library offers 24/7 real-time chat services with a librarian to help you find what you’re looking for. Plus, you can get FREE research assistance, and access online databases and educational resources on the our LAVC Library Webpage. Watch the LAVC Student Town Hall on Accessing Library Services Online on YouTube.

Prep for your Finals with Online Tutoring, Tutoring Support Services & Workshops

View a list of the FREE academic support services at the LAVC Academic Resource Center [DOCX], including FREE online Math and Writing workshops tomorrow and Saturday! Watch a video overview of the online tutorial services at the LAVC Academic Resource Center. For more info, visit the LAVC Academic Resource Center Webpage.

Get Canvas Tech Support through the Virtual Valley Help Desk Team

The Virtual Valley Help Desk is available to help you with issues with logging-in and technical assistance for your online classes using the Canvas system. For assistance, call (818) 778-5834 or email vvhd@lavc.edu.

Tutoring Help for Special Programs

Students who participate in the various LAVC special programs may also find tutoring by visiting the program website:

De-stressing Resources for Student Parents

Got kids? Finals are stressful even without them! The Family Resource Center has many resources available for you and your family to help support you during this time. Slime recipes?! Yoga!? Fun games?! Meditation practices!? Visit the Family Resource Center website and meet with our counselor or therapist.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 05/18/2020

UPDATE ON OUR CLASS OF 2020 VIRTUAL RECOGNITION AT THE LAVC STUDENT TOWN HALL AT 1 P.M.

You're invited to join LAVC President Barry Gribbons for an update on how we will be celebrating our Class of 2020 at the Student Town Hall TODAY at 1 p.m. TODAY on YouTube Live.

He will be giving updates on our upcoming special virtual recognition ceremony that we will be holding for our graduates as well as Summer classes. He will answer your questions from the live chat.

To watch live, go to: https://youtu.be/Dz2pHL1YM_4 or click on the image below.

LAVC Virtual Town Hall on May 18 at 1 p.m. on YouTube

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 05/15/2020

YOU'VE GOT THIS! KEEP ATTENDING SPRING CLASSES & LAVC STUDENT TOWNHALL ON MAY 18

Dear Students,

The last few weeks of the Spring semester are here, and we want to help you succeed in your online classes. Don’t forget to take advantage of our free academic support services:

Online Tutoring and Remote Tutoring Support

Our Academic Resource Center is here to help you with online tutoring and computer support services! Watch the LAVC Student Town Hall on How to Access Online Tutoring Services on YouTube. For more info, visit the LAVC Academic Resource Center Webpage.

Online Library Resources

Our Library is ready to help you with remote research assistance, and 24/7 real-time chat services with a librarian. Watch the LAVC Student Town Hall on Accessing Library Services Online on YouTube. For more info, go to the LAVC Library Webpage.

Student Support Programs

Online support services are available for students in the following programs:

Canvas, SIS & General Questions

Contact the LAVC Welcome Center to help you with questions about Canvas, Student Information System, IT Support, and general questions.

LAVC Welcome Center
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. & Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
(818) 947-7218
welcomecenter@lavc.edu
Welcome Center webpage

Lastly, we want to invite you to the LAVC Student Town Hall on Monday, May 18 at 1 p.m. on YouTube. Dr. Gribbons will be giving an update on the plans for a Virtual Recognition Ceremony for graduates, and will be answering your questions from the live chat. Go to: https://youtu.be/Dz2pHL1YM_4

At LAVC, we are committed to help you attain your educational goals. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can support you.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 05/15/2020

LACCD CHAT WITH THE CHANCELLOR VIDEO RECORDING

The Los Angeles Community College District has posted a video recording of the LACCD virtual Chat with the Chancellor that took place on Tuesday, May 12 on YouTube. 


Posted: 05/13/2020

THINKING ABOUT DROPPING A CLASS? FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT EXCUSED WITHDRAWLS

Dear Students,

If you are experiencing personal, professional or academic challenges due to COVID -19, we want to work with you so that your academic record is not impacted. If you choose to drop a class, you will can take an Excused Withdrawal (EW) from your class(es), which will not impact your GPA for transfer or degree purposes.

When can I drop a class?

Students who drop a class by the last day to drop with a W for Spring 2020 will receive an automatic EW. After that date, a student who continues to experience personal, professional or academic challenges due to COVID-19, may request an EW by sending an email from their district email account to the petitions@lavc.edu. Students may request an EW grade up to one year after the class ended.  

How do I drop a Class?

To withdraw from a class during Spring 2020,

  1. Login to the LACCD Student Portal
  2. Click on the Manage Classes icon tile and select “drop classes” from the menu. 
  3. Select the class, confirm and submit.
Will I get a refund if I drop with an EW?

If a student decides to withdraw at this time, a refund of enrollment fees and other related fees will be made. If you paid for your classes using cash, personal check or credit card and do withdraw from the class due to the coronavirus outbreak, a refund will be automatically processed.

Will this impact my Financial Aid?

If you received Federal aid (Pell grant, SEOG, Direct loans) and/or State aid, withdrawing from classes may result in you owing all or a portion of your financial aid. It is highly recommended to consult with the Financial Aid Office if you want to know what the consequences of an EW will be.

I am a Veteran? Will this impact my Veteran benefits?

An “EW” that is due to COVID-19 will prompt the VA to automatically apply “mitigating circumstances”. You should not owe back any BAH/Monthly stipend already received. Your BAH/monthly stipend rate will be adjusted based off the number of units you remain enrolled in going forward, effective the date you withdraw. Entitlement will be charged for the days you were enrolled. Please consult the Veterans Resource Center for other options or to address your individual circumstances.

I still have more questions, who can I speak with regarding my individual circumstance?

Please check the LAVC Student Townhall Questions & Answers for answers to your most commonly asked COVID-19-related questions. You can also contact Admissions and Records for withdrawal questions, or the Business Office for fee questions.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: May 13, 2020

DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR EDUCATIONAL DREAMS. WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU STAY ON TRACK!

Dear Student,

We understand that you have had to drop your classes for this semester. Given the difficult circumstance many students have endured these past months, we understand the need to do so.

We also want to make sure you know that you are welcome and encouraged to register for summer and fall classes.  Registration for summer classes has already begun and fall registration will start in a month or so.

Our staff is available to answer any questions you might have.  Our Counseling Office as well as Admissions and Records are available to assist you and can be reached at: http://www.lavc.edu/Student-Support-Services/Student-Services-Online.aspx.

At LAVC, we are committed to help you attain your educational goals. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can support you.

Stay safe and be well.

Sincerely,

Barry Gribbons
President
Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: May 12, 2020

FROM LAVC: YOU'RE INVITED TO A VIRTUAL CHAT WITH LACCD CHANCELLOR TODAY AT 11 AM

Please join LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez at his virtual Chat with the Chancellor TODAY from 11 a.m.-12:30 on Zoom. This will be an informal talk about the District’s current goals and future plans. All are welcome!

How to log into the Virtual Chat with the Chancellor

Zoom: cccconfer.zoom.us/j/99545760852

Phone: (669) 900-6833 (US Toll), ID: 99545760852

The Virtual Chat with the Chancellor will be Recorded.

Instructions upon entering the Zoom Meeting:

  1. Please wait until the Host allows you into the room
  2. You will be muted during the meeting (both video and microphone)
  3. All questions must be submitted via the Chat Function
  4. Direct all of your questions to the meeting Hosts
  5. Questions will be addressed in the order that they are received
  6. LACCD Standards of Student Conduct will apply during this meeting 

Download the Chat with the Chancellor Flyer [PDF].

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: May 11, 2020

UPDATE ON CARES ACT, VIRTUAL GRADUATE RECOGNITION & REMOTE LIBRARY SERVICES AT THE VIRTUAL STUDENT TOWN HALL AT 1 PM TODAY

Dear Students,

Please join LAVC President Barry Gribbons for a Virtual Town Hall for Students TODAY at 1 p.m. on YouTube. He will be giving an update on the Virtual Recognition of graduates, CARES Act funding for students, Excused Withdrawals (EW), and summer registration, and will answer questions on the live chat.

Dr. Gribbons will also be joined by librarian Mike Fitzgerald from the LAVC Library to share some updates on our remote library services.

To watch live, go to: https://youtu.be/OpAaG-rArLc or click on the image below.

Virtual LAVC Town Hall for Students on May 11 at 1 p.m.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: May 8, 2020 / Revised: May 9, 2020

SAVE THE DATE - STUDENT TOWN HALL ON MAY 11 AND CHAT WITH CHANCELLOR ON MAY 12

Dear Students,

We want to invite you to the following two special virtual events taking place next week:

VIRTUAL LAVC TOWN HALL FOR STUDENTS
Monday, May 11 at 1 p.m. on YouTube Live

LAVC President Barry Gribbons will be joined by librarian Mike Fitzgerald from the LAVC Library to share some updates on remote library services. He will also be giving an update on the Virtual Recognition of graduates, CARES Act funding for students, Excused Withdrawals (EW), and summer registration. Dr. Gribbons will also be answering questions on the live chat.

Go to: https://youtu.be/OpAaG-rArLc

VIRTUAL CHAT WITH LACCD CHANCELLOR RODRIGUEZ
Tuesday, May 12 at 11 a.m. on Zoom

LA Community College District Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez invites you to an informal talk about the District’s current goals and future plans. All are welcomed to attend. Download the Chat with the Chancellor Flyer [PDF].

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: May 4, 2020

LEARN HOW TO ACCESS FREE ONLINE TUTORING AT THE STUDENT TOWN HALL TODAY ON YOU TUBE

Dear Students,

Come learn about how you can access FREE online academic tutoring services and workshops at LAVC's virtual Townhall for Students TODAY (May 4) at 1 p.m. on YouTube at https://youtu.be/II0Kgb0-B48.

Dr. Gribbons will be joined by Scott Weigand, director of the LAVC Academic Resource Center, to show you how to access our online tutoring services and workshops. In addition, he will give a campus update and will answer your questions on the live chat.

Be sure to set a reminder to tune in at 1 p.m. today!

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: May 1, 2020

GET INFO ON ONLINE TUTORING SERVICES AT THE VIRTUAL LAVC STUDENT TOWNHALL ON MAY 4 

Dear Students,

LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons invites you to the weekly Townhall for Students on Monday, May 4 at 1 p.m. on YouTube at https://youtu.be/II0Kgb0-B48.

Dr. Gribbons will be joined by Scott Weigand, director of the LAVC Academic Resource Center, who will demonstrate how to access FREE online tutoring services and workshops, and he will answer questions on the live chat.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: April 30, 2020

LAVC SUMMER ENROLLMENT BEGINS MAY 4! CHECK STUDENT PORTAL FOR REGISTRATION DATE

Dear Students,

Stay enrolled! All LAVC Spring Semester and Summer 2020 classes at Valley College will be online.

Summer Session 2020 enrollment begins on Monday, May 4. Please check your Student Portal messages for your priority registration date. To view your onlne registration appointment date, visit the LACCD SIS Portal.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: April 29, 2020

BASIC NEED RESOURCES FOR LAVC STUDENTS

Dear Students,

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

In an effort to help connect our students with local resources, please check our Basic Needs Resources on the Coronavirus Updates for Students webpage.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Los Angeles Valley College is providing the information as a resource to students, and is not affiliated with the resources listed (except for the Foundation for Los Angeles Community Colleges).

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: April 27, 2020

SAVE THE DATE - LAVC STUDENT TOWNHALL WITH PRESIDENT GRIBBONS ON APRIL 27

Dear Students,

LAVC President Barry Gribbons will be joined by Dean Sorangel Hernandez, Counselor Margaret Sarkisyan and Counselor Michael Gold at his weekly virtual Townhall for Students on Monday, April 27 at 1 p.m. on YouTube.

This townhall will share how to access a variety of services through our college website, and President Gribbons will answer some questions during the live chat. Set your reminder on YouTube: https://youtu.be/o3lEuMdTxhw

Stay connected with LAVC! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @lavalleycollege

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: April 22, 2020

THOUSANDS OF LACCD STUDENTS RECEIVE LAPTOPS, THOUSANDS MORE TO BE SHIPPED; STUDENTS’ CURRENT MAILING ADDRESSES NEEDED

Thousands of free Chromebooks have been shipped to Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) students during the past few weeks. Thousands more are now on the way thanks to the efforts by The Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges and generous donors who have provided funding for the devices.

The Foundation has reviewed and awarded more than 10,700 applications filed by students, but there are about an additional 3,000 students who need to provide a current mailing addresses before their Chromebook can be shipped.

Students are advised to check their LACCD student email account for an email from “notify@NGWebSolutions.com” for specific instructions.

Read the LACCD's Thousands of Free Chromebooks Distributed; More on the Way, but Student Mailing Addresses Needed Press Release [PDF].


Posted: April 20, 2020

REMINDER - DR GRIBBONS VIRTUAL STUDENT TOWNHALL TODAY AT 1 PM

This is a friendly reminder that LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons is holding his weekly townhall today (April 20) at 1 p.m. on YouTube Live. Go to: https://bit.ly/34LMW8u

President Gribbons will be giving an update on the CARES Act, summer classes and the academic support services. He will also be answering sone of your questions posted on the chat.

If you want to ask a question on the Live Chat, please log into your YouTube account.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: April 17, 2020

JOIN LAVC PRESIDENT GRIBBONS FOR A VIRTUAL TOWNHALL ON APRIL 20

Dear Students,

Please join Dr. Gribbons for his weekly YouTube Townhall for Students on Monday, April 20 at 1 p.m. at https://youtu.be/vZL8z9MKa1Q.

On Monday, he will be giving an update on summer classes at Valley College and the online tutoring and computer support services that are available to you. Be sure to log onto YouTube account if you want to ask him a question on the live chat!

To watch his previous Student Townhalls, visit the Los Angeles Valley College YouTube channel. We have also posted the questions and answers raised at the previous townhalls on LAVC’s Coronavirus Updates for Students webpage.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: April 14, 2020

CITY OF L.A. ANGELENO CARD

Dear Students,

The City of Los Angeles is now accepting applications for its “Angeleno Card” from city residents who are experiencing financial hardship due to the Coronavirus. Applications will only be accepted until Thursday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m.

For those who qualify, the cards will come with $700, $1,100 or $1,500, depending on the size and income of each household, according to a news release from the City.

To apply, call 3-1-1 to be connected to the nearest FamilySource Center or visit https://hcidla.lacity.org/family-source-centers. You can also call the City of L.A. at 213-252-3040.

Because of the high demand for this program, you may experience delays getting on their website or their phones may be jammed.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This program is not affiliated with L.A. Valley College or the Los Angeles Community College District. We are providing you with this information in an effort to connect you with resources that are available.


Posted: April 11, 2020

SAVE THE DATE – LAVC PRESIDENT GRIBBONS VIRTUAL TOWNHALL FOR STUDENTS ON MONDAY, APRIL 13

Dear Students,

LAVC President Barry Gribbons will be holding his weekly virtual Townhall for Students on Monday, April 13 at 1 p.m. on YouTube. Go to: https://youtu.be/rThTZClebHo.

While that there are no classes on Monday, we invite you to hear a campus update from Dr. Gribbons. He will also be taking time to answer some of your questions live on YouTube.

If you want to ask a questions, please make sure that you are signed into your YouTube account.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: April 10, 2020

HOW TO APPLY FOR A $50 FOOD CARD AND/OR CHROMEBOOK FROM THE LACCD

Students in need can apply for a $50 Food Card to Ralphs/Food4Less and/or Chromebook through the LACCD Student Portal. Once online look for the “Financial Aid & Scholarships” icon tile or the "Key Links & Help" icon tile.  Click on Scholarship and look for the laptop application option. 

Download the LACCD Student Application Steps for Grants, Scholarships and Laptops [PDF]


Posted: April 10, 2020

ALL SPRING 2020 CLASSES WILL REMAIN REMOTE THROUGH THE END OF THE SEMESTER; SUMMER CLASSES TO BE OFFERED REMOTE

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) announced that Spring 2020 classes at all nine colleges--including at LA Valley College--will continue in remote platforms for the remainder of the semester. 

In addition, Summer session classes scheduled to begin June 15, 2020, will be offered through remote instruction. Student support services and business operations on the District will be conducted in a similar remote environment.

Read the LACCD Press Release on Spring Semester, Summer Session Updates; Pass, No Pass Info Announced [PDF]


Posted: April 9, 2020

LAVC REMINDER: NO CLASSES ON APRIL 13

Dear Students,

Monday, April 13 is a planned non-instruction day. No classes will be held. Spring classes resume and 2nd 8 week classes begin online on Tuesday, April 14th. 

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: April 8, 2020

SPRING LATE-START CLASSES AT LA VALLEY COLLEGE BEGINS MARCH 13

Dear Student,

The 2nd 8-week class you registered for at Los Angeles Valley College begins online this Monday, April 13th. We look forward to having you in class!

All Spring 2020 classes and services will be offered remotely and online only; do not come to campus. Distance learning resources for students are available on the Student Resources section of the Virtual Valley website. Information about other online and remote student support services is now available on the Coronavirus Updates for Students webpage.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: April 7, 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM THE LACCD ON PASS/NO-PASS GRADING OPTIONS

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) announced that Spring 2020 classes at all nine colleges, including Valley College, will continue in remote platforms for the remainder of the semester currently scheduled to end June 8, 2020. 

In addition, the Spring 2020 Pass/No Pass Option procedure is posted on the LAVC Policies Webpage, and the Pass/No Pass Form is available on the Admissions Forms webpage.

Read the LACCD Important Update on Pass/No-Pass Grading Options [PDF].


Posted: April 6, 2020

2ND WEEK OF ONLINE LAVC CLASSES; IT'S NOT SPRING BREAK

Dear Students,

Welcome to your second week of online instruction at Valley College! We want to remind you that this week is not Spring Break, and Spring Break was moved to March 23-28.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our online services to help you succeed in your classes. Check out our Online Campus Resources Information page to find out how to access our online library resources, online tutoring, remote tutoring support, virtual valley help desk, and much more!

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: April 3, 2020

LA VALLEY COLLEGE TO HOLD A VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH PRESIDENT BARRY GRIBBONS - APRIL 6 AT 1PM

Dear Students,

The next LA Valley College Virtual Townhall for Students on Monday, April 6 at 1 p.m. on YouTube. Go to: https://youtu.be/gzm-2LqDaOc.

Update on the latest news from Valley College, including spring semester remote learning, graduation, EW and pass/no pass grades, summer and fall classes, and more. Also, ask questions during the live chat.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: March 30, 2020

VIRTUAL TOWNHALL WITH LAVC PRESIDENT GRIBBONS TODAY AT 1 PM; ONLINE STUDENT SERVICES AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Dear Student,

Welcome to the first day of our transition of classes to an online delivery format. All of our faculty and staff have been working hard to transition your classes online, as well as provide you with access to our college services remotely. We are here to help you.

SECOND VIRTUAL TOWNHALL FOR STUDENTS

Please join me for our second Townhall for Students TODAY at 1 p.m. on YouTube at https://youtu.be/9jJSv02A8LY. I will provide a campus update and give you an opportunity to ask questions that you may have. If you would like to ask a question, please make sure that you are signed into your YouTube account.

STAY SAFE, MONARCHS! STAY AT HOME

For everyone’s safety, I want to advise you NOT to come to campus. Stay at home to help us eliminate COVID-19. Until at least May 4, all instruction and college services only available online. Remember that we are in this together!

ONLINE STUDENT SERVICES & ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

Let us help you! Starting today, you can virtually chat with Admissions & Records, Counseling, Financial Aid, SSD, and EOP&S using the Student Portal, and you can reach student services by email or phone. See the attached Student Services Directory. LAVC is also offering free online tutoring and remote tutoring support, online Library services, student helplines, and much more! If you have Canvas or technology issues, an LACCD Customer Services Center to help you. A complete list of all od LAVC’s online student services and academic support services is posted on the LAVC Coronavirus Updates for Students webpage.

WI-FI ACCESS

If you need free WIFI access, visit the Charter Communications website to learn how to apply.

CESAR CHAVEZ DAY HOLIDAY

Tomorrow is Cesar Chavez Day holiday. Classes are not in-session, and college offices and services are closed. Enjoy the day off!

The coming months will bring many challenges, but with the support of our amazing faculty and the commitment of our fearless students, we will meet them head on.

We are all in this together. And we will get out of it together, too.

Sincerely,

Barry Gribbons
President
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA  91401
818-947-2321
Email:  gribbobc@lavc.edu


Posted: March 30, 2020

WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ONLINE ON MARCH 30

Dear Student, 

We're looking forward to seeing you ONLINE today (March 30)! All Student Services are online too. Please do not go to the campus in person. 

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 03/28/2020

NEW CHANGES AT THE LAVC STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

Attention all LAVC Students:

Your health is our number one priority. During the time of the COVID19 crisis, the on-campus Student Health Center is making the following changes.

Beginning on Monday March 30, all campus student health services will be delivered via telephone for urgent and sick appointments only. All non-urgent/routine appointments/screenings/titers/vaccines will be suspended until further notice.

Students are encouraged to call (818) 763-8836 to make a phone appointment for either medical or behavioral health services.

Any students who do not feel well should stay at home and call the Student Health Center or Valley Community Healthcare for further instructions at (818)763-8836 option 4. For further information on services and COVID19, please visit our website at vchcare.org. 

To reduce your risk of COVID19, please remember to always do the following 5 steps:

  1. Wash your hands at least for 20 seconds with soap and water often
  2. Stay home if you are not feeling well
  3. Social distancing is key! Stay 6 feet apart at all times
  4. Cough into your elbow or sleeve
  5.  Don’t touch your face  

Stay safe!

Valley Community Healthcare
Operators of the LAVC Student Health Center


Posted: 03/27/2020

LAVC UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT GRIBBONS ON RESUMING CLASS INSTRUCTION ONLINE ON MARCH 30

Dear Student,

Thank you for your continued patience and resilience as we get ready for LAVC classes to resume through online instruction starting on Monday, March 30.

Stay Safe. Stay at Home, Monarchs!

We should all follow the state's "Stay at Home" direction, and continue your studies from home. Earlier today, we sent you an email with a list of all the classes transitioning to online delivery. Until at least May 5th, classes and services will be offered remotely and online only. You DO NOT come to campus.

Prepare for Online Instruction this Weekend

Please take some time this weekend to familiarize yourself with the Canvas learning system. For tips, go to the Get Familiar with Canvas information on the LAVC Coronavirus Updates for Students webpage.

LACCD Frequently Asked Questions

For your reference, the LA Community College District (LACCD) has also posted information about how to apply for a laptop, ways to get free/low-cost internet access or wi-fi, and support helplines for Canvas on its Frequently Asked Questions page on the LACCD Coronavirus Website.

Our First Virtual Townhall for Students

I also want to thank everyone who joined me on YouTube on Wednesday for our inaugural Virtual Townhall for Students. You raised a lot a excellent questions and it is helpful for us to ensure we are being responsive to what you need. We are working to compile a list of your questions, and will send a link with your questions and answers once it is posted online. 

If you were unable to join us live, watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOp5Oz0De7U.

Join me for a Virtual Townhall for Students on March 30

Our next virtual Townhall for Student will be Monday, March 30 at 1 p.m. on YouTube. Go to https://youtu.be/9jJSv02A8LY. If you would like to ask a question, please make sure that you are signed into your YouTube account.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to connecting with you on YouTube on March 30!

Stay safe and be well!

Barry Gribbons
President
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA  91401
818-947-2321
Email:  gribbobc@lavc.edu


Posted: 03/27/2020

SPRING 2020 LAVC CLASSES TRANSITIONING TO ONLINE DELIVERY

Download the list of Spring 2020 LAVC courses that are transitioning to remote delivery (online) as of March 30, 2020 [PDF]


Posted: 03/25/2020

LAVC STUDENTS ADVISED TO GET FAMILIAR WITH CANVAS BEFORE MARCH 30

We are working to shift as many classes and support services as possible to online environments that will help provide students with a continuity of education and success effective March 30, 2020. All LAVC students are advised to become familiar with the Canvas learning platform before online learning starts March 30, 2020.

Students are advised to take the following steps now, before March 30:

  1. Click on the ”Getting Started” link,
  2. Review the online student guide for Canvas
  3. Visit the LAVC Virtual Valley Distance Learning webpage for additional resources.
  4. There are also many useful YouTube videos available on this topic, including https://www.youtube.com/user/CanvasLMS.

Meanwhile, key student services such as Financial Aid, DSPS/OSS, EOP&S, Admissions & Records, International Student Center and Counseling will be responding to your questions using instant messaging with virtual chat on your student portal.

To access a staff member or Academic Counselor, logon to the SIS student portal, MyCollege.laccd.edu. Click on the “Online Counseling and Live Chat” tile. (If you forgot your password- to log on to your SIS portal, call the toll free number at (844) 695-2223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

  • Once on the portal, select the department you would like to contact from the left-hand menu. When the page opens, students will see the options available with the employee’s information on it. Additional services as quickly as possible, so check back frequently if you don’t find the person or department you need.
  • Once the student locates the person to chat with, click on the “Knock on Door” tab. The representative will be alerted that a student is waiting, or there will be a message letting you know if the person is online or offline. Hours of operation will vary by college and department. Continue to look online at www.laccd.edu/coronavirus for the latest updates from the District.

We are all in this together and we are here to help you. If any student is having any difficulty accessing the class materials or maintaining enrollment as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we want to know! Call the Help Desk info at (844) 695-2223 for help.

Please also click on the “Online Counseling & Live Chat” link and keep your Counselor and home college informed about your academic progress and any personal needs you may need help with resolving.


Posted: 03/24/2020 

LAVC UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT GRIBBONS ON ONLINE LEARNING & SERVICES 

Dear Student,

I want to express my appreciation for your resilience and flexibility this semester. The Coronavirus pandemic certainly required us all to make radical changes quickly to safeguard our communities.

Here at Valley College, our faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to move our classes and services to remote delivery or online. While it may not be possible to move all classes to remote delivery, below is an update:

  • All classes except one moving to remote delivery. All classes but one will be moved to online or remote delivery. Classes resume on Monday, March 30th. For students in the one class that cannot be done online, they will receive a message with more instructions.  For a few additional sections, a portion of the class cannot be moved online. Students in these sections also will receive additional instructions.
     
  • Student Services and Academic support is moving online.
  • Virtual Townhall for Students. I am holding a virtual YouTube townhall for students on Wednesday. March 25th at 4:00 pm to provide you with an update as well as answer some of the questions that you have. Go to: https://youtu.be/GOp5Oz0De7U.
     
  • Laptops may be available for students in need. The LACCD and LAVC has a very limited number of Chromebooks to lend to students in need. If you need a laptop, go to mycollege.laccd.edu, click on the “Financial Aid and Scholarships” tile and then “Scholarships.”
     
  • Free Wireless Internet Services. Free wireless internet services are being offered to Valley College students for 60 days. For details, visit the LACCD Coronavirus Webpage for Students.
     
  • Books and materials for late-start classes. The Campus Store (LAVC Bookstore) is now accepting textbook orders through the LAVC Bookstore website. Your books and materials will be shipped to you through UPS.
     
  • Hotlines available to help you.
    • For help with Canvas, the SIS, or general questions, call the LACCD Online Learning Call Center at (844) 695-2223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or email studenthelp@laccd.edu.
    • For help with Student Services (dropping classes, transcripts, etc.), call the Welcome Center at (818) 947-7218 or email start@lavc.edu.

I will continue to provide updates to you with more information as it becomes available. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Stay well,

Barry Gribbons
President
Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 03/24/2020

ALL CLASSES THAT CANNOT BE MOVED ONLINE WILL BE POSTPONED TO MAY 4, 2020; EARLY WITHDRAWAL, REFUND INFO FOR STUDENTS ANNOUNCED

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez announced today any class at all nine colleges, plus the South Gate Campus and the Van de Kamp Learning Center, that cannot be converted into an online learning platform for the onset of remote instruction March 30 will be temporarily postponed until at least May 4, 2020.

The overwhelming majority of classes are being converted to online platforms and online instruction is scheduled to begin March 30, however, the District has determined less than five percent of the thousands of classes offered still require in-person interaction in order to meet course and program learning objectives and requirements.  It is only this small percentage of classes that will be temporarily postponed.  For example, classes that include hands-on performance as learning outcomes, such as stage production and lighting classes, will be postponed.

NOTE: All but one course section at LA Valley College will resume on Monday, March 30

Summary to remember:

  • Those courses unable to transition to remote learning will be suspended through May 3, 2020 and will resume May 4, 2020.
  • The District is currently working on a plan regarding effective social distancing protocols so that these in-person classes can be done safely.
  • The Chancellor has directed an internal analysis and update on this action to occur no later than April 17, 2020 and updated information will be shared with all as soon as possible thereafter.

Early Withdrawal & Refunds for Students

State authority has now been granted to allow students to withdraw from classes because of the current crisis. If a student wants to withdraw, the student will receive an excused withdrawal (EW) on their transcript. The EW will not count against a student’s academic progress requirements. If a student decides to withdraw at this time, a refund of enrollment fees and other related fees will be made.

To withdraw from a class, students use the LACCD Student Portal, log in and click on the Manage Classes icon tile and select “drop classes” from the menu. Select the class, confirm and submit. Students should work with their college’s Financial Aid Office to determine the impact of dropping classes and if repayments might be required. Students who are U.S. Veterans receiving benefits must check with their Campus Certifying Officer first. Contact information is on the student portal.

If a student drops classes as a result of the COVID-19 health emergency, LACCD and the colleges will make sure a student’s academic record is not impacted. This will include the use of excused withdrawals, which do not impact your GPA for transfer or degree purposes. There is no need to make a request for this action. The college will convert your withdrawal (W) to an excused withdrawal (EW) automatically. This will also trigger a refund or credit to your student account, if applicable.

If you paid for your classes using cash, personal check or credit card and do withdraw from the class due to the coronavirus outbreak, a refund will be automatically processed for all excused withdrawal on or after March 20, 2020.

Additional information is being posted to the LACCD Coronavirus Webpage -- including updated Frequently Asked Questions, and the District’s main social media accounts, on Facebook and LACCD on Twitter.  Statewide information for the California Community College's Novel Coronavirus Webpage.

Download the LACCD Press Release - All Classes that Cannot be Moved Online will be Postponed to May 4, 2020; Early Withdrawal, Refund Info for Students Announced (PDF).


Posted: 3/19/2020

CHANCELLOR RODRIGUEZ STATEMENT TO THE LACCD COMMUNITY ON SAFER AT HOME ORDERS TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez send a statement to all faculty and staff personnel on March 19, 2020 to update them on the “Safer At Home” orders by county health officials and elected leaders and what this means to the LACCD community.

Download the Chancellor Rodriguez Statement to the LACCD Community on Safer at Home Orders to Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus press release (PDF).


Posted: 3/15/2020

URGENT UPDATE REGARDING CLASSES AND STUDENT SERVICES

Dear Student,

I want to provide you with an update on Los Angeles Community College District’s plan for moving to online instruction at Los Angeles Valley College and the other college campuses.

Effectively immediately:

  • All classes will be suspended from instruction starting this Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 21. 
  • Spring break will move to March 23-29; originally scheduled from April 6-10 
  • No instruction or in-person student support services will be available for the next two weeks. Instruction will resume on Monday March 30.
  • Essential safety and health services, such as the student health center, will still provide services next week.

The college will use this time to convert as many courses and student services as possible to remote delivery.  Also, during this time, we will thoroughly sanitize our facilities.

We apologize for this disruption, but your health and safety is our primary concern at this time of emergency.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the college at: (818) 947-7218.

Sincerely,

Barry Gribbons
President
Los Angeles Valley College

Read the LAVC News Blog's Urgent Update Regarding Classes and Student Services announcement.


Posted: 3/15/2020

LACCD BOARD APPROVES SCHEDULE CHANGES, SHIFT TO ONLINE SERVICES & ONLINE LEARNING TO HELP COMBAT SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees President Andra Hoffman today announced that the Board unanimously approved several changes to the District’s schedule to help protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff against the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Effective immediately, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the following steps at its emergency meeting on March 14, including to:

  • Suspend all classes Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29.
  • Move the District’s Spring Break to run Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29 instead of the currently scheduled break, April 6-11.
  • Suspend in-person services at the colleges, March 16-28.  During this time, there will be many offices at the colleges that will also be closed to the public and some staff will begin to work remotely throughout this period with supervisorial approval.
  • Begin remote learning (online education) and remote business operations on Monday, March 30 through the end of the spring semester.

Download the LACCD Board Approves Schedule Changes, Shift to Online Services & Online Learning to Help Combat Spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 Press Release (PDF)


Posted: 3/11/2020

LACCD TO TRANSITION TO ONLINE EDUCATION / COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Students,

I want to follow up with important information on Coronavirus/COVID-19 and information previously sent out to you. The health and safety of our campus community is of the highest priority. The following is updated information:

  • LA Valley College remains open.
  • For this week only, all classes will be on their regular schedule through Saturday, March 14.
  • All in-person classes held at the Valley College campus are canceled for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
  • Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, the majority of classes will be moved online and accessed through Canvas.
  • Not all classes will be shifted to an online format.

We will share specific information with you no later than Monday, March 16 about which classes will be online and which classes will be kept in their original in-person format. All SSD (DSPS) students will be contacted separately with information on accommodations.

We understand that some of you have concerns about the change to online classes.  We will provide you with all of the assistance you need to make a successful transition. More information about these resources will be shared with you by Monday, March 16.  Please continue to look online at the LACCD Coronavirus Webpage for the latest updates from the District.

We will also have a special toll free Call Center at (844) My LACCD or (844-695-2223) to help you.  The Call Center will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18.

I want to express my appreciation for all those who are working diligently on this transition in these challenging times.  If you are having any difficulty accessing the class materials or maintaining enrollment as a result of the coronavirus, we want to know!  We are available to work through your specific concerns.  We will also continue to regularly communicate with you so please check for messages. Nothing is more important to us than your health and safety and your educational success.

Thank you.

Barry Gribbons
President
Los Angeles Valley College

Read the LAVC News Blog's LACCD to Transition to Online Education / COVID-19 Update announcement.


Posted: 3/11/2020

LACCD SHIFTING CLASSES TO ONLINE INSTRUCTION EFFECTIVE MARCH 18

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., today announced that as many classes as possible will be moved into an online education platform for all nine colleges, including Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Los Angeles College.

Online instruction is expected to begin on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  During this time, all LACCD colleges and the District will remain open, subject to the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) or the California Department of Public Health.  As of March 11, 2020, LACCD has no confirmed evidence or official notice from health officials about any coronavirus cases or exposure risks related to any of the District’s colleges or facilities.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Los Angeles Community College District is making these changes to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Rodriguez said.  “We stand united with our higher education colleagues locally and throughout the nation that safety is our top priority as part of our mission to provide excellent educational opportunities for our students.  Prudence needs to prevail here.”

On March 16-17, all classes at all colleges will be canceled to provide two days of professional development and training for faculty to access and teach in the online platform, Canvas, and other platforms such as Zoom.  Faculty may attend the training sessions at any LACCD college and will not be required to drive to their college of employment.

Effective March 16 through April 13, all public events and other activities estimated to draw more than 100 people at any of LACCD’s colleges and District facilities will be postponed, modified or possibly canceled.  This change is in accordance with LACDPH recommendations to increase social distancing and to limit large events.  All athletic events are also under review.  No decision has been made regarding cancellation, modification or postponement of graduation ceremonies for any of the colleges currently planned for June 9.

There will be some exceptions for courses that do not lend well to an online format, especially for career education programs.  Exceptions and other modifications are under review for hands-on labs, performance classes, adult education classes and physical education/kinesiology courses.

LACCD Board of Trustees President Andra Hoffman said the Board supports these changes. “The Board of Trustees fully supports the proactive leadership of the District and Colleges during this time of uncertainty.  We want to assure our students, faculty, staff and the entire campus community that their health and welfare is our primary concern,” Board President Hoffman said.

The changes will remain in effect until at least April 13.  LACCD officials will continuously evaluate the status of the transition to the online platform.  LACCD will also evaluate the ongoing impacts to the District due to the local public health emergency declared by LACDPH and the recent declaration made March 11 by the World Health Organization that the situation is now considered to be an official worldwide pandemic.

All updated information will continue to be posted on the District’s Coronavirus website.  All of the colleges’ websites have links directing viewers to this same webpage for the same information.

LACCD will activate an Online Learning Call Center to help students and faculty with specific online education questions or concerns.  The Online Learning Call Center will be open starting Wednesday, March 18 and will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, using the toll free number: (844) MyLACCD or (844) 695-2223.

For all other calls regarding coronavirus and COVID-19 as it relates specifically to LACCD, the telephone number to call is (213) 221-5112.  Or, send an email to coronavirusinfo@laccd.edu.  For general information about the virus, county health officials ask the public to call 2-1-1.

Other measures already in place for LACCD include the suspension of all non-essential travel by District and College executives and deans.  The travel restrictions are currently under review for expansion to all LACCD personnel and students.

Additional information is being posted to the District’s main social media accounts, on Facebook and LACCD on Twitter.  Statewide information for the California Community College's Novel Coronavirus Webpage.

Prevention and Hygiene recommendations from LACDPH continues to be:

  • If you are sick for any reason, stay home!
  • If sick, self-monitor and call your primary healthcare provider for advice.
  • Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100.4 degrees; cough or shortness of breath
  • Frequent and complete hand washing for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay six feet or more from strangers and those who are ill
  • Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve, safely throw away used tissues

Download the LACCD Shifting Classes to Online Instruction Effective March 18 Press Release (PDF)


Posted: 3/10/2020

LACCD UPDATE ON THE CORONAVIRUS FOR MARCH 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

To the LACCD Community,

The health and safety of our campus communities, including our students, faculty, staff and visitors, is a top priority.  It is important for you to know that our status as of today, and for tomorrow, March 11, 2020, is:

  • We currently have no confirmed cases of, or exposures to, coronavirus or COVID-19 at any of our colleges, district facilities or with any of our students, faculty or staff
  • All LACCD colleges and facilities are open and we have no expectation right now that this will change this week related to the virus or health issues  (L.A. Harbor did close early today due to a power outage)
  • All business operations are normal
  • We have no reports of any high levels of absenteeism that would impact our operations
  • Health officials continue to say the risk to any individual remains low in Los Angeles County regarding exposure to, or illness from, the coronavirus

LACCD Coronavirus Website and Social Media Information

The latest information available for the LACCD community related to coronavirus and COVID-19 is now available online at the LACCD Coronavirus website.

All of the websites for the nine colleges will point to this one page for the same information to be shared by all. The website will be updated as frequently as possible. Additional information is being posted to the District’s main social media accounts on Facebook and on Twitter.

Statewide information for the California Community College's Novel Coronavirus Webpage.

LACCD Coronavirus Hotline Information

If you wish to report an issue or ask a question about coronavirus or COVID-19 related to the District or the colleges, you can call our new hotline telephone number.

The information hotline is (213) 221-5112

Please leave your name and phone number, your question or the nature of your call and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

If you prefer, you can contact the District by email at: coronavirusinfo@laccd.edu

Lastly, if you want to report something specific to your college, call your college’s Office of the President.

  • East Los Angeles College   (323) 265-8662
  • Los Angeles City College   (323) 953-4010
  • Los Angeles Harbor College   (310) 233-4010
  • Los Angeles Mission College   (818) 364-7795
  • Los Angeles Pierce College   (818) 719-6408
  • Los Angeles Southwest College   (323) 241-5273
  • Los Angeles Trade-Technical College   (213) 763-7052
  • Los Angeles Valley College   (818) 947-2321
  • West Los Angeles College   (310) 287-4325

COVID-19 Response Team

LACCD leadership has been meeting daily to monitor and plan for any responses needed to COVID-19/Coronavirus.  Last week, the District formally established a COVID-19 Response Team, representing and working collaboratively with various LACCD constituencies.  This extensive work is in alignment with the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Prevention and Hygiene

LACDPH Health Officers continue to recommend:

  • If you are sick for any reason, stay home!
  • If sick, self-monitor and call your primary healthcare provider for advice.
  • Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100.4 degrees; cough or shortness of breath
  • Practice good personal hygiene:
  • Frequent and complete hand washing for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay six feet or more from strangers and those who are ill
  • Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and safely throw away used tissues

Alternative/Remote Learning Delivery

LACCD and our colleges are moving forward with plans for alternative/remote learning delivery if necessary due to this public health emergency.  With cooperation and support from our District Academic Senate and the Faculty Guild, LACCD is preparing to use Canvas, our content management system, to provide remote instruction.  We will have more to announce about this very soon.

Los Angeles Pierce College

Out of an abundance of caution, Los Angeles Pierce College and District officials have been in regular contact with five Pierce College students regarding their health status.  The students recently attended the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. where two attendees from New York and one from Los Angeles have since tested positive for COVID-19.

NONE of the positive cases involved our students.  Our students were not contacted by LACDPH to self-quarantine or isolate.  LACDPH has said there is NO risk of public exposure from this L.A. county case and we have no directive from health officials that our students are at risk or should be quarantined.  Our students report they are healthy and they are self-monitoring per the official guidelines from health officials.  Our students have been advised they can self-quarantine and have been offered our full support.

Travel

All non-essential travel has been suspended for all senior level administrators, including the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, College Presidents, District Senior Staff and College Deans.  The District is in consultation now about expanding this suspension to all LACCD personnel and students.  An updated announcement will be made as soon as possible.  Meanwhile, if you are sick for any reason, health officials urge you not to travel.

Events

All events and event protocols are under review for all public gatherings at the colleges and District facilities.  Most events are currently proceeding, but the situation is dynamic and changing.  Should community spread of COVID-19 become more widespread in Los Angeles County, the Public Health Officer for the County of Los Angeles has the legal authority to close facilities and cancel events.  More information about events within LACCD will be made as soon as possible.

Thank you for the continued steps that you are taking to protect your own health and the health of the LACCD community.  We will continue to provide you with detailed messages.  Please check the LACCD Coronavirus website.

Please feel free to share this message.

William H. Boyer
Director of Communications & External Relations
LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

770 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Direct: (213) 891-2247 | Cell: (213) 317-6691
www.laccd.edu
CITY / EAST / HARBOR / MISSION / PIERCE / SOUTHWEST / TRADE-TECH / VALLEY / WEST

Read LACCD Update on the Coronavirus for March 10, 2020 on the LAVC News Blog


Posted: 3/2/2020

LACCD CHANCELLOR RODRIGUEZ ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING DISTRICT PREPAREDNESS FOR CORONAVIRUS AND COVID-19

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., today issued the following statement regarding the District’s preparedness and response for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the COVID-19 respiratory illness:

“Our shared concerns about the local, and worldwide, spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the COVID-19 respiratory illness are real and understandable. I ask that we all work together in a calm and deliberate manner to protect and inform ourselves and our students. The health and safety of our students, staff and faculty remain a top priority for me, the Board of Trustees, our College Presidents and District Executive Staff.

Effective immediately, I have asked Interim Deputy Chancellor Dr. Melinda Nish to lead a COVID-19 Response Team with representatives from the District and our Colleges to help ensure we are proactively engaged at all levels of our organization for any significant impacts in the workplace and in our classrooms; to protect the health and safety of all who study and work at LACCD and to sustain a continuity of operations. Expect regular communications to the LACCD community about our efforts.

As already publicly announced by the White House, our Governor and many health officials, we can expect the number of COVID-19 cases to rise in California and other parts the U.S. For the past month, key personnel from the Los Angeles Community College District have been maintaining close, regular contact with state and Los Angeles County public health officials to stay informed of any directives from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control. We will remain vigilant and continue those efforts.

As of March 1, 2020, there are no school closures ordered in California; no official health orders to cancel public events in the U.S.; and no widespread quarantines. We can expect a continual assessment of these situations as conditions unfold. Meanwhile, we will stay alert and prepare to respond as needed.

Currently, the best advice and precautions from our public health and medical experts to prevent the spread of any virus includes:

  • Frequent, thorough hand-washing with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds, especially after touching commonly used surfaces; or, use hand sanitizer with at least a 60-percent alcohol solution if soap and water not available
  • Cover all of your coughs and sneezes with a tissue that you properly dispose of; or cough/sneeze into your bent elbow; then wash hands
  • Stay home if you are sick; stay away from people who are sick
  • Stop touching your eyes, nose and mouth; if you need to touch them, wash your hands before and after
  • Make sure you are prepared for this or any other emergency with adequate supplies at home
  • Remember to get a flu shot; while it won’t protect against COVID-19, it can protect you from regular, seasonal flu

There continues to be no formal recommendation for healthy people to wear masks in public settings; the use of masks is a personal choice and generally reserved for people who are sick and for healthcare workers treating the ill. Preparing on a personal level at home is similar to preparing for any emergency. Make sure you have enough extra food, water, medicines and other emergency supplies for everyone in your household, including pets. Health officials advise that home quarantines can last up to two weeks.

It is important for everyone to stay informed with official information and not to overreact. Stigmatizing or blaming anyone, or any race, because of this situation is disrespectful and simply untrue, and will not be tolerated.

We ask that everyone remain flexible as the situation is dynamic and rapidly changing. All LACCD personnel are asked to direct any questions or concerns to Mr. William Ramirez, LACCD Safety and Emergency Services Manager, (213) 891-2071, RAMIREW@laccd.edu.

Thank you for your attention and help on this important health and safety matter.”

--Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Here are useful links to help stay informed:

Download the March 1, 2020 Statement by LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez on Coronavirus and COVID-19 (PDF)