Step into Success at Diablo Valley College

We are here to support you!

  • Learn about Student Services and resources.
  • join a club and a learning community.
  • Get connected to YOUR college.

Please start by viewing this video to give you an overview of the programs and services available.  Take notes on which ones you want to learn more about and then follow-up by viewing the additional details below; click on the + sign on the right of each program/service listed to expand the information.

Student Services

  • Admissions and Records
  • Assessment Center
  • CalWORKs
  • Career Services
  • Counseling
  • Disability Support Services (DSS)
  • Extended Opportunities Program & Services (EOPS) and Adult Education 
  • Financial Aid
  • START (Foster Youth)
  • Transfer Services
  • Veteran/Dependents Services  
  • Welcome Services
  • Wellness and Mental Health Resources

Student Life

  • ASDVC Student Government
  • Inter-Club Council and Student Clubs
  • Basic Needs - Food Pantry, Housing, Health Resources, Financial Coaching and more!

Student Resources

  • Academic Support Center/ASC 
  • Dental Hygiene Clinic
  • English Learning Center
  • English Tutoring
  • Library
  • Math Lab
  • STEM Supplemental Instruction 

Learning Communities

  • Community of Pride
  • First Year Experience (FYE)
  • MESA
  • Puente
  • Umoja
  • Year Up Bay Area 
  • More Learning Communities

Career Education

  • Digital Marketing
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Drone Technology
  • Industrial Design
  • Dental Hygiene, and more!

San Ramon Campus

  • Admissions
  • Assessment
  • Meet our faculty and staff
  • Student life and more!

Student Services  

Admissions and Records

Admissions and Records is available to help you with registration, questions about prerequisites, transcripts, California Residency, and a variety of other online services. Please visit Admissions and Records for more information. 

Ways to contact us:


The Placement office provides placements and registration assistance for:

  • English or English as a Second Language,
  • Math, and
  • Chemistry (optional).

Want to learn more?

Email us at or chat with us through the Placement office.


CalWORKs supports student parents receiving county cash assistance

  • Textbooks, supplies, transportation, parking permit
  • Childcare
  • Priority registration
  • Work study and job placement assistance
  • Supportive community and advocate

Visit us online for more details about the program and services.

 CalWORKs: Marcia Perata, CalWORKs Program Coordinator:

Career Services

Career Services is here to help you pursue your academic and professional goals! We have resources to assist you:

  • Explore majors and programs
  • Discover careers that best fit you
  • Find jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities 
  • Prepare for your profession

Be sure to check out our online job board!

Contact Information

Career Services is here for you!

Visit with counselors for virtual drop-in or live chat with us during business hours at


The DVC Counseling Department is committed to supporting you in accomplishing your goals. We provide academic, career, and personal counseling.

New students should attend take a COUNS-095 (or 096 for athletes) class.  Visit the Counseling website to learn more.  View all the options in the navigation bar on the left side of the page.  Click on the links to learn more about the classes above, and to see all the options in the Video Library.   

 Counselors can help you:

  • Create your education plan to reach your transfer and AA goals
  • Discuss career pathways
  • Plan how to balance your course load, work, and other life stressors
  • Make sure you are on track to reach your transfer and degree goals

We encourage all students to meet with a counselor at least once a semester to check in and stay on track.


Schedule your academic counseling appointment online or call 925-969-2140.

Please schedule a counseling appointment or go online for a 15-minute counseling drop in. We look forward to meeting you!

DVCs Counseling Faculty

Disability Support Services (DSS)

DSS serves students with all kinds of disabilities, including:

  • Learning
  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Health
  • ADHD
  • Autism spectrum
  • Many others

It offers a variety of services based on a student’s limitations, including: 

  • Extended testing time,
  • Note taking assistance,
  • Disability counseling,
  • Books in audio and alternate forms, and
  • ASL and captioning.

To qualify, students need some verification of disability, such as an IEP or 504 plan, a doctor’s note, or paperwork from DOR, Regional Center, Social Security, or other office working with people who have disabilities.

For information, please contact Rachel DeChristofaro at or by calling (925) 969-2185.

Extended Opportunities Program & Services (EOPS) and  

Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS)

EOPS supports students facing economic, educational, linguistic barriers to succeed at DVC. EOPS provides students with money for textbooks, priority registration, UC/CSU application fee waivers, a supportive community, and more!

Please watch this short video overview of EOPS:

For additional details, visit EOPS

EOPS: Sara Larkin, EOPS Program Coordinator: or the EOPS Office at

Financial Aid

 We know paying for college can be a challenge. DVC offers many aid programs including: 

financial aidRegardless of your income level, you are encouraged to complete an application. It takes only 15-20 minutes to apply and you could be eligible!   How to apply for financial aid.

Financial Aid Basics
New to financial aid? Watch this helpful video, What is Financial Aid?

We are here to help you! Send us an email at, call 925-969-2009 during business hours, or use Penny, our Financial Aid Chatbot.

START (Foster Youth)


START supports current & former foster youth throughout their time at DVC

  • Assistance with enrollment process – from application to registration
  • Direct referrals to resources on campus and in the community
  • Priority registration
  • School supplies
  • Community-building activities and regular check-ins
  • Dedicated financial aid coordinator and academic counselor

Visit us online for more details about the program and services.  

START: Mercedes Lezama, START Program Coordinator:

Transfer Services

Career Transfer logoPlanning to transfer to a university from DVC?
We can help you:

  • Explore your options for transfer, 
  • Research majors and university requirements, 
  • Connect with university representatives, 
  • Complete transfer applications, and
  • Stay on track with your transfer process.

Drop in to chat about your transfer plans!

Transfer Services is online and ready to help!
Visit with counselors for virtual drop-in or live chat with us during business hours, or send an email question to Transfer Services.

Watch a video to learn more:

Students can click on the link on the Step-Into-Success website which will take then to our home page where they can access the virtual drop-in sessions (green tile) that reads, "Virtual Drop-In with a Counselor." 

Veteran/Dependents Services

Welcome to Veteran Services

We help assist students use Veteran Affairs education benefits for both veterans and dependent students.

For questions email us at

Welcome Services

 Have questions about DVC? Not sure where to start?  We can help!  We are here to assist you with the following:

  • Enrollment process,
  • Navigating Insite, and
  • General information inquiries.

If we can’t answer your question, we can connect you with someone who does! Our Student Ambassadors also post about important campus information, events and student life on our social media accounts. 

20-21 collageWays to learn about us:

Ways to contact us:

20-21 collageDM us on Social Media:

  • Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter - @dvcwelcome
  • Facebook - @dvcwelcomeservices
  • YouTube - dvcwelcome
Wellness and Mental Health Resources

It’s not easy trying to balance school, work, and family life. Sometimes talking things out with a trained professional can help.

The DVC Wellness Program offers up to 5 sessions of free therapy for registered students.

Students see our Wellness Counselors for many reasons. They can help you with:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression symptoms
  • Relationships
  • Family issues
  • Identity
  • Traumatic life events

 Our counselor interns are providing virtual therapy over Zoom.
Free - Confidential - Safe and welcoming
You don’t have to do it all alone. DVC Wellness is here for you.

To find out more, visit our Wellness webpage.
Pleasant Hill Campus: 925-969-2148
San Ramon Campus: 925-551-6209


Student Life

ASDVC Student Government; Inter-Club Council and Student Clubs
ASDVC logo ICC logo DVCSync


Student Life includes:


Ways to learn more about student life at DVC:

Basic Needs - Food Pantry, Housing, Health Resources, Financial Coaching and more

Food Pantry logoFood Pantry - Are you a currently enrolled DVC student in need of food?
The Food Pantry supports food insecure students with the following services:

  • Pre-packaged bags of non-perishable food stables.
  • To Go cooked meals are available at the pantry on Thursday afternoons and Fridays.

Students can complete a brief online application.

Visit us online for more information,  or email Dietra at or call 925-969-2355.

TimelyMD - Telehealth program

DVC is excited to offer a new telehealth program for students this spring called CA Students Care. This FREE service provides access to 24/7 medical and mental telehealth care with TimelyMD. The TimelyMD telehealth Initiative is offered for one year by ASDVC in collaboration with Diablo Valley College. Learn more about Timely MD at DVC

Housing Resources - For financial resources for homeless students and other housing supports for students in need, please visit our housing webpage

SparkPoint Contra Costa – DVC is a community based, non-profit organization designed to help individuals become financially sustainable. We help students advance their knowledge on budgeting, credit, and overcoming financial challenges. You'll get the support you need with free financial workshops and coaching


Student Resources

Academic Support Center/ASC 

ASC logoThe Academic Support Center provides tutoring and support for students across DVC.

  • Our peer tutors can help students with Canvas support, study skills, time management, reading, writing, math, and academic support.
  • We can also help connect students to services across the college.
  • We are open online Monday-Thursday from 9am-5pm and from 10am-2pm on Fridays.
  • No appointment needed! Just join the Zoom and get the help and support you need.

For more information, contact ASC Co-Coordinators Katy Agnost at or Kyle Whitmore at  

Dental Hygiene Clinic

Dental Clinic group photoThe DVC Dental Hygiene Clinic offers professional LOW COST cleanings:

  • Free screening for DVC students and faculty,
  • No insurance needed,
  • Requires multiple 3 hour appointments, and
  • Helps DVC dental hygiene students meet graduation requirements.

Learn more:

Dental clinic flyer

English Learning Center 

English Learning CenterWe offer support to DVC’s ESL and English students by providing:

  • Online ESL self-placement tests,
  • Enrollment assistance and counseling,
  • Tutoring for all English students, and
  • Paid opportunities in our tutoring and Supplemental Instructor programs. 

Need help with ESL or English classes? We can help you! Please visit the ESL webpage for drop-in Zoom appointments, to use our live chat feature or to find contact details for our staff.

English Tutoring

The English Tutoring Lab offers free reading and writing tutoring for all DVC students! You can have two free hours of tutoring every week. The English Lab is open online Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm, and Friday 10am-3pm. We offer 20-50 minute drop-in sessions Monday-Friday via Zoom.

For more information, please see our Tutoring webpage for the schedule and tutoring Zoom links.

Have questions? Please email Heather Lee:


The DVC Library supports academic excellence by providing the following services:

DVC Library interiorThere are many ways to reach the library:

Learn more about the library:


Math Lab

Math LabThe Math Lab is now offering online tutoring using Zoom, which has been a wonderful tool that has allowed us to maintain the quality of our math tutoring and student support services offered by our own tutors. There are two options of math tutoring: drop-in tutoring and by appointment online tutoring.

  • Drop-in helps students in Zoom breakout rooms one-on-one or in small groups when students have the same class and they agree to be with other students.
  • By appointment students come to the Math Lab Zoom Room and ask for an appointment to the host, Liling or Dora, who will see tutors' availability. 

For questions:

STEM Supplemental Instruction 

STEM student testimonialThe  STEM Supplemental Instruction (SI ) program will now run through Zoom every Friday. We run peer-led study group workshops for math and chemistry courses focused o​n the types of problems you are encountering each week in your class. Instructors work with the SI team to make sure students get the support they need that week. You're welcome to ask the most basic to the most advanced questions. The more you explore your class content with your peers the more things will start to click.  

SI Hours & Zoom Access
To join a workshop click the Zoom meeting link and then enter the required information to sign in.

For questions contact Servando Pineda-Carranza, STEM SI Coordinator


Learning Communities

Community of Pride

Community of Pride

This is a learning community specifically designed with you in mind. We recognize that it is particularly important for queer and trans students to find a safe, supportive, and loving community on campus, and Community of Pride exists to fill this need.

We provide:

  • Support, resources, and information to make sure your experience at DVC is positive and successful.
  • LGBT counselors committed to supporting you in your personal, academic, and career goals.
  • Linked classes aimed at exploring identity, mental health, history, and activism.
  • Workshops, alumni events, extracurricular activities, academic planning, and career exploration.


For more information, please visit Community of Pride  or contact one of our co-coordinators, below.

James Wilson: English Instructor, Co-Coordinator

Christie Harrington-Tsai:  Counseling Faculty, Co-Coordinator

Matt Munday:  Counseling Faculty, Co-Coordinator

First Year Experience (FYE)

 The FYE Program was designed for:

  • First time college students to assist in transitioning from high school to campus life

FYE includes support for new students though:

  • Welcome Day
  • FYE Learning Community (linked classes with supportive instructors and the same students)
  • Classes with College Success Strategies (Counseling 100 or 120)
  • Social events to build your community and promote your success

For more information and to apply to the FYE program for Fall 2021 visit the FYE webpage.  


Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) 

MESA virtual communityMESA is a statewide program for educationally and economically underrepresented students majoring in calculus-based Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields that plan to transfer to a four-year institution.

The program is a vibrant community of students, faculty and STEM professionals working together to support our STEM students. We have utilized social media, Google Sites, Discord, and Zoom to create a 24-hours support system that enables peer-to-peer connections with academic and social support.

We provide:

  • STEM peer tutoring,
  • STEM Boot Camps the week before classes start each semester,
  • Supplemental Instruction for select STEM classes, 
  • reserved spaces in impacted STEM course sections,
  • transfer, internship, and skills-based workshops,
  • scholarship information sessions,
  • counseling and transfer services,
  • STEM industry professional speaker events,
  • university and lab tours, and so much more!

MESA eventsWays to learn about MESA and contact us:


In Puente, we provide you with the support you need to prepare you for transfer to a four-year college or university.

Puente signPuente Students:

  • Succeed academically
  • Are recognized as leaders and scholars
  • Graduate from four-year colleges and universities
  • Belong to a statewide network of leaders and professionals

Many components work together to prepare Puente students to transfer to colleges and universities including:

  • English Instruction
  • Counseling
  • Mentors
  • Tutors
  • Latinx Politics/American Government
  • Research Skills

Complete your Student Information Form to sign up for next year’s (2021-2022) cohort today!

For more information, please contact one of our co-coordinators, below.
Brenda Gonzalez Puente Counselor/Instructor, Co-Coordinator

Justin Wembes Puente Counselor/Instructor, Co-Coordinator

Anthony Gonzales Professor of English, Puente Co-Coordinator

Stephanie Razo Professor of English, Puente Co-Coordinator

Puente StudentsFollow us online at:


Are you looking to connect with other students and build a community of support while earning your Associates degree?  Enrich your college experience and join UMOJA to receive:

  • Cohort first-year experience designed to increase student success, graduation, and transfer,
  • Priority registration,
  • Textbook loan program for Umoja courses (a potential savings of $500 or more),
  • Dedicated counselor to support academic and personal success, and
  • Access to Umoja community scholarships.

The Umoja program delivers an amazing, HBCU type of experience that provides students with on-going support throughout your academic journey.  

Umoja – we get you transfer ready!
To join Umoja or to receive more information about the program:

Year Up Bay Area 

Year Up logoYear Up is an intensive, one-year training and internship program for DVC students that combines hands-on skill development with professional internships at some of the Bay Area’s top companies.

In the program, you will be on career tracks in Information Technology or Project Management, and earn 32 or 33 college credits, respectively. 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.

To learn more about the program:


More Learning Communities

 Check out all of DVC's Learning Communities, including our new Community of Pride for LGBTQ+ students and allies! 


Career Education

Career Education, Internships, Work Experience

Please visit the Career Education website!  Career Education (CE) specializes in supporting students pursuing certificate and degree programs with one-on-one career development and work-readiness training, and experiential opportunities such as internships & work experience.  Career Coordinators work closely with students in our academic programs to assist students with resume development, interviewing, industry specific job & internship search, networking, etc.  Through the DVC Work Experience (WRKX) program students can earn college credit for work (p/t job unrelated to your major), internship or volunteer opportunities.  Please visit the WRKX site for more details and to connect with the WRKX coordinator.  DVC Career Education also oversees the Summer Career Academies.  These interactive, hands-on career academies offer HS students and graduating seniors the opportunity to earn college credit while exploring a new career path.  These academies run for one or two weeks and can offer students an excellent opportunity to experience an academic program and career path without a full-term commitment.  To learn more visit DVC Summer Career Academies.



San Ramon Campus

Services at the San Ramon Campus

SRC new buildingDVC is one college with two campuses. The San Ramon Campus (SRC) is located in the Dougherty Valley.

The San Ramon Campus now serves over 5,000 students of all ages and interests each term. We are expanding and will have a new building, library and café in 2021.

San Ramon offers general education courses, which allow students to fulfill all their lower division pre-transfer requirements. In addition, San Ramon’s extensive computer-training curriculum provides hands-on experience using hardware and software with business applications. We offer services ranging from:

  • Admissions,
  • Assessment,
  • Counseling,
  • Financial Aid,
  • Library,
  • Tutoring,
  • Jobs on campus and more.

SRC group pic

We are here to help you!
Have questions? Email us at or Live Chat with us.

Watch a video to learn more: