Important dates, deadlines, and information


           August 27, 2014


In this issue
Important dates
Fall classes
DVC Viking Days
Good neighbor
Road work
Alternate Routes
San Ramon Campus
ETS and Upward Bound
Financial aid announcements
California Dream Act
Social media
Roadmap to success
Study in Florence
Be watchful
Campus alert system
Check student email
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Important upcoming admission and registration dates 
Fall 2014 Important Dates (pdf)
August 15-28 - Late enrollment - space available basis

August 28 - Last day to add a full-term class

August 28 - Last day to drop a full-term class and be eligible for a refund of fees
August 28 - Last day to request a refund for the student activity fee
August 30-31 - College closed - no Saturday/Sunday classes
September 1 - Holiday - Labor Day - college closed
September 2 - AA/AS degree or certificate filing period begins through October 31
September 5 - Last day to drop a full-term class, in-person, without a "W" appearing on transcript
September 7 - Last day to drop a full-term class, online, without a "W" appearing on transcript
September 12 - Last day to request P/NP option for a full-term class
September 15 - Graduation filing deadline for spring 2015 graduates to be considered for the early registration option
September 26 - Holiday - Native American Day - college closed (Saturday and Sunday classes are in session)

Check out the late-start, short-term/online classes available!

There are a lot of great classes still available but hurry! Visit our courses to consider page for full-term class recommendations as well as a list of late-start, short-term/online classes that are available! 
August 28 is the last day to add a full-term class! 
Critical deadlines and essential class information are 
ONLY available through the InSite portal and InSite email.

DVC Viking Days fall 2014!

Want to get involved on campus? Are you accessing the services and resources that DVC offers? Come find out about student services, clubs and resources that are available to you.

Join us on September 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Pleasant Hill Campus: Library Quad

San Ramon Campus: Learning Commons
Sponsored by Student Life and the Student Services Division

Please be a good neighbor and consider our surrounding neighborhoods

Our neighbors have reported that some students who park in the residential areas surrounding the college are not respectful of those neighborhoods. Our students have been reported emptying ashtrays and garbage from their cars onto the streets, playing loud music, and engaging in other types of disruptive behavior. We at DVC want to maintain an excellent reputation as a top notch institution of higher learning. Part of that means being a good neighbor. We understand that our students often have no other choice but to park on neighborhood streets, especially at the beginning of the semester and during heavy enrollment periods, but please show respect for our neighbors as you would your own. Help keep our neighborhoods clean, quiet and peaceful.  

Road work may cause delays

Significant work on Golf Club Road and Contra Costa Boulevard will cause further impact and we are advising students to take alternate routes to campus to avoid the construction zones. 

Work is expected to continue until December 2014. 
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. 23000 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.
Pardon our dust!

As part of the ongoing Commons Project, the construction zone and accessible routes to buildings have changed. Contractors have begun the final phase of the DVC commons project and access to and from the PAC and the Student Union Building are significantly impacted. 

From lot 8, visitors can primarily access the PAC, the Student Union Building and the Art Building. The Student Services Center and all other buildings are better accessed from other parking lots. For accessible entry (ADA) - please park or drop off in lot 7 or 1. If you need mobility assistance from the lot 8 bus stop to a building on campus, contact DSS Mobility Services at 925-969-2173. Please view the campus map page and plan your route before arriving on campus.

Fall 2014 EOPS application deadline extended

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is currently accepting applications for new fall 2014 EOPS students. Eligible students may receive a wide variety of services including, but not limited to, individualized counseling, peer support, book vouchers, and academic and transfer assistance. The application period has been extended one week and will close Friday, August 29 at 1 p.m. The EOPS program is a highly impacted program. Only eligible students will be offered a space on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must meet state-mandated income and educational eligibility guidelines in order to enter the program.

For an application, please stop by the EOPS Office. Complete applications must be submitted in person to the EOPS Office.

San Ramon Campus announcements 

UC Davis will be visiting the San Ramon Campus on Tuesday, September 2, from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Set up your appointment!
There will also be a TAG workshop on September 2, from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. in room W 135. No appointment is necessary.
Financial Aid drop in days:  September 10, from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 2 - 6 p.m. and September 23, from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Please check in at the computer in the Admissions Lobby the day of your visit.

Attend a workshop and learn something new!
Did you know the Student Life Office hosts weekly Brown Bag and College Success Workshops? These informative events open to all students, cover a wide range of useful and informative topics. All sessions are held in the Student Union Conference Room. Extra credit slips for attendance are available at the end of each workshop.

Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Upward Bound (UB) Programs at DVC

Paid tutoring positions
Educational Talent Search is looking for domestic DVC students interested in becoming math and science teachers at the secondary level. The Teacher Assistants (TA) will be paid to work with students in classrooms at local middle/high schools or at DVC. Work schedule will be based upon school site assignment. 

The Upward Bound Program seeks paid and volunteer tutors for fall 2014 and spring 2015 to work with students at Mt. Diablo or Ygnacio Valley High Schools  (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and at DVC (Saturdays between 11 - 2 p.m.).  
Tutors are needed in math, English, science, history and Spanish. Please note that the positions requires travel to the aforementioned high schools. 
The Educational Talent Search volunteer tutors will work at DVC helping middle and high school students with completing homework assignments, Monday through Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Interested students should contact Jackie Jones-Castellano at [email protected] or Pablo Soto at [email protected].
Financial aid announcements

Paying $46 a unit for your enrollment fees? Would you like to see if your fees can be waived?
You can apply for a fee waiver and if eligible, may have your course fees for the summer 2014, fall 2014, and spring 2015 terms eliminated through the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver Program. The application deadline is May 20, 2015. For more information and to apply, please visit DVC Financial Aid .


2014-15 FAFSA now available!

To see if you qualify for financial aid for the 2014-2015 academic year, please visit and complete your application today. For more information about all financial aid programs please visit  DVC Financial Aid.

Cal Grant GPA Verification Form for Community College Students is due September 2 
If you are interested in applying for the Cal Grant Program and are a continuing community college student who has completed at least 24 units, GPA Verification Forms are due September 2. If you are a continuing DVC student, your GPA will automatically be submitted to the California Student Aid Commission by DVC. If you attended other colleges and DVC, you must meet with an academic counselor for your GPA to be calculated and certified on the GPA Verification Form. To be considered for a Cal Grant, you must also submit your 14-15 FAFSA. 

Have you already applied and need to know your financial aid status?
All financial aid related communications and notifications are being delivered to your InSite Portal email account. Your must regularly check your InSite Portal email account in order to receive important financial aid information. You may also check your financial aid status by checking your WebAdvisor account accessible through the InSite Portal.

Financial aid drop-in and document submission
Students who wish to see a financial aid coordinator for general inquiries about their 2014-15 financial aid file, or to submit documents may do so through a drop-in visit. Specific information regarding a student's financial aid cannot be provided over the phone. Financial aid will be offering extended office hours and drop-in hours August 11 through August 28. For more information about our hours and services, please visit  DVC Financial Aid.

Student IDs

Students visiting the Financial Aid Office are required to show picture ID when checking in at the window. Preferred form of identification is a Diablo Valley College student ID card, which can be obtained through the Associated Students Office (ASO) in the Margaret Lesher Building or the DVC library. Students must take a picture ID and a copy of their current class schedule to ASO to obtain a DVC Student ID card. The Financial Aid Office will also accept state-issued identification cards, a driver's license, or a U.S. passport as identification. 

California Dream Act

2014-15 California Dream Act applications available now!

Visit our website for links and valuable information about the California Dream Act. You must be classified as an AB540 student with the Admissions and Records Office to qualify for a Board of Governor's Fee Waiver through the California Dream Act application. 

Stay connected with DVC WiFi

Here are step by step instructions for obtaining a wireless internet connection on the DVC campus. You will need your InSite Portal ID and password. 


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Create your roadmap to success! 

Beginning fall 2014, all community college students in California are required to have an education plan. We have developed an online planning tool to help you create the best plan to meet your academic goals. You can track your progress in your chosen program, as well as plan, schedule, and register for classes. You can even make an appointment with a counselor, all from your education plan. Create your roadmap now! 
Study in Florence!

Study abroad in one of the best-known cities in the world, home to countless historical monuments and museums! Apply now for the Florence program for the spring 2015 semester!

Attend the next information meeting located in LA-119: Wednesday, September 10, 3- 4:30 p.m.
NEW! Now we are offering a Study Abroad Prep Course! Social Science 155B. This 1 unit, 8 week course will fully prepare you for a successful Study Abroad experience!

For more information visit the  Study Abroad Office in FO-219 or call Harue Takanashi at 
Be watchful...

Just a reminder to use extra vigilance in watching over your personal belongings. Thefts are common at this time of the year and we don't want it to happen to you. Please keep your belongings safely under watch at all times.


A loud siren will be heard throughout the DVC campus 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

Police Services silent witness tip line
Students, faculty and staff can call 925-229-6464 to provide information without having to leave any personal information.

For more information in case of emergency:
Police Services on the Pleasant Hill campus are located in the northwest corner of Lot 1. If you are having trouble locating us, please contact our office, at 925-969-2785 or 925-686-5547 and we can have a police aide escort you there.

Police Services on the San Ramon campus are located in W-102, 925-551-6212. 
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