About Los Angeles Valley College

About LAVC

Founded in 1949, Los Angeles 山谷学院是 a public two-year college that offers 职业和学术途径 that prepare students for admissions to a 4-year college or university, and in-demand occupation careers in 2 years or less.

The campus serves the eastern region of the San Fernando Valley, including the communities of Valley Glen, Van Nuys, 北好莱坞, 城市全景, Pacoima, Sherman Oaks, 峪村, Studio City, Encino, Tarzana, Burbank, and beyond.

山谷学院是 完全认可 by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Associate of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


山谷学院是 known for its high-quality educational programs and outstanding faculty, a welcoming campus environment with unique resources and robust student support, and its excellent partnerships in the community. It is Hispanic-serving机构, and one of largest of the campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD).

Nestled in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, LAVC is only minutes away from Hollywood, Beverly Hills, 和洛杉矶市中心, 圣莫尼卡的海滩, and Malibu, and major motion picture and television studios. It's beautiful 105-acre park-like campus is the first California community college to be a Tree Campus USA.

Tree Student Girl at Graduation Smiling

The Beginning of Valley College

Faculty from the First Year of LAVC

Los Angeles Valley College was founded on September 12, 1949 to meet the tremendous growth of the San Fernando Valley during the 1940’s and early 1950’s. 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.

On Opening Day, Valley College had 439 students, which comprised of 254 men and 185 women. The pioneer class was taught by 23 faculty members in five bungalows that served as the original campus. The college library possessed only 150 volumes. The first director of the Valley College was Vierling Kersey.

In 1950, the college opened its evening division offering only 12 classes.



As the San Fernando Valley grew, the college also grew. In 1950, the college opened its evening division offering only 12 classes. Valley College moved to its permanent 105-acre site on Fulton Avenue in Valley Glen in 1951.

The student body was housed in 33 temporary bungalow structures, which increased to 45 bungalows between 1951 and 1956.

By 1952, the fall enrollment exceeded 2,300 students. 在接下来的两年内, it developed a fully functioning counseling and community service programs, as well as excellent transfer and 职业项目.

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 Atlee, Margaret Mead, 和路易斯·利基.

Female and male student in 1959 crossing out the word Junior in the Valley Junior College sign

Expanding to Serve Our Community


The year 1959 marked the completion of Phase I of the Master Building Plan. 在这个阶段, the following buildings were built Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, 外语, 政府, 和图书馆.

In 1961, 第二期已完成, 其中包括音乐, Theater Arts, Life Science, 和自助餐厅. Phase III was completed in 1963. This phase included the Business-Journalism, Math-Science, Art, and Planetarium buildings. Phase IV would not be completed until the 1970's and included the Gymnasiums, 行为科学, Humanities, 和校园中心大楼.

In 1969, the Los Angeles Community College District was formed and its nine colleges were separated from the Los Angeles Unified School District. The first independent Board of Trustees was also elected that same year.

On the 25th anniversary of the college in 1974, the Valley College Historical Museum was founded. The museum is the only museum totally dedicated to the history of the San Fernando Valley. LAVC celebrated its 50th birthday in 1999 with a variety of events for students, faculty, 教职员及校友.

Opportunity. Guidance. Success.

Today, under the leadership of President Dr. 巴里Gribbons山谷学院 20000多名学生 and is committed to guiding and supporting students so they achieve their academic goals.

The 皇冠最新网址承诺计划 offers first-time college students with up to 2-years of free tuition, 学术支持, 还有更多.

The new 山谷快速通道计划 helps busy adults to complete general education transfer courses in about 2 years.

Counselor providing academic counseling to a student

LAVC is a student-focused campus community. 它还提供 学生支持计划 帮助布莱克, LGBTQIA, Latinx, 退伍军人无证, 学生的父母, and/or other historically disadvantaged groups be successful in college.  


Three Students Girl at Graduation Jumping

LAVC offers 职业和学术途径 with courses offers in-person, online and web-enhanced formats.

In-demand 职业项目 include Business 政府, 儿童发展, 计算机科学, Media Arts, Nursing, 呼吸疗法. In addition, LAVC is the only community college in the San Fernando Valley that offers college credit for work or internship experience.

Our students have successfully transferred to UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, 加州大学圣巴巴拉分校, 加州州立大学洛杉矶分校, 加州北岭, and private and public universities.

最值得注意的是,学生 LAVC的TAP/荣誉项目 have a better academic performance at UCLA than non-TAP transfers and native UCLA students.

The "Heart" of the San Fernando Valley

Valley College serves as a hub for cultural, community and athletic events. It is home to the Valley Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Valley College Historical Museum, the LAVC艺术馆. It also regularly hosts a variety of concerts and plays, and community activities.

The LAVC Athletic teams hold many state and regional titles. They are part of the Western State Conference, California Community College Athletic Association, the Southern California Football Association, and the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association.


The campus has outstanding recreational facilities include two gymnasiums, 网球场, 游泳池面积, 体操中心, rock wall, 还有健身中心. 山谷学院是 also home to the Monarch Stadium, which has the only 10-lane Mondo Track in California.

The campus pool and stadium track are accessible to the public during scheduled times through our 社区服务 program.

A New and Improved Valley College

学生会 building on a sunny day

The campus is currently undergoing a $704 million expansion and renovation project funded by bonds supported by the voters of Los Angeles. 2001年的A提案, 2003年的AA提案, 2008年的措施J, 在2022年测量洛杉矶山谷学院 transformed the campus to meet the needs of today's students.

The improvements to existing buildings and the construction of new buildings will serve LAVC students for years to come. All new campus structures are being built as LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings.

In 2006, the campus opened its first new building in over 30 years with its LEED-certified Maintenance and Operations/Sheriff’s Station. It also opened the award-winning Allied Health and Sciences Center, which was the first bond-constructed classroom lab building in the District.

Other newly opened buildings include a 学生服务 Complex, 儿童发展 and Family Complex, the Belle and Harry Krupnick Media Arts Center, Library and Academic Resource Center, 社区服务中心, 运动训练设施, 政府 & Career Advancement (community workforce development building), 学生会, 还有一个停车场.


The college is continuing to grow in the coming years with the addition of the Valley Academic & Cultural Center (performing/media arts), Academic Complex 1 and Academic Building 2. The building and renovation projects will keep Valley College in the forefront of the San Fernando Valley community colleges. 欲了解更多信息,请访问 振兴山谷学院.

LAVC Land Acknowledgement Statement

Tarahat Ahiiv 
"Acknowledge the First People” 

早在西班牙语出现之前, Mexican, 英美的定居者, and the street names of Mulholland, Sepulveda, and Van Nuys, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, the Indigenous Americans of the San Fernando Valley, hunted, farmed, gathered, and prospered alongside the banks of the orit, the river that runs along present-day Los Angeles Valley College.

By recognizing and honoring the land on which our campus is situated, nestled between the villages of Siutcanga (Encino) and Tujunga (Tujunga), we acknowledge those who came before us, Fernandeño Tataviam, who thrived for thousands of years before the coming of settlers and are still here today.

We acknowledge Fernandeño Tataviam, their Gabrielino-Tongva neighbors to the East, and their Ventureño-Chumash neighbors to the West.

This Land Acknowledgement represents the effort of our campus to build community and future collaborations with our local Indigenous population as guests on their land. In adopting this acknowledgment, we commit to its use in formal events to help educate students and the greater community about the history of the land and region.