Welcome to DVC First Year Experience (FYE) Program!


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 First Year Experience Program curriculum is designed to engage students by offering various Learning Communities pathways that are both challenging and collaborative. The spirit of the Learning communities is to educate, as you might expect, but to also build community amongst students and faculty.

The FYE Learning Communities

Each FYE Learning Community cohort will enroll in:

  • A Student Success Counseling course (COUNS-100 or 120)
  • English 122 (First-Year Composition and Reading)
  • Math 121 (Plane Trigonometry) or 142 (Elementary Statistics with Probability)
  • A LC specific course (CHEM-108, BUS-109, PSYCH-101, or COMM 120)

Expand to learn more about each FYE Learning Community and take a look at the detailed schedule! 

Allied Health

Allied Health

Science and Health icon

Allied Heath FYE is a an Interest Area 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.

Fall 2023 Schedule
Class Units Details Days Times
CHEM - 108 4 Introductory Chemistry TTH 9:35AM-2:15PM
COUNS - 100 1 New Student Success Strategies TH 11:15AM-12:20PM
ENGL - 122 3 First-Year Composition and Reading MW 9:35AM-11:00AM
MATH - 142 4 Elementary Statistics with Probability MW 11:10AM-1:10PM


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Business FYE is an Interest Area 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.

Fall 2023 Detailed Schedule
Class Units Details Days Times
BUS - 109 3 Introduction to Business MW 11:10AM-12:45PM
COUNS - 100 1 New Student Success Strategies T 9:30AM - 10:35AM
ENGL - 122 3 First-Year Composition and Reading MW 9:35AM - 11:00AM
MATH - 042/142 4 Elementary Statistics with Probability TTH 11:10AM - 2:15PM


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Communication FYE is an Interest Area 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.

Fall 2023 Detailed Schedule
Class Units Details Days Times
COMM - 120 3 Public Speaking M/W 11:10AM - 12:35PM
COUNS - 100 1 New Student Success Strategies T 9:30AM - 10:35AM
ENGL - 122 3 First-Year Composition and Reading M/W 9:35AM - 11:00AM
MATH - 042/142 4 Elementary Statistics and Probability T/TH 11:10AM - 2:15PM


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Psychology FYE is an Interest Area 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.

Fall 2023 Detailed Schedule
Class Units Details Days Times
COUNS - 100 1 New Student Success Strategies M 9:30AM-10:35AM
ENGL - 122 3 First-Year Composition and Reading T/TH 9:35AM - 11:00AM
MATH - 042/142 4 Elementary Statistics and Probability M/W 11:10AM - 2:15PM
PSYCH - 101 3 Introduction to Psychology T/TH 12:45PM-2:10PM


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STEM FYE is an Interest Area 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.

Fall 2023 Detailed Schedule
Class Units Details Days Times
COUNS - 120 3 Student Success TTH 11:10AM-12:35PM
ENGL - 122 3 First-Year Composition and Reading T/TH 9:35AM-11:00AM
MATH - 021/121 3 Plane Trigonometry MW 9:35AM - 12:05PM

Program Eligibility, Benefits, Support, and Expectations

Program Eligibility

The ideal candidate for FYE:

  • If it is your first time taking college classes after high school 
  • First person in your family to go to college
  • Interested in joining a supportive group with other first year students
  • Eligible for English-122 (College Reading and Composition)
Program Benefits

FYE Program benefits include:

  • Connection with a cohort of students with similar interests and goals
  • Guaranteed spots in high demand classes
  • Specialized attention from FYE faculty, staff, and counseling
  • Opportunity to explore your academic and career interests
  • FREE tutoring (academic support) and access to College Success Workshops
  • Faster pathway to achieving goals!
  • Free Tuition with the FT3 program 
Program Support

FYE includes the following support for new students:

  • Take linked classes as a community with the same students
  • Supportive instructors and FREE tutoring 
  • A Learning Community with linked classes with supportive instructors
  • A class on College Success Strategies (Counseling 100 or 120)
  • Student College Success Workshops
  • FYE Social events to build your community and promote your success
Program Expectations

Students are expected to 

Applying to the FYE Program

Step 1: Complete the DVC Application
Apply to DVC

Contact DVC Welcome Services for assistance.

Step 2: Complete the FYE Program Application
Apply to the FYE Program

Contact dvcfye@dvc.edu for assistance.

Step 3: Attend a Mandatory FYE Orientation

Attend a mandatory FYE Orientation via Zoom, where you will learn more about program requirements/expectations, meet the team, and receive your student contract.  

Note: All FYE students are required to attend a mandatory orientation where they receive permission(s) to sign up for FYE specific and reserved sections. Spaces are limited to only those who qualify and attend the orientation.

Step 4: Complete the FAFSA (Optional)
Complete your FAFSA now!

Contact DVC Financial Aid Office for assistance.


Contact Us:

Phone: 925-969-3012
Email: dvcfye@dvc.edu
Office: PUMA Center 136
Instagram: @dvcfye
YouTube Channel: DVC First Year Experience

Meet the FYE Team: 

Rosa ArmendarizRosa Armendariz
Dean of Student Engagement and Equity
Phone: 925-969-2233
Email: rarmendariz@dvc.edu
Office: SVRC 106/PUMA Center 107

Max Trujillo  FYE Program Coordinator
Phone: 925-969-3012
Email: dvcfye@dvc.edu
Office: PUMA Center 136

Raine DouganRaine Dougan
FYE Counselor
Phone: 925-969-2160
Email: rdougan@dvc.edu
Office: SSC-220

Fall 2022 FYE Faculty (Coming Soon)

Meet the FALL 2021 FYE Faculty:

Business Faculty

Mariam Worsham  Mariam Worsham
DVC Business Faculty

Phone: 925-685-1230, ext. 78362
Email: mworsham@dvc.edu
Office: BFL-218

About Me:

Hello everyone! I am excited to be your instructor! I have been teaching business courses at DVC since 2014. Before that, I worked in various marketing and management roles and had my own marketing consultant business. I have an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BBA from the University of Michigan. I enjoy hiking, sailing, gardening, and my three (!) cats. I'm looking forward to meeting you and having an engaging, productive semester!

Chemistry Faculty

Yasmin Fathi-Torbaghan
DVC Chemistry Faculty

Phone: 925-685-1230, ext. 78261
Email: yfathi-torbaghan@dvc.edu
Office: PS-257

Communication Faculty

Patrick MoePatrick Moe
DVC Performing Arts/Communication Faculty

Phone: 925-969-2727
Email: pmoe@dvc.edu
Office: PAC-210

About Me:

I’m excited to work with and learn from each other.

Counseling Faculty

Carolyn Warren
DVC Counseling Faculty

Phone: 925-551-6239
Email: cawarren@dvc.edu
Office: SRC-W146

Danielle Odom
DVC Counseling Faculty

Phone: 925-969-4321
Email: dodom@dvc.edu
Office: PUMA Center-122

Rosy Lomeli
DVC Adjunct Counseling Faculty

Email: rlomeli@dvc.edu
Office: SSC-203

About Me:

The instructor for your class is Counselor Rosy Lomeli. She came to this country from Mexico when she was 21 years old and went to a community college to learn the English language. It took her about four years to get to English composition as she was working to support herself and to help her family. Then she completed an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, and transferred to Cal State University East Bay! She obtained a BA in Human Development and a minor in Latino Studies. Loving what she was studying, Counselor Lomeli continued with her education and completed a master’s in social work. Last year, she began a Doctorate program (Ph.D.) in Psychology with an emphasis in Learning, Technology, and Psychology. She is very much fascinated with Emotional Intelligence and Self-efficacy and interested in student success.

English Faculty

Carol Brown
DVC English Faculty

Phone: 925-685-1230, ext. 77186
Email: cbrown@dvc.edu
Office: FO-235

Cathy Fitzgerald 
DVC English Assistant Professor

Email: cfitzgerald@dvc.edu
Office: LC-105/FO-214

Danielle DeFoe
DVC English Faculty

Phone: 925-969-2517
Email: ddefoe@dvc.edu
Office: FO-239

Erika Wenstrom
DVC English Faculty

Phone: 925-685-1230, ext. 78264
Email: ewenstrom@dvc.edu
Office: FO-223

Katherine Gebler
DVC English Faculty

Phone: 925-685-1230, ext. 77198
Email: kgebler@dvc.edu
Office: LC-111

Mathematics Faculty

Cyrous AhmadiehCyros Ahmadieh
DVC Mathematics Faculty 

Phone: 925-685-1230 ext. 78476
Email: cahmadieh@dvc.edu 

About Me:

I’ve been an instructor at DVC for the past 6 years, and I've pretty much taught all math courses offered at community college with the exception of a few. Stats is definitely one of my favorites, and I’m excited to be leading you in an online discovery of Stats.
This is my second time with FYE, the first time was a blast, and I'm sure it will be again!
Looking forward to meeting you!

Farooq Ashraf
DVC Mathematics Faculty

Phone: 925-685-1230, ext. 77560
Email: fashraf@dvc.edu
Office: MA-106

Jenny Freidenreich
DVC Mathematics Faculty

Phone: 925-969-2667
Email: jfreidenreich@dvc.edu
Office: MA-262

About Me:

Jenny has taught math for over 20 years. She knows not every path through mathematics is well-paved; her commitment to student success is what propels her work. It is Jenny’s belief that with supportive student resources, friendly encouragement, and an engaging, student-centered curriculum, students will not only find success, but appreciation for college math. Jenny earned a Masters of Arts in mathematics and a teaching credential for secondary education from San Francisco State University.

Katrina KeatingKatrina Keating
DVC Mathematics Faculty

Phone: 925-969-2666
Email: kkeating@dvc.edu
Office: MA- 120

About Me:

Stats isn’t exactly Math, it more applied math, which makes it easier to see “the point of it all”. Many of us (me included!) have had bad experiences with math and math teachers, but I hope this class will be different (in a good way!). Regardless, don’t let your past experiences start this class in a bad light. My goal is to support you to learn the material for this class. I will do my best to ensure that whatever life throws at you doesn’t have a negative effect on your success in this class. Keep me in the loop for where you’re at and I’ll work with and support you the best I can. I fully understand that life often throws obstacles in our way and I’ll do my best to help you clear them. Even though we haven’t met, I KNOW you can be successful in this class!

Social Science Faculty

Dana BuscheDana Busche
DVC Social Science Faculty

Phone: 925-969-1230 ext. 77353
Email: dkrider@dvc.edu
Office: FO-145

About Me:

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.