Welcome to the Spring 2024 Semester

February 3, 2024

By LAVC Public Relations

Students and staff with the LAVC Mascot in front of the Student Union

Los Angeles Valley College is excited to welcome you to the Spring semester. As a member of our Monarch family, we are committed to helping you reach your academic and career goals.

Here’s some tips to get you ready for your first day:

Student Questions & Support

Welcome Center is Here to Help You

The LAVC Welcome Center is your first stop to help you find what you're looking for at Valley College! We are ready to help you in-person, online, by email and over the phone.  

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.

Coming to Campus

Campus Map

Check the campus map to help you locate your classroom location, and where to access campus parking lots.

Campus Parking

Parking permits are required for the Spring semester. Buy your Spring Parking Permit online or in-person at the Business Office for $20, or buy daily parking permits from a parking pay station for $2 (cash only; selected pay stations accept cash and credit card).

There is a two-week grace parking period in all student parking stalls from February 5-17, 2024. Vehicles parked without a visible valid parking permit (employee parking permit for faculty & staff lots / student parking permit for student lots) will be cited. 

FREE MetroGo Pass for LAVC Students

You can choose to take public transportation with a free GoPass TAP Card. All students enrolled in Spring classes at LAVC are eligible to get a FREE Metro GoPass by visiting the Welcome Center or Business Office.

If Sick, Stay Home

As a reminder, please stay home if you feel sick, and contact your instructor for work assignments. If needed, seek help from a healthcare provider or contact the LAVC Student Health Center.​

Online Classes

Access Your Online Class

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

  1. In a web browser, go to the 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 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 for questions related to Canvas and start an online chat with Canvas Support.

LAVC Resources & Services

Join Your CAP Canvas Site

Based on your selected major, you now belong to one of Valley’s seven Career and Academic Pathways (also known as CAPs). Check the Career & Academic Pathways to find your CAP Canvas Site, and connect with the people, places, and resources that will support you on your pathway at LAVC. (This is not a class. There is no grades and no homework!)

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 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

We offer 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. To search and buy your required textbooks and supplies, go to Buy Textbooks. Pick up your order in-person, or have it shipped for a fee. 
  • 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 - Participate in campus activities, join a student club, or find a leadership position in student government (Associated Student Union).

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) - Promise students get academic support and career services to help them be successful in their first two years of college and graduate or transfer. Eligible students may also get free tuition through the LA College Promise, priority registration, access to counselors and success coaches, and internships.
  • Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program - Supports calculus-based STEM majors with STEM counseling, STEM tutoring, STEM professional and academic networking and 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.
  • 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

  • Monarch Café (Cafeteria) - Offers daily fresh, made-to-order menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also offers snacks, grab-and-go food, and weekly specials.
  • Lion Café – Offers coffee. grab-and-go food items, 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.

What’s Happening at Valley

  • Valley Weekly Student Newsletter - Check your campus email every week to learn about campus events, opportunities meet other students, and more!
  • LAVC Calendar of Events - Find fun and exciting campus event, like Welcome Week, athletic games, concerts, performances, student activities and much more. To add any event to your calendar, click the *** next to the event name and select the “Add to My Calendar” option.

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.