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LAVC Launches a New Emergency Notification System; Students, Faculty and Staff Asked to Provide Additional Emergency Contact Information
Los Angeles Valley College has recently launched a new emergency alert system. Using Blackboard Connect, the college is now able to send out emergency alert notifications simultaneously to students, staff and faculty via email, voice, and text message. LAVC students, faculty and staff are being urged to provide emergency contact information to Valley College through the new LAVC Connect portal. Please note: this new portal will not update any student and employee records with the LACCD. 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 Student Information System (SIS); faculty and staff will receive notifications to their LAVC email address. Students, faculty and staff who wish to provide a cell phone number and an alternate email address to receive for emergency alerts, will need to log into the LAVC Connect Portal system. All LAVC students enrolled for the Fall 2014 were sent an email to their LACCD student email address with instructions on how to sign up; login to the LACCD Student Email system. A guide is also available for LAVC faculty and staff on How to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts from LA Valley College (Faculty/Staff). For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the LAVC Emergency Response Plan Web page.
LAVC Bids Farewell to the Bunya Bunya Tree at a Special Ceremony
LAVC President Erika Endrijonas lead the college in a solemn ceremony on September 24 to say goodbye to the bunya bunya tree outside of the old Administration building. Members of the college community shared their remarks about the tree as part of the memorial ceremony. The bunya bunya tree is being removed due to concerns for the safety of students, faculty, staff and guests who may travel around the tree. President Endrijonas had approved the shared governance recommendation, which was forwarded from the Institution Effectiveness Council (IEC) from the Work Environment Committee (WEC). The tree will be replaced during the construction of the new Valley College Gateway building.
2014-2015 Academic Year
Attention Students! LAVC's 2014-2015 Catalog is Now Posted Online
The LAVC Academic Affairs Office has posted the LAVC Catalog for the 2014-2015 academic year on the LAVC Web site. The catalog is only available online. The Catalog contains information for students on matriculation/admission and registration procedures, student learning outcomes, educational programs, course descriptions, academic policies, academic standards, district and college policies, academic resources and services, student services, student activities and more. View the LAVC 2014-2015 Catalog.
Fall Semester 2014
Incorrect Non-Resident Tuition noted in the Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes
The Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes has noted the incorrect non-resident tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year. The non-resident tuition is $215 per unit. The LACCD Board of Trustees adopted an increase in non-resident fees to include a $22 per semester unit capital outlay fee earlier this year; view the LACCD Board of Trustee action. For the updated list of fees and tuition, visit the LAVC Fees Web page.
Fall Semester 2014
Are You Hungry? Food is Available at the Food Truck on Campus, in the LAVC Bookstore and at On-Campus Vending Machines
Food is available for purchase at the food truck located in Monarch Square, at the LAVC Monarch Store (Bookstore) and at vending machines on campus. During Fall Semester 2014, food services at the food truck will be available Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The LAVC Monarch Store is open (normal business hours) from Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The on-campus vending machines are operational year-round. The Cafeteria Building was demolished so that construction can begins for the new Student Union (a.k.a. the Monarch Center project). To view the food truck location on the LAVC Campus Map.
Fall Semester 2014
Do You Have Your Fall 2014 Parking Permit? Don't Forget–Parking Permits are Now Required to Park on Campus
LAVC students, faculty/staff and guests will need to display a valid parking permit to park in a campus parking lot starting Monday, September 15. The LAVC Sheriff's Office will issue citations for vehicles without the properly displayed valid parking permit, and vehicles that are not parked legally. In addition, vehicles parked in staff parking spaces without the proper permit will be ticketed. Students can purchase their Fall 2014 Parking Permit from the LAVC Business Office, or purchase daily permits from parking pay stations on campus. For more information on campus parking, visit the LAVC Parking Information Web Page.
Fall Semester 2014
Don't Want to Hassle with Campus Parking? Take the Orange Line to Valley College!
Students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to travel to Los Angeles Valley College by way of public transportation. The campus is conveniently served by the Metro's Orange Line, Metro Bus lines and the DASH bus. There is a "Valley College" stop on Metro's Orange Line. In addition, the campus can be reached by using the Metro Bus Lines 154, 156, 167, or 656, as well as the DASH bus's Van Nuys/Studio City line. For more information, visit www.lavc.edu/sheriff/parking.html#busrailroutes.
Fall Semester 2014
Don't Forget—LAVC is a Smoke Free Campus Except in New Designated Smoking Areas
As of February 4, 2013, Los Angeles Valley College is a "Smoke Free Campus" except in designated smoking areas on campus. The following four designated smoking areas have been established on campus: (1) West of the Library & Academic Resource Center, near College Road North; (2) the Southwest corner of Parking Lot D, near Campus Drive and Emelita Street; (3) between the Field House and Bungalow 78, near Ethel Avenue, and (4) south of the Engineering Building, near Parking Lot A. To view the locations of all the designated smoking areas visit current campus map on the college Web site. The smoking policy and the designated smoking areas were created due to popular demand on campus, and was established through the college's shared governance process and approved by the College President. To read the IEC motions (S12-16 and S14-09) on the LAVC Smoking Policy. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Raul Gonzalez, Associate Vice President of Administrative Services, at email@example.com.
Starting: August 11
The LAVC President's Office, Academic Affairs, Administrative Services, Reprographics, Payroll/Personnel, Campus Mailroom, LAVC Foundation, and Other Services Have Been Relocated to Temporary Spaces on Campus
Starting August 11, 2014, all offices that were located in the now closed Administration Building have been relocated to temporary spaces on campus. The following offices are now located at:
- The Academic Affairs Office (e.g. class scheduling, faculty absences) is located in the Admin 1 Bungalow (former Financial Aid bungalow)
- The Administrative Services Office (e.g. key requests, network accounts, voicemail box requests, reimbursement checks) is located at the western entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Campus Center)
- The Budget Office (e.g. budgets adjustments, budget transfers) is located at the western entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Campus Center)
- The Campus Operator is located in Campus Center W101
- The Campus Mailroom (e.g. faculty mailboxes, department mailboxes) is located in Campus Center E111
- The Institutional Effectiveness Office (e.g. data requests, research) is located at the southern entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Emergency Services Training)
- The Job Training Office (e.g. Extension, Job Club, LA Fellows) is located on the eastern entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Aquatics Center)
- The LAVC Foundation Office (e.g. alumni association, donations, employee payroll deductions, estate gifts) is located at the southern entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Emergency Services Training)
- The Master Calendar Office (e.g. facility requests) is located in Campus Center W101
- The Payroll/Personnel (e.g. new employee processing, timesheets) is located in Campus Center E112
- The President's Conference Room is located in the Admin 2 Bungalow (former CSIT 2 bungalow)
- The President's Office is located in the Admin 1 Bungalow (former Financial Aid bungalow)
- The Procurement Office (e.g. contracts/purchasing) is located at the western entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Campus Center)
- The Public Relations Office (e.g. media relations, college communications) is located at the southern entrance of the Admin 3 Bungalow (facing Emergency Services Training)
- The Reprographics Services (e.g. copies) is located in Campus Center W101
View the updated LAVC Campus Map for the new locations. View the Administration Building New Locations Flyer. The college will also be posting additional campus wayfinding signage to direct people to these offices' new temporary locations.
Starting: September 2
Did You Know? The CCaTT lab has been Relocated to the Computer Commons
As of September 2, the CCaTT lab (formerly in BJ 103) has been relocated to 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.
September 8-December 4
LAVC Writing Center to Offer Fall 2014 Workshops to Help Students Improve their Grades and their Writing
The LAVC Writing Center will offer a variety of interactive workshops for students during the Fall 2014 semester. These workshops will provide important information for understanding various concepts and writing/grammar-related topics to help students do well in their academic courses. Workshops will be offered in the following areas: "Start the Semester Strong: Strategies for Success", "Grammar and Syntax", and "Essay Writing". Students must bring their LAVC student ID card to attend the workshop. For a complete schedule of the Writing Center's Fall 2014 workshops, visit the LAVC Writing Center's Web page.
Starting: September 15
New Office Hours for the LAVC Academic Affairs Office
Effective Monday, September 15, the LAVC Office of Academic Affairs will change its hours of operation to Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit the LAVC Academic Affairs Web Page.
Are You Planning on Applying to a UC Campus? Come to the UC Application Workshop Webinar on September 26
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will hold a "UC Application Workshop" webinar on Friday, September 26 from 9-10 a.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. This webinar is presented by UC Santa Barbara. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
LA Valley College to Host the 6th Annual LAVC College Fest on September 27
LAVC Outreach & Recruitment will hold its annual LAVC College Fest 2014 on Saturday, September 27 from 8 a.m.-12 noon in the Student Services Plaza. This sixth annual event, which targets students from LAUSD ESC North and their families, will have representatives from more than 100 colleges, universities and organizations. In addition, there will be workshops that will help to prepare students for the transition from high school to college. The event is open to any high school student or college student who is interested in getting information about applying to a college or university. For more information, contact LAVC Outreach & Recruitment Office at (818) 778-5831.
Burbank Kennel Club to hold an All-Breeds Dog Show at LAVC on September 27-28
The Burbank Kennel Club will hold its annual All-Breeds Dog Show on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in LAVC's Monarch Square. This free family-friendly event will feature a "Hollywood"-themed event with gorgeously groomed canines competing for "Best in Show"; only American Kennel Club (AKC) entered dogs allowed. The public is invited to come and root for their favorite canine, meet the owners, breeders, and handlers, and learn about which breed would fit their personality and lifestyle. There will also be celebrity dog look-alikes, booths selling specialty dog items, and food and refreshment vendors. Please note: Only dogs officially entered in the show are allowed on the grounds. For more information, contact Jack Bradshaw, Burbank Kennel Club superintendent, at (323) 727-0136 or visit www.jbradshaw.com.
Last Chance to Find Out How to Get Guaranteed Admission to a UC Campus! Come to the UC Transfer Agreement Guarantee (TAG) Orientation on September 29
The LAVC Counseling Department and the LAVC Career/Transfer Center is offering "Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG)" workshops to help students transfer to a UC campus.Seven University of California campuses have TAG Programs that offers guaranteed acceptance to qualified students who complete a core of courses at a California Community College; the TAG submission deadline is September 30, 2014. Students who are interested should attend the TAG workshops onMonday, September 29 from 10-11 a.m. in the LAVC Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Are You Planning on Applying to a UC Campus? Come to the UC Application Workshop on September 29
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will hold a "UC Application" workshop on Monday, September 29 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. This workshop will explain the application process for University of California (UC) campuses. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Want to Transferring to the Mt. Saint Mary's College? Sign Up to Meet with the Admissions Rep on September 29
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will host an admissions representative from the Mt. Saint Mary's College on Tuesday, September 30 from 5-7 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. The rep will meet with students for 20 minute appointments to answer their questions about its admissions process, majors, and much more! For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Are You Undecided About Your Major or Career? Get Help at the Undecided Major Workshop on September 30
The Career/Transfer Center will hold an "Undecided Major Workshop" on Tuesday, September 30 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. This workshop will help you determine what major at Valley College is best suited for you and your career goals. 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 About Transferring to the Cal Lutheran University? Come Meet an Admissions Rep on September 30
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will host an admissions representative from the Cal Lutheran University on Tuesday, September 30 from 5-7 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. The rep will be able to answer questions about its admissions process, majors, and much more! For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Are You Prepared to Write Your Personal Statement on College Transfer Applications? Don't Miss the Personal Statement Workshop on September 30
The Career/Transfer Center will be holding a "Personal Statement Workshop" on Tuesday, September 30 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. This workshop will guide you through the process of what you need to know to write a personal statement on your college transfer application. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
Deadline: October 3
Don't Forget! Fall 2014 Deadline to Petition for Pass/No-Pass is October 3
The LAVC Admissions & Records Office reminds all students that the deadline to petition for pass/no pass for Fall 2014 class is Friday, October 3. Please note: the Admission & Records Office is open on Friday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit the LAVC Admission & Records Office Web site. For a complete list of academic dates and deadlines, visit the LAVC Calendar of Events.
Thinking About Transferring to UC San Diego or San Diego State? Sign Up Today for the LAVC Fall 2014 Bus Trip to UCSD and SDSU
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will be offering students the opportunity to visit University of California San Diego and San Diego State University as part of its Fall 2014 Bus Trip on Friday, October 3 from 6:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m. The bus will depart LAVC at 6:30 a.m. and returns at 6:45 p.m. Interested students should sign up at the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex; There is a $5 fee to reserve your spot (refundable). For more information or to reserve your spot, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 778-5576 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
You're Invited to the Fall 2014 Media Arts Student Showcase Screening
The LAVC Media Arts Department invites you to attend its Fall 2014 Media Arts Student Showcase Screening on Saturday, October 11 from 6-9:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall located in Music 106. This annual showcase screening features the work of our talented students from the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. There will also be a display of the work done by our photography students, and the event will be covered by KVCM, Valley College's radio station. For more information, visit the LAVC Media Arts Web Page.
LAVC Community Services Invites the Community to Attend its 2nd Annual Pumpkin Plunge on October 31
The LAVC Community Services Office will hold its 2nd Annual "Pumpkin Plunge" on Friday, October 31 from 4-9 p.m. in the LAVC Aquatics Center. This is a fun and unique Halloween experience for the whole family. There will be floating pumpkin patch, where guests can go swimming to pick their pumpkin ($10 for medium-sized pumpkins and $15 for large-sized pumpkins). Sugar pumpkins will also be available for $5 and guest can paint them at our painting station! Come make arts and crafts including pumpkin painting, make your own trick-or-treat bag, and Magic Color scratchers for you to make for only $5. In addition, there will be trick-or-treating, a costume contest, prizes and goodie bags for the first 144 children in attendance! Free airbrushing from Universal Airbrushing will be available to all participants. For more information, visit the LAVC Aquatics Center Facebook Page.
Got News to Share? LAVC's PR Office Offers College Departments/Programs/ Services with Publicity Assistance
The LAVC Public Relations Office can assist LAVC departments, programs and services with promoting news and events to the campus community and beyond. It can help with posting announcements in the College Bulletin, on the college's electronic marquee, on LAVC's online calendar, on the LAVC homepage, and on LAVC's Facebook and Twitter pages. Simply fill out a PR Request Form for your event or news item, and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the Public Relations Office can help with the creation of Facebook pages for college departments and programs. Please note: The LAVC PR Office is unable to fulfill requests from organizations not directly affiliated with Los Angeles Valley College. For more information, visit the PR Office Web page.
LAVC is Now on Instagram! Follow us at lavalleycollege
Los Angeles Valley College has a new Instagram feed. The college will post information about college news and events. Students, alumni and friends can now follow Los Angeles Valley College on Instagram at http://instagram.com/lavalleycollege.
Don't Forget to "Like Us"! Follow Los Angeles Valley College on Facebook
Los Angeles Valley College posts regular announcements and information on campus events for students and the public on its Facebook page. Follow "Los Angeles Valley College" at https://www.facebook.com/lavalleycollege.
Attention New Parents! The Family Resource Center has a Free Baby Clothes Exchange for Sizes Newborn to Size 3T
The LAVC Family Resource Center offers a free baby clothes exchange (newborns to size 3T) for the community in the Family Resource Center, which is located in the Child Development and Family Complex. New parents are encouraged to bring their clean, gently used (e.g. in good condition) baby clothes and trade them for other gently-used baby clothes. The community can also donate clean and gently-used baby clothes to be used in the exchange. In addition, the Family Resource Center also offers other services and resources for new parents. The Family Resource Center is located on the northwestern corner of the Child Development and Family Complex, near the corner of Oxnard Street and Campus Drive. For more information, contact the Family Resource Center at (818) 778-5612 or visit LAVC Family Resource Center Web Page.
Are You Interested in Getting Involved on Campus? Apply Today for a Student Government Position
The LAVC Associated Student Union (ASU) is seeking students who are interested in serving on its Executive Board for the 2014-2015 academic year. There are several open positions. Students who are interested in serving on student government should contact the ASU Office at (818) 778-5516 or visit its office in the Student Services Center, 2nd Floor to obtain the application form. For more information, contact the LAVC Associated Student Union at LAVC ASU 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.
Looking for a Job? Check Out the LAVC Online Job Board
LAVC Cooperative Education/Job Resource Center has partnered with College Central Network to offer a LAVC Online Job Board. This job board for students, alumni and area employers includes vital online job search resources such as an exclusive LAVC Job Board, Career Portfolio & Resume Builders, Job Central™ & Intern Central, Job Central™ Podcasts, and more. For more information, visit the LAVC Job Board Web Page.
LAVC Invited to the Attend the Prestigious Aspen Institute's ThinkXChange
Marni Roosevelt and Gary Huff, from the LAVC Family Resource Center, have been invited to represent Los Angeles Valley College at the 2014 Aspen Institute ThinkXChange in Aspen, Colorado. This second biennial event of Ascend at The Aspen Institute will focus on transforming families' lives two generations at a time. The prestigious event will bring together 150 thought-leaders from cutting-edge community-based programs, policy programs, academia, philanthropies, businesses, and the media to discuss and debate opportunities, challenges, and solutions for moving parents, especially women, and their children beyond poverty toward educational success and economic security. The Aspen Institute Ascend Fund invests in creative solutions across sectors of society to create a cycle of opportunity for children and their parents. Through a national and highly competitive process, the LAVC Family Resource Center was selected in April 2014 to receive funding from the Aspen Institute and join the Ascend Network. As the first and only Family Resource Center on a community college campus in California, funding for this project is being used to replicate the FRC model on other campuses. Congratulations!
LAVC Math Professor to Present at the Annual Strengthening Student Success Conference on October 8-10
Adam Littig, assistant professor of mathematics at LAVC, will present on "Mathematics Acceleration Through LAVC Math STEM Summer Bridge" at the 2014 Strengthening Student Success Conference on October 8-10 in Costa Mesa, California. He will be discussing how LAVC's Math STEM Summer Bridge offers all students the opportunity to practice and review the topics of mathematics required to succeed in both basic-skills and transfer-level mathematics. The Math STEM Summer Bridge started in 2012 with 145 students, grew to 332 students in 2013 and is planned for 600 students in 2014. After two to three weeks of practice and review, students are required to retake the LAVC mathematics placement exam. In 2012 and 2013, 22.4% of Math STEM Summer Bridge students advanced 1, 2 or 3 course levels (based on placement) following the Math STEM Summer Bridge without changing mathematics courses or curriculum. Congratulations!
LAVC Student and Sheriff's Office Cadet Awarded a LEEP Dream Scholarship
Karen Alvarado, an LAVC student and a cadet in Sheriff's Office at LA Valley College, has been awarded a Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Dream Scholarship. She was among 21 top students nationwide to receive a $1,000 college scholarship to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement/public safety careers. Karen is currently studying Criminal Justice at LAVC, and plans to transfer to Cal State LA to obtain her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She has a certificate in Criminal Justice from UEI College, Van Nuys Campus where she was awarded for "Outstanding Performance as a Criminal Justice Class Student", "Academic Excellence", and "Perfect Attendance". She also received certificates for completing Security Guard Skills Training from O.C. Special Events Security, Inc., an Awareness Training Certificate for terrorism, and Personally Identifiable Information certificate for identity theft. Karen plans to work in law enforcement as her career. Congratulations!
Looking for Parking on Campus? LAVC's New Parking Structure is Now Open
Los Angeles Valley College's brand-new Parking Structure opened on Tuesday, September 2. Staff and accessible parking will be available on the first level, and students/guest parking will be available on the second, third and fourth floors. Please note: Half of the parking on the second level will be closed until further notice. Access to the Parking Structure for students and guest will be from Ethel Avenue; faculty and staff will need to access the Parking Structure from Emelita Street (street on the north side of the Parking Structure). The Parking Structure will be open Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m.-12 midnight. The new Parking Structure can accommodate approximately 1,200 vehicles, and features electric vehicle charging stations and a counter at the structure's entrance that notes the available parking spaces on each floor. This project was funded by a voter-supported bond measure; for additional information on Prop A/AA/J construction, visit the ReVitalizing Valley College Web Page. For more information on parking, visit the LAVC Parking Information Web Page.
Dr. Erika Endrijonas is the new College President for Los Angeles Valley College. She assumes the position on August 1, 2014. Dr. Endrijonas comes to Valley College from Oxnard College, where she served as Executive Vice President. She has been at Oxnard College for the past five years where she also served as the Accreditation Liaison Officer. She began her career in higher education at USC as an academic advisor in 1992, and went on to Granite State College in New Hampshire, the University College of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, the Los Angeles Center of the Union Institute and University, and spent eight years at Santa Barbara City College, where she was Dean of Educational Programs. Dr. Endrijonas has a bachelor's degree in History from Cal State Northridge, and a master's and Ph.D. in History from USC. The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees approved her appointment as the new Los Angeles Valley College president at its June 25, 2014 meeting. Welcome Dr. Endrijonas!
"Our Students are Going Places"—Valley, Pierce and Mission Colleges Launch a New Metro Bus Wrap Campaign
Los Angeles Valley College, Pierce College and Los Angeles Mission Colleges will be launching a new outdoor advertising campaign to promote enrollment at all three colleges in the Valley. Starting July 28, there will be two fully "wrapped" Metro buses running for one year along the route that is closest to all three colleges, Metro route 8. The attention-grabbing buses, which display the three college names, logos, students and colorful graphics, are geared to promote the theme of "our students are going places" and help to raise the profiles of the three LACCD colleges in the Valley in a fun and positive way. It will also let the San Fernando Valley know their community colleges are back recruiting, offering more classes, and that it's time to go back to school! Each of the buses features one easy-to-remember web site address for people to access for information, www.my3colleges.com. This link will direct potential students to find the web site of what we are calling YOUR COLLEGE IN YOUR COMMUNITY—Pierce, Valley or Mission. This advertising collaboration with Pierce and Mission Colleges is made possible by a Los Angeles Community College District grant of funds.
LACCD Publishes an "Education Changes Everything" Insert in the LA Times
The Los Angeles Times recently published an insert by the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) that promoted the District and each of its nine colleges. The insert, titled "Education Changes Everything" featured information about Fall 2014 enrollment, an update on bond-funded construction, and facts about each of its colleges. Los Angeles Valley College was noted for its excellent Transfer Alliance/Honors Program, Job Training Program, and its connection with the local entertainment industry and the arts. To read the LA Times Insert.
Los Angeles Premiere of "Songs of Fatherhood" with Text by LAVC Professor William Wallis
The Los Angeles premiere of David Montoya' song cycle "Songs of Fatherhood," with text by William Wallis, took place on August 9 in the Glendale City Church. The LA premiere was a project of the CSULA summer conducting workshop. The World Premiere, which occurred on February 7 of this year in Seattle, WA, was performed by the commissioning agent, the Whateverandeveramen Chorus, under the direction of Conductor Bradley Scott Pearson. The composer and poet were present at both events. William Wallis is a professor of English at Los Angeles Valley College. Congratulations!
Introducing Mike Lee, LAVC's New Vice President of Administrative Services
Mike Lee has recently joined Los Angeles Valley College as its new Vice President of Administrative Services; he started on September 2. In his new role, Mike is responsible for the operations of the Administrative Services unit, which includes contracts and purchasing, bookstore, budget office, business office, college sheriff, community services, information technology, maintenance and operations, payroll and personnel, reprographics and mailroom, and inventory control/physical space inventory. He looks forward to working collaboratively with everyone on campus, and working through the college's budget challenges. Prior to coming to LAVC, he served as controller of the Glendale Unified School District. Mike earned his undergraduate degree and a master's degree in Student Affairs at UCLA. He also holds an MBA from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. His office is located in the Administrative Services, which is located in the Administration 3 bungalow. He can be reached at (818) 947-2336 or email@example.com. Welcome!
LAVC Student Selected for a Paid Northrop Grumman Internship
Christian Guzman, UCLA/LAV-CEED student, was selected for a paid summer internship at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Palmdale, CA. The internship includes an orientation and kick-off events, networking opportunities with leadership and other interns, social activities, and learning sessions. In addition, Christian will be working on projects related to his interest in Aerospace Engineering. Congratulations!
Lynne Brower has been selected as the new chair of the LAVC Counseling Department. She assumed the position on July 1, 2014. In her new role, Lynne is will oversee and coordinate the services offered by the college's Counseling Department. Her main focus as department chair to implement the new Student Success & Support Program (SSSP) requirements of orientation, assessment, student education plans and advisement for all students; students who do not complete all the required steps will lose their priority registration. The LAVC Counseling Department would like to remind the campus community that it offers general academic counseling, and specialized academic counseling for Puente Program, Veterans and International students. In addition, it coordinates the Transfer Alliance Program, which helps first-time college students an enriched collegiate experience to help them successfully transfer to 4-year colleges and universities, and Service Learning Program, which gives students the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience that can be related to any class through volunteer service. It also runs the Career/Transfer Center, which assists students with applying to transfer to colleges/universities. Lynne has been at Valley College for 19 years. She began working in the CalWORKs Program, and then started the college's Continuing Education/Noncredit Program before joining the Counseling Department and assisting with Accreditation.
LAVC Foundation Wins $1,000 Donation from Simplicity Bank
The Los Angeles Valley College Foundation received a $1,000 donation as one of the top six charitable organizations in a recent Facebook contest sponsored by Simplicity Bank. Representatives from the Simplicity Bank recently presented a check to the Foundation Board President Andrea Goldberg and the Foundation's Executive Director Raul Castillo. The LAVC Foundation placed 6th out of 50 participating organizations. The LAVC Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in the Facebook contest and voted for the LAVC Foundation as one of your top charitable organizations. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Scott Weigand—LAVC's new Academic Resource Center Director
Scott Weigand, director of the LAVC Writing Center, has been recently selected as the college's new Academic Resource Center Director. In this position, Scott is responsible for integrating and coordinating the services of the Writing Center, General Tutoring, Math Lab, and the Computer Commons to assist students, faculty, and staff in achieving their educational goals. This new position officially begins July 1. In his new role, Scott looks forward to collaborating with faculty, staff, and students as we work to refine and develop a comprehensive academic support service for the college community. He has a master's degree in English with a concentration in composition/rhetoric and a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing. An associate professor in English, Scott has taught at both California State University and Los Angeles Valley College, and he is a certified online instructor familiar with multiple learning management systems. He is active in the campus and district-wide student success initiatives. He is a founding member of the District's Faculty Teaching Learning Academy (FTLA), chair of Valley's Student Success Committee, and has worked closely with California Community College Success Network. Congratulations Scott!
LAVC Named as One of the San Fernando Valley's "Largest Colleges and Universities" by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal
The San Fernando Valley Business Journal has ranked Los Angeles Valley College on its 2014 list of "Largest Colleges and Universities". LAVC is listed as the third largest institution of higher education in the San Fernando Valley for 2013-2014. The San Fernando Valley Business Journal annually ranks the Valley-based colleges and universities by the total number of students (full-time equivalents).
LAVC Named as a Top 50 Community Colleges for Hispanics
The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine has named Los Angeles Valley College as one of the 2014 "Top 50 Community Colleges" for Hispanics ranked by Hispanic Full-Time Enrollment for 2013-2014. This recognition is bestowed on the top community colleges in the nation that serves a large number of Hispanic students. This is the third time in the past four years that Valley College has received this honor.
Aspen Institute Names the LAVC Family Resource Center to its National Network
The LAVC Family Resource Center has been selected as a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network. As a member of the Network, the LAVC Family Resource Center will receive a $50,000 grant for 18 months. The FRC will use the funding to create replication toolkit of their unique and award-winning model that will allow at least two other community colleges create family resource centers that service the needs of their student-parents.The Ascend Network is a new network of leading organizations using two-generation approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families. The LAVC Family Resource Center is one of the initial 58 organizations, selected from 24 states and the District of Columbia, that represent the leading edge of a national movement around two-generation approaches. Two-generation approaches look at the whole family's needs and provide opportunities for children and their parents together. The LAVC Family Resource Center was identified by the Aspen Institute through a highly selective national competition; more than 250 organizations applied to join the Network and receive funding. Congratulations to Marni Roosevelt, Gary Huff and the entire LAVC Family Resource Center!
Dr. Fernando Rodriguez Named as the New Chancellor of the LA Community College District by the LACCD Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District has announced that it has selected Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, superintendent/president of the Mira Costa Community College District, to be LACCD's next chancellor. The selection of the new chancellor took place following a 10-month recruitment and selection process conducted by the Association for Community College Trustees. Dr. Rodriguez has been at his current position at Mira Costa Community College District for the last five years and overall in higher education for nearly 30 years. He has both a bachelor's and master's degree from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University. Dr. Rodriguez will assume his new position at LACCD on June 1.
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.
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.