Antelope Valley College (AVC) is a comprehensive community college located in Lancashire, California. Established as an extension of Antelope Valley Joint Union High School in 1929, the institution — then known as Antelope Valley Junior College — was established with the objective of providing 2 years of college education to local residents. A new campus was set up on 110 acres at Avenue K and had the space to accommodate 1500 students. Gradually more buildings were constructed on the campus and the college started to host upper division and graduate level programs offered by the California State University at Bakersfield.
AVC’s current 135-acre campus contains many mature trees and lawns which provide a relaxed atmosphere for studies. There are close to 40 buildings, three athletic fields, eight tennis courts, and six parking lots within the campus. The college has had a long history of serving the local communities by providing quality and comprehensive education to students.
Associate degree programs, career technical programs, transfer/general education courses, basic skills courses, student support and instructional support, workforce preparation and economic development programs, and personal enrichment and professional development programs are all offered here.
The associate degree programs are comprised of proficiency requirements, general education courses, and designated courses in a student’s specific major.
The career technical programs are aimed at enhancing the student’s knowledge and skills required to seek employment, career advancement, certification and licensure.
The transfer/general education courses offered are aimed at helping students fulfill core degree requirements prior to enrolling in upper-level courses at accredited four-year institutions. The courses offered in this category include physical and biological sciences, communication and critical thinking, social and behavioral sciences, and arts and humanities.
The basic skill courses offered include reading, mathematics, writing, learning and study skills, and English as a Second Language. These courses equip the students with the foundation skills required for succeeding in college-level or degree courses.
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To attend the college, students must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. However, students who have not yet graduated from high school can also seek admission by appearing for the “Certificate of Proficiency” examination and non-high school graduates who are 18 years or older can also seek admission. Minor students that are still in high school can be admitted after receiving college approval.
International students for whom English is not the primary language need to demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores. International students need to have the F-1 student visa and are also required to prove their financial capability for taking the courses by submitting an original bank statement.
Financial aid is typically available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and college work-study employment, or a combination of these. Federal financial aid programs available for students are federal Pell grants, Federal Work Study (FWS), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and the Federal Direct Loan Program. California state financial aid programs include Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW) and Cal Grants (A, B, and C).
Numerous student-centered resources are available to make college a fruitful learning experience. There is an Information/Welcome Center known as Outreach, which provides valuable information and referral services about college programs, services, and procedures. The library contains a huge collection of book, periodicals, and journals. The Learning Center has specialized labs for math, reading, writing, and general tutoring and helps students in improvising study strategies, providing content-specific information, and assisting with test preparation. The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S) program available to assist low-income and educationally disadvantaged students who are eager to attend college.
Students are actively encouraged to register for various clubs or to form new clubs to cater to their special needs and interests. Popular organizations include the Music Business Club, Philosopher’s Lounge, Forensics Speech Team, Multicultural Club, and AVC Gamers club. There is a student lounge where students can relax, play video and other games, watch TV, or spend time with their friends. The student lounge has movie days, board games, Playstation games, and books and magazines.
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This institution is a member of the Foothill Conference and there are several sports for students to participate in. The men’s athletic teams include football, baseball, cross country, basketball, and track and field while the women’s teams include basketball, track and field, soccer, cross country, volleyball, softball, tennis, and golf. The Marauder is the official mascot and the college’s official colors are maroon and silver.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC) has accredited the programs offered on this campus.
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