Important dates, deadlines, and information


       January 7, 2015


In this issue
Important dates
Spring 2015
Over flow parking
Good neighbor
Welcome Services
Book Center
Social media
Free Microsoft
Financial aid announcements
Roadmap to success
Scholarship workshops
Cooperative Work Experience
Student Government
Join a student club
One warm coat donations
Study in Barcelona
Check student email
Get college news

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Important upcoming admission and registration dates 
January 12 - Spring classes begin
January 12-23 - Late enrollment - space available basis
January 15 - Graduation filing period begins for summer 2015 graduates to be considered for the early registration option.    
January 19 - Holiday - Martin Luther King Jr Day - college closed
January 23 - Last day to add a full-term class
January 23 - Last day to drop a full-term class, in-person, and be eligible for a refund of fees
January 25 - Last day to drop a full-term class, online, and be eligible for a refund of fees
January 30 - Last day to drop a full-term class, in-person, without a "W" appearing on transcript.
February 1 - Last day to drop a full-term class, online, without a "W" appearing on transcript.
February 6 - Last day to request P/NP option for a full-term class
Welcome to spring at DVC!

There's still time to add a class to your schedule!  

Check out the online schedule now, visit Insite/WebAdvisor, or visit our courses to consider page for ideas!

Need help registering for your spring 2014 classes? 
Come to the Enrollment Lab on the first floor of the Student Services Center for one-on-one assistance with the registration process. The lab is open Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., closed Fridays.
Critical deadlines and essential class information are 
ONLY available through the InSite portal and InSite email.
Temporary additional overflow parking now available!

During the first four weeks of the semester when parking is extremely impacted, additional parking is available in the old Kmart shopping center parking lot (see map).

Parking permit requirements are the same as any DVC lot. Please follow all posted instructions.

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 want to preserve DVC's 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.  

Got Questions? 

Welcome Services will be expanding  services on campus throughout the month of January. Look for the DVC Information Booths to get important information about student support services and resources to help you meet your educational goals and begin planning for the semesters to come. We look forward to seeing you. Email us at [email protected] for more information.

Pardon our dust!

Contractors are in the final stages of completing the DVC commons project and access to and from the PAC and the Student Union Building remains 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.

DVC Book Center open this Saturday!

Still need to get your books? The book story is open this 

Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This is the only Saturday the Book Center will be open.

Swap books with other students with the help of the DVC Book Center.

Beat the lines and order your books online . They will be shipped to the address you specify.  


Stay up to date with everything that's going on at DVC!

Don't miss anything important (or fun!) Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook!  

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. 

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. 

Instructions on how to download the software NOW! 

Design contest for DVC students

$150 award and name recognition for winner!

The DVC Foundation seeks artistic DVC students to create an invitation for an upcoming Foundation donor event to be held in early spring in conjunction with the planned dedication and ribbon cutting for the new Student Services and Hospitality Services and Food Court buildings on the Pleasant Hill Campus.

For information on the criteria and instructions visit the foundation webpage. Hurry! The deadline for print-ready design is January 12.

San Ramon Campus announcements

Scholarship drop in - Admissions Lobby

Tuesday, February 3, 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.


Financial Aid drop in - West Building, W118

Wednesday, January 21, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. 

Tuesday, February 3, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.

Wednesday, February 18, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.

Drop-in appointments will be available the day of the scheduled visit.

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.

2014-15 FAFSA and 2015-16 FAFSA Available Now!
To see if you qualify for financial aid for the 2014-15 academic year or to apply for aid next year, please visit and complete your application today. If you want to be considered for Cal Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, or Federal Work-Study in 2015-16, you must submit your application by the March 2 priority filing deadline. For more information about all financial aid programs please visit DVC Financial Aid.

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! 

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 deadline is February 15, 2015. Stop by the DVC Scholarship Office located in the EOPS Suite to learn more about other scholarship opportunities.

CalWORKs announcements

If you are receiving TANF/county cash aid, you may be eligible for DVC's CalWORKs program. New and returning students sign up for Spring 2015 CalWORKs Semester Preparation Orientation this Thursday, January 8, 2:30 - 4 p.m. Contact the CalWORKs office to find out the requirements to submit and reserve your seat. Orientation is mandatory each semester for all CalWORKs participants. 

What is Cooperative Work Experience (Coop)?

Co-op is an academic course that allows you to earn elective credit for learning that takes place at your job or internship. There are three different coop courses. Students can earn up to a total of 16 units.


Do you have a job?

Would you like to earn 2-4 units of credit for spring 2015?

For more information visit Co-op/Work Experience 

Frequently asked questions or email: [email protected]

Want to make a difference? Join student government!

Extended library hours, fall 2014 Fun Fair, statewide student advocacy - these are just a few of the things your student government accomplished this semester. The Associated Students of DVC (ASDVC) will be seeking new members for spring 2015. Mark your calendar to attend one of the mandatory information sessions in January for potential members. Check out the ASDVC Student Life website for upcoming dates. Come learn what ASDVC does and what the requirements are to join.
Student Activity Fee
The student activity fee is a voluntary fee that allows ASDVC (DVC's student government body) to contribute funding to programs such as the textbook on reserve program, which allows students to check out course textbooks for use in the library. The fee also allows ASDVC to provide co-curricular programs for students, cultural activities, leadership opportunities and scholarships. The fee is charged at the time of registration but students may request a refund of the fee each semester. Forms are available at the Cashier's Office, the Student Life Office or online. The form must be submitted in person or by mail to the Cashier's Office within the first two weeks of instruction for a full semester class, or before 10% of the class time for a short-term class. Refund checks will be issued monthly after the first two weeks of instruction each semester.

Join a student club!

Enhance and enrich your DVC experience by getting involved with the campus student club program! It gives you wonderful opportunities to develop valuable leadership skills, participate in entertaining events and programs, connect with peers who share your personal interests and have an overall AMAZING time! 

Check out our student club website  frequently for more details on club workshop days/time, lists of clubs, and how to join! A list of renewed clubs for spring 2015 will be posted in February. 

If you are interested in learning more about DVC's clubs or joining a club, then mark your calendars for DVC Club Day! A variety of clubs will be present sharing information about their clubs on February 10th and 11th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional Club Days will be scheduled throughout the semester, so please check with the Student Life Office for later semester dates and times.

One Warm Coat Donation Drive

Donate your clean, gently used coats and help warm community members in need. Coats for all ages needed (men, women, and especially children). 
Now through January 30. Drop off locations: SSC 1st floor, near the stairway, HSF Cafeteria dining area, Central Services lobby, or the Student Union lobby. 

Sponsored by the DVC Classified Senate

Study in Barcelona!

Now accepting applications for the Barcelona Program for fall 2015!

September 12 - December 11, 2015

For more information visit the Study Abroad Office in FO-219, call Harue Takanashi at 925-969-2507, or email at: [email protected]

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.
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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