Learn more about the START program

The START Program is located on the first floor of the Student Services Center within the EOPS Suite (SSC-127).

START program hours (FALL 2018)

Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

How to contact us!

Students and foster youth allies are welcome to set up an appointment to meet with the START Program Coordinator or START Financial Aid Coordinator.

Drop-ins/walk-ins are also welcome during the following times:

Mercedes Lezama

START Program Coordinator

Drop-in hours:
Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Brandy Rose

START Financial Aid Coordinator

Drop-in hours:
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Valarie Carey

START Counselor

Available for drop-ins or appointments
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Hours each day vary.
Please call or email Valarie to ask for her schedule.


Fax: 925-691-1817

START Program Email: start@dvc.edu