Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Availability

Diablo Valley College will be closed beginning Tuesday, December 22, 2009 until Monday, January 4, 2010. Faculty, including counselors, may not be available until classes begin on Friday, January 22, 2010. In the meantime, students are encouraged to utilize available resources for finding answers to common academic counseling questions. These resources include:
1., for information about CSU and UC admissions and program requirements, majors offered, and the transferability of DVC courses to the CSU and UC systems.
2. The DVC Catalog, available online at; click on "Schedule of Classes" on the right; on the next page, find the Catalog and Addendum files at the bottom of the page. Both are PDF documents.
3. The DVC New International Student Orientation online: Go to, then click on "DVC New International Student Orientation." The orientation has audio and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. There are other useful and informative presentations on my authorstream page that might answer many academic counseling questions.

Also, read my other posts on this blog to see if your questions can be answered by one of those.

Happy Holidays, and see you all next year!

If the classes you want are full...

If the classes you want to take are full:
1. Check the Schedule of Classes daily to see if someone has dropped, leaving an opening for which you can register.
2. If the class has a waiting list that still has openings on it, add your name; if an opening occurs, the department will contact you and ask if you want to register for the class. If you attend the first day of class and openings are available, those students on the waiting list will get priority for the open seats.
3. If the class is still closed on the first day, attend anyway, taking a Schedule Request form (available at ) . Ask the instructor if you can take the class; if the instructor consents, get his/her signature on the form, then take it to the International Student Admissions and Services office.
4. Look for other classes to take, such as General Education courses or elective classes. Remember that international students MUST enroll in at least 12 units each semester in order to maintain legal status while in the U.S.

More students are enrolling in California community colleges while fewer classes are being offered, due to the bad economy and state budget cuts. Classes at DVC fill up VERY quickly, and students MUST be flexible in their expectations. If the classes you want are full, there is nothing that counselors, instructors, or administrators can do to create more classes for you. If you would like to take action, please consider contacting the California legislators for Contra Costa County to voice your concerns: