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Important dates, deadlines, and information

January 11, 2013 

In this issue
Courses to Consider
Student Services Center
Financial Aid
California Dream ACT
Book Center
Scholarship Program
Graduation Deadlines
Career, Employment, Transfer
Dental Care Available
Educational Talent Search
Study Abroad
California State Regulation
Campus Alert System
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Important admission and registration dates
January 12
January 12-13 
January 12-25
January 15
January 21
January 22 
January 25
January 25
January 25
Spring classes begin
Most Saturday and Sunday classes begin. Check specific class listings for start dates
Late enrollment - space available basis. Use online registration with late add code or in-person with signature of instructor or late add code.
Graduation filing period begins for summer 2013 graduates to be considered for early registration.
Holiday - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - college closed
AA/AS degree or certificate filing period begins through March 29 (for spring 2013)
Last day to add a full-term class
Last day to drop a full-term class and be eligible for a refund of fees.
Last day to request a refund for the student activity fee
enroll early
Got a hole in your schedule?

If you are looking for a class to fill your schedule, DVC has some great courses that still have openings! Your academic counselor can offer advice on what's right for you based on your academic goals. Courses to consider!

The new Student Services Center is open - the next new building is underway!

Have you been in the new Student Services Center? Stop by and check it out! 

Demolition continues on the former student services building and the construction of another new building to house our campus culinary program and campus food services will begin shortly after! During this next phase, it will be much easier to get across campus than it was during fall semester, but there will still be some minor inconveniences. Please see the new pathways map for more information! The campus map brochure offers a more comprehensive view of the entire campus.


Due to the move, and a new telephone system, most student services have new telephone numbers .

Financial Aid announcements

The 2013-2014 FAFSA free application is now available at  www.fafsa.gov. Priority filing date is March 2, 2013.  

Financial Aid lab hours

Students may now also ask general questions at the lab located in the Student Services Center. 

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 3 - 5 p.m., closed Fridays.

Financial Aid staff will be providing FAFSA assistance and loan workshops for the 2013 spring semester. Visit Financial Aid and the DVC calendar for upcoming dates. 


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 the fall 2012 semester as well as for the upcoming spring 2013 semester. Other forms of aid may be available on a limited basis. Please apply at www.FAFSA.gov.


Financial Aid drop-in and document submission

Students who wish to see a financial aid coordinator for general inquiries about their file or submit documents may do so through a drop-in visit as specific information regarding a student's financial aid cannot be provided over the phone. Drop-in hours: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and Tuesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

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 the Admissions and Records Office.


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.

Special Board of Governor Fee Waiver applications for AB 540 students interested in tuition assistance are also available.

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

Book Center Book Center announcements

The Book Center will be open Saturday January 12 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Last day for a full refund on spring books purchased from January 7 through January 18, will be January 18 by 3 p.m.


In store buyback dates will be February 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 7 p.mOnline buyback is also available.

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 have been 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.  

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

January 22-March 29 (for spring 2013)


May 24, 2013, 7 p.m. - Graduation ceremony at Viking Stadium (weather permitting). The commencement ceremony and celebration are open to students who earned a degree or certificate for summer or fall 2012, or spring 2013. Students who have applied for and who have met the requirements for a degree or certificate will be sent detailed information about graduation in early May.


Early graduation for priority registration - In order to give students who are close to graduation an advantage in registering for the remaining classes needed in their last semester, students may apply for an early registration appointment by submitting an Early Application to Graduate in the semester before their planned graduation date. Students taking advantage of this opportunity will receive early registration (one time only) for the semester they intend to graduate. Click here for more information.

Application period for summer 2013 graduation: January 15 - February 28, 2013. Application period for fall 2013 graduation: March 1 - April 15, 2013

Below are links to the appropriate applications.

AA/AS degree (pdf)

Certificate (pdf)

Early registration (pdf)

For more information (pdf)  

Book Center
Carrer, Employment and Transfer Center

Visit Career and Employment Services in our new location on the second floor of the new Student Services Center, co-located with Transfer Services. 

Keep track of what is going on in spring: 

www.dvc.edu/career or the DVC Career, Employment and Transfer Facebook page. 


Consider enrolling in Cooperative Work Experience. Earn while you learn! If you currently have a job, whether paid or unpaid, and need additional units, then Cooperative Work Experience is right for you! Your job is the classroom where you can improve your technical, professional, and employability skills. 

Visit  www.dvc.edu/coop or drop by Monday, January 14 or Tuesday, January 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Book Center
Low cost, high quality dental care 

The DVC Dental Hygiene Teaching Clinic offers a wonderful opportunity for members of the public to receive dental hygiene services provided by dental hygiene students. Fees in the clinic range from $10 (cleaning for a child 12 and under) to $55 for a "deep cleaning" for an adult. Regular maintenance cleanings for adults are $25. Radiographs (x-rays) range from $10 for check-up films, to $25 for a full set.

The clinic is in the Life Sciences Building, LHS-102. Please call 925-685-1230 ext. 2534 to schedule an appointment for an initial evaluation to see if you might qualify to be a teaching case.

Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Programs at DVC

The Educational Talent Search Program seeks paid Teacher Assistants (TA) and volunteer tutors for spring and summer 2013.

We are looking for DVC students interested in becoming math and science teachers at the secondary level. The teacher assistants (TA) will get paid to work with students in classrooms at local middle/high schools or at DVC.


The volunteer tutors will work at DVC helping middle and high school students with completing homework assignments, Monday - Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 


The Upward Bound Program seeks paid and volunteer tutors to work with high school students at local high schools (Tuesday - Thursday from 3-6 p.m.) and at DVC (Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Interested students should contact Jackie Jones-Castellano

San Ramon Study in Guatemala this summer or London this fall 2013 
Apply now for the London Program for the fall 2013 semester: September 5 - December 6, 2013  

Enjoy the combination of learning and culture of Antigua Guatemala.

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
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.
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