Diablo Valley College (DVC) is passionately committed to student learning through the intellectual, scientific, artistic, psychological, and ethical development of its diverse student body. DVC prepares students for transfer to four-year universities; provides career and technical education; supports the economic development of the region; offers pre-collegiate programs; and promotes personal growth and lifelong learning.
DVC defines its students, both matriculated and prospective, as individuals who show interest in and ability to benefit from a college education. The college's open admissions policy is grounded in the belief that opportunity and quality can coexist in a diverse educational environment. The college provides a core of liberal arts and science courses, specialized career technical programs, and support services to meet the diverse needs and abilities of students. Five primary areas constitute the critical educational functions of the college.
The college ensures access to a baccalaureate degree for all members of the community, regardless of their circumstances or prior academic record, by providing the full range of freshman and sophomore-level courses necessary for transfer. These courses are of sufficient breadth, depth, and rigor to ensure that transfer students are as well-pre- pared to succeed in upper division work as those who complete their first two years at a four-year college or university. The college also provides counseling and academic planning services, timely and accurate information about transfer requirements, and the necessary articulation agreements to facilitate the transfer process. The college faculty and staff are dedicated to the active identification, encouragement, and support of students who have the desire and ability to pursue a baccalaureate degree.
2. Workforce Development
In order to ensure a well-trained workforce, the college provides a wide variety of career/technical programs and general education courses designed to prepare students for new careers, career changes, and career advancement. The college also provides students with the access to support services and career development services necessary to help them establish and fulfill educational plans appropriate to their career goals. The college's career technical programs ara responsive to the changing needs of the business community and of the regional economy. The programs are focused not only on the educational needs of individuals but on the workforce development needs of the community as well.
3. Economic Development
In addition to providing strong career/technical programs, the college supports the economic development of the region through its leadership in planning, its encouragement of partnerships for economic growth, and the provision of contract-based training to meet the needs of business and the community. The aim of the college's economic development efforts is to ensure that the region has the planning, development, and training capacity necessary to attract and retain business and to maintain the region's economic vitality.
4. Pre-Collegiate Preparation
The college ensures meaningful access to its collegiate programs by providing a broad range of pre-collegiate courses designed to develop the skills necessary to succeed in college-level classes. The college is committed to offering courses responsive to student needs and to individual learning styles. The college also is committed to providing the comprehensive student support services necessary to help students overcome their educational limitations. The aim of the precollegiate program is to empower students to become confident and independent learners, to recognize and build on individual strengths, and to encourage students' further education.
5. Personal Growth and Lifelong Learning
The college acknowledges and honors its traditional role as a center for lifelong learning by providing courses, events, and activities that promote lifelong learning and enrich the community's cultural. intellectual and recreational environment.
In order to fulfill these missions, the college seeks to maintain a physical environment that is safe and conducive to learning and intellectual growth, while operating in accordance with the highest standards of fiscal and administrative accountability. The college environment is enhanced through the use of the most recent information technology, which offers the college community access to resources from throughout the world.