UPDATED March 18, 2021

Diablo Valley College will continue remote learning and teaching through Spring 2021 term. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community are important to us. 

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.

Applying to the FYE Program takes THREE easy steps:

Step one for PACE

Complete a DVC Application for fall 2021 Click HERE

Step two for PACE

Complete the FYE Application
Just takes a few minutes.

Step three for PACE

Attend one of the FYE Zoom Orientations, Sign the Student Contract, and mail it to us

FYE orientations are only via zoom and they are your opportunity to know more details about the program, meet the FYE staff, understand the program expectations, receive your student contract, and ask questions. 
*Important - All FYE students are required to attend this mandatory orientation in order for them to get accepted in the program and receive their permissions to sign up for the FYE specific and reserved sections.

Please note: Spaces are limited to only those who qualify and attend the orientation. 


Ok, there’s actually a STEP FOUR. It’s optional, but we strongly recommend it:

Complete your FAFSA to see what financial aid you qualify for [CLICK HERE]
Most of our students don’t pay any tuition. 

And even if you don’t qualify, our enrollment fees are very affordable at $46 per unit for CA residents (or about $1,380 per year).  If you need help filling out the FAFSA, contact DVC Financial Aid Office for assistance.

FYE Student Contract

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 College Success Workshops
  • FYE Social events to build your community and promote your success

Contact information

FYE Program Coordinator:  Noha Basilious

Virtual Office Hours: M-TH 7:30am-4:30m (If you have any questions and would like a one on one meeting, please email me the time that works for you and I will send you a zoom meeting invitation)

FYE Counselor: Raine Dougan

Campus Office: SSC-220

Phone: 925-969-2160 (During the campus closure you can reach me at 925-517-3881

Benefits of the FYE program
  • Guaranteed spots in high demand classes-No competing for classes
  • Embedded academic counseling that focuses on educational and career goals
  • Specialized attention from FYE faculty and staff.
  • Connection with a cohort of students with similar interests and goals. 
  • Opportunity to explore your academic and career interests.
  • Develop positive relationships with peers, staff and faculty
  • Identify and use appropriate campus resources
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Engage in opportunities that contribute to your learning within and beyond the classroom
  • Opportunity to meet new people and form lasting friendships through your involvement in the FYE program
  • Attend College Success Workshops
  • FREE Tutoring (ASC)
  • Faster pathway to achieving goals!

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

Rosa Armendariz

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

Noha Basilious

Noha Basilious

FYE Program Coordinator
Email: nbasilious@dvc.edu
PUMA 136

Danielle DeFoe

DVC English Faculty

Rosy Lomelit

DVC Adjunct Counseling Faculty
Office: 925-969-2140
Email: rlomelil@dvc.edu

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.


Jay JacklJay Jackl

DVC English Faculty

Jay Jackl received his BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley and his MA in Literature in English from San Francisco State University. He holds certificates in the Teaching of Postsecondary Reading and Composition from SFSU. His graduate research work focuses on African American history, literature, and culture. He has presented work on authors such as Toni Morrison and Ishmael Reed at national conferences. He continues to research and write about marginalized communities and social justice issues in the U.S. and beyond. He played music professionally for many years before pursuing a career as an educator.

Dana KriderDana 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.

Danielle Odom

DVC Counseling Faculty
PUMA enter-122

Patrick MoePatrick Moe

DVC Performing Arts/Communication Faculty

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

ClaudiaClaudia Eckelmann

DVC Business Faculty

I transferred from Diablo Valley College to CSUEB, and then earned an MA from Saint Mary’s College, an MBA from Brandman University, and an Online Teaching and Learning Certificate from CSUEB. My hobbies are road bicycling and fostering cats. It's not my job to tell you what's in the textbook. It's my job to show you how our subject learning is relevant to your life (personal, work, academic). It's my job to show you how our subject learning is relevant for businesses today and tomorrow. ​And it's my job to show you that I value your contribution to our learning.

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!

Cyrous Ahmadieh

DVC Mathematics Faculty
925-685-1230 ext. 78476

YvonneYvonne Canada

DVC Counseling Faculty
SSC- 217

This will be my 18th year at DVC! I was the first person in my family to go to college, and I remember how confusing it was to learn "how to do college" with no one at home to guide me. That's what inspired me to go into higher education - to help students as they discover & achieve their potential in college. I was Umoja Co-coordinator for 7 years, and I'm very passionate about creating inclusive, equity-minded environments that support student success. I'm excited to be part of FYE. :) On a personal level, I'm originally from SoCal. I have a Bachelor's in English with a minor in Psychology, and a Master's degree. I'm married, my son is a junior in college, I have three adult stepchildren, & two small dogs (Pugsley and Pep). I enjoy live music, dancing, good food, Isabel Allende novels & time with my family.

K. KeatingKatrina Keating

DVC Mathematics  Faculty
MA- 120

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!

 Brian Raymond

DVC Mathematics Faculty


Jean Ruehl

DVC Chemistry Faculty
Phone: 925-969-4221
Email: jruehl@dvc.edu

Welcome to college! It's been a long time since I was a freshman at college, but I still remember how intimidated I felt. Neither of my parents had gone to college, so they didn't have a lot of advice to offer me. But I soon learned that everyone on campus - from teachers, to counselors, to financial aide staff - was happy to help me with any question I had. I also learned how important it was to be part of a cohort. I majored in chemical engineering, and all 85 students in that major took the same core classes together for 4 years. We formed study groups, worked together on projects, celebrated together after finals, and helped pull each other along through some tough classes. I hope that you have similar experiences with your FYE peers, teachers, and counselors!

Elizabeth Mayorga

DVC English Faculty



  • DVC Fall 2021 Welcome Day (Coming Soon)

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

  • First time college student with no prior college credits (college classes taken during high school are exempted)
  • Eligible for English-122 (College reading and composition)

Fall 2021 Learning Communities Detailed Schedule (Coming Soon)

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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 Details Days Times Instructor
Chemistry 108     4 TBD      
Math 142     4 TBD      
English 122     3 TBD      
Counseling 100     1 TBD      

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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 Details Days Times Instructor
English 122    3 TBD      
Business 109    3 TBD      
Counseling 100   1 TBD      
Math 142/042    5 TBD      

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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 Details Days Times Instructor
English 122   3 TBD      
Communication 120    3 TBD      
Counseling 100    1 TBD      
Math 142/042    5 TBD      

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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 Details Days Times Instructor
English 122   3 TBD      
Psychology 101   3 TBD      
Counseling 100   1 TBD      
Math 142/042   5 TBD      


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 Details Days Times Instructor
Math 121/021    4 TBD      
Counseling 120    3 TBD      
English 122     3 TBD