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Counseling Services

Counseling Department
Contact & Hours

Student Services Annex (SSA)
(818) 947-2600 ext. 4200


The Counseling Department at Los Angeles Valley College, located in the Student Services Annex, provides students with assistance in creating Student Educational Plans (SEP) and selecting appropriate classes, exploring educational and career options, and identifying the skills and resources critical to student success. A professional staff of counselors are available to assist students in the following areas:

Ask a Counselor Online

Ask A Counselor gives LAVC students the opportunity to email general questions that pertain to reaching their educational goals at LA Valley College.

On-line Counseling

Services offered

Services NOT offered

  • Brief responses to student questions and concerns
  • Clarification of college procedures and policies
  • Certificate, degree, and transfer requirements
  • Course prerequisite information
  • Course offerings and majors available
  • Referrals to other programs and services
  • Transferability of LA Valley College courses
  • Detailed responses to student questions and concerns
  • Education Plan
  • Career planning
  • Transcript evaluations
  • Personal or crisis counseling
  • Transferability of courses from other colleges
  • Financial Aid appeals

Your question will be answered within two working days. If you require a response sooner, please go to the Counseling Department in the Student Services Annex and inquire about being seen for a Drop-In session. To ask a counselor by email click here.

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General Appointment

Typically scheduled one week in advance, this is an in-depth counseling session, scheduled in half-hour increments. Academic advisement discussions of transfer requirements , Plan A , Plan B Associate degrees, or occupational certificate requirements, academic probation, academic dismissal, or other concerns requiring significant attention, personal counseling, and other areas are also available. Transcript evaluation appointments from outside the LACCD are scheduled for one hour. To make a counseling appointment click here.

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Drop-in Appointment

Drop-in appointments are brief 10 minute sessions to ask quick questions and to obtain general information. (Drop-in is not appropriate for completing Financial Aid forms or to complete a Student Educational Plan.)

Drop-in appointments are scheduled beginning at 8 a.m. each day for same day service. Hours of availability (subject to change) are: Mon- Fri: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (last appt. at 1:40) and Mon – Thurs: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (last appt. at 6:40.)

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Career Counseling

This is a special-purpose series of one hour appointments that is specifically geared toward helping students decide on a career or major. These appointments are only available to enrolled LAVC students. Make sure to ask for a career specialist counselor. Visit the Career Transfer Center (SSA) and/or enroll in a Counseling 1 or Counseling 20 course (formerly Personal Development 1 & 20) for additional resources.

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Career/Transfer Center

Assists students seeking to explore careers and/or continue their studies at either a four-year college or university, and/or obtain an AA degree, or enroll in one of many certificate programs. Has a library of information on careers and colleges as well as computer access to the world wide web. Provides opportunities to meet with college representatives. Conducts workshops on such topics as "How to Transfer", "Deciding on a Major", and "Transfer Admissions Applications" workshops. Offers career counseling, career assessments, and information and registration materials for the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, CBEST, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT and CSET.

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Personal Counseling

In situations where personal concerns are having an adverse impact on your ability to do well in your classes, you may obtain personal counseling as part of a regular 30-minute appointment. Referrals are available for more in-depth counseling as needed.

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Veterans Counseling

The Los Angeles Valley College Veterans Program provides services to veterans and their dependents who are eligible for V.A. benefits. The program also offers counseling about LAVC's certificate, associate degree, and transfer programs. To be eligible for benefits, the veteran should select a degree objective and choose courses from those listed in the catalog. Included in the counseling is the development of a student educational plan after completion of two semesters.

Previous military courses or military transcripts will be evaluated for students who have completed 12 units at LAVC and are currently enrolled. Veterans who have served 181 days or more of active duty are eligible to receive 6 units of elective credit and one unit of physical education credit toward their degree upon submitting their discharge papers (DD214) to the Graduation Office in Admissions and Records.

Students who wish to receive V.A. benefits should fill out the appropriate paperwork prior to the beginning of each semester. Please contact the Veterans Office at the Student Services Center (SSC) 1st floor. Trish González, VA Coordinator (818) 778-5627.

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International Student Counseling

Los Angeles Valley College issues I-20's to those international students who wish to study in the United States on an F-1 Visa. If you are a prospective international student interested in attending Los Angeles Valley College, please visit the International Student Program website a to learn more about the requirements and the application process. Questions related to the admission process may be directed to

Current international students are required to meet with the International Student Counselor Margaret Sarkisyan every semester. Her office is located in the Counseling Department in the Student Services Annex. You may schedule an international student counseling appointment by calling 818-947-2600, extension 4200. For additional/follow-up questions you may also contact Margaret Sarkisyan a or 818-947-2648.

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Transfer Alliance/Honors Program (TAP)

The Los Angeles Valley College Transfer Alliance/Honors Program (TAP) is designed primarily for students who plan on transferring to a four-year college or university. It consists of academically enriched general education courses in which both written expression and the critical analysis of ideas are stressed. The TAP sections will provide academically motivated students the opportunity to learn in a challenging and stimulating learning environment. More than 80% of our TAP applicants have been accepted by UCLA for the last several years. (Only about 30% percent of non-TAP applicants to UCLA have been admitted to UCLA over this same period). Our TAP transfers at UCLA have a better academic performance than non-TAP transfers and native UCLA students. Contact Dr. Michael Gold (818) 947-2630,, or Ann Gee (818) 947-2631,

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The Puente Program, which is co-sponsored by the University of California and the California Community College system, and is open to all, has been very successful in meeting its goal of changing the lives of thousands of California students. Since Puente's founding in 1981, over four thousand men and women have participated in the Puente Project. More than two-thirds of the students who complete the program transfer to four-year colleges and universities, as compared with seven percent for all community college students. Puente mentors have been especially instrumental in helping Puentistas develop the confidence and knowledge they need to succeed in school and in their careers. The Puente counselor (Sylvia Rodriquez, is in the Counseling Department in the Student Services Annex and can be reached at (818) 947-2440.

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Service Learning

Los Angeles Valley College's Service Learning Program links students as volunteers with nonprofit agencies. Through volunteer service, students gain valuable practical experience that can be related to any class.

Many Valley College instructors incorporate Service Learning into their courses by offering extra credit for volunteer work with community non-profit agencies. Most requirements are about 15 to 20 hours of volunteer service per semester. Students must also maintain a "reflection journal," challenging them to think, write, and talk critically about (and thereby learn from) their experiences. For more information about service learning, call (818) 947-2642.

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Career Technical Education (CTE) Counseling

CTE counseling assists students in three instructional programs:

CTE programs leading to an occupational certificate. These certificates are designed for those students who have a limited time to pursue their formal education and who wish to specialize in a particular area that is employment oriented.

An Associate degree program leading to an A.A. or A.S. Degree. Students desiring an A.A. Degree must complete major and appropriate graduation requirements including general education.

Transfer programs leading to the transfer to a four-year college or university with upper division junior standing in some particular majors.

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Academic Athletic Counseling and Support Program

The philosophy of the counseling and support program is to empower student athletes to make logical and critical decisions for themselves by giving them timely and accurate information. The program is committed to providing support services to all students. To help them achieve excellence in the classroom. The program also strives to keep a balance between academics and athletics while appreciating the value of both. For further information please contact Reggie Reed (818) 947-2643. His office is located at the South Gym Rm. 107.

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Counselors are also available in satellite offices: SSD (CC100), EOPS (CC216), TRiO (SSC228), STEM, and Cal Works (B53).