November 19, 2013
Quick reminder about a very important semester deadline…
If you need to drop a full-term Fall 2013 DVC class. This Friday, November 22nd, is the last day to be able to withdraw with a “W” on your transcript.
If you’re thinking about a particular class and need advice about whether to stay in it or drop it, don’t forget your DVC counselors are an excellent resource. Drop-in visits with counselors are available this week. Visit the Counseling Center to check the schedule.
November 4, 2013
With the holidays right around the corner, spring semester can sometimes really take students by surprise. Don’t let that happen to you!
The DVC Spring 2014 schedule is online, along with other helpful information about preparing for spring semester.
To access the schedule and see important dates and deadlines for the spring semester, visit: www.dvc.edu/think.
Have questions about how to register or about DVC in general? Get in touch with the START coordinators at DVC by contacting the EOPS Office at DVC.
September 23, 2013
The Alameda Youth Alliance recently shared a number of online information resources. Take a look and see if any of the following resources are useful to you:
1) The Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Permanency Planning Today, National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC’s) bi-annual newsletter, focuses on permanency for older youth and young adults.
2) The We Connect Now website is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. More on this online resource HERE.
3) Videos of presentations and panel discussions at the recent conference, Improving Outcomes for Foster Youth in California, convened by GRACE and the National Foster Youth Institute in coordination with Congresswoman Karen Bass are now available on their website.
[reposted from the 8/20/13 John Burton Foundation newsletter]
The John Burton Foundation Announces New Program for College Bound Foster Youth
Starting this academic year, the John Burton Foundation will increase their support to foster youth in college by creating the Burton Fund, a new initiative that will pay up to $500/student for books needed for the upcoming school year. The Burton Fund will enhance the current Burton Scholars Backpack to Success Program by directly paying for the books needed for their classes so that students will not suffer a delay in purchasing this essential tool to further their studies.
This new initiative is open to all students who are Chafee grant eligible and have this information confirmed by their Financial Aid/Guardian Scholar Office. For more information, please contact Diane Matsuda at the John Burton Foundation: email@example.com.
August 27, 2013
The California Youth Connection (www.calyouthconn.org) has posted on their website internship opportunities for current and former foster youth:
AB 12 Internship Program- Northern Region Office, Sacramento: Provides former foster youth the opportunity to work closely with AB 12, California’s Fostering Connections to Success Act, implementation.
Bay Area Policy Internship Program- Statewide Office, San Francisco: Provides former foster youth pursing a higher education degree in the Bay Area the opportunity to participate in academic yearlong internship with a focus on deepening the impact of policy organizing. For more information about this program, please click here
YOUTH Training Project Trainers: Opportunity for former foster youth to gain valuable faciliatation and leadership skills. Please click here for more info. Click here for the appliction. For more information, please contact Sophia at Sophia@calyouthconn.org.
For more information, please visit the CYC opportunities webpage: www.calyouthconn.org/opportunities.
August 1, 2013
Applications to become a new Diablo Valley College EOPS student are now available in the EOPS Office. Students who are accepted in the program are eligible for a wide variety of valuable services to help them succeed in college, including the following:
Priority registration – Be one of the first students allowed to register for classes
Academic, career, and personal counseling – Two counselors are dedicated to seeing EOPS students only. This means it might be easier for EOPS students to get counseling appointments
Book vouchers – Free money to help you pay for some of your expensive textbooks
Tutoring – Free peer-to-peer tutoring available in certain subjects
and much, much more!
To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following criteria:
Be a California resident
Be a full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more units) your first semester in the program (a 9-unit minimum exception can be made for parent students and foster youth)
Not have an Associate Degree or higher or more than 70 degree applicable units
Be qualified to receive the Board of Governors Fee Waiver
The program will be accepting applications until Friday, August 30th at 1pm. To ensure your spot in the program, stop by the EOPS Office to pick up an application, or contact your START coordinators for more information.
For more information about EOPS, visit their website: http://www.dvc.edu/eops
October 22, 2012
As of the time of this posting, Californians have less than 18 hours to register to vote to participate in the November 6 election. And, for the first time ever, you don’t need to scramble to find a voter registration card at the post office.
If you have a driver’s license and the last four digits of your Social Security Number, you can do it securely and quickly online through the Secretary of State’s web page:
In the first four weeks, over 544,000 Californians have registered to vote online, and some experts predict total registration may exceed historic 2008 numbers.
Spread the word. Post this information to Facebook, tweet it, send it to every e-mail list you have. Regardless of where you stand on the issues and candidates on this November’s ballot, participation is essential to our democracy.
October 22, 2012
The Contra Costa College Center for Science Excellence (CSE) will be presenting information to interested science majors about internship programs at the Department of Energy Laboratories.
The U.S. Department of Energy offers various summer and ongoing internship programs: Science Undergraduate laboratory Internship (SULI), Community College Internships (CCI), Visiting Faculty Program (VFP, formerly FaST) and Berkeley Undergraduate Research (BLUR).
Ms. Colette Flood is the Internship Program Manager for the Center for Science and Engineering Education in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Along with her colleagues she designs, implements, and oversee s educational outreach programs for students faculty to carry out the laboratory’s educational mission to inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers. She will go over the program requirements and application process. They are paid internships and the programs run for 10 weeks in the summer and 16 weeks during the academic year. Because of the comprehensive nature of this program, many of the participants have felt it has had an enormous influence on their future careers.
Ms. Colette Flood
Manager, Center for Science and Engineering Education
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Friday, October 26, 2:00 PM
Contra Costa College
Physical Science Room 132
Everyone is invited to attend!
Refreshments served after the event in PS 109
For more information about the Center for Science Excellence, visit their website: http://www.contracosta.edu/progsdepts/extracurricular/cse/Shared%20Documents/default.aspx
October 8, 2012
With so many important issues before voters in the upcoming November 6th election, it’s essential that everyone exercise their right to vote. October 22nd is the last day to register to vote in the November general election.
To register to vote online, simply follow these three easy steps:
1) Visit http://registertovote.ca.gov/
2) Click on “Register to Vote Now” at the bottom of the page
3) Follow the online instructions to complete your online voter registration application
For those of you residing in Alameda County, the Registrar of Voters office will be holding a registration drive outside the Alameda County Superior Courthouse (in Oakland) until midnight on October 22nd.
The deadline for applying for the Diablo Valley College Foster Youth Transition Scholarship has been extended until Tuesday, September 4, 2012. If you haven’t already done so, I highly encourage you to apply.
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a newly entering former foster youth within two years of completing high school
- Enroll in a minimum of 12 units (exceptions can be made for students in the DSS program)
- Demonstrate financial need
- Have completed the matriculation process
To apply, please click on the application link. Please read the instructions carefully as there are numerous pieces of information required: 2012 Foster Youth Transition Application