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Important dates, deadlines, and information

November 28, 2012 

In this issue
The new Student Services Center is open
Degree and certificate filing deadlines
California Dream ACT
Financial Aid
Scholarship program
Career in the trades
Study Abroad
California State Regulation
Campus Alert System
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Important admission and registration dates
Fall and Spring Dates
December 3
December 12

December 17-20
December 21-
January 2
January 3

January 8

January 12
Deadline to file AA/AS degree or certificate
Registration begins for spring new matriculated and returning students (online only).  
Final exams for fall classes
Holiday - winter recess - college closed. Online registration is available
Begin new non-matriculated student registration (online only)
Begin new and returning special admit/concurrent high school student registration (grades 11 and 12)
Spring classes begin

The new Student Services Center is open!

Thank you for all of your patience through the past three semesters. We hope you have stopped by the new building and agree that it was worth the inconvenience! If you haven't visited yet, please stop by and check it out!


Over the next few weeks, many of the fences will be coming down and the contractor will begin preparation for the second phase of the project, which will involve demolition of the former student services building, and the construction of another whole new building! During the second phase, it will be much easier to get across campus, but there will still be some minor inconveniences. Please see the new pathways map to see what the campus will look like when the next phase begins!

San Ramon A.A./A.S. degree and certificate of achievement/accomplishment filing period

September 4-December 3 (for fall 2012)

January 22-March 29 (for spring 2013)


Applications for AA/AS degree and certificate are available online or in Admissions and Records Office


Early graduation for priority registration

Students may apply for early graduation in the semester before their planned graduation date. Students taking advantage of this opportunity will also receive early registration (one time only) for the semester they intend to graduate. Application period for summer graduation: January 15 - February 28, 2013. For more information, click here.


Below are links to the appropriate applications.

AA/AS degree (pdf)

Certificate (pdf)

Early Registration (pdf)

California Dream ACT

State financial aid is now available to AB 540 students attending college. Students are eligible to apply for the following forms of aid and assistance after being determined as eligible for AB 540 by Admissions and Records.

Types of aid include:

Board of Governor's Fee Waiver

College Transfer Entitlement Cal Grant and Cal Grant B Entitlement

Cal Grant C

Chafee Grant - Foster Youth Program

EOPS, CalWORKs and CARE Assistance

Private Scholarships


Interested students should first visit the Admissions and Records Office to complete the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption RequestFor Eligible California High School Graduates


All Dream Act applications can be found at "I Can Afford College"

Financial aid announcements
Document submission The Financial Aid Office has returned to accepting documents on a "Drop-In" basis. Drop-in hours: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and Tuesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visit the  financial aid web page for more information.

It's not too late to apply for Financial Aid for the 2012-2013 academic year!  If you are eligible and meet all additional requirements, aid will be disbursed retroactively for fall as well as for the upcoming spring 2013 semester.  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) determines eligibility for the Pell Grant, the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver and the Federal Direct Loan. Please apply at www.FAFSA.gov .
scholarship Scholarship program

Scholarships are available for DVC students who are continuing or transferring to a four year college or university in fall 2013. One application and two letters of recommendation can qualify you for multiple scholarships. You must be enrolled in six units in fall 2012 and six units in spring 2013. Thousands of dollars are available through the DVC Scholarship Program.  The application period is September 1, 2012 - February 4, 2013.  Stop by the DVC Scholarship office for other opportunities.  

Career and Employment Are you interested in a career in the trades?  

DVC has a new pre-apprenticeship program that can help you to prepare for the required exams for entrance into a variety of apprenticeship programs and to prepare for entry level employment with non-union employers, to research the many career opportunities in the trades, to learn construction basics and to develop successful work-readiness skills.  Attend an information session to find out more about the program on Thursday, December 6 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Trophy Room at DVC. Contact Dona DeRusso, the project director, for more information and to register for the session or call 925-685-1230 ext 2716.

San Ramon Study in London fall 2013

Apply now for the London Program for the fall 2013 Semester: September 5 - December 6, 2013 

An information meeting will be held in January 2013 (TBA)

For more information visit the Study Abroad Office in FO-219 or call Harue Takanashi at 925-658-1230 ext. 2735.

non-repeatable courses
California state regulations have changed regarding the ability to repeat non-repeatable credit courses.

If you are thinking of dropping or withdrawing from a class that you have already unsuccessfully attempted in a prior semester, please  read this first!

4cd Alert
Campus Alert System
Your attention please... 

A loud siren will be heard throughout the DVC campuses the first Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. This will be a test of our Campus Alert System. There is nothing you need to do during a siren test. 

In the event of an actual emergency or crisis situation, the siren sound will continue for three minutes. Students and all campus personnel will be instructed to Shelter, Shut, and Listen.
For more details, please visit the Contra Costa Community College District website at  www.4cd.edu/alert.
Stay informed during an emergency! Sign up for emergency alerts
e-waste Got e-waste? 
Free E-Waste recycling event at both Diablo Valley College campuses.
Drop off items Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Pleasant Hill (DVC Overflow Parking Lot #7) and in San Ramon (back parking lot). Visit 
noewaste.com for more information and list of accepted electronic items. 
The InquirerThe Inquirer, DVC's award-winning student newspaper is online!
Check us out in print or online at www.theinquireronline.com
Contra Costa Community College District Police Department Police Services silent witness tip line
Students, faculty and staff can call 925-685-1230, ext. 1999 to provide information without having to leave any personal information.

For more information in case of emergency:
Contra Costa Community College District Police Services

Police Services on the Pleasant Hill campus is located in the northwest corner of Lot 1. If you are having trouble locating us, please contact our office, at 925-685-1230, ext. 2338, 2339 or 925-686-5547 and we can have a police aide escort you there.

Police Services on the San Ramon campus is located in W-102. Please contact our office, at 925-866-1822, ext. 56212.

Safety reminder

If you are faced with a potentially violent or dangerous situation on campus ...


First move to a safe location and then immediately contact Campus Police at: ext. 2333 from a campus phone, or 925-680-7000 from your cell phone. (Calling 911 from a cell phone will result in an unnecessary delay.)

Our Campus Police are highly trained to deal with a wide variety of situations involving students and visitors on campus.
Our mission statement
Diablo Valley College (DVC) is passionately committed to student learning through the intellectual, scientific, artistic, psychological, and ethical development of its diverse student body. DVC prepares students for transfer to four-year universities; provides career and technical education; supports the economic development of the region; offers pre-collegiate programs; and promotes personal growth and lifelong learning. Complete mission statement