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Looking for an Open Class? Check the LAVC Spring Semester 2015 Open Classes List Posted Online
LAVC Academic Affairs Office has posted an open classes listing for Spring Semester 2015. This open classes listing, which is regularly updated, notes all the class sections with available seats in Spring Semester 2015; the information is not live, therefore some class sections may be closed by the time students register. To view the updated open classes list, visit the LAVC Schedule of Classes Web Page.
Have You Given LAVC Your Cell Phone and Alternate Email to Receive Emergency Notifications?
LAVC is urging all LAVC students, faculty and staff to provide emergency contact information to Valley College through the new LAVC Connect portal. During a campus emergency, LAVC will be notifying all students, faculty and staff using a new emergency alert system called Blackboard Connect. This new system has the ability to let LAVC send emergency alert notifications simultaneously to students, staff and faculty by email, voice, and text message. However, students, faculty and staff must provide their cell phone number and an alternate/personal email address (on the LAVC Connect Portal) before LAVC will be able to send alert by text or to a non-LACCD/non-LAVC email account. 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 LACCD Student Information System); LAVC faculty and staff will automatically receive notifications to their LAVC email address. Text message notifications and notifications to personal email addresses will ONLY be sent to students, faculty and staff who have provide that type of emergency contact information in the LAVC Connect Portal. Please note: this portal is for emergency notifications only, and will not update any student and employee records with the LACCD. (Faculty & Staff—A How to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts from LA Valley College for Faculty/Staff guide is available). For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the LAVC Emergency Response Plan Web Page.
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.
January 5-February 8
LAVC's Winter Session 2015 Begins January 5
Winter Session 2015 at Los Angeles Valley College will be held from January 5-February 8. Day and evening classes will begin on Monday, January 5, and Saturday classes will begin on Saturday, January 10. More than over 100 class sections offered a variety of degree-transferrable subjects during the five-week winter session. Students who wish to add a class that is closed may attempt to add the class by requesting an add slip from the instructor on the first day of class. For more information on the courses being offered, view the
Computer Based Test: January 20-21
Paper-Based Test: January 23-24
Practice Test: January 23
Need to Take the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test)? LAVC to Offer the Computer-Based on January 20-21 and the Paper-Based Test on January 23-24; Practice Test Offered on January 23 and by Appointment
The LAVC CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) Program is now accepting registrations for the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test) test. LAVC is an official HiSET® testing site; the computer-based tests will be offered on Tuesday-Wednesday, January 20-21, and the paper-based test on Friday-Saturday, January 23-24. It will also offer the HiSET Practice Test on Friday, January 23; the practice test is also available by appointment. HiSET® is the new alternative to the GED. The CA State Board of Education approved the HiSET® for individuals to earn a California High School Equivalency Certificate. It is offered as a paper-based or computer-based test, and covers the following subject areas: Language Arts- Reading & Writing, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics. Both types of tests are offered on a regular basis. The fee for the full test is $150.00 (non-refundable). The fee for the practice test is $10. For more information on HiSET® Testing, including registration information, and test and practice test dates and times, visit the LAVC CalWORKs Web page.
January 21-23 & 27-29
LAVC Health Sciences to Offer a Free NCLEX Review Course
The LAVC Health Science Department is offering a free NCLEX Review course on January 21-23 and 27-29 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Monarch Hall. The NCLEX is the National Council Licensure Examination for the licensing of nursing in the United States and Canada. For more information, contact the LAVC Health Science Department at (818) 947-2559.
Calling All Students—You Can Earn $105 by Being a Poll Worker for the September 3 Municipal Election!
The L.A. Election Division is looking to hire students for paying jobs. Students can earn $105 to work as poll workers on Mar 3 from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.; inspectors and supervisors can earn about three times that amount. These positions will also require your attendance at a training session. The deadline to apply is January 23. There are a limited number of positions available. Apply today! For more information, contact Sandra Mendoza, project coordinator for Voter Outreach at Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 978-0304.
Dr. Endrijonas to Speak at the Valley Economic Alliance Executive Forecast
LAVC President Dr. Erika Endrijonas will be speaking at the Valley Economic Alliances's Executive Forecast on Friday, January 23 at the Hilton Woodland Hills. She will be a presenter at its "Infrastructure" panel, which will feature Martin L. Adams of the LA Department of Water and Power. For more information on the Executive Forecast event, visit the Valley Economic Alliance Web Page.
Want to Study in the South of France This Summer? Learn More at the Summer Study Away in Montpellier, France Information Session on January 24
LAVC Summer Study Away will hold an information session for the Summer 2015 in Montpellier (South of France) Program on Saturday, January 24 from 12-2 p.m. in Foreign Language 102. If you'd like to study in the South of France this summer (and earn up to 8 units of LAVC credit), come learn more about this month-long study program with AIFS (American Institute of Foreign Study). The program will take place from July 5-August 1, 2015. If you have questions regarding this program, visit www.lavc.edu/montpellier, or contact Professor D. Merrill at email@example.com or (818) 947-2380.
LAVC Athletics Update—Men's & Women's Basketball Teams are Victorious Over West LA College; Baseball will Kicks Off its Season on January 29
The LAVC Athletics Program congratulates the LAVC Men and Women basketball teams for their victories versus West LA on January 17. The LAVC Baseball Team will start its season on January 29.
The following Athletic teams will play during the week of January 25-31:
- The Men's and Women's Basketball teams will play against Glendale College on Wednesday, January 28 in the competition gym in the South Gym; the men's team will play at 5 p.m. and the women's team will play at 7 p.m.
- The Men's and Women's Basketball teams will play at home against Bakersfield College on Saturday, January 31; the men's team will play at 5 p.m. and the women's team will play at 7 p.m. in the competition gym in the South Gym
- The Baseball team will play its first game of the season against Santa Ana College on Thursday, January 29 at 2 p.m.; due to constructed related activities, all Baseball games will be played at the opponent's home location
For more information on Monarch Athletics, visit the LAVC Athletics Department Web page.
Computer Based Test: January 27-28 & 31
Paper-Based Test: January 30-31
Practice Test: January 30
Need to Take the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test)? LAVC to Offer the Computer-Based and the Paper-Based Test; Practice Test Also Offered
The LAVC CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids) Program is now accepting registrations for the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test). LAVC is an official HiSET testing site; the computer-based tests will be offered on Tuesday-Wednesday, January 27-28 and Saturday, January 31, and the paper-based test on Friday-Saturday, January 30-31. It will also offer the practice test on Friday, January 30; practice tests are also available by appointment. HiSET® is the new alternative to the GED. The CA State Board of Education approved the HiSET® for individuals to earn a California High School Equivalency Certificate. It is offered as a paper-based or computer-based test, and covers the following subject areas: Language Arts- Reading & Writing, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics. Both types of tests are offered on a regular basis. The fee for the full test is $150.00 (non-refundable). The fee for the practice test is $10. For more information on HiSET® Testing, including registration information and all upcoming test and practice test dates and times, visit the LAVC CalWORKs Web page.
Deadline: January 31
Don’t Forget—Last Day to Drop a Winter Session Class with a “W” (by internet only) is January 31
The LAVC Admission & Records Office reminds all students that the last day to drop classes with a "W" (by internet only) for Winter Session 2015 is Saturday, January 31. A letter grade will be required from that date forward. If you wish to drop a class with a "W", you must to do so online through the LACCD Student Information System (SIS). A complete list of academic dates and deadlines is posted on the LAVC Calendar of Events.
LAVC Presents a Special Exhibition by LA Muralist Kent Twitchell in the LAVC Art Gallery from November 6-February 26; Exhibit Temporarily Closed from December 12-February 8
The LAVC Art Gallery will present an exhibition titled "Life Line: Drawings by Kent Twitchell" from November 6, 2014-February 26, 2015 in the LAVC Art Gallery in the Art Building. This exhibition by Los Angeles-based muralist Kent Twitchell focuses on his life-long devotion to drawing as his primary medium, and also his connections to his subjects. It highlights the artist's small graphite on paper renderings that are both intimate and engaging in scale. Culling from the artist's oeuvre, some of the drawings in this exhibition are being displayed for the first time. Twitchell is renowned for his larger-than-life, realistic portrayals of celebrities and creative luminaries in murals sprawling Los Angeles's buildings and freeways. As the exhibition title suggests, "Life Line" conjures up multiple associations. "Life Line" also serves as a stimulating pairing to the monumental and iconic mural of "The Old Woman of the Freeway" (or "Freeway Lady") that will be installed on the side of this campus's Student Services Center later this year. The exhibit, which is free to the public, will be on display in the LAVC Art Gallery in the Art Building and will is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; the Art Gallery is closed from December 12, 2014-February 8, 2015. For more information, visit the LAVC Art Gallery Web Page.
Infant Toddler Playgroups: February 9-May 20
Creative Activities Playgroup: February 17-May 19
Attention New Parents—LAVC Family Resource Center to Offer Infant and Toddler Playgroups and a Creative Activities Playgroup this Spring
The LAVC Family Resource Center (FRC) offers Infant and Toddler Playgroups (birth through 30 months) and a Creative Activities Playgroup (2.5 year old through 3.5 years old). Playgroups are available to the community and to LAVC students. Parents/caregivers and their children (birth through 30 months) can come to socialize with other families in a setting that builds upon a child's skills through play and social interactions. Playgroups are facilitated by child development faculty. The Creative Activities Playgroup helps preschoolers (between 2 1/2 and 3 1/2) build preschool readiness skills through art, music, sensory, and dramatic play. Scholarships are available for LAVC students. For more information, call (818) 778-5612 or visit the LAVC Family Resource Center Web page.
Deadline: February 20
LAVC Cooperative Education Offers Students an Opportunity to Earn College Credit for Their Work Experience; Now Accepting Enrollment Applications for Spring Semester 2015
The LAVC Cooperative Education Office offers students who are working or interning during the Spring semester the opportunity to earn up to 4 units of college credit. It is now accepting enrollments for the Spring Semester 2015; the last day to enroll is February 20. Students must be enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College, complete a Spring 2015 Cooperative Education enrollment application, and schedule an appointment to meet with the Cooperative Education Director. Enrollment into the program is by add slip only. Space is limited! For more information and to download the Spring 2015 application, please visit the Cooperative Education Web Page.
Want to Study in the South of France This Summer? Learn More at the Summer Study Away in Montpellier, France Information Session on February 21
LAVC Summer Study Away will hold an information session for the Summer 2015 in Montpellier (South of France) Program on Saturday, February 21 from 12-2 p.m. in Foreign Language 102. If you'd like to study in the South of France this summer (and earn up to 8 units of LAVC credit), come learn more about this month-long study program with AIFS (American Institute of Foreign Study). The program will take place from July 5-August 1, 2015. If you have questions regarding this program, visit www.lavc.edu/montpellier, or contact Professor D. Merrill at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 947-2380.
February 23 - March 5
Want to See What It's Like to Work in an Occupation that Interests You? Learn How You Can Participate at a Job Shadow Day 2015 Orientation Session
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center invites you to be a part of Job Shadow Day 2015 and get a chance to see what's like to work in an occupation/career that you're interested in. Participants will get to spend half the day at a company or organization "shadowing" someone in a career field that you want to learn more about. If you're interested, you must attend one of the following orientation sessions: Monday, February 23 from 12-1 p.m., Tuesday, February 24 from 4-5 p.m., Monday, March 2 from 12- 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 3 from 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, March 4 from 12-1 p.m., and Thursday, March 5 from 3-4 p.m. The actual job shadow day will be arranged with participants between the orientation sessions and April 30. For more information, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646.
Got News to Share? LAVC's PR Office Can Provide 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 marquees, on LAVC's online calendar, on the LAVC News & Events section of the college's 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 email@example.com. 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 LAVC Public Relations Office Web page.
Share Your "Best Shots" of Life at LA Valley College on Instagram!
Los Angeles Valley College encourages students, faculty and staff to share their best photos of life at Valley College using the hashtag #SceneAtLAVC. Every month, LAVC will share the best #SceneAtLAVC photos with its followers on Instagram. Valley College's Instagram feed shares regular college news, announcements and photos. Follow on Los Angeles Valley College on Instagram.
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 on Facebook.
Are You Following @LAVCPrez? Stay Connected with LAVC's President on Twitter
Dr. Erika Endrijonas, LAVC college president, is keeping connected through social media. She has a Twitter account (@LAVCPrez), and is regularly tweeting updates. LAVC faculty, staff, students and friends can follow the College President on Twitter, and learn about what is going on at LA Valley College. Follow @LAVCPrez on Twitter.
Three LAVC Students Selected for the NASA JPL Student Independent Research Internship (SIRI) Spring Program
LAVC Students Emelie Oiknine, Shahen Mirzoyan and Diana Lau have been chosen to participate in the NASA JPL Student Independent Research Internship (SIRI) Program for Spring 2015. As part of this program, all the three students will be required to enroll in an Independent Study Course (Math 385) at Los Angeles Valley College. In addition, they will be expected to work 10-15 hours per week at JPL under the guidance of a JPL mentor from February 9-May 26, 2015.
- Emelie Oiknine will be working on the “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Image Understanding” Project , under the mentorship of Christopher Kanan, a researcher in JPLs Mobility and Robotic Systems Section. She will assist in developing and evaluating algorithms for saliency, detection, classification, and tracking of objects in UAV imagery. Emelie will also gain experience in machine learning and computer vision, including cutting-edge topics such as deep learning.
- Shahen Mirzoyan will be working on a “Reduction of Thermal Emission Observations of Jupiter” Project under the mentorship of Glenn Orton, a senior research scientist at JPL. Shahen’s primary task will be to perform data reduction for absolute radiance (including possible comparisons between calibrations based on similarities with spacecraft results and standard-star observations) and the assignment of geometry. These tasks are written in an application of the Interactive Data Language (IDL). In addition, time may permit him to perform the beginning of a task to derive appropriate atmospheric parameters from the data using a FORTRAN-based program.
- Diana Lau will be working on the “Microorganisms Cultured from Mars-Based Spacecraft, Characterization and Preservation” Project, under the mentorship of Wayne Schubert, a microbiologist/scientist at NASA JPL. Diana will join an established group of researchers focusing on molecular systematics/population genetics of microbes isolated from various extreme environments, and will be involved in the maintenance and enhancement of various microbial collections. Diana will also be exposed to state of the art molecular microbial techniques, sequencing, bioinformatics, etc.
Congratulations to Emelie, Shahen and Diana!
A Warm Welcome to Carina Dueñas, LAVC Foundation Development Assistant
The LAVC Foundation welcomes Carina Dueñas, who recently started as its new Foundation Development Assistant. Carina will be responsible for performing the day-to-day clerical and technical duties in the LAVC Foundation office, and will assist in developing and coordinating its fund raising activities, publicity and marketing activities, donor relations, and event planning. Prior to coming to Valley College, Carina worked as a project coordinator for the University of Southern California (USC) Alumni Association, and worked at an engineering firm where she handled its public outreach program and communication activities. She earned her Bachelor's in political science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Southern California. The Foundation is the non-profit organization of Los Angeles Valley College. Its mission is to support various campus programs and projects as well as its students. Last year, the Foundation distributed $177,000 in student scholarships and awards! Carina is located in the Foundation Office in Admin 3, and can be reached at (818) 947-2619. Welcome Carina!
Don't Forget—LAVC is a Smoke Free Campus Except in New Designated Smoking Areas; LAVC's Smoking Policy Updated to Prohibit the Use of E-Cigarettes
As of February 4, 2013, Los Angeles Valley College is a "Smoke Free Campus" except in four designated smoking areas. In June 2014, the policy was updated to prohibit the use of any tobacco products, other products that are capable of being ignited and smoked or otherwise inhaled, and electronic smoking devices except in the designated smoking locations. The following designated smoking areas are located:
Near College Road North, west of Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC)
Southwest corner of Parking Lot D
East of Ethel Avenue, west side of Lot L, north of Bungalow 78
West side of the Engineering Building, in the Receiving Area, adjacent to Parking Lot A
The locations of all the designated smoking areas, is posted on the LAVC Campus Map. 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. Read the two IEC motions on the Smoking Policy at (S12-16 and S14-09). If you have any questions regarding the LAVC Smoking Policy, please contact Raul Gonzalez, Associate Vice President of Administrative Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Did You Know? The CCaTT lab has been Relocated to the Computer Commons
As of September 2, the CCaTT lab (formerly in BJ 103) is located in 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.
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.
Attention Faculty & Staff! LAVC Mailroom Hours of Operation
The mailroom, which is located in Campus Center (next to the elevator), is always open during normal operating hours of the college for faculty to access their mailboxes. The back room of the mailroom for mail pickup by departments is normally open as follows:
- Monday-Thursday from 8 a,m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
- Fridays from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
If you need access to the back room and it is locked please go to Reprographics located in Room W101.
Have You Seen the Valley/Pierce/Mission College's "Our Students are Going Places" Bus? Metro Bus Wrap Campaign Promotes Enrollment at the Three LACCD Colleges in the San Fernando Valley
Los Angeles Valley College, Pierce College and Los Angeles Mission Colleges launched a new outdoor advertising campaign to promote enrollment at all three colleges in the Valley. As of July 28, 2014, there are 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, picture of 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.
Attention Faculty & Staff—Do You Need to Update Your Contact Information in the LAVC Phone & Email Directory?
The LAVC Administrative Services Office can assist faculty, staff and administrators with updating or adding information on the online LAVC Phone/Email Directory. To keep the information up-to-date, faculty are asked to check their information that is posted on the online directory, and notify Administrative Services if the information is not correct or is missing. If an employee finds that his/her information is inaccurate or missing, please send the following information to your department chair or supervisor, who upon verification and approval will send the information to Arlene Stein in Administrative Services at (email@example.com):
- employee's full name,
- nickname (if applicable),
- building location with room number
- LAVC phone number or voice mail extension,
- fax number,
- LAVC email address, &
- secondary phone number or email address (if applicable)
Arlene will notify your supervisor when the information has been updated online. If you have any questions, contact Arlene Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling extension 2336.
LAVC Students Get a First-Hand Look at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
On Friday November 21, Los Angeles Valley College students belonging to UCLA/LAV-CEED and MAPS (Math Accelerated Pathways to STEM) attended a field trip to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The trip consisted of visits to the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, Von Karman Museum, and the Space Flight Operations Facility (SFOF). While in the SFOF, students and faculty got to sit in the seats where JPL employees have monitored and controlled all interplanetary and deep space exploration for NASA and other international space agencies since 1963. Students also had the opportunity to see the Mars Curiosity Rover model while listening to a presentation from one of the JPL scientists working on the Rover project.
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 an online Job Board for students, alumni and area employers. The job board 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 at http://www.collegecentral.com/lavc/.
Attention New Parents! The Family Resource Center has a Free Baby Clothes Exchange for the Community
The LAVC Family Resource Center offers a free baby clothes exchange (newborns to 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 may 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.
Attention Faculty & Staff—New Free Resource from CA Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to Help You
The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has launched a new Web site portal called Sidekick for faculty and staff. This innovative Web site combines six free resources into one site to help you create inspiring and engaging content that meets the needs of diverse audiences, during tough budgets, and ever-changing regulations. From this site, you will be able to access the following six resources:
- 3C Media Solutions – resources to help you creating dynamic video content, podcasts, streaming services, captioning and event coverage
- @ONE – online training and networking for faculty/staff
- Alternative Text Production Center - create alternate media products for students
- Distance Education Captioning and Transcription - captioning and transcribing distance education materials
- CCC Confer - Web conferencing and lecture capture services
- High Tech Center Training Unit - free training for faculty/staff on using Assistive Computer Technology, Alternate Media and Web Accessibility technology
For more information, visit the ToolsSidekick Web Page.
Two LAVC Students Recognized by the JPL Undergraduate Scholars Program and Selected to Participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Project
LAVC Students Michael Frawley and Emelie Oiknine were recognized as two of 29 JPL Undergraduate Scholars who finished the 6-week JPL Undergraduate Scholars Program (JPLUS) at JPL and Caltech on Friday, November 7. In addition, the two students were selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). The JPL Undergraduate Scholars Program (JPLUS) recognizes achievement and high potential in students attending community colleges closest to JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab) and Pasadena. Students studying engineering, physical science, computer science or mathematics were eligible for the program. In addition to a recognition award, students were provided with activities, such as seminars, workshops and conferences, that were designed to help them prepare for undergraduate research fellowship opportunities. The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS) is a two part program. Participants will participate in 5 weeks of interactive Web-based activities including webinars with NASA engineers/scientists, designing a 3D rover model, and planning a mission to Mars. Students who successfully complete the interactive Web-based activities may be eligible for an onsite experience at NASA, where they will be able to work on an exploratory team project directed by NASA engineers, attend briefings by engineers and scientists, and tour NASA facilities. Congratulations to Michael and Emelie!
Attention Faculty & Staff—Microsoft Home Use Program Now Available for LAVC Employees
LAVC is now eligible to participate in Microsoft's Software Assurance Home Use Program (HUP). The HUP is part of our Microsoft Volume Licensing Program. Through this program, faculty and staff are able to purchase one licensed of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office for MAC 2011 (not both) for just $9.95 plus tax. An additional backup DVD is also available with additional cost to cover the costs of duplication, shipping and handling. Under this Home Use Program, you may acquire one licensed copy with two installations on your home computers (e.g. one desktop and one laptop). For up-to-date information on the availability of Home Use Program software, frequently asked questions and additional instruction on how to order the HUP online, please visit the LAVC Information Technology & Media Services Office Microsoft Home Use Program Web Page.
Did You Know? LAVC's Men's & Women's Physical Education Departments are Now Called the LAVC Kinesiology Department
The LAVC Men's Physical Education and Women's Physical Education Departments have recently joined together to create the Kinesiology Department. This new department combines all the men's and women's physical education courses into one department, and includes the subjects of Dance Specialties, Dance Studies, Dance Techniques, Health, Kinesiology, Kinesiology Athletics, Kinesiology Major, and Recreation. The department is also offering a new Associate Arts Transfer (AA-T) Degree. Kinesiology is the study of the art and science of human movement, while physical education is defined as sports and exercise taught in schools. This redefined focus also more closely aligns with how the discipline is referred to at most colleges and universities. All the Kinesiology Department classes have the same content and curriculum as the former physical education classes, and most importantly, these classes still fulfill the section E general education requirement. Students interested in pursuing fitness wellness careers (in the teaching/coaching/ therapy areas) or careers in clinical areas (such as physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes management or research and medicine) should explore Kinesiology as their major. For more information, contact the Kinesiology Department at (818) 947-2907.
LAVC Partners with Cal State Northridge to Receive a National Institute of Health Grant to Improve Recruitment of Underrepresented Minority Students in the Biomedical Field
Los Angeles Valley College in partnership with California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has received a Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) grant funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative, Enhancing the Diversity of the Workforce program. CSUN was awarded $22.8 million over a five-year period. The LAVC Biology and Psychology departments are committed to assist CSUN in recruiting of underrepresented minority students pursuing careers in the biomedical field as well as encourage those students to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise. LAVC will be working with CSUN in an ambitious attempt to change the way traditionally underrepresented minority students are mentored and trained as they set off on a career path as biomedical researchers. This program draws on a social justice model to inspire students and impact health disparities in the community. As a Pipeline Partner Institution, LAVC can participate in the following activities: (1) tutoring for gatekeeper Biology classes, (2) co-develop a Discovery of Research course or adapt an existing course to fit with an emphasis on research and cultural competence, (3) allow Pre-BUILD sophomore-level students to conduct year-long research activities at CSUN or LAVC with a mentor, (4) mentoring activities and workshops/trainings for Pre-BUILD students, (5) potential travel funding for conferences or trainings, (6) potential research funding, and (7) the ability for LAVC faculty to apply for research sabbaticals to work with CSUN faculty. Pipeline partners will be able to choose their own level of involvement in the program. For more information on the grant, read the NIH Press Release or visit the NIH's Funded Research Web Page.
LAVC Wins Awards at the South Bay Workforce Investment Board's Alumni & Awards Breakfast
The LAVC Job Training program was presented with seven awards at the 19th Annual Alumni & Awards Breakfast hosted by the South Bay Workforce Investment Board on October 23. The following programs received a recognition of outstanding performance of 90% - 100%: Customer Services Specialist with Employability Skills (100%), Customer Service Representative II (100%), Human Resources Assistant Academy (100%), Tool and Manufacturing Academy (100%), and LA Fellows with Professional Development (100%), Microsoft Academy (100%). In addition, the following program received a recognition of outstanding performance of 80% - 89%: Customer Service Specialist (86%). The percentage numbers are indicative of people completed training and were successfully placed in gainful employment. The Valley College Job Training program is entering their 21st year of service to the community, having placed more than 22,000 job seekers while providing skills and training upgrades to over 18,500 workers. For more information about LAVC Job Training's programs, visit the LAVC Job Training Web Page.
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.
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. How to update information on the LAVC Online Phone/Email Directory
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.