Important dates, deadlines, and information


        November 19, 2014


In this issue
Important dates
Spring 2015
FREE Microsoft software
Pre-Apprentice program
Ferguson: a panel discussion
Brown bag workshops
Scholarship program
EOPS announcements
Financial aid announcements
California Dream Act
Roadmap to success
Flu season
Good neighbor
Social media
Campus alert system
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Important upcoming admission and registration dates 
Fall 2014 Important Dates (pdf)
November 21 - Last day to withdraw from full-term classes with a "W" appearing on transcript
November 27-28 - Holiday - Thanksgiving - college closed
November 29-30 - College closed - no Saturday/Sunday classes
December 11 - Final exams
December 17 - Last day of instruction
December 23 - January 2 - Winter recess - college closed

December 1 - Registration by appointment begins for continuing students for Spring 2015
January 6 - In-person open registration
January 12 - Spring classes begin
Welcome to spring at DVC!
The class schedule is online. Check WebAdvisor or your DVC email address for your registration date and time.

Not sure what you should take? Go to InSite/WebAdvisor to check your education plan, and if you're still not sure, make a counseling appointment NOW so you are ready before your registration date.

If a class you plan to take requires a prerequisite that you did not take at DVC, you must turn in your Prerequisite Equivalency Form to the Admissions and Records Office as soon as possible to avoid delays with your registration. 
Critical deadlines and essential class information are 
ONLY available through the InSite portal and InSite email.

FREE pizza to celebrate FREE Microsoft Office software for all DVC students!

Contra Costa Community College District has begun providing Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus for all students at no cost via the Microsoft Professional Plus Benefit program.

Stop by the DVC Food Court on Wednesday December 3, between 11 a.m. and  2 p.m. Microsoft will offering FREE pizza (while supplies last) and will help you download your FREE software.

While supplies last, you can also get a free T-shirt if you download and ACTIVATE your new software. (Or print and bring in proof of activation to get a shirt while supplies last.)

Don't like pizza or T-shirts? You can just download the software NOW! 

How about a career in the trades? Now accepting applications for 2015!

Diablo Valley College's construction pre-apprenticeship program will prepare you for a high paying job in the construction trade. Starting salaries are more than $35,000 and grow to over $90,000 after five years of experience. Stop by one of the two remaining orientation sessions to find out more! Thursday, November 20 or Thursday, December 4, 5:30-7 p.m. in ET-112.

Ferguson: A panel discussion at DVC

Join us for Ferguson: A Panel Discussion on Wednesday, November 19, 4 - 7 p.m., in the Diablo Room. Confirmed panelists are Davey D - journalist, professor, and activist; Cephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson - community activist; and Cat Brooks - community activist and Onyx Organizing Committee founder. FREE and open to all!


Sponsored by Umoja, EOPS, and Student Life.

Attend a workshop and learn something new! 

Join us for the last Brown Bag Workshop of the semester. Leslie Mills, DVC Scholarship Coordinator, will be presenting information about the new DVC scholarship application program and process. The workshop will be held in the Student Union Conference Room on Thursday, November 20 - 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Extra credit slips for attendance are available at the end of each workshop.

Scholarship Workshops

Need help with your scholarship application? Attend one of the upcoming  workshops! Learn important information about the scholarship application process, deadlines and timelines, writing a successful essay, and obtaining letters of reference.

The application period is October 6, 2014 through February 15, 2015. Stop by the DVC Scholarship Office located in the EOPS Suite to learn more about other scholarship opportunities.

EOPS: new spring 2015 EOPS applications available!

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) will be accepting a limited number of applications for new spring 2015 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 begins Monday, December 1The EOPS program is a highly impacted program. Only eligible students will be offered a space on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For an application you can visit us online or stop by the EOPS Office beginning December 1. Complete applications must be submitted in person to the EOPS Office.

Financial aid announcements

Board of Governor's Fee Waiver

Apply for a fee waiver and if eligible, you could have all 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.

2014-15 FAFSA
To see if you qualify for financial aid for the 2014-15 academic year, please visit and complete your application today. For more information about all financial aid programs please visit  DVC Financial Aid.

Financial Aid and Scholarship workshops now available!
We are here to help you apply and answer your questions.  Additional workshops have been added. Please check out our full list of upcoming workshops for descriptions, dates and times.
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. 

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! 

Flu Season will soon be upon us!

Let's stop the flu season before it starts! Please wash your hands frequently, using soap and water, use the sanitizing stations around campus often, and stay home if you are sick.

Visit for more information. You can also watch this short video on flu prevention.


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.  

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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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.
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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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