Diablo Valley College

Introduction

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About DVC

Diablo Valley College is one of three publicly supported two-year community colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. The larger of DVC’s two campuses is located off Interstate 680 in Pleasant Hill, and the newer San Ramon Campus serves the south county in Dougherty Valley. Between its two campuses, DVC serves more than 22,000 students each semester with a wide variety of program options.

Degree and transfer programs

more than 40 A.A. and A.S. degrees in addition to articulation agreements with University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems, and transfer credit to four year colleges.

Career/technical education

more than 40 certificates of accomplish, and a wide selection of certificates of achievement.

Day, evening, and summer classes

Classes are taught in the day and evening in full-term and short-term formats. A selection of day and evening classes are also taught during the summer. See the schedule of classes for more information.

Online and hybrid courses

Online courses are taught almost exclusively through the internet requiring students to attend very few face-to-face meetings. Hybrid classes use a combination of class meetings and online instruction.

History

The college officially began in 1949, in some of the most unlikely sites: high schools, banks, churches, even an old army camp. Called East Contra Costa Junior College, we moved to our present site in 1952, in ten steel buildings acquired from the government for $45 each. The cornerstone for the first permanent building was laid in 1953, and the name Diablo Valley College was adopted in 1958.

We've come a long way since those humble beginnings. Over one and a half million students have enrolled here since 1949! As we salute our heritage, we look forward to serving one of Northern California's most dynamic, education-minded areas for another 50 years.

For over 60 years, Diablo Valley College has provided quality education to the community it serves. A million students later, enrolling at DVC is one of the best ways you can ensure acceptance at a four-year college. DVC is not only recognized as one of California's best community colleges, but it also leads the state in transfer to four-year institutions.

Research figures recently released by UCLA's Center for the Study of Community Colleges show that DVC's transfer rate to four-year universities is 67 percent higher than the national average. Another report, released by the California Post-secondary Educational Commission, shows that DVC ranked number one in transfers in the state, ahead of all other California community colleges.

A brief history of our land shows us that this was originally home to the Costanoan Indians. In 1844, the Mexican government granted the land to William Welch, and it became part of his huge Rancho Las Juntas, which included northwestern Walnut Creek, all of Pleasant Hill, and the northeastern half of Martinez. After World War II the land was subdivided into housing tracts, and on October 5, 1950, the College Board of Trustees purchased the DVC site for $172,500. Construction began in September, 1951.

With over 22,000 students of all ages and a host of programs, you'll find a dynamic educational environment and a lively atmosphere at DVC. Our Pleasant Hill campus is located off of Interstate 680, and the campus is situated on one hundred acres of gently rolling hills in view of Mt. Diablo, a northern California landmark. The San Ramon Valley Center in Dougherty Valley opened its doors to students in November of 2006. The name San Ramon Campus was adopted in 2011.

Both of our handsomely landscaped locations are a short distance from San Francisco, creating the ideal settings for the premier transfer institution in California. We are the college of choice for many students from the private and public high schools in the nearby Martinez, Mt. Diablo, San Ramon, and Acalanes School Districts.

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Programs

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Associate Degree

Associate in science Industrial Maintenance Machinist/Mechanic (mTECH)

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Pleasant Hill San Ramon

Program learning outcomes have been developed for each of the three options for General Education and all college degree and certificate programs. [+]

Please also Visit http://www.masterstudies.com/universities/USA/International-Education-Center-At-Diablo-Valley-College/ Program learning outcomes have been developed for each of the three options for General Education and all college degree and certificate programs. A complete list of current program learning outcomes for each program is also available on the DVC website at www.dvc.edu/slo. Associate in science degree - Industrial maintenance machinist/mechanic (mTECH) This program prepares students for jobs in the manufacturing industry including industrial machinery mechanic and machinery maintenance worker. These jobs involve repairing, installing, adjusting, or maintaining industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. The labor market for this high-technology, highwage occupations in Contra Costa Alameda and Solano counties is expected to be strong. Courses include machining, industrial hydraulics and pneumatics, shop and field maintenance, welding, basic electricity, blueprint drawing and reading, basic drafting, mathematics, computer software, and technical reading and writing. Major courses are offered sequentially over a period of three semesters. This program is offered as a collaborative program with Solano College in Fairfield and Laney College in Oakland. Students may complete courses at any of the colleges in order to meet requirements. Some required courses are only offered at Laney College, Solano Community College or DVC. Students are advised to meet with a counselor or program advisor to develop an educational plan that meets their needs. The DVC mTECH major is not intended for transfer. Option 1 (DVC General Education) is advised for students who do not intend to transfer. Students who intend to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate program should consult with a counselor regarding specific major preparation requirements at the transfer institution of their choice. Students who intend to transfer are advised to select General Education Option 2 (IGETC) or Option 3 (CSU GE). Students must complete each of the courses required for the major with a “C” grade or higher. Students may not take a pass/no pass option for major courses. Certain courses may satisfy both a major and general education requirements; however, the units are only counted once. Certificate of achievement - Industrial maintenance machinist/mechanic (mTECH) This program prepares students for jobs in the manufacturing industry including industrial machinery mechanic and machinery maintenance worker. These jobs involve repairing, installing, adjusting, or maintaining industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. The labor market for this high-technology, high-wage occupations in Contra Costa Alameda and Solano counties is expected to be strong. Courses include machining, industrial hydraulics and pneumatics, shop and field maintenance, welding, basic electricity, blueprint drawing and reading, basic drafting, mathematics, computer software, and technical reading and writing. Required courses are offered sequentially over a period of three semesters. This program is offered as a collaborative program with Solano College in Fairfield and Laney College in Oakland. Students may complete courses at any of the colleges in order to meet requirements. Some required courses are only offered at Laney College, Solano Community College or DVC. Students are advised to meet with a counselor or program advisor to develop an educational plan that meets their needs. To earn a certificate of achievement, students must complete 12 core courses. Students must complete each course used to meet a program requirement with a “C” grade or higher. [-]

Associate of Arts

Associate in arts degree Music industry studies

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Pleasant Hill San Ramon

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Please Visit International Education Center At Diablo Valley College Possible career opportunities Career options include: conductor, arranger, film scorer/composer, music business/manager, music editor, music supervisor/director, songwriter, transcriber, editor (print music publishing), choir director, midi engineering, recording engineer, studio director or manager, sound designer, sound technician, and tour coordinator. Many careers require more than two years of study. Program learning outcomes Program learning outcomes have been developed for each of the three options for General Education and all college degree and certificate programs. Students must complete each of the courses required for the major with a “C” grade or higher. Certain courses may satisfy both major and general education requirements; however, the units are only counted once. Certificate of achievement - Music industry studies This certificate program prepares students for a career in the music industry. The program has an entrepreneurial focus emphasizing an industry trend requiring artists to be responsible for complete project development. The program is designed to produce well-rounded music industry professionals capable of all aspects of the music production process including recording, marketing, and distribution. The same skill-set also prepares students for careers in specialized areas of the music industry such as digital audio workstation operator, recording engineer, producer, composer, arranger, songwriter, sound designer, artist manager, distributor, and marketing representative. To earn a certificate of achievement, students must complete the required courses with a “C” grade or higher. Required courses are available in the evening and during the day. [-]

Associate of Science

Associate in science degree Electrical/electronics technology

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Pleasant Hill San Ramon

This program prepares students for jobs installing, repairing, maintaining and servicing electrical and electronics equipment. [+]

Please Also Visit International Education Center At Diablo Valley College Possible career opportunities The types of jobs and careers involving electrical/electronics include: electrical, medical, industrial, and commercial electronical programmable logic controller systems; computers; consumer products; radio and television; instrumentation; communications; automotive and others. Program learning outcomes Program learning outcomes have been developed for each of the three options for General Education and all college degree and certificate programs. A complete list of current program learning outcomes for each program is also available on the DVC website at www.dvc.edu/slo. Associate in science degree - Electrical/electronics technology This program prepares students for jobs installing, repairing, maintaining and servicing electrical and electronics equipment. Electrical/electronics jobs are found in the fields of electrical, medical, industrial, commercial systems, programmable logic controller systems, automotive, communications and others. The following courses are part of the Electricians Trainee Program and approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards: ELECT-120, 121, 266, 267, 271, ELTRN-102B and CNT-103. Selected courses may meet some of the lower division requirements for bachelor of science programs in engineering technology and industrial technology at certain California State University campuses and private technical colleges. Consult with electronics department faculty and college counselors for more information. To earn an associate in science with a major in electricity/ electronics, students must complete each course used to meet a major requirement with a “C” grade or higher, maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in the coursework required for the major and complete general education requirements as listed in the catalog. Certain courses may satisfy both major and general education requirements; however, the units are only counted once. Certificate of achievement - Electrical/Electronics technology This program prepares students for jobs installing, repairing, maintaining and servicing electrical and electronics equipment. Electrical/electronics jobs are found in the fields of electrical, medical, industrial, commercial systems, programmable logic controller systems, automotive, communications and others. The following courses are part of the Electricians Trainee Program and approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards: ELECT-120, 121, 266, 267, 271, ELTRN-102B and CNT-103. To earn a certificate of achievement, students must complete each course used to meet a certificate requirement with a “C” grade or higher and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in the coursework required for the certificate. [-]

Certificate

Accounting Certificate/Degree Programs

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 USA Pleasant Hill San Ramon + 1 more

Fall into the “GAAP”- “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles” that is! Learning accounting is as easy as one-two-three, and it will prepare students for rewarding jobs in public or private accounting or finance. [+]

Fall into the “GAAP”- “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles” that is! Learning accounting is as easy as one-two-three, and it will prepare students for rewarding jobs in public or private accounting or finance. Come explore the accounting certificates and degrees offered by DVC. Start training for an exciting career right now! When and where are classes offered? Students can choose from day, evening, weekends, short-term, and summer classes. Courses are offered at our convenient campuses in Pleasant Hill and San Ramon. Flexible online classes are also offered that students can access from almost anywhere and at anytime. How long will it take to earn a certificate of achievement or accounting degree? It generally takes students two terms to earn a certificate of achievement depending on how courses are sequenced and how often courses are offered. It takes about two years of full-time study to meet the requirements for a degree in accounting. Where can I get more information? The DVC Business Administration Department offers a wide selection of high-quality business courses throughout the year. Its dedicated faculty and helpful staff are committed to helping students meet their business education goals. The expert faculty include business educators, practitioners, small-business owners, attorneys, technical writers, consultants, CPAs, human resource specialists, corporate executives, and other professionals. What is the accounting program? The accounting program prepares students for entry-level employment in almost any industry. As an accounting student, you can build a career as an accountant, use your education as a stepping-stone for starting a business, enter public service, or pursue middle and upper-management positions. In addition to accounting courses, the program includes courses in: business law international business statistics business communications small business management entrepreneurship The certificate of achievement and degree program helps students develop critical thinking, problem solving and business judgment skills. The integrated program adopts a real-world perspective by using research, oral and written communication, current events, team projects, and computer applications. Why study accounting? Accounting is used in many areas of business and government including finance and investments, product sales, technology, manufacturing, taxation, marketing, construction, banking, health care, education, consulting, real estate, law, and insurance. Diablo Valley College’s accounting program prepares students for a diverse range of challenging and stimulating accounting and financial management positions. What can I gain by completing an accounting certificate or degree? As a student of the accounting program, you will gain an in-depth understanding of: financial (external) accounting managerial (internal) accounting individual and business taxation financial statement auditing accounting for non-profits accounting and tax software applications payroll accounting ethics in accounting What can I do with an accounting degree or certificate of achievement in accounting? staff or payroll accountant government auditor business manager tax and financial advisor financial/budget analyst business owner certified public accountant What are the requirements to earn an accounting degree or certificate of achievement in accounting? To earn the accounting degree or certificate in accounting you must: complete each course used to meet a certificate requirement with a “C” grade or higher, complete at least 25 percent of all coursework for the certificate at Diablo Valley College. Many of DVC’s accounting courses are transferable to four-year universities. Courses may also be used for qualification to take the CPA examination. [-]

Computer Technical Support Certificate/Degree Programs

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Pleasant Hill San Ramon

Computer technical support is the field of study involving computers in the areas of upgrade, repair, service and networking. [+]

What is the computer technical support program? Please Visit the: International Education Center At Diablo Valley College Computer technical support is the field of study involving computers in the areas of upgrade, repair, service and networking. The Diablo Valley College computer technical support certificate/degree program prepares students for entry-level employment in this industry. As a computer technical support student, you will gain an in-depth understanding of PC hardware, networking fundamentals, Windows operating system technologies and computer servicing. In addition, you will take a course that will help you prepare for the A+ Computer Technician exam, which is intended for individuals with six months or more of computer technical support work experience. Students who have earned a certificate or degree in computer technical support are prepared for entry-level positions at a computer help desk, as a computer technician or as a network technician. Why study computer technical support? Students of computer technical support receive a broad exposure to many technical aspects of the computer industry including operating system installation and configuration, software configurations, network installation configurations and computer repair. Each course in the certificate program explores one of the various areas of technology including networking, computer hardware, software and network cabling. What can I do with a computer technical support certificate/degree? After a student has earned a certificate/degree in computer technical support, he or she should be well prepared to go directly into entry-level employment in the computer technical support field. In the San Francisco Bay Area, salaries range from $25,000 to $40,000 for entry level and network administrators can earn up to $80,000 or more with additional course work. When are classes offered? Computer technical support courses are taught in the days, evenings and weekends. Some short-term courses are also available. How long will it take to earn a certificate? Generally, students take 18 to 24 months to complete the courses required for the certificate as they are taught in a sequence. Are there any unusual costs associated with this program? In the case of the cabling courses, there are some additional expenses for the fiber-optic cabling equipment, and certification exam. [-]

Office Professional Certificate Program

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 semesters September 2016 USA Pleasant Hill San Ramon + 2 more

DVC’s Business Administration Department offers a wide selection of high-quality business courses throughout the year. [+]

Certificate Program Please Visit the: International Education Center At Diablo Valley College DVC’s Business Administration Department offers a wide selection of high-quality business courses throughout the year. Its dedicated faculty and helpful staff are committed to helping students meet their business education goals. The expert faculty include business educators, practitioners, small-business owners, attorneys, technical writers, consultants, CPAs, human resource specialists, corporate executives, and other professionals. How long will it take to earn a certificate? It generally takes students two to four terms to earn a certificate of achievement depending on how courses are sequenced and how often courses are offered. Students are encouraged to work with an office professional faculty advisor or a DVC counselor for help with an educational plan. What are the requirements for earning an office professional certificate? To earn the certificate of achievement students must: complete each required course with a “C” grade or higher complete at least 25 percent of all coursework at Diablo Valley College. Many courses are transferable to the California State University system and many other four-year institutions. Courses may also be applied toward the elective requirements for an associate degree. What is the office professional program? Diablo Valley College’s office professional program helps students build technical skills and “soft” skills that are important in an office environment, such as punctuality, responsibility, time management, organizational skills, work ethics, teamwork and positive work attitude. The program is offered through the DVC Business Division and approved by the Mt. Diablo Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). This program prepares students for a wide variety of entry-level office support positions. Required courses will prepare students to perform well in any office environment. Elective courses will allow pursuit of areas of specialization, such as legal, medical, accounting, marketing or management. Why study to be an office professional? Students who are well-organized and detail-oriented will enjoy working in an office environment. Being a team player is also an important key to success as an office professional. Today’s businesses require competent, professional office support personnel. Demand for professional office support personnel in the business environment is always high. The number of openings varies by geographic location. Students who are willing to commute and are flexible with salary requirements will find even more opportunities. Completing the office professional certificate program prepares students for a variety of positions including: office receptionist administrative assistant data entry clerk account clerk medical secretary legal secretary virtual assistant What can a student gain by enrolling in the office professional program at DVC? As a student in the office professional program students develop skills in: computer literacy (integrating MS Office applications for decision making purposes keyboarding and ten-key with speed and accuracy business math business English business communications applied accounting records management office procedures professional ethics Students enrolled in the office professional certificate program have the opportunity to conduct informational interviews and shadow office professionals in their prospective fields. What can I do with an office professional certificate? Students can build a career as an administrative professional. Students can also enter an entry-level job as a stepping-stone to accomplish other goals, such as a four-year degree or professional certification such as a certified public secretary (CPS), a certified administrative professional (CAP) or a certified public accountant (CPA). In the San Francisco area, administrative assistants can earn median total entry level pay packages in the neighborhood of $35,000 to $45,000. Managers earn a higher median wage. Many courses are transferable to the California State University system and many other four-year institutions. Courses may also be applied toward the elective requirements for an associate in arts degree. When and where are classes offered? Students can choose from day, evening, weekend, short-term, summer, and flexible online classes. Take then at our convenient campus locations in Pleasant Hill and San Ramon. Online classes offer the flexibility to participate from almost anywhere and at anytime. [-]