Valley Weekly - March 7-13, 2022

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Ukraine Crisis Message from Dr. Gribbons

Dear Monarchs,

On February 24, 2022, President Putin announced a “special military operation” and invaded Ukraine. Since that time, we have all watched the crises unfold, including massive destruction, tragic loss of life, and the humanitarian crises as more than a million Ukrainians fled their homeland. The people of Ukraine are admirably defending their homeland and showing extraordinary resolve.

There has been widespread condemnation of the attack on Ukraine and calls for peace. Please join me in recognizing the trauma being experienced not just in Ukraine, but also here with members of our community who have family and friends impacted by the war. The trauma can take many forms and my hope is that we are sensitive to our colleagues and students who are in need, showing our support for them, providing some flexibility where possible, and making sure they know about resources that are available to them. It also is important to recognize that many members of our Monarch community are from Russia and Belarus, and my hope is that we avoid false assumptions of their attitudes towards the invasion of Ukraine.

For those of you who are experiencing trauma, mental health resources are available. Students can access aid through our Student Health Center operated by Valley Community Healthcare by calling (818) 763-8836, select option 4 or extension 1455.

My prayers are with those experiencing trauma in these difficult times and for peace in Ukraine soon.

If there is anything I can do to provide needed support, please don’t hesitate to let me know.


Barry Gribbons, Ph.D.

Remember to Upload Your Booster Proof to Cleared4 by March 14

As a friendly reminder, please keep your personal Cleared4 account up-to-date, including your immunization records when you receive a COVID-19 booster.

Any student who is fully vaccinated and also currently eligible for a booster are encouraged to get the booster. Please upload your updated vaccine information by Monday, March 14, 2022. Find out how to upload proof to Cleared4.

If you decide to not take the booster for medical or personal reasons, you must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and receive a negative test result to continue attending your in-person or hybrid classes. Enforcement for proof of boosters by all eligible students begins Monday, March 14, 2022.

Read more about the Board Policy and the District's Vaccine & Testing Requirements.

Need a Ride? Get Your FREE Metro GoPass Today!

Did you know that as an LAVC student, you're eligible for a FREE Metro GoPass? You can to ride all buses and trains operated by Metro from now until December 31, no cost! To pick up your free pass, just stop by the LAVC Business Office with your picture ID. Learn more about the Metro GoPass.

COVID-19 Testing Appointments for Students & Employees

Monday, March 7 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 8 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. &
Wednesday, March 9 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Engineering 100 (view map)

Biocept is offering weekly COVID-19 testing at LA Valley College for students and employees (by appointment only) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Schedule your appointment using your private Cleared4 account link. For more information, visit the LACCD Vaccination & Testing Requirements.

International Women’s Day

Tuesday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
Online (Zoom)

Join LAVC for our first Annual International Women’s Day Event and #breakthebias. We will be joined by LACCD California Community College’s Deputy Chancellor, Dr. Daisy Gonzales and panelists who will share their experiences as women, breaking the bias on gender, discrimination, and stereotyping. Show your solidarity by posting a picture of yourself and crossing your arms in an X with the hashtags #BREAKTHEBIAS and tag @lavalleycollege.

Announcement for Students

Students and employees can now get two FREE Covid-19 at-home rapid antigen testing kits per person each week; Theatre & Music students can pick up 3 kits per student, per week. To pick up your rapid antigen test kits, visit the ticket booth at the Music Recital Hall (view map) on Monday-Thursday from 8:45 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; please show your student ID or employee ID. For more information, check the LAVC Covid-19 Antigen Home Testing Kit Distribution.

Stay on track with free tutoring from the Academic Resource Center. Whether it’s Math, Statistics, English/Writing or a variety of other classes, we have you covered!

The Smart Money Toolkit is a FREE financial literacy resource available to all LAVC students. Check out this amazing resource by Self-enrolling in the toolkit and review the material at your own time. Topics include budgeting, saving, paying for school, buying a home and much more! Students who self-enroll in the course will be entered in a opportunity drawing to receive a $150 bookstore voucher. To qualify for the bookstore voucher, students must have paid the ASU fee this semester. For more information. visit LAVC Financial Aid.

The Valley College Foundation has over 250 Scholarships with over $160,000 available! The application deadline has been extended to Monday, March 21. To apply, log in to your LACCD Student Portal. Click on the “Scholarship Tile”, and then click on “Login Here” next to the Student Log In. Email the LAVC Foundation or call (818) 947-2619 with questions.

The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) is seeking student volunteers for its 19th annual convention on March 10-13, 2022 at the LA Convention Center. Volunteers will assist with convention activities, such as registration, greet attendees, facilitate attendee participation, work the gala event, and more. Please email Dr. Nasser Kashou with your event or volunteer related questions.

Job Opportunities on Campus

The LAVC Child Development Center is looking for student workers for the food services area (Spring 2022) and classroom area (late Spring 2022 - Summer 2022). Please visit the Child Development Center page for more information regarding qualifications for each position and to request an application, or email the Child Development Center.

LAVC Administrative Services is hiring cadet student workers in the LAVC Sheriff Station. Start your career with us! Job duties include patrol, dispatching, and parking enforcement. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and currently enrolled in 12 units. Please email Admin Services or call (818) 947-2409 for an application or more information.

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Engineering 100,
Tuesday, March 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Engineering 100 &
Wednesday, March 16 from 12-5 p.m. in Engineering 100

Biocept is offering COVID-19 testing at LA Valley College for students and employees (by appointment only) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Engineering 100. Schedule your appointment using your private Cleared4 account link. For other testing locations/dates, check the Districtwide COVID Testing schedule. For more info, visit the LACCD Vaccination & Testing Requirements.

Monday, March 14 from 1 p.m. on YouTube Live

Join Dr. Barry Gribbons for a campus update on YouTube Live. Students who have questions can post them on the live chat for him to answer. A link will be posted soon on the LAVC YouTube Channel.

LACCD encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or have questions about the physical access provided, please use the links above to contact the event organizer as soon as possible, but no later than ten (10) business days prior to the event.