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First Year Experience (FYE) - Fall 2019

The FYE Program was designed especially for YOU - the first time college student, to assist in your transition from high school to campus life at DVC. Starting college can be both stressful and exciting, but as part of the DVC FYE community, you have support. The FYE Program is available to all students in their first year of college. 

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FYE Support

FYE includes the following support for new students:

  • Welcome Day
  • An FYE Learning Community (linked classes with supportive instructors and the same students)
  • A class on College Success Strategies (Counseling 100 or 120)
  • Student Success Workshops
  • "First Friday” events to build your community and promote your success

Contact information

FYE Program Coordinator:  Noha Basilious 

email:  nbasilious@dvc.edu 

Office: PUMA Center Room-136

Phone: 925-969-3012

FYE Counselor Raine Dougan

email: rdougan@dvc.edu

Office: SSC-220

Phone: 925-969-2160


Benefits of the FYE program
  • learn about campus resources and support services
  • get guaranteed classes
  • connect with dedicated faculty working together to provide a supportive and encouraging environment
  • create an education plan
  • acquire academic and life skills to succeed in college
  • explore major and careers options
  • set goals and develop an educational plan to help you reach your goal
  • gain confidence and get on track to graduate
  • build lasting friendships at DVC
Steps to enroll in the FYE program
  • Apply to DVC 
  • Fill out and submit the FYE Application (see button below)
  • Complete your Financial Aid Application (FAFSA or DREAM Act )
  • Register for one of the FYE Pathways
  • Attend Welcome Day for general college information and mandatory FYE orientation

FYE Fall 2019 application


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Student Success Workshops

Offered throughout the semester and available to all students, these workshops help students develop the emotional and academic skills they need to succeed in college. All workshops are free and no registration is required. FYE students will be required to attend some student success workshops. View the current Fall 2019 CSW Schedule. to reserve your spot now,  click on the link

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First Fridays FYE Event

First Friday Events series are designed to provide you with tips, ideas, and tools to help you succeed in your first year at DVC. FYE Students are required to attend each of the following events. Make sure to reserve your spot here.

  • Off to a Great Start Friday, September, 6, 2019 at the Cafeteria (Bistro)
  • Student Services Expo  Friday, October, 4, 2019 at the PAC( Performing Arts Center)
  • Career & Majors Fair  Friday, November, 1, 2019 at the Cafeteria (Bistro)
  • Finals Prep & Fall Celebration  Friday, December, 6, 2019 at the Cafeteria (Bistro)            

Welcome Day

An event that allows all first year students to explore their campus community, attend informational workshops, and connect with their instructors, counselors, staff, and peers. This event is offered at the San Ramon campus and the Pleasant Hill campus in August:


Lisa Ang
Lisa Ang

DVC English Assistant Professor
Office: 925-969-2476
Email: lang@dvc.edu

Lisa Ang is Bay Area born and raised. She grew up in Pleasant Hill, attended college in Berkeley, and lived in San Francisco and Oakland. Before teaching as an Assistant Professor in English at DVC, she taught at SF State and Los Medanos College. She also worked for eight years as Deputy Communications Director in the San Francisco Mayor's Office. She obtained her B.A. at Cal and her M.A. at SFSU. When she is not enjoying her time on campus with DVC students and colleagues, you will likely find her on a mountain backpacking, bouldering, or snowboarding.

Rosa Armendariz 
Dean of Student Engagement and Equity
Office: 925-969-2233
SVRC 106/PUMA 107 
Noha Basilious
FYE Program Coordinator
PUMA 136 
Ellen Beaulieu
DVC Chemistry Faculty
Office: 925-969-4222
Email: lbeaulieu@dvc.edu
Ellen Beaulieu will be teaching chemistry in our Allied Health FYE this fall. She had a Premed emphasis at the University of Georgia but decided to use her chemistry major to go into research as a medicinal chemist. She received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 2009. After graduation, she worked in medicinal chemistry for four years leading projects to develop small molecules as diagnostics and therapeutics for infection. She has been teaching at DVC since 2013. She will bring her passion for medicine and chemistry into the Allied Health FYE viewing her classroom as an active, collaborative learning experience.
Danielle DeFoe
DVC English Faculty
 Raine Dougan
Raine Dougan
DVC Counseling Faculty 
Office: 925-969-2160
Email: rdougan@dvc.edu 
Welcome to DVC! I have been teaching and counseling here for over a decade and am still just as passionate about this work as the day I started. I love helping students find their path, discover their potential, and reach their goals and dreams.
Before DVC, I received degrees from U.C. Berkeley and Pacifica Graduate Institute and worked for a while as Marriage and Family Therapist.
Coming to college is both exciting and overwhelming, especially if you're the first in your family to attend. Congratulations on making this brave choice! We look forward to supporting you in being successful at DVC!
Ron Macaluso
DVC Business Faculty
Jen Freidreich 
Jenny Freidenreich
DVC Mathematics Faculty
Tylor Harrison 
Taylor Harrison
DVC Counseling Faculty
Jay Jackl
DVC English Faculty
I believe in the immense value of student-centered learning and community-building, in and out of the classroom. Collaborative idea exchange, creativity, and the cultivation of confidence are three important points of focus in my approach to helping students develop their strengths in literacy. I feel strongly that every person brings with them to our learning communities meaningful and varied experiences that enrich our discussions, our takeaways and approaches to reading and writing, and, ultimately, the impact of the intersections of education and human interaction on our lives.
A brief bio: I was born, raised, and educated in the Bay Area, where I currently live with my family. I completed my high school studies via the CA Proficiency Exam; I am a proud former DVC student; I earned my BA in English from UC Berkeley and my MA in English Literature from SF State University. I love music, animals, and life.
Dana Krider 
Dana Krider
DVC Social Science Faculty
925-969-1230 ext. 77353
Welcome to Psychology 101! My goal is to make our class informative, and to help make the transition into college life easier. This is my first year teaching in the FYE program, but I have been an instructor here for some time now. It is a great community, and one I am proud to be a part of. I did not grow up in the Bay Area, and was extremely overwhelmed when I first moved here. I eventually found my way around, and am a DVC alum. When I'm not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, and my pups. We’re going to have a great semester.
 Laura Lo
Laura Lo
DVC Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty
I came from Taiwan to the United States in 1997. I received my second M.S. in Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University in 1999. I had more than 15 years working experience as a software engineer and project manager in the high-tech industry, and specialized in C++ and Java programming, UNIX system and Database administration, and I18N/L10N project management and coordination.
I've taught all-level Math, C++ and Java programming, and database management courses since 2008. I love my job a lot and enjoy it. I can't wait to work with you.
Patrick Moe
DVC Performing Arts/Communication Faculty
Christian Morgan
DVC English Faculty
Christian Morgan was raised and educated in Oklahoma, where he received his Master’s degree from the University of Tulsa. From 2002 to 2016, Morgan taught composition and literature courses at a small college in central Oklahoma. He has also taught college courses in men’s and women’s maximum-security prisons, career-tech institutions, and high schools. He began adjunct teaching at Diablo Valley College in 2016. Morgan is a professional and creative writer and has presented his original works at conferences throughout the southwest and at DVC’s Literature Week. He spends his free time traveling, camping, fly fishing, and hiking.
Hideo Nakano-Hiraki
DVC Counseling Faculty
I look forward to getting to know each student and make the transition to college as smooth as possible! This will be my 5th year at DVC, but my first time teaching an FYE cohort so I'll be learning just as much as everyone else. I'm easy to approach and encourage questions. Can't wait to start!
 K. Pamintuan
Khrystyn Pamintuan
DVC Counseling Faculty
Khrystyn is a San Diego native and first generation college student. Her desire to help students reach their academic, career, and personal goals while helping them thrive and grow is what brought her to this profession. Khrystyn values counseling and teaching through a social justice lens, and helping students engage in work that cultivates positive self-image/identity.
Khrystyn received her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine. She received her M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Multicultural Counseling and M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University. She enjoys traveling, fashion, working out, dancing, laughing at memes, and food adventures.
 Anne Petersen
Anne Petersen
DVC Mathematics and Science Faculty
SRC W-142 
Glenn Scott 
Glenn Scott 
DVC Mathematics and Science Faculty
SRC W-124 
Chuck Shackett
DVC Language Arts Faculty
SRC W-117
 Laura Smyrl
Laura Smyrl
DVC English Adjunct Faculty
(925) 969-7000 ext. 78179
lsmyrl@dvc.edu (Best way to contact me)
Laura has been teaching English for quite some time. She has taught middle school, high school, and now college. Her favorite is teaching English here at DVC. Years ago, Laura taught in China for 2 years. Laura is a UC Berkeley graduate, but she also has degrees from SF State and Mills College. She has a MA in English Lit, a MA in TESOL, secondary teaching credentials in English and Social Studies, and post-secondary certificates in Composition and Reading. Laura loves traveling with her husband and 4 sons and she also loves reading and watching good movies. Ask her to share some fun Pixar eggs about her and her family in the original Toy Story movie. She looks forward to teaching you and helping you master first-year comp and reading. To infinity and beyond!
Anna Sohi
DVC Mathematics Faculty
Dawn Trujillo 
Dawn Trujillo
DVC Counseling Adjunct Faculty
K. Weber 
Kathryn Weber
DVC Mathematics Faculty 
Welcome to Diablo Valley College!! You are about to begin a truly amazing journey. I would like to share with you that I was first generation college student. My journey toward earning my degree, like you, began in community college, where I was placed into an entry-level math course since my math skills in High School were not satisfactory. I currently teach Math at DVC. I discovered important ingredients to success were my motivation and belief in possibilities (if others could "get it", then it was possible for me too). Whatever your dreams for the future are, they are possible!!
 J. Wembes
Justin Wembes
DVC Counseling Faculty
I am excited to teach in FYE! My vision is to make our class fun, informative, worth your time, and memorable. Life threw me many curve balls during my college years but I did not let it defeat me but rather define me. I love to talk about mindset and having this "you never know mentality" and so far I believe students enjoy our class talks and our one-on-one talks during counseling appointments. A fun fact about me is I am a HUGE sports fan (49ers/SF Giants/Warriors)! Look forward to meeting any student in my class!



Alvin Gomez

Alvin Gomez

Hey everyone, I'm Alvin and I'm a pre-med who's a computer science major. I was originally a biology major, but I recently found a profound interest in algorithms and computations. I enrolled into DVC in Fall 2018 and was apart of the communications co-hort, which also helped me realize my "side-passion" of public speaking. Without a doubt, FYE definitely helped me hit the ground running into transitioning to college.

Zain Alam

Zain Alam

"Ever since I was little, I had an interest in science and later realized that I wanted to major in biology. I joined DVC in the fall of 2018 and was worried about what classes to take. The FYE has helped me make new connections with all kinds of people and has put me on the path to achieving my goal of having a career in the health industry!"

 Emma Brennan

Ema Brennan

Megan Graham

 Megan Graham

Hey everyone! My name is Megan and I am majoring in psychology. I’m hoping to transfer to a school in SoCal, and being a part of FYE has been a huge help in helping me achieve my academic goals! Through the FYE program I got to meet some great people, and it is great resource for making your time at DVC successful! 

Oscar Martinez

Oscar Martinez

Jesus Velasco



Resources and Material Library

Our material library is a collection of presentation and handouts that were presented/provided during College Success Workshops

Did you know that you can get your Tuition Waived for the Full First Year at DVC? 

Here is HOW!


To be eligible for an FYE learning community, students must be:

  • new to college
  • eligible for English 122 and Math 121


Pleasant Hill campus


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Allied Health


Allied Heath FYE is a Pathway for students wishing to pursue career in an allied health science. Careers include but are not limited to Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Radiography, Sonography, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Health. The Allied Heath Pathway satisfies common prerequisites for various health-related programs and provides students with foundational knowledge in human anatomy, physiology and microbiology.

Class Section Units Room Days Times Instructor
Chemistry 108  2396  4  PS-267 MW 9:35 am -12:35 pm  Beaulieu, Ellen
Math 142  0782  4  MA-107 TTH 12:45-2:10 pm Weber, Kathy
English 122  3331  3  LA-113 TTH 11:10 am -12:35 pm Ang, Lisa
Counseling 100  2841  1  HSF-192 M 12:45-1:50 pm Pamintuan, Khrystyn

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Business I


Business FYE is a Pathway for students who are interested in transfer to a 4-year university in a Business or Economics major. Students in this Pathway will gain an overview of the theory and practice of modern business along with exposure to career options including business administration, management, marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, entrepreneurship, and international business.

Class Section Units Room Days Times Instructor
English 122  0651 3 LA-212 MW 11:10 am -12:35 pm Smyrl, Laura
Business 109   1358 3 H-109 MW 12:45-2:10 pm Ronald Macaluso
Counseling 100  2922 1 HSF-292 M 2:30-3:35 pm Nakano-Hiraki, Hideo

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Business FYE is a Pathway for students who are interested in transfer to a 4-year university in a Business or Economics major. Students in this Pathway will gain an overview of the theory and practice of modern business along with exposure to career options including business administration, management, marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, entrepreneurship, and international business.

Class Section Units Room Days Times Instructor
English 122  0659 3  LA-116 MW 2:30-3:55 pm Smyrl, Laura
Counseling 100  2923 1  WLC-2 M 11:10 am -12:15 pm Harrison, Taylor
Business 109  1359 3 H-109 MW   12:45-2:10 pm Ronald Macaluso

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Communication FYE is a Pathway for students considering majors in areas such as Language Arts, Social Science, Arts, Humanities, Liberal Arts and more. A communication course is a common general education requirement for transfer, and effective communication are central to success in many fields. Thus, students may use this Pathway to complete requirements and gain skills to serve them in a wide array of majors and careers.

Class Section Units Room Days Times Instructor
English 122 0652 3  LA-212  MW 12:45-2:10 pm DeFoe, Danielle
Communication 120  2636 3  PAC-102  MW 11:10 am -12:35 pm  Moe, Patrick
Counseling 100  2913 1  HSF-292  M 9:30-10:35 am Trujillo, Dawn

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Psychology I


Psychology FYE is a Pathway for students who are interested in studying human thought, feeling and behavior. This Pathway is a starting point for students considering transfer to a 4-year university in a psychology major and a future career in a helping profession. Examples of these professions include Psychotherapy, Social Work, Educational Counseling, Psychological Research and Instruction.

Class Section Units Room Days Times Instructor
English 122 0660 3 LA-118 TTH 9:35-11 am Jackl, Jay
Psychology 101 1708 3 H-105 TTH 11:10 am -12:35 pm Krider, Dana
Counseling 100 2914 1 HSF-292 TH 12:45-1:50 pm Wembes, Justin

Social Science Psychology II

Psychology FYE is a Pathway for students who are interested in studying human thought, feeling and behavior. This Pathway is a starting point for students considering transfer to a 4-year university in a psychology major and a future career in a helping profession. Examples of these professions include Psychotherapy, Social Work, Educational Counseling, Psychological Research and Instruction.

Class Section Units Room Days Times Instructor
Counseling 100 2915  1 HSF-292 TH 9:30-10:35 am Wembes, Justin
Psychology 101 1701 3 H-105 TTH 11:10 am -12:35 pm Krider, Dana
English122 0659 3 LA-114 TTH 12:45-1:50 pm Jackl, Jay

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STEM FYE is a Pathway for students wishing to transfer to a 4-year university in a science, technology, engineering or math major. Examples of these majors include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics and Environmental Science. The STEM Pathway includes a sequence of math and science courses along with various types of support for students to succeed in this rigorous program of study.

Class Section Units Room Days Times Instructor
Math 121 1000  3  MA-107 TTH 9:35-11am Freidenreich, Jenny
Math 021 0999  2 M-107 TTH 11am -12:05 pm Freidenreich, Jenny
Counseling 120 3967  3 HSF-292 MW 9:35-11am Dougan, Raine
English 122  0672  3 LA-115 MW 11:10 am -12:35 pm   Morgan, Christian

Counseling Support for Students not in an FYE Learning Community

Counseling 100 - New Student Success Strategies

Class Section Units Room Days Times Instructor
Counseling 100 9341  1

San Ramon Campus

 WLC 2

M 11:10 am -12:15 pm  Warren, Carolyn
Counseling 100 5504 1

Pleasant Hill Campus

HSF 291




2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Lau, Sheila