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Diablo Valley College (DVC) is a two-year community college in Pleasant Hillmarker in Contra Costa Countymarker, Californiamarker.

DVC is one of three publicly supported two-year community colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District (along with Contra Costa Collegemarker and Los Medanos Collegemarker), and was first opened in 1949. Current enrollment is 26,000 students and it has 300 full-time and 370 part-time instructors.

DVC has satellite centers in San Ramonmarker and Walnut Creekmarker and also offers classes in other facilities in Concordmarker, Martinezmarker, Danvillemarker, and San Ramon.


Diablo Valley College is a popular choice for students to complete lower-division college requirements for frequently crowded California universities. In particular, DVC is a “feeder” college to the University of California, Berkeleymarker; California State University, East Baymarker; and to St. Mary’s College. DVC ranks among the top five transfer colleges in California. In 2004, the top four transfer destinations were California State University, East Baymarker (formerly Hayward), San Francisco State Universitymarker, UC Berkeleymarker and UC Davismarker.

DVC also offers a variety of occupational specialties, including hotel/restaurant management, culinary arts, dental technology, and real estate. DVC has a very active speech and debate team.


DVC has had famous athletes throughout its sports history, probably most recognized being Willie McGee, a former MLB National League MVP, who played for the DVC baseball team in the 1970s and Doug Davis, who pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Demarshay Johnson, a former DVC Basketball star currently playing for Nevada, was named 1st team All-State for California for the 2004-2005 season. In that season, he led the entire state in blocks, averaging 5.2 per game.


The college officially began in 1949, and was then called East Contra Costa Junior College. The college moved to its permanent campus in 1952, and changed its name to Diablo Valley College in 1958.

Currently, DVC is upgrading some of their facilities. A new Bookstore, Advanced Technology Building, and Solar Panel Parking Lots are some of the recent projects. Future plans include upgrades to the Engineering Technology Building and County Connection bus stop areas.

Grade-fixing scandal

In 2007 a six-year grade fixing scheme came to light with allegations that some of the alleged 84 students used sex or cash as payment to student employees in the admissions and records office in exchange for over 400 grade changes.[86277] Many of these students have transferred to universities and in some cases may have already graduated. As of November, 2007 49 students had been charged with misdemeanors or felonies over the incident, and at least one had accepted a no contest plea. A spokesperson for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges said that although the scandal was a negative factor it would likely not lead to the school's loss of accredidation.

School newspaper

The Inquirer, the college's student-run newspaper, is produced on campus by the Journalism 126 class. It is printed on community presses of the Contra Costa Times. The paper has been produced with as many as 10 pages, but recently has been forced to print only four to six pages as class enrollment has declined. [86278]

Notably, the newspaper was forced to produce their paper off-site at the Times' newsroom when a bomb-threat closed the campus and access to the newsroom was restricted.

Notable alumni

In addition to the athletes named above, notable alumni of Diablo Valley include:

External links


  2. Official Biography of Congressman George Miller

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