Important dates, deadlines, and information

 

       May 18, 2016

 

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Important upcoming admission and registration dates 
Spring 2016 Important Dates (pdf)
May 20 - Last day of classes
May 21 - 27 - Final exams (final exam schedule)
May 27 - Last day of instruction
May 27 - Graduation
Summer 2016 Important Dates (pdf)
May 31 - Summer early intersession classes begin (May 31 - June 28)
June 20 - Summer classes begin (June 20 - July 28)
June 20 - Late enrollment - space available basis. Use online registration with late add code, or in-person with signature of instructor or late add code.
July 4 - Holiday (observed) - Independence Day - college closed
July 28 - Deadline to file AA/AS degree or certificate
July 28 - Last day of summer session
Fall 2016 Important Dates (pdf)
May 5 - Online registration by appointment begins
August 1 - Graduation filing period begins for spring 2017 graduates 
August 12 - Fall semester begins
August 12 - AA/AS degree or certificate filing period begins through October 12

Summer classes begin on May 31 and June 20
Check out the online schedule or visit Insite/WebAdvisor.
Courses to consider
Not sure which classes to take this summer? Here are some courses to consider

Library has extended hours
Thanks to funding from ASDVC, the DVC Library will have extended hours the week before and during finals. The library will be open until 10 p.m., May 16-19 and May 23-26. On Friday, May 20, the library will be open until 4 p.m. 
 

Get enrollment priority!
Are you missing out?
Get the classes you need before they fill. Students with enrollment priority status can get into in classes ahead of students without enrollment priority!
 
How to be awarded enrollment priority 
All new and continuing students who enrolled fall 2014 and later can gain this status by completing the online orientation, assessments in English/ESL, or math, and an education plan.
 
Attend a "Rev Your Reg" workshop
Complete your online orientation, take your English assessment, and learn more about education planning and academic advising in an all-in-one session. Workshops are held in the Assessment Center every Tuesday, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Wednesday, 1 p.m. Sessions are three hours and you must register in advance

Questions about enrollment priority or attending a Rev Your Reg workshop? Contact Justine Pojanowski-Todd at jpojanowski@dvc.edu.
Book Center announcements
The DVC Book Center will be buying textbooks back on the following dates:

Monday, May 23, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Tuesday, May 24, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Thursday, May 26, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, May 27, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
Please bring all CDs, DVDs and supplemental materials purchased with textbooks. Buyback is conducted at the windows at the back of the store (across from the Math Building).

Rental books are due back by May 31 to avoid penalties. Please do not bring rental books to buyback windows. Rental books are to be returned inside the store at the cash register.

Graduation announcements Grads

Congratulations to our DVC students that have completed graduation applications, we are looking forward to seeing you and celebrating your accomplishments during our commencement ceremony!

The graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. in Viking Stadium (weather permitting). Gates open at 6 pm. Parking permits are not necessary. 


In the event of rain, please view our rain planThere will be only two guests allowed per graduate in the event of rain due to capacity requirements in the gymnasium.  

Notice to Guests
  • No balloons will be allowed in the stadium. You will be asked to return balloons to your vehicle until after the ceremony
  • ADA transportation and seating will be available. Please contact Nicole Gomes at 925-969-2182 or ngomes@dvc.edu prior to the day of the ceremony.
  • Use of cell phones will not be allowed during the ceremony. Please inform friends and family to respectfully power off cell phones during the ceremony.
  • In the event that the stadium may be cold and windy, alert friends and family to bring clothes, jackets, sweaters or blankets into the stadium with them to avoid/minimize disruption to the ceremony.
  • Special arrangements/setting will be made for family photographs during the reception. Please inform your friends and family to refrain from taking pictures during the ceremony to avoid disruption. 
  • Children must not be left unattended. Children will not be allowed in the processional with graduates. 
  • For more information regarding the ceremony, please direct friends and family to visit our website at www.dvc.edu/grads
     
Gameday Souvenirs, Inc. Vendor Sales
Fresh flowers and leis will be available for purchase at the entrance gate on the day of graduation.
 
Grad Images Photographers
Students will have the option to purchase professional graduation photos.  
Please visit DVC Graduation for additional information regarding graduation. 
What's new at DVC!
Don't miss the next transfer event, music concert, drama production, art exhibit or guest speaker! Stay up to date with what's happening on campus by visiting What's New at DVC 

Volunteers needed
Welcome Services is looking for enthusiastic student volunteers to assist with the August "back-to-school" rush! Volunteers will help fellow students locate classrooms and student services, assist with Insite Portal/WebAdvisor, and make the transition into the new semester easier for everyone. If you are interested in helping with our "back-to-school" rush, please complete the Welcome Services Volunteer form.
 
We are also looking for volunteers to help with our Welcome Day event which will be held on Saturday, August 13 from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please note you do not need to help out the entire day! We need assistance with set up, registration, campus tours, etc. If you are interested in helping, please complete the DVC Welcome Day 2016 form.
 
Benefits include:                                                                                                             
  • Volunteer certificates and gift bags
  • First consideration for paid student ambassador positions
  • Bolster college applications and resumes
All volunteers must attend one mandatory orientation session on Tuesday, August 9 at 12 p.m. or Wednesday, August 10 at 1:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Welcome Services at welcome@dvc.edu or 925-969-2106. We look forward to kicking off the fall semester with you!

Financial aid announcements 
Board of Governors Fee Waiver
Apply now and, if eligible, you could have all course fees for summer 2015, fall 2015, and spring 2016 terms eliminated through the Board of Governors Fee Waiver program. You may be eligible for a refund if you already paid your fees. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 27. 

2015-16 and 2016-17 FAFSA available now! 
To see if you qualify for financial aid for the 2015-16 academic year or to apply for aid next year, visit www.fafsa.gov and complete your application. Funds are available to help you pay course fees, books and supplies, transportation costs, and even rent! If you want to be considered for the Cal Grant competitive award as a community college student you must submit your 2016-17 by the September deadline.
 
For more information about financial aid programs, please visit DVC Financial Aid.

2016-17 California Dream Act application
Are you an AB-540 undocumented student? You may qualify for a tuition fee waiver for the next academic year. Complete your California Dream Act application today by visiting www.caldreamact.org. To find additional resources, please visit DVC DREAMers.
New programs at DVC!
Learn about new programs, cohorts and learning communities at DVC by visiting New Programs at DVC!

START - Foster Youth Support Program
Are you a current or former foster youth interested in finding resources to help you succeed at DVC? If so, visit the START program, located in Suite 127 on the first floor of the Student Services Center.

Through the START program you may be eligible for additional financial resources and other helpful services. In addition, become a part of START and find a new community of peers, advocates, and friendly faces. Contact Mercedes Lezama at 
 mlezama@dvc.edu or 925-969-2203 for more information.
Career and Transfer announcements
Transfer Celebration
For DVC students who will be transferring from DVC to a four-year college or university next year...Congratulations, you did it! 
 
Join us today (Wednesday, May 18) from 2 - 4 p.m. in Career and Transfer Services for celebratory activities and refreshments to commemorate your time and hard work at DVC.

EOPS announcements
Free money to buy textbooks, priority registration, free UC and CSU fee waivers - These are just a few of the services you may be qualified to receive.
 
The DVC EOPS program is currently accepting applications for new fall 2016 students. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Be eligible to receive the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG)
  • Have earned fewer than 70 degree applicable college units
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 units (Parents or foster youth are eligible to apply with as few as 9 units, and DSS students are eligible with fewer units with a DSS valid unit certification)
Stop by the EOPS Office located in Suite 127 on the first floor of the Student Services Center to pick up and submit an application. San Ramon Campus students should stop by the Information Desk in the West Lobby for more information. You can also visit DVC EOPS to download the application.

Cooperative Work Experience (COOP)
Have a job or internship?

COOP/Work Experience is an academic course that allows you to earn up to four units per term for a maximum of 16 units for your paid job or internship! Sign up today for one of these orientations. 
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Wednesday
June 1
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Pleasant Hill
ATC-115
Thursday
June 2
5 - 6:15 p.m.
Pleasant Hill
ATC-115
Friday
June 3
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.Pleasant Hill
ATC-115
Monday
June 6
5 - 6:15 p.m.
San Ramon
E-160

To learn more about the COOP/Work Experience program, watch the Cooperative Work Experience video or visit COOP/Work Experience.

CalWORKs announcements
TANF/county cash aid 
Are you a student parent receiving TANF/county cash aid?  If so, come join DVC's CalWORKs program for summer or fall 2016.  CalWORKs can help with books, supplies and parking. Stop by or contact the CalWORKs Office for more information about eligibility and services.  
If only your child is receiving TANF/county cash aid, visit or contact the CalWORKs Office for information about other programs.

CalWORKs orientation
CalWORKs orientations are being scheduled for summer and fall 2016. Come to the CalWORKs Office to pick up an application package and schedule an orientation date.  Attending orientation will satisfy the requirements for both summer and fall 2016.

CalWORKs finals kits 
 
Get ready for finals with the CalWORKs Finals Kit! Come and pick up your kit during the CalWORKs Office

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
CalWORKs students are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) which includes a 2.000 semester GPA, 2.000 cumulative GPA and complete at least 67% or more of all units attempted every semester to remain in satisfactory standing for financial aid.  Visit the Financial Aid Office if you have questions or concerns.
 

CalWORKs students are required to sign in once each day when on campus attending classes. The sign-in kiosks are located in the EOPS/CalWORKs suite and in the library.

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 LHS-102. Please call 925-969-2692 to schedule an appointment for an initial evaluation to see if you qualify.
Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs at DVC


The Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs seek math and English tutors for summer 2016 to work at DVC. Tutors will work with middle and high school students from Mt. Diablo Unified School District between 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mathematics (pre-algebra through calculus): Mondays and Tuesdays between 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
English (reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing): Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 
Interested students should contact Jackie Jones-Castellano at jjonesca@dvc.edu.
DVC online job board
Check out the DVC online job board to search for on- and off-campus jobs and internships as well as create professional
rsums and e-portfolios. 


CashCourse
Learning to manage your money!
DVC has partnered with the National Endowment for Financial Education to bring you CashCourse, an online financial education tool with lessons and resources to help you manage your money. To learn more, please visit 
DVC CashCourse.

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Stay connected with DVC WiFi

Follow the step-by-step instructions for wireless internet on the DVC campus. You will need your InSite Portal ID and password.

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.

Be watchful of your belongings and visit the lost and found.

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.
 

If you do lose an item, be sure to visit the lost and found located at Police Services. Pleasant Hill Campus Police Services are located next to the Engineering Technology Building, parking lot 1. San Ramon Campus Police Services are located in W-102.

Smoking policy
Smoking at Diablo Valley College is restricted to parking lots at the Pleasant Hill Campus and to the student parking lots at the San Ramon Campus. 

State law also prohibits smoking within 20 feet of all doorways and windows.
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:
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