Welcome to LAVC's Spring Semester 2023

February 5, 2023

By LAVC Public Relations

Los Angeles Valley College is excited to welcome you for the start of the Spring semester at LA Valley College. As part of our Monarch family, we’re here to help you reach your academic and career goals. 

Here are some helpful tips to get you ready for your first day:  

Student Questions & Support

Welcome Center is Here to Help You

The LAVC Welcome Center should be your first stop to help you find what you're looking for at Valley College! During the first two weeks of the semester, you can reach us Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.:

How to Add a Class

Requesting a Permission Number to Add a Class 

If you wish to add a class, you can add online until the second day of class. If you wish to add after the second class meeting, you will need to get a permission number from the instructor to be able to add the class. Please contact the instructor for a permission number.

Officially Enrolling with Permission Number  

If you receive a permission number, use the SIS Student Portal to enter that number by the add deadline for the class to be officially enrolled.

In-Person and Hybrid Classes

Safety Reminders

If you are taking in-person classes or seeking in-person services, please keep the following in mind:  

  • Indoor masking is recommended. If you need a mask, free surgical masks are available at the entrance of LAVC campus buildings.
  • Stay home if you feel sick, contact your instructor for work assignments. Also, seek help from a healthcare provider; if you don't have a provider call 2-1-1.
  • Get vaccinated and boosted for the best protection. Check our On-Campus COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Schedule.
  • Get tested frequently. Learn how to pick up your how to pick up your FREE antigen home tests on campus.
  • Remember to frequently wash your hands.

Campus Map & Parking 

Check the campus map to help you locate your classroom location, and where to access campus parking lots. On-campus student parking is FREE during the Spring semester, but do not park in spots marked as “Staff” or “Reserved”. 

Online Classes

Access Your Online Class 

To log into your online class through the SIS/Canvas: 

  1. In a web browser, go to the MyCollege.laccd.edu Student Portal 
  2. Login ID/Users ID: Your 9-digit student ID number (example: 881234567 or 900123456) 
  3. Password: Same as your SIS password (where you registered for the class). Show me how to log in to the LACCD Student Portal 

Help with Canvas 

Valley College Online (formerly known as Virtual Valley) is the place to help you with resources and assistance on Canvas! To access help in Canvas, log into the Student Portal. Click the "Help" (question mark icon) and select your main college campus. The "Canvas Support" link will take you to a page that allows you to:  

  • Search in the Canvas area for questions related to using Canvas 
  • Search your college area for other questions  
  • If you still can't find the answers you need, there will also be a link to start an online chat with Canvas Support. 

You can also find assistance through Valley College Online for Students.

Student Town Hall with President Gribbons

Date: Monday, February 4
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: YouTube Live Link

You’re invited to a Student Town Hall with LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons on YouTube Live. Dr. Gribbons will be sharing campus updates, and answering your questions on the live chat. Set a YouTube reminder to join us.

LAVC Resources & Services

Get Your FREE Metro GoPass! 

All enrolled LAVC students are eligible to receive a FREE Metro GoPass. This pass can be used to take any Metro bus or train at no charge! Stop by the Business Office (view campus map) with your picture ID to get your GoPass Card and your Spring 2023 activation code.

Academic Support & Library Resources 

The LAVC Academic Resource Center offers FREE online and in-person tutoring in English, Math, Statistics 101, and many other subjects. Additional services include weekly workshops, test reviews, study jams, self-instructional handouts, and access to computers and printing through the Computer Commons

The LAVC Library offers in-person book checkout, study space, and research help; and 24/7 online access to FREE live help at “Ask A Librarian,” online research and reading materials, and FAQ and online “Get Research Help” guides for self-directed learning.

Student Support & Campus Life 

LAVC offers a variety of college services and support programs to help you succeed. Choose from:

College Services

  • Business Office - Pay your registration fees in-person or online. This is also where you can pick up your free Metro GoPass and activation code.
  • Campus Bookstore - Purchase textbooks, course materials, class supplies, backpacks, Monarch gear, etc. Your order can be picked up in-person, or have it shipped for a free (you will receive your order within 2-5 business days). To search and buy your required textbooks and supplies, go to Buy Textbooks.
  • Career/Transfer Center - Learn about career and transfer opportunities.
  • Counseling - Counselors can help identify your educational goal and make sure you take the right classes.
  • Financial Aid - Get help paying for college with grants and other resources.
  • Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) - Provides support services, specialized instruction and educational accommodations.
  • Student Health Center - Access medical and behavioral health care.
  • Student Life - The Office of Student Life aims to promote a positive college experience by providing programs rooted in diversity, education, leadership, service and social interaction. The Office of Student Life coordinates a wide range of opportunities for students to gain experience.

Student Support Programs

  • Basic Needs Center - Supports eligible students with food and applying for CalFresh.
  • Dream Resource Center - Supports undocumented students with counseling, financial support & more.
  • EOPS - Supports historically underrepresented students with counseling, textbook service, priority registration & more.
  • First Year Experience (FYE) - Provides students with comprehensive academic support and career services to help them be successful in their first two years of college and graduate or transfer. Students who meet the requirements are eligible for free tuition through the Los Angeles College Promise, priority registration, access to counselors and success coaches, internships, and much more.
  • NextUp / Guardian Scholars - Supports current/former foster youth with interactive workshops, counseling and financial support.
  • PUENTE - Supports Latinx students with a transfer support program the follows the cohort model.
  • Rainbow Pride Center - A safe and all-inclusive space open to all students, faculty and staff regardless of their sex, gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Please contact Natalie Guerrero, Counselor/Coordinator, Phone: (818) 947-2389, Email: pridecenter@lavc.edu
  • TRiO - Supports first generation, low-income students with counseling, tutoring, workshops and more.
  • Umoja/Black Scholars - Provides Afrocentric class cohorts, programming and counseling
  • Veterans Resource Center - Supports veterans and their families with enrollment, counseling and VA benefits.

Student Parent Support Programs

  • CalWORKs - Supports students who are parents and receive TANF (cash aid).
  • CARE - Provides supplemental support for single parents that receive cash aid.
  • Child Development Center - A licensed childcare facility for the children of students, staff, faculty and community.
  • Family Resource Center - Supports parenting students with workshops, playgroups, and events.

Food Services 

  • LAVC Food Services for your menu of places to eat while on campus, including:
  • Monarch Café (Cafeteria) - Offers daily fresh, made-to-order menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also offers snacks, grab-and-go food choices, and weekly specials.
  • Lion Café – Offers coffee and snacks
  • Monarch Campus Store – Offers Subway box lunches, snacks, candy, cold drinks & ice cream.
  • Campus Vending Machines – Grab-and-go prepared foods and snacks, candy, soft drinks, coffee and more.

Stay connected with the Valley Weekly Student Newsletter

Every week, LAVC will send you the Valley Weekly Student Newsletter featuring upcoming campus events and activities as well as important announcements. Keep an eye out in your inbox to find opportunities to get involved on campus, and meet other students!

Los Angeles Valley College’s Commitment to Anti-Racism 

LAVC is committed to being an anti-racist institution and to working towards equity and social change. Visit our site for more information about this important ongoing work.