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What is Year Up?

Year Up is an intensive, one-year technology-training program for Diablo Valley College students that combines hands-on skill development with professional internships at some of the Bay Area’s top companies. While earning 32 credits during the program, you will be on career tracks in Information Technology or Project Management. During the first term of the program, you will register and take courses with your Year Up Learning Community. In your second term, you will spend approximately 35 hours/week at a professional internship at one of Year Up’s 50+ corporate partners – organizations like Salesforce, Twitter, GE Digital, Workday, and Bank of the West.

Year Up LogoEligibility

You can apply to be a Year Up student if you are:

  • 18-26 years old
  • High school graduate or GED recipient
  • Have the legal right to work in the U.S. (U.S. citizen, permanent resident, DACA registered, or have an employment authorization card)
  • Enrolled or interested in enrolling at Diablo Valley College
  • Interested in a career in the tech industry  
  • Of low to moderate income

What does it cost?

There is no cost to participate in the Year Up. The only investment is your time and commitment to success! In fact, Year Up students receive a stipend throughout the life of the program: up to $200/month during your first term and up to $1000/month during your internship.

Courses your will take in the first term

IT Helpdesk/Desktop Support:

  • Computer Literacy (COMSC-101)
  • Computer Network Technology (CNT-104)
  • Microsoft Excel Comprehensive (CIS-116)
  • Business English (BUS-101)
  • Public Speaking (COMM-120)
  • Business Communications (BUS-250)
  • Business Ethics (BUSMG-174)
  • Customer Service (BUSMG-168)


Project Management Support

  • Computer Literacy (COMSC-101)
  • Microsoft Excel Comprehensive (CIS-116)
  • Public Speaking (COMM-120)
  • Business Communications (BUS-250)
  • Business Ethics (BUSMG-174)
  • Customer Service (BUSMG-168)
  • Intro to Project Management (CIS-180)
  • Project Management tools (CIS 185)
  • Small Group Communication (COMM-120)

How do I begin?

Step 1: Submit an Interest Form

  • Take five minutes to let us know you are interested in applying by completing this online form or visit Year Up.

Step 2: Attend an Information Session

  • Virtual info sessions are held on Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays at 2pm on Zoom. Once an interest form is submitted, a Year Up representative will follow up with you to provide the link to access the call.

Step 3: Begin Your Year Up Application

  • After you attend an Information Session, you will receive a link to Year Up’s application.

Step 4: Register for DVC

  • If you are not currently enrolled at Diablo Valley College, you will need to register before being admitted to Year Up. You can begin the registration process here.

Learn more

For questions about the application process or to learn more about Year Up, call us at 925-588-5119 or email us.