University description (as per official university website)
Los Angeles Valley College was founded on September 12, 1949 to meet the tremendous growth of the San Fernando Valley during the 1940’s and early 1950’s. The college was officially chartered by the Los Angeles Board of Education in June 1949, and was located on the campus of Van Nuys High School.
On Opening Day, Valley College had 439 students, which comprised of 254 men and 185 women. The pioneer class was taught by 23 faculty members in five bungalows that served as the original campus. The college library possessed only 150 volumes. The first director of the Valley College was Vierling Kersey.
As the San Fernando Valley grew, the college also grew. In 1950, the college opened its evening division offering only 12 classes. Valley College moved to its permanent 105-acre site on Fulton Avenue in Valley Glen in 1951. The student body was housed in 33 temporary bungalow structures, which increased to 45 bungalows between 1951 and 1956. By 1952, the fall enrollment exceeded 2,300 students. Within the next two years, it developed a fully functioning counseling and community service programs, as well as excellent transfer and vocational programs.
In 1954, members of the faculty founded the Athenaeum which began to offer community programs that brought the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the campus. The campus also had internationally known speakers including Eleanor Roosevelt, Clement Atlee, Margaret Mead, and Louis Leakey.
The year 1959 marked the completion of Phase I of the Master Building Plan. In this phase, the following buildings were built Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Foreign Language, Administration, and the Library. In 1961, Phase II was completed, which included the Music, Theater Arts, Life Science, and Cafeteria buildings. Phase III was completed in 1963. This phase included the Business-Journalism, Math-Science, Art, and Planetarium buildings. Phase IV would not be completed until the 1970's and included the Gymnasiums, Behavioral Science, Humanities, and Campus Center buildings.
In 1969, the Los Angeles Community College District was formed and its nine colleges were separated from the Los Angeles Unified School District. The first independent Board of Trustees was also elected that same year.
On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the college, the Valley College Historical Museum was founded. The museum is the only museum totally dedicated to the history of the San Fernando Valley. LAVC celebrated its 50th birthday in 1999 with a variety of events. Most recently, Valley College was granted a full 6-year renewal of its accreditation in 2007 and was given high praise for its educational programs.
Today, Valley College continues to meet the educational needs of the community by offering transfer education, career technical education, and lifelong learning. Currently, Valley College’s current enrollment exceeds has over 17,000 students with 199 full-time faculty and 421 part-time instructors.
Valley College continues to be a focal point of the San Fernando Valley and offers a number of cultural and recreational opportunities. The campus has an Art Gallery, which has been recently remodeled, that hosts a variety of outstanding student, faculty and historical exhibitions each year. The Music Department presents a number of concerts every year, including choral, symphonic and jazz music, and the Theater Department produces several plays each year. The college’s planetarium, which is maintained by the Earth Science Department, is used for classroom instruction as well as for public astronomy programs. In addition, the Journalism Department publishes an award-winning student newspaper called the Valley Star.
The campus’s recreational facilities, which are used by the community, include two gymnasiums, tennis courts, a soon-to-be-completed swimming pool area, and a Fitness Center. Valley College is also home to the Monarch Stadium, which has the only 10-lane Mondo Track in California.
With the passage of Proposition A in 2001 and Proposition AA in 2003, Valley College has embarked on a $286 million building and renovation project. Existing classroom buildings are being updated with new paint, new furniture and smart-classroom equipment, remodeled restrooms, and energy efficient windows. All new campus structures are being built as LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings. In 2006 the campus opened its first LEED-certified building, the Maintenance and Operations/Sheriff’s Station, which was the first new building in over 30 years. The new Allied Health and Sciences Center will open this fall. It will have 131 new rooms, tutorial labs and faculty offices, and will house the departments of Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Anthropology, and Health Science. Several other new buildings are scheduled to be built including the Robert M. Hertzberg Library and Academic Resource Center, and a new student services building. These building and renovation projects will keep Valley College in the forefront of the San Fernando Valley community colleges.
Financial Aid is made available by federal and state governments and private sources in the form of grants, scholarships, employment, and loans to eligible students. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid. Employment lets you earn money while you are enrolled in college to help pay for your educational expenses. Loans are borrowed money that must be repaid with interest.
This assistance makes it possible for you to continue your education beyond high school, even if you and your family cannot meet the full cost of the college/university you choose to attend. All programs are based on specific eligibility criteria and the premise that students and their families (if applicable) have the primary responsibility of meeting their educational costs. Financial aid is meant to supplement your existing income/financial resources and should not be used as your sole means of income to support other non-educational related expenses.