Los Angeles Valley College

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Los Angeles Valley College
LAVC logo.png
PresidentDr. Erika Endrijonas
34°10′33″N 118°25′16″W / 34.17577°N 118.421097°W / 34.17577; -118.421097Coordinates: 34°10′33″N 118°25′16″W / 34.17577°N 118.421097°W / 34.17577; -118.421097
CampusUrban, 105 acres (42 ha)
The college's sign and marquee at the corner of Fulton Ave & Oxnard St

Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) is a public community college in the Valley Glen neighborhood of Los Angeles, California in the east-central San Fernando Valley. The school is a part of the Los Angeles Community College District.[2]

The community college is adjacent to Grant High School. Often called "Valley College" or simply "Valley" by those who frequent the campus, it opened its doors to the public on September 12, 1949, at which time the campus was located on the site of Van Nuys High School.[3] The college moved to its current location in 1951, a 105-acre (42 ha) site bounded by Fulton Avenue on the west, Ethel Avenue/Coldwater Canyon Boulevard on the east, Burbank Boulevard on the south, and Oxnard Street on the north.

Los Angeles Valley College is one of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and is a fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which is part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a nationally recognized accrediting agency.[2]

The sports teams are known as the Monarchs, and the school colors are green and yellow.


Los Angeles Valley College was founded on September 12, 1949 to meet the tremendous growth of the San Fernando Valley during the 1940s and early 1950s. 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. In 1951 Valley College moved to its permanent 105-acre (42 ha) site on Fulton Avenue in Valley Glen.[4]

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 Attlee, Margaret Mead, and Louis Leakey.[4]

In 1969, the Los Angeles Community College District was formed and its nine colleges were separated from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Today, Valley College continues to meet the educational needs of the community by offering transfer education, career technical education, and lifelong learning. Valley College’s current enrollment is approximately 18,000 students enrolled with 203 full-time faculty and 374 part-time instructors.[4]

Ransomware incident[edit]

In December 2016, many of the college's electronic files were maliciously encrypted, disrupting voicemail, email, and computer files. A ransom note demanded $28,000 in Bitcoin in exchange for a decryption key. The Los Angeles Community College District paid the amount.[5]

Degrees and programs[edit]

More than 140 associate degree programs and certificate programs are offered at Valley College.[2]

Tau Alpha Epsilon Honors society[edit]

LAVC sign, front entrance.

Los Angeles Valley College has its own honors society called Tau Alpha Epsilon (TAE).[6] TAE was founded in 1949, the same year that Los Angeles Valley College was established. In 1960, due to the popularity of junior colleges, a two-year version of the four year honors society Phi Beta Kappa was created called Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). Because of this, PTK merged with TAE at Los Angeles Valley College. The purpose of TAE is to act as the honors society for Los Angeles Valley College, encourage academic excellence, and work with fellow clubs and organizations to better the campus and community.[7]


Los Angeles Valley College has its own stop on the Metro Orange Line, the Valley College Metro station. It is located at the intersection of Burbank Boulevard and Fulton Avenue. The nearest campus buildings are less than a 5-minute walk from the station.

Notable alumni[edit]

Fall 2017 Demographics of student body [8]
Hispanic and Latino American 51%
African American 4%
Asian American 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
White European Americans 27%
Multiracial Americans 2%
International students 1%
Unknown 8%
Female 56%
Male 44%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Data Mart".
  2. ^ a b c About Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Valley College, retrieved May 12, 2017
  3. ^ "History of LAVC". Los Angeles Valley College. Retrieved 2007-01-21.
  4. ^ a b c LAVC History, retrieved May 13, 2017
  5. ^ Anderson, Nick (2017-01-13). "This college just paid a $28,000 ransom, in bitcoin, to cyberattackers". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  6. ^ "TAE - LAVC Honor Society: Los Angeles Valley College". www.lavc.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  7. ^ "History: Los Angeles Valley College". www.lavc.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  8. ^ "2017 USNEWS: Los Angeles Valley College Overview".
  9. ^ a b c d Well Known LAVC Alumni & Past Students, retrieved May 13, 2017
  10. ^ "Features - Adam Carolla". Los Angeles magazine. p. 4. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  11. ^ "You're not going to believe Adam Carolla's middle name - Page 2". ESPN. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  12. ^ Bryan Cranston, retrieved May 13, 2017
  13. ^ Briana Evigan, retrieved May 16, 2017
  14. ^ Alumni, archived from the original on 2016-09-03, retrieved May 16, 2017 Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  15. ^ Long-Term Script : 15-Year-Old Valley College Graduate Sets Her Sights on Acting, Los Angeles Times, May 21, 1998
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  17. ^ "Valley Village singer responds to Ferguson with YouTube protest song". Los Angeles Daily News. November 28, 2014. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  18. ^ Rivera, Patricia (October 27, 2013). "Monarch pays tribute to a true diamond king". The Valley Star. Los Angeles Valley College. Archived from the original on 2016-06-30. Retrieved May 30, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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