Name: Dr. Barry C. Gribbons
Job Title: President
College: Los Angeles Valley College
Regional Role: College Presidents
Los Angeles Valley College is a two-year public college located in the heart of Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley. The college's mission is to offer transfer education, job training and lifelong learning to residents of the San Fernando Valley and beyond. Your future begins at LA Valley College—Find out the top 10 reasons why you should attend LAVC!
One of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), LAVC is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, a nationally-recognized accrediting agency which is part of the Western Associate of Schools and Colleges.
Founded in 1949, LA Valley College is located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley and sits on 105-acres in the Los Angeles suburb of Valley Glen. It is an urban oasis with a beautiful park-like campus with over 1,600 trees and plants, and is the first community college in California to earn a Tree Campus USA designation. The campus, which is near the 405, 101 and 170 freeways, is just minutes away from Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles, major motion picture and television studios, and the beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu.
Under the leadership of Interim College President Dr. Denise Noldon, LAVC is one of the leading community colleges in the state. LAVC is a Hispanic-serving institution and serves approximately 20,000 students mainly in the Los Angeles communities of Valley Glen, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Pacoima, Sherman Oaks, Valley Village, Studio City, Encino, Tarzana, Burbank, and beyond.
Valley College is known for its high quality educational courses that prepare its graduates for transferring to a university or vocational work. Our students receive the benefits of taking general education and career technical education courses for only $46 per unit. In addition, they are also able to take courses at any of our sister LACCD Colleges (LA Pierce College, LA Mission College, LA City College, LA Trade Tech College, West LA College, East LA College, LA Southwest College, and LA Harbor College).
Many of our students take their general education courses before transferring to private or public colleges or universities. Valley College students have transferred to UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Los Angeles, and Cal State Northridge. In addition, students in LAVC's TAP/Honors program who transfer to UCLA have a better academic performance than non-TAP transfers and native UCLA students.
More than 140 associate degree programs and certificate programs are offered at Valley College. Popular majors include Accounting, Administration of Justice, Biology, Business Management, Child Development, Computer Science Information Technology, Engineering, English, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Media Arts, Music, Psychology, and Sociology. The school is also known for exceptional vocational programs in Registered Nursing, Fire Technology and Respiratory Therapy. In addition, LAVC offers a wide selection of online and hybrid courses.
Valley College also serves as a hub for cultural and community events, and is home to the Valley Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Valley College Historical Museum, the LAVC Art Gallery. It also regularly hosts a variety of concerts and plays, and community activities. In addition, the campus pool and stadium track are accessible to the public during scheduled times.
The campus is currently undergoing a $704 million expansion and renovation project funded by bonds supported by the voters of Los Angeles. The improvements to existing buildings and the construction of new buildings will serve LAVC students for years to come. Our Maintenance and Operations / Sheriff’s Station is the first LEED-certified building in the LACCD. Our students have access to use the Library & Academic Resource Center with state-of-the-art computer labs and academic support services, as well as an award-winning Student Union that is home to the college's student life office, cafeteria, bookstore, business office, and campus coffee bar. Most recently, we have opened a new Administration & Career Advancement building featuring a conference center. Other upcoming construction projects include a new Valley Academic and Cultural Center, and a multi-discipline academic building.