Student Services and Resources
Office of Student Life
Involvement is the key to your success at Evergreen Valley College! The Office of Student Life seeks to create a nurturing campus environment by enhancing your co-curricular experiences, which will increase your likelihood to succeed. This office plays an integral role in student retention by offering students a place to meet new people, gain leadership skills, and have fun. The Office of Student Life serves as the hub of campus events and activities and strives to collaborate with other campus departments, programs, and organizations to meet the various needs of our diverse student population. By visiting the Office of Student Life, you can learn how to join Associated Student Government or one of the many other student organizations that currently exist at EVC.
We encourage you to drop by the Office of Student Life which is located on the 2nd floor of the Gullo Student Center. Ask any Student Life staff member how to get involved, join student government, a student club, or just get campus information. Whether you wish to be a spectator, a participant, or a leader, we can assist you in your journey at EVC.
Student Activities are guided by the belief that college learning extends beyond the classroom. Leadership and co-curricular events and activities provide a “laboratory” for learning within a collaborative environment. Student activities augment classroom instruction by fostering unique and expanded educational and cultural experiences. These experiences prepare students for future civic and social responsibilities through community service, learning, and leadership development experiences. They also foster personal growth and facilitate interaction between students, faculty, and administrators from varied backgrounds in diverse settings through organization of social and recreational activities.
Understanding that the definition of student activities includes co-curricular as well as social and cultural activities, a wide range of diverse activities is encouraged and sponsored by the students, faculty, and administration. Many student activities are supported by the Associated Students in cooperation with various campus organizations. Programs are funded through the $5 per semester AS Activities/Membership fee.
How can students get involved in Student Life at EVC?
• Attend campus events and activities during the year
- Week of Welcome
- Spooktacular Student Information Day
- AS Club Rush (student club information/recruitment)
- Support events during the year such as Latino Heritage Month, Black History, Women’s History,
Asian Heritage, Tet celebrations, and Cinco de Mayo festivities
• Join the Associated Students; participate in campus government
• Join a student organization or start your own
• Plan campus events and activities for students
Students interested in clubs available at EVC should contact the Associated Students located in G-201. Information is also available online at http://www.evc.edu/student_life//
Associated Students Government of Evergreen Valley College
The Associated Students Government of Evergreen Valley College (ASG), with offices located in Gullo I (G-201), holds open meetings weekly to address issues that affect the entire student body, develops policies that impact and promote student life, and funds student-focused events and activities. Elections are held annually every spring semester, and officers serve for the following academic year. Appointments for various ASEVC positions occur throughout the academic year.
Students interested in Student Government opportunities and activities, should contact the ASG Office in G-201, or phone (408) 531-6117. Information is also available online at http://www.evc.edu/associated_students/
- Coordinating campus-wide (cultural, educational, recreational and social) events & activities for students.
- Gullo Student Center reservations and managing use of facilities.
- Off-campus vendors and information tables.
- Approval for posting of flyers on campus.
The Gullo Student Centers
Located In Gullo I:
- Fresh and Natural Food Court (grill, pizza, deli sandwiches, hot entrees, espresso bar, salad bar, fresh fruit & pastries).
- EVC Campus Store (textbooks, supplies, magazines, paper-backs, gift items, candy, computer software, clothing).
The Campus Store is proud to serve students, faculty and staff. We carry course materials, school supplies, logo products, backpacks, greeting cards, candy, and gifts. We are located upstairs in the Gullo Student Center (G1-201).
We are committed to keeping the cost of textbooks down by making available as many used books as possible. Our textbook buyback program enables students to recycle their books and to receive cash back on the spot. We pay the highest dollar value during finals week - up to 50% of new book price. We buy back every new and used college textbook for which there is a resale market. To qualify for buyback, a book must be the correct edition, in good condition with all the original pages and components, and have limited highlighting and writing. Please check individual stores for details.
Our goal is to help students succeed. For more information, call (408) 223-6765; recording ext. 6465; 408) 531-0418 TDD; or visit the campus store website at http://campusstore.evc.edu
- ATM Machine (Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union) is located on the lower level in the southeast corner of the cafeteria. ATM is for withdrawals only.
- Game Room (G-111) contains video arcade games, an air hockey table, a foosball table, a jukebox, and coin change machine.
- Pool Table Room (G-112) has a pool table, bar table and chairs for student use.
- Student Lounge (second floor) with Big Screen TV for viewing broadcast television.
- Vending Machines and Microwave (G-106) are available for students.
Located In Gullo II:
- Director of Student Life (G2-103).
- Conference and meeting rooms.
For more information about the Gullo Center hours of operation, and available services check the website at http://www.evc.edu/gsc/.
Counseling is available to all Evergreen Valley College students to assist with clarifying educational goals, establishing appropriate academic and career plans, and providing support for social and personal problems. Our counselors work jointly with students to identify their programs of study and create a plan for reaching their educational goals. This may include helping students explore their life goals and career options by evaluating their aptitudes and interests through the use of tests and interviews. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor on a regular basis and to seek advice from professors in the department of their major interest. Counselors are also available to support students with alleviating their relationship, health or emotional concerns. Matters discussed are held in strict confidence by the counselor. When appropriate, students may be referred to other professional services on campus or in the community.
In addition to providing counseling services, our faculty teach courses to assist students with college orientation, career exploration, study skill success, and the like. These classes are listed in the catalog and schedule under the heading Counseling.
Day and evening counseling services are available on both an appointment and a walk-in basis. For office hours, more information and/or to schedule a counseling appointment, contact the EVC Counseling Department, located in the Student Services Center, Room SC-250, at (408) 270-6475, or visit us online at: http://www.evc.edu/counseling/
Disabilities Support Program (DSP)
The Disabilities Support Program (DSP) provides support services and instructional programs for students with disabilities who are attending Evergreen Valley College.
A variety of services are available including academic and vocational counseling, interpreting or captioning services (for students who are deaf), mobility assistance, provision of print materials in alternate formats (for students with visual impairments or learning disabilities), tutorial assistance, and individual adaptive assistance as needed.
Specific courses in adaptive physical education (APE), are offered to accommodate students with various disabilities.
Services offered through the Disabilities Support Program comply with Section 504 and 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its amendment of 1998, Title V of the State of California Education Code, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
High Tech Center for Students with Disabilities
The High Tech Center, located in the DSP, is available for students who are unable to access the screen, keyboard, or word processing in traditional computer classes. Training is provided in assistive hardware/software to meet the unique needs of students with low vision, orthopedic or learning disabilities, hearing loss, or cognitive disabilities acquired from brain injuries.
For office hours, more information, or a counseling appointment, visit the Disabilities Support Program office in the Student Services Center, Room SC-120, or call (408) 270-6447 (voice), or (408) 912-1657 (video phone for people calling from 408 area code) and (877) 488-0499 (video phone for people calling outside of 408 area code). Information is also available online at http://www.evc.edu/dsp/
Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS)
The Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS), offers financial assistance and academic support for obtaining a college education. EOPS is a California funded student support program designed specifically for students facing financial and educational challenges. The mission of EOPS is to provide financial and academic services to eligible students seeking a vocational certificate, associate degree or transfer opportunity to a traditional college or university.
The EOPS program has counselors, an outreach specialist, administrative support, student workers and a program director dedicated to the overall success of students coming from diverse cultural, social, educational and economic backgrounds. EOPS welcomes students from all stages of life and perspectives. The program is here to assist in the success of EOPS students.
The EOPS Office is located in the Student Services Center, (Room SC118). For more information please call 408-270-6455. Office hours and application information are also available online at www.evc.edu/eops
To be eligible you must:
- Be a California resident as determined by the Evergreen Valley College Admissions and Records Office
- Qualify for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver, (BOGFW) Part A or B
- Have completed less than 70 units of college-degree applicable credits (including all prior college coursework)
Enroll in a minimum of 12 course units per semester.* (*Exceptions as approved by the Disabilities Support Program)
Be educationally disadvantaged as defined by EOPS State Guidelines** (**Contact EOPS program for more detailed information)
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program
Assistance for Single Parents
CARE is a California-funded program designed to help EOPS students who are single parents. In conjunction with the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services and other community agencies, the CARE program offers over and above services to single parents pursuing higher education.
The CARE Program provides students with grants, school supplies, child care information, transportation assistance, and food vouchers. These services are in addition to the services provided to EOPS students.
To be eligible for CARE services you must:
- Meet all EOPS requirements
- Be a parent and at least 18 years of age
- Be a single head of household
- Have at least one dependent child under the age of 14
- Be receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), benefits
Both an EOPS and CARE application are required. CARE applications are available in the EOPS Main Office, located in the Student Service Center, Room SC118. For more information please call 408-270-6429, or online at www.evc.edu/eops
Student Support Services- FasTrack (SSS) TRIO
Student Support Services- FasTrack (SSS) TRIO program is designed to assist first-generation, low-income, and disabled students as they prepare to obtain a two-year degree and/or transfer to a university. FasTrack is geared to support students’ academic success and goal achievement.
FasTrack is located in the Dr. Mauro Chavez Student Center Building, SC-110. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
- Educational and Career Planning
- Associate and Bachelor Degree Completion Readiness
- University Transfer Preparation
- Student Grant Aid (Students who qualify)
- Study Skills/Test Taking Workshops
- Peer Mentor Groups
- Academic Counseling/Advising
- Cultural Enrichment Activities
Evergreen Valley College students are eligible to receive services from the FasTrack Program if they meet the federal income eligibility requirements outlined by the United States Department of Education. Applicants must be first generation, low income, and/or have learning or physical disability. The maximum taxable income to be eligible as a low-income participant is $16,245 for an individual (add $5,610 for each additional family member). Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six units per semester and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Applications and additional information may be obtained in the Student Support Services- FasTrack office, Room SC-110, or by calling (408) 274-7900 Ext. 6547.
Student Health Center
Student Health Center is committed to promoting optimal health and providing urgent medical care for our diverse student population in a culturally appropriate and timely manner. Our focus during clinic visits and campus wide initiatives is on student centered learning to prevent disease and maintain health through the achievement of balance in body, mind and spirit. Our goal is to promote health as a means for students to achieve their personal, academic and professional goals.
All services are completely confidential.
Accidents incurred on campus should be reported immediately to Campus Police who will contact the Student Health Center if appropriate or arrange for emergency services as needed.
The Student Health Center is currently closed during summer and winter sessions..
- Physical examinations and preventive health screening including PAP Smears and STD testing
- Health education and counseling on nutrition, exercise and promoting healthy lifestyles
- Urgent care for acute illnesses or injuries
- Diagnosis and management of acute conditions
- Initial diagnosis and management of chronic conditions until referral for ongoing care
- Physician consultation for medical questions or concerns
- Immunizations and TB skin testing .
- Pregnancy tests /Birth Control
- Selected low-cost medications as available
- Referrals to community health agencies, continuity practices and specialists as needed
Services not covered include but are not limited to the following:
- Ambulance, family coverage, fees involving off-campus care, hospitalizations, laboratory cost, ongoing medical care, and pharmacy cost, or X-ray cost
Effective Spring 2009 the BOGFW will no longer cover the health fee. Current health fee is $17.00, but it is subject to change. Health fees are mandatory with the following exceptions:
- Concurrently enrolled high school students with an approved R-40 and/or R-42 form on file
- Indentured apprentices fulfilling related instruction requirements (proper documentation required)
- Students who are dependent exclusively upon prayer for healing, in accordance with teachings of a bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization (proper documentation required)
- Students enrolled only for classes meeting off-campus
- Students taking Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday classes only
- Students taking short-term classes which meet on campus seven times or less
Requests for waiver or refund of Health Fee are made at the Office of Admissions & Records. These requests should be made at the beginning of each semester.
Accident Insurance Program
The Community College District also provides to students, visitors, and athletes accident insurance while on campus. Coverage is related to accidents under the following circumstances:
- Students – while attending regularly scheduled classes on the campus, college-sponsored activities, including club activities, and while traveling under college supervision to and from college-sponsored events.
- Student Athletes – while participating in or attending any regularly scheduled practice or competition supervised by an authorized representative of the College, or while traveling directly to and from practice or competition with other members as a group, provided such travel is supervised by an authorized representative of the College.
- Official Visitors – who have been formally invited to the campus or who are on campus to conduct research or to address the faculty and/or students. Vendors and non-student spectators, regardless of activity, are not official visitors
This information is provided as a guide, and neither replaces nor supersedes the actual provisions of the insurance program.
Financial and Legal Limitations
Although the College provides health services for enrolled students, it is in no way financially responsible for the total medical care of the student nor is it legally liable for accidents occurring on campus.
Student Health Center is located in SC-124, on the lower floor of the Student Services Center. For office hours, more information or to make an appointment, please call (408) 270-6480. Information is also available on our website at http://www.evc.edu/health_services/
Transfer/Career/Co-op Education Center
The Transfer/Career/Co-op Ed Center provides transfer, career, and cooperative education work experience services. This important resource center is staffed by Transfer Counselors/Coordinators, and a Cooperative Education Work Experience Coordinator that are committed to working with students on long range goals as they prepare to transition from Evergreen Valley College to a four year college institution or directly into a career field.
The successful transfer of EVC students to a wide variety of in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities is a high priority for the college. The Transfer Center is committed to providing services which directly assist potential transfer students in preparing for upper division work at a four-year college or university. Outreach efforts are made to identify and encourage students who have chosen or who may choose transfer as their educational goal. The EVC Transfer Center also works closely with many four-year institutions to facilitate the transfer process. Transfer services include:
- Academic preparation of an educational plan that leads to successful transfer
- Advising sessions with UC, CSU, and Private University Representatives
- Transfer workshops - TAA, TAG, Online Applications, UC & CSU Information, Personal Statement, WST, and others
- Transfer Day – Fall Semester (September)
- Assistance with Transfer admissions procedures and academic planning
- Preparation of Transfer Admission Agreements/Guarantees (TAA/TAG). To various UC, CSU and Private 4-year colleges and universities
- Campus tours and Field trips to Universities
- Transfer Students Recognition Reception
- Transfer Center Open House – First Month of Fall (September)
Resources Available in the Center:
- College/university catalogs
- Applications for admission assistance
- Course schedules
- Articulation agreements
- Scholarship information
- Career and Transfer Reference books
- Computer software programs
- ASSIST.org (computerized student-transfer information system)
- Transfer informational brochures
Second Floor - Dr. Mauro Chavez Student Services Center Building, Counseling Department. For office hours and more information call (408) 270-6470.
Visit online at http://www.evc.edu/transfer_center/
Cooperative Education Work Experience and Career Services:
The Cooperative Education Work Experience program is a cooperative effort by the college and the community to provide opportunities for students to discover their interests and aptitudes. The program serves to develop attitudes, work habits, and understanding of the world of work. The curriculum taught will assist the student in becoming a successful employee. Study and work are integrated, making both more relevant and rewarding.
The Cooperative Education Work Experience Program (Co-op Ed) is designed to help students expand their career options and develop new job skills. General Work Experience allows students to work and earn college credit. Students can earn 3 units of credit for a maximum of six units of credit. Occupation Work Experience allows students to earn college credit in their field of study by providing evidence that they are enrolled in a vocational program. Students can earn up to 8 units per semester to a maximum total of 16 units. In order to participate in the program students must have an internship or employment opportunity approved by program coordinator. Career and Work Experience services include:
- Assistance and support for students participating in the work experience program
- Internships and Employment Opportunities (Placement is not guaranteed)
- Online career assessment through Eureka
- Eureka Searches (computerized career information)
- CACareerCafe.com SB70 AB1133
- Career Guidance workshops on Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills, How to Get a Job, Changing Careers
- Career advisement and referrals to alumni or friends of Evergreen Valley College who are established in their careers
- Career Fair
- Employability Workshops and Seminars
Second Floor - Dr. Mauro Chavez Student Services Center Building, Counseling Department. For office hours and more information call (408) 270-6470.
Visit online at http://www.evc.edu/work_experience/
Evergreen Valley College is approved to enroll veterans by the Council for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. Eligible veterans may receive benefits while pursuing a college degree or certificate. Veterans may verify their eligibility by calling the San Francisco Veterans Administration at (800) 827-1000. Veterans and dependents may apply for educational benefits by contacting the Veterans Coordinator in the Office of Admissions and Records, or by calling, (408) 270-6430. After meeting with the Veterans Coordinator, please schedule an appointment to see a VA counselor at (408) 270-6474. A counselor will assist the Veteran to develop an education plan that meets the Veteran’s goals, and complies with Veterans Affairs guidelines.
In compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations Section 21.4253 (d)(4) a veteran or eligible person receiving GI Bill Educational Benefits and placed on academic probation for unsatisfactory progress shall have their benefits terminated if his or her grade point average remains below 2.0 at the end of two terms on probation. Benefits may be reinstated when the student’s progress is satisfactory (i.e. grade point average is 2.0 or above.
Effective, January 1, 2008 members of the armed forces in active duty and former members separated from active duty within the last two years, are granted priority registration, along with EOP&S students and students with disabilities.
WIN Program (Workforce Initiative Network)
The Workforce Initiative Network (WIN) Program is an umbrella program for CalWORKs and Keys to Success. The WIN Program office is located in SC-201. For office hours please call 408-274-7900 x6589 or see online at http://www.evc.edu/win.
The CalWORKs (California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids) provides services to parents receiving TAN F (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) or cash aid. The CalWORKs Program is under the WIN (Workforce Initiative Network) umbrella of programs. The WIN/CalWORKs Program offers degree and vocational training programs for TANF students.
Based on a solid foundation of support services, the CalWORKs Program is specifically created to enable students to pursue both educational and career opportunities. The CalWORKs Program helps assist students to manifest economic self sufficiency by pursuing a higher education at our college. Through the college’s certificated and degree programs, students obtain directly transferable skills to the marketplace in a variety of disciplines. Our goal is to help students transition from gaining an education in an in-demand field, to finding and securing meaningful employment during their college experience and after they have graduated.
We have a limited amount of CalWORKs Work/Study opportunities. We have a limited number of jobs on and off campus to assist students in gaining hands-on experience during their education at the college. Each new student can request to meet with the Director to assess their career goals and determine what kind of workplace experience would be most beneficial to them. As part of our program, we offer cover
letter preparation, interview techniques, workplace behavior, and managing work and home responsibilities.
To support CalWORKs student in their studies, the program provides a dedicated EVC CalWORKs Program Director, Educational Counselor, Program Assistant, and Student Mentors who work together to make each student’s school to work transition a rewarding experience. Through funding from the County of Santa Clara, students receive: childcare support services, transportation, books, supplies, and other
school-related expenses. This program also links with EOP&S/CARE, DSP, Fastrack, Financial Aid, Admissions and Records, Tutoring, and many other community and campus related services.
The WIN/CalWORKs Office is located in room SC-201. For more information call (408) 274-7900 ext. 6589, or visit our website at www.evc.edu/win/. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30am - 12pm and 1– 4:00pm. Fridays from 8:00am to 12:00pm.
Keys to Success Program
The Keys to Success Program is under the WIN (Workforce Initiative Network) umbrella of programs. Keys to Success provides learning disability testing and accommodations for CalWORKs clients. Compensatory strategies will be provided to assist CalWORKs clients to deal most effectively with their
particular learning disabilities.
The Keys to Success Program gives comprehensive written learning disability evaluations that assist students with obtaining accommodations to help them be successful in their educational environment. A student also conferences with Keys to Success staff to better understand their learning disability’s strengths and weaknesses in a vocational or educational environment. Vocational assessments are
given to help determine an educational path that will lead to successful employment. Based on vocational and learning disability testing results, specific training referrals and accommodations can be made for each referred CalWORKs client.
The office is located at 1879 Senter Road, San Jose. For more information, call (408)793-8621.
Foster and Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE)
The FKCE program provides parenting and child development training for kinship caregivers. Kinship caregivers are those who care for and parent foster youth. In collaboration with many community based organizations, the FKCE Program ensures that kinship caregivers have the tools and training necessary to successfully parent foster youth. The FKCE Program works together with the County of Santa Clara to ensure that all licensing requirements are met.
The FKCE program is located in the Student Services Center, SC110. For more information, call 408.270.6499 or visit www.evc.edu/ilp
Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS)
The YESS program at Evergreen Valley College provides educational, daily living, financial literacy, career planning skills, and on-campus support and resources to foster and probation youth who have been living in out-of-home care (foster homes, kinship families, group homes, or residential placement).
The Evergreen Valley College YESS Program is committed to prepare and support our foster youth in their transition to self-sufficiency by giving them the necessary academic preparation, career planning, and life skills to become successful adults.
The YESS program is located in the Student Services Center, SC110. For more information, call 408.2706499 or visit www.evc.edu/ilp