Important dates

Spring 2019
January 28 - February 8 - Late enrollment – space available basis
February 8 - Last day to add a full-term class
February 8 - Last day to drop a full-term class and be eligible for a refund of fees
February 8 - Last day to drop a full-term class,  in-person , without a “W” appearing on transcript
February 10 - Last day to drop a full-term class,  online , without a "W" appearing on transcript
February 15 - Holiday - Lincoln’s Birthday - college closed
February 16-17 - Holiday - Presidents' Weekend - no Saturday/Sunday classes
February 18 - Holiday - Washington’s Birthday- college closed
February 22 - Last day to request P/NP option for a full-term class
February 28 - Last day to file for summer 2019 graduation with early registration option
Spring 2019 - Car Drop-Off
We'll park your car for you - for FREE

Parking is challenging at the start of the new term. Car drop-off gives you one less thing to worry about during the first two-weeks of class.

Please be a good neighbor and consider our neighborhood
Help us preserve DVC's excellent reputation by doing your part to be a good neighbor! We understand that our students sometimes have to park on neighborhood streets at the beginning of the term when campus parking is harder to find. But don't forget to try our new car drop-off service when the parking spots are hard to find. If you do park off campus, please show respect for our neighbors by doing your part to keep their streets clean, quiet, and peaceful!
Message from Police Services
Please take the time to consider the following safety tips when coming to and from campus:

  • Parking lots - When walking to your vehicle, have your keys ready in your hands. This will reduce time searching your pockets and purses at your vehicle. Report all suspicious activity when safe to do so. If you are feeling unsafe, or need assistance, call campus Police Services for an escort.

  • Digital devices - Avoid use of cell phones and headphones while walking. These devices are distracting, and often decrease your awareness of your surroundings. If you must use headphones, try using only one earpiece instead of both.

  • Use the buddy system - Whenever possible, walk with a classmate, co-worker, or group when possible. The saying “there’s safety in numbers” is particularly applicable walking in the parking lots, pathways, and trail systems. 

  • Parking permits must be fully visible on your vehicle, when parked on campus. 

  • Trust your instincts - If you sense that something is not right, report it. Report suspicious activities to District Police Services, at 925-686-5547. Don’t be a victim! Help others avoid being victimized by encouraging them to report suspicious behavior.

Following these tips can help you stay safe. Use them as a guide of just a few of the many things you can do to take more personal responsibility for your safety while on campus . .
DVC calendar
Check out the campus calendar to find out what's happening at DVC! Discover important deadlines, workshops, guest speakers, drama productions, musical events, festivals, and MORE!
Campus Shield (mobile blue phones)
Campus safety in the palm of your hand! The Campus Shield app is fully operational and available in the Apple iTunes store , or in the  Android app store
Stay connected with DVC WiFi
Follow the  step-by-step instructions  for wireless internet on the DVC campus. You will need your InSite Portal ID and password.
Smoke Free DVC
Diablo Valley College is now a Tobacco-Free Institution
DVC is committed to promoting the good health of our students, staff and broader community by providing a healthy environment in which to learn and work. Given the negative health impacts of tobacco and similar product use, the Governing Board has established policy (GBP #2045) designating DVC as a tobacco-free institution. Therefore: 
Smoking, smoking substitutes, smoke inducing devices and vaping are considered a health hazard and are prohibited on all college property. This includes, but is not limited to, products containing tobacco or nicotine, e-cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, hookah smoking, personal vaporizers/electronic smoking devices, marijuana and controlled substances regulated under federal law. 

This policy shall apply to all students, employees, volunteers, vendors, consultants, agents, contractors, and visitors on Diablo Valley College property as defined above. Consistent with Government Code 7597.1, the Governing Board has imposed fines and set enforcement standards for DVC in order to ensure a tobacco-free environment.

Please read the complete smoking policy on our website. 
Student Graduate Speaker Application Period: 1/31 - 3/29
The student graduate speaker offers an address during the commencement ceremony in May and serves as the representative of the entire graduating class. Providing the student address during this important college event is an opportunity for the selected student to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class, reflect upon the past few years, and convey a message for the future. 

Please refer to the Student Graduate Speaker Application for eligibility criteria. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President of Student Services in the Administration Building no later than 5pm on March 29.
Open classes
Looking to add classes to your schedule? There are still lots of courses with available seats.
DVC College Success Workshops
Student success workshops are carefully designed to sharpen your skills, introduce you to support resources on campus, and provide you with tips and tricks for making each semester successful. Workshops are open to everyone and are FREE. You will find workshops organized by topic by visiting DVC College Success Workshops .

A lso, be sure to check out Brown Bag workshops are every Thursday (Feb. 21 - May 16) from 1-2 pm in Student Union Conference room 204. Learn more at Brown Bag workshops .
Study abroad in  Barcelona, Spain
Don’t miss the lifetime opportunity to live and study in  Barcelona, Spain  for the fall 2019 semester. To learn more, attend one of the upcoming information sessions:

  • Thursday, February 7, 3:30-4:30pm, BFL 105  
  • Wednesday, February 27, 3:30-4:30pm, BFL 105
  • Thursday, March 14, 3:30-4:30pm, BFL 105
  • Wednesday, April 10, 3:30-4:30pm, BFL 105

For more information, visit  Study Abroad - Barcelona, Spain  .
Disability Support Services (DSS) can help you

Do you have trouble:

  • taking notes in class,
  • finishing tests before time runs out,
  • keeping up with your reading, or
  • navigating campus?

If so, the Disability Support Services office may be able to help. DSS serves students with many kinds of disabilities: physical, learning, psychological, etc. It provides many students with extended time on tests, note taking assistance, books in audible formats, transportation on campus, tutoring, and many other services.

To qualify, you need only provide verification of a disability, such as an IEP or 504 plan from high school, a doctor's note, or other official documentation.

For more information, please come to SSC 232, call 969-2182, or email Rachel DeChristofaro .
EOPS announcements

Need help paying for textbooks and more?
Diablo Valley College Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is currently accepting online applications for new spring 2019 students. Students who qualify may receive money to buy textbooks at the DVC Book Center, free UC/CSU transfer application fee waivers, priority registration, free supplies, and more!

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 8 . However, space is limited and the application period may close sooner if we fill up. Apply online now!

Visit DVC EOPS on the first floor of the Student Services Center or call 925-969-2117 or 925-969-2123 for more information.
Celebrate Black History Month at DVC
Many exciting activities are planned in February including guest speaker Aisha Fukushima, founder of RAPtivism, on February 20 from 12:45-2:10 pm in the PAC; a field trip to the HBCU Transfer Fair at Contra Costa College on February 14 , a panel of Umoja student speakers on February 28 , and a Black History Month book club sponsored by the DVC Library (The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, books will be provided). Co-sponsored by DVC Umoja program, Equity Committee, and DVC Library. Visit DVC Black History Month for more details.
Scholarships announcements

Apply for DVC scholarships!
The online DVC scholarship application is now open! Students may apply for all DVC scholarships with a single application. Awards range from $500 to $5,000 for continuing and transferring DVC students. Applications must be submitted by February 14, 2019. For more information about the application process and eligibility requirements, visit DVC Scholarships

Kennedy-King Transfer Scholarship
The Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarship Fund offers multiple $10,000 scholarships each year to minority transfer students in the Contra Costa Community College District. For more information about the scholarship, including specific eligibility criteria, please visit the Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarship Fund . Applications must be submitted to the DVC Scholarship Office by February 8. For assistance with the application process, stop by the DVC Scholarship Office on the 1st floor of the Student Services Center or call 925-969-2094 to schedule an appointment.

External scholarships
Other scholarship opportunities from outside organizations, foundations, and businesses are available at the DVC Scholarship Office . Awards range from $500 to $7,500 for new, continuing, and transferring DVC students. Please visit External Scholarships for current and upcoming opportunities.
Become a student ambassador!
Job description, qualifications, and application materials
will become available on Wednesday, February 6 at  DVC Student Ambassadors .
Completed application packets are due no later than 5 p.m.
on Wednesday, March 13 .
Student Ambassadors provide peer support and perform 
a variety of fun and important jobs at DVC, such as:
  • Helping students at Welcome Services and the Enrollment Lab 
  • Representing DVC at fairs and open houses
  • Leading campus tours 
  • Giving presentations to prospective students and their parents
  • Using social media to connect with future students
Paid positions are available at Pleasant Hill and San Ramon.
Short-term study away in Peru
Come learn more about DVC’s newest study abroad option, short-term study away!

This summer, travel to Peru for fifteen days with English Professor Rayshell Clapper. Earn transferable college credit, see the world, and experience life-altering places, people, and adventures. Learn more about it all!

Come to one of any of these information meetings:

  • February 5 at 2:30pm in LC 108
  • February 6 at 2:00pm in LC 108
  • February 12 at 9:00am in LC 108
  • February 13 at 9:00am in LC 108

Or contact Professor Clappe r at 925-969-2621.
Associated Students of Diablo Valley College (ASDVC)
Learn how to join student government by attending a one-hour information session and obtaining a petition packet. Information sessions will be offered Monday through Thursday from 2-3pm and 3-4pm, January 28 - February 7 in the Student Union Conference room 204. ASDVC is open to all currently enrolled students.
Inter Club Council (ICC)
The first Inter Club Council meeting will be Thursday, February 7 3:30-5pm in the Student Union Conference room 204.
Each club sends one representative to these weekly meetings.
These meetings are open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.
DVC Food Pantry
The DVC Food Pantry is located in the Multicultural Center on the first floor of the Student Union. We provide free foods to students in need. The NEW extended pantry hours are Monday - Thursday, 10:30-6pm.
Time management workshop at San Ramon
This time management workshop takes place on Wednesday, February 6 from 11am - 12pm in E161 and offers practical techniques that can be used immediately to gain control, prioritize your time and meet your academic goals.
Bookstore announcements

Book buyback
The next scheduled textbook buyback at the Book Center in Pleasant Hill will be held on Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21 from 9 am - 7 pm. To learn more, visit DVC Book Center .

Saturday hours
The DVC Book Center at the Pleasant Hill Campus will be open Saturday, January 26 from 10am - 2pm.
New placement process coming next fall
If you have not yet taken English or math at DVC, you need to know that we are changing the placement requirements for these core classes beginning fall 2019. If you are planning to take your first English and/or math class at DVC this spring, you should first talk to a counselor to see how this change may impact your educational plan. You may no longer be required to take the class that you were originally placed in to. As we prepare for this change, the college is offering very few sections of non-transferable English and math courses this spring. For more information, visit  THE RIGHT PLACE TO START .
Where to eat at DVC        
New to DVC? Want to know where to eat on campus?  Check out the food services available at DVC.
Counseling announcements

Open/late-start classes
Did you know that DVC has many classes still open, and even offers late-start classes which are still available? Make an appointment or drop in to see a counselor to learn more.

Counseling appointments
When deciding whether to make a counseling appointment or see a counselor on drop-in, remember that appointments are for 30 minutes and drop-ins are only intended for quick answers to questions from 10-12 minutes.

Schedule an appointment online or at the Counseling Services in the Student Services Building. New counseling appointments are released every Monday, so go online or drop by to make an appointment! Appointments fill up fast so schedule yours today! 

DVC athletics
For students interested in continuing as student athletes at DVC, we have 18 sports teams. Contact DVC's athletic counselor Terry Armstrong for more information on how to get connected to your sport.

Even though you may not be an athlete, DVC offers many fitness options through their kinesiology activity courses. Search KNACT in the course schedule for fun, new friends, and fitness.
DVC Connect Card
Do you have your DVC ID and ASDVC discount sticker? Go to the Student Union to get both. The library also provides black and white ID cards, and the Book Store sells the discount sticker for $10, so you can get five percent off of your purchases there. Visit DVC Connect Card for more information.
Tutors   wanted!
Paid tutor positions available to work with middle and high school students at local schools. Must travel to the school sites.

Tutors for the Upward Bound Program work 4-7 hours a week on Tuesday and Thursdays between 2:45-5pm, and Wednesdays from 2-4:30pm. Tutors are needed for Math, science and Spanish.

Tutors for the Educational Talent Search Program work 5-12 hours a week Monday through Thursday between 8:30am and 5pm. Tutors needed for English and math between 8:30am to 2pm In class) and for math, science, Spanish, and history between 2-5pm (after school).

For more information, contact Jackqueline Jones-Castellano.
CalWORKs  announcements
Are you interested in FREE parking, books and educational supplies? Are you a student parent receiving TANF/county cash aid for both you and your child or children? If so, join DVC’s CalWORKs program for spring 2019. Stop by or contact the CalWORKs Office for more information about eligibility and services. 

CalWORKs orientations
CalWORKs orientations are being scheduled now for spring 2019 Come to the CalWORKs Office to pick up an application package and schedule an orientation date. Orientation is a CalWORKs mandatory requirement for each semester of student participation.
FREE Microsoft Office software for all DVC students!
DVC students get Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus at no cost via the Microsoft Professional Plus Benefit program.
DVC's new custom clothing and accessories!
Check out DVC's new custom apparel and accessories website. You can now order clothing and accessories with the DVC logo on your choice of clothing and/or accessories, including UnderArmour! Many options and colors to choose from. Shop today!
Marijuana policy at DVC
Recreational marijuana is legal in California, but it is still prohibited on all Contra Costa Community College District property, colleges and campuses.
Policy on skateboarding, skating, and bicycling on campus
In accordance with V.C. 21113(f), the use of bicycles, motorized bicycles, electric bicycles, skateboards, electrically motorized boards, and roller skates on the DVC campus is strictly prohibited.
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