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VALLEY LIFELINE Services are available to get a leg up on the next step.

By Amanda Cavarretta, Copy Editor 

Valley College’s 23-percent transfer rate ranks among the top in the Los Angeles Community College District.

Transferring to a four-year college can make a big difference in an eventual career. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported that the average starting salary for graduates with a bachelor’s degree has risen 5.3 percent over the past couple years. PayScale.com says the difference between starting salaries for those with two- and four-year degrees averages around 20 percent. 

“Transferring to a four-year college is so important,” said Clive Gordon, director of Valley’s counseling department’s Career/Transfer Center. “Think transfer, and think transfer early.”

Valley’s 23-percent rate is third in the district, trailing only Pierce and East Los Angeles College (number one with 28 percent), yet Gordon is pushing to increase it.

“We don’t have the mind set of transfer like East does, but Valley is trying to change,” he said. “Our developmental pathways for transfer are far behind.”

Gordon wants students to think of Valley as their stepping stone. The Career/Transfer Center offers programs to help students stay on track and prepare for transfers. Programs include: The Transfer Alliance Program (TAP), which offers honors classes to prepare students for their university-level studies; the TRiO/SSS Program, which is a support system (counseling and tutoring) for first-generation (first in your family), low-income, and disabled students; and the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), which offers counseling, tutoring, textbook vouchers, workshops, and other services.

Throughout the year, representatives from CS and UC schools visit Valley to help students with any questions or guidance needed. Transfer workshops are available every semester, and field trips to various universities are offered.

Counseling Department Contact & Hours 

Student Services Annex (SSA)

(818) 947-2600 ext. 4200

Monday-Thursday: 8am-7pm

Friday: 8am-2pm

 

March 4, 2015 

Major & Career Exploration Workshop organized by EOPS Office. Contact: LAVC EOPS Office, Veronica Enriquez, (818) 947-5766, enriquv@lavc.edu

Please call or stop by the Career/Transfer Center to make an appointment with a representative. 

March 9, 2015

UCLA Peer Mentor sponsored by the LAVC Career/Transfer Center. Located in the Student Service Annex Center from 10am- 2pm.

March 10, 2015

“Time Management” Workshop (part of Start the Semester Strong: Strategies for Success Series) sponsored by the LAVC Writing Center. Located

Career/Transfer Center Contact & Hours 

Student Services Annex (SSA)

(818) 947-2646

Monday-Thursday: 9am – 7pm

Friday: 9am – 1pm

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