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Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC)

5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, CA

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Los Angeles Valley College, located in Valley Glen, California, was founded in 1959 to serve the growing needs of the residents of San Fernando Valley. Originally part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, LAVC along with 8 other community and technical colleges joined the Los Angeles Community College District with its establishment in 1969. Throughout the years the college has grown, both in size and ins program offerings, renovating buildings and offering state of the art facilities as needed. The school currently serves approximately 20,000 students a year.

In addition to academic and vocational offerings, the school is host to cultural and community events throughout the year, as well as a supporter of the arts through shows at its Art Gallery, concerts put together by the music department and plays performed through the theater department.

Academics

Los Angeles Valley College provides students with academic and career opportunities through its large number of programs. Academic programs are designed to offer the first two years of a four year education, and result in an associate degree as well as possible transfer to a four year institution. Career and vocational programs can have varying lengths based on whether a student pursues a certificate or associate degree. Individuals who complete a career or vocational program will be eligible for work at the entry level in their field of study.

Programs offered include:

Additionally, the school offers adult education and continuing education courses. Adult education courses provide adults wishing to return to school the opportunity to begin taking classes while providing a flexible schedule. Continuing education courses provide professionals in need of courses to renew certifications or licenses the opportunity to fulfill such requirements locally, also with flexible scheduling options.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Admission to Los Angeles Valley College requires individuals to be at least 18 years of age, or have graduated high school. Students may have a GED or equivalent in lieu of a high school diploma. Costs for courses are dependent on whether students are a resident of California, out of state, or international.

Financial aid is available from federal, state and institutional sources. Students interested in obtaining financial aid must establish eligibility through the student aid report resulting from the completion and submissions of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and by obtaining a federal PIN number. Once the information is provided and received, the LAVC will review the documentation and award financial aid based on need.  Need is determined by checking available funds, both of the individual and his or her parents, and how much they are able to cover tuition costs. Financial aid awards will assist on covering the difference.

Athletic

The Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs participate in several athletic associations and have a variety of sports programs. The Monarchs play in the Western State Conference, the California Community College Athletic Association, the Southern California Football Association, and the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. The school believes that athletic programs are an essential part of a well rounded college education.

Athletic programs offered include:

  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Water Polo
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Soccer
  • Cheerleaders

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,200-$1,500
    • Out-of-State: $6,200-$7,390
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $190-$230 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid73%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships73%$4,596
Receiving Student Loans6%$5,990

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 12%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Los Angeles Valley College may provide services to students like:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in Los Angeles County and community colleges in California as a whole.

 LAVCLos Angeles CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate17.3%20.1%22.8%
Transfer-out Rate11.9%12.6%14.2%

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Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Architecture

  • Architectural Technology (C)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

  • Education, Early Childhood Special Education Programs (A)

Engineering Technology

  • Biomedical Technology (A, C)
  • Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting cad (C)

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (A)
  • French Language and Literature (A)
  • German Language and Literature (A)
  • Hebrew Language and Literature (A)
  • Italian Language and Literature (A)

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

  • Industrial Electronics Technology (A, C)
  • Electrical Equipment Installation and Repair (A, C)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production

  • Machine Tool Technology (C)

Psychology

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

  • Police Science (A, C)
  • Fire Protection and Safety Technology (A, C)

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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