Los Angeles Valley College

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Los Angeles Valley College
LAVC logo.png
Established 1949
President Dr. Erika Endrijonas
Students 18,308[1]
Location Valley Glen, Los Angeles, California
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
Campus Urban, 105 acres (42 ha)
Mascot Monarchs
Website www.lavc.edu
The college's sign and marquee at the corner of Fulton Ave & Oxnard St

Los Angeles Valley College is a community college located in the Valley Glen district 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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 20,000 students with 199 full-time faculty and 401 part-time instructors.

Degrees & Programs[edit]

More than 140 associate degree programs and certificate programs are offered at Valley College.[7]

Tau Alpha Epsilon Honors Society[edit]

Los Angeles Valley College has its own honors society called Tau Alpha Epsilon (TAE).[8] 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 legendary 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.[9]

The TAE Honors Society office consists of a president, vice president, ICC representative, secretary, treasurer, co-treasurer, and advisor. [10]The president is the head director of all matters within the society, the leader of all communication in regards to other campus clubs and organizations, and the main representative of the society. Because PTK and TAE have merged, the president of TAE is also the active president for PTK. The vice president is the executive assistant to the president. The vice presidents role is to assist the president with his or her tasks, as well as organize the societies events. The ICC representative has the duty of attending and representing the society at all meetings on campus, including the ASU Inter-Club Council meetings, and reporting the information to the TAE office and members. The secretary has the role of taking notes of everything said and done at the TAE meetings and sending the notes out to all officers and members of TAE. The role of the treasurer and co-treasure is to keep record of all financial transactions, balance the budget for TAE expenses, and report the societies balance and record of transitions to the officers. Any part-time or full-time enrolled Los Angeles Valley College student may join the club as long as they have a GPA of 3.3 or above.

To become a member of TAE you must complete and submit a membership application, pay a $10.00 membership fee, have completed one semester or 12 units, maintain a GPA of 3.3 or above, and earn 10 service points each semester. Service points are points you receive for attending club meetings and activities. For example, if you attend one meeting you will receive one point, and if you run the TAE booth at club day for one hour you will receive one point. To become a member of PTK you must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher and pay lifetime dues of $150.00. [11]Though membership for PTK is solely based on invitation only. Each society will be listed separately on transcripts and all.


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]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "History of LAVC". Los Angeles Valley College. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
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  6. ^ http://www.lavc.edu/lavchistory.html  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  8. ^ "TAE - LAVC Honor Society: Los Angeles Valley College". www.lavc.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  9. ^ "History: Los Angeles Valley College". www.lavc.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  10. ^ "TAE Officers: Los Angeles Valley College". www.lavc.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  11. ^ "How to Join: Los Angeles Valley College". www.lavc.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  12. ^ http://www.lavcfoundation.org/famous_alumni.php  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Features - Adam Carolla". Los Angeles magazine. p. 4. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "You're not going to believe Adam Carolla's middle name - Page 2: Humor, columns, commentary, lists and analysis from ESPN.com’s Page 2". ESPN. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
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  16. ^ http://www.lavcfoundation.org/famous_alumni.php  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0263759/  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ http://www.lavc.edu/mediaarts/students/alumni.html  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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