Diablo Valley College
|Type||Public community college|
|Contra Costa Community College District|
|Colors||Green and white|
Diablo Valley College (DVC) is a public community college with campuses in Pleasant Hill and San Ramon in Contra Costa County, California. DVC is one of three public community colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District (along with Contra Costa College and Los Medanos College). It opened in 1949. DVC has more than 22,000 students and 300 full-time and 370 part-time instructors.
Diablo Valley College was founded in 1949 as East Contra Costa Junior College. The college enrolls over 22,000 students on two sites.
In 2007, a six-year grade fixing scheme came to light with allegations that over 70 students used sex or cash as payment to student employees in the admissions and records office in exchange for over 400 grade changes. Many of these students have transferred to universities and in some cases may have already graduated. By November 2007, 49 students had been charged with misdemeanors or felonies over the incident, and at least one had accepted a no contest plea. A spokesperson for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges said that although the scandal was a negative factor it would be unlikely to lead to the school's loss of accreditation.
In the first trial resulting from the grade changes, former student employee Erick Martinez was acquitted of all criminal charges on September 5, 2008. Jurors reached that decision after concluding that prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable double that there was a definite link between Martinez and grade changes.
DVC is a “feeder” college to the University of California, Berkeley; California State University, East Bay; and St. Mary's College. It ranks among the top five transfer colleges in California. In 2004, the top four transfer destinations were California State University, East Bay, San Francisco State University, University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis.
DVC also offers a variety of occupational specialties, including hotel/restaurant management, culinary arts, dental technology and real estate. It has an active speech and debating team.
DVC offers sports including men's and women's basketball, cross country, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo, baseball, football, lacrosse, track and field (men) and soccer, softball, and volleyball (women).
Demarshay Johnson, a former DVC basketball star who went on to play for the University of Nevada, was named California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) first team All-State after the 2004–05 season. That season he led the CCCAA in blocks, averaging 5.2 per game, and was named Bay Valley Conference MVP.
The Inquirer, the college's student-run newspaper, is produced on campus by the Journalism 126 class.
The Inquirer won General Excellence awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) in 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The newspaper also won a Pacesetter award from JACC in 1999.
In addition to the athletes named above, notable alumni of Diablo Valley include:
- Lauren Beck, film producer
- Daniel James Brown, author of Under a Flaming Sky and The Boys in the Boat
- Kyle Gass, member of Tenacious D
- John Gesek, former NFL player
- Dennis Havrilla, former IFL player
- Eva Marie, model and WWE diva
- Willie McGee, former Major League Baseball outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and Boston Red Sox and 1985 National League MVP
- George Miller, former U.S. Congressman
- Ron Turner, former NFL coach
- Matt Overton, Jacksonville Jaguars long snapper
- Katharine Ross, actress
- Robert Scott, true crime author
- Julie Strain, model and actress
- De'Ondre Wesley, former NFL player
- Timothy P. White, the former chancellor of the University of California, Riverside and seventh chancellor of the California State University system
- Greg Wilson, former CFL player
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