About Special Programs
The AFFIRM (Academic Force For Inspiration, Retention and Matriculation) Program’s philosophy is that the classroom experience must be rewarding to students, and that they should be exposed to and/or involved in a variety of specialized learning strategies in supportive learning environments. The major focus of the AFFIRM Program is to assist students in developing positive self-images as successful college students while providing them with the opportunity to acquire a solid foundation of basic skills in a supportive environment.
The AFFIRM program is an academic program and offers basic skills courses that include English 330, 104, Math 111, 013 and Counseling 014. Transfer level courses include Chemistry 015, English 001A and Political Science 001. All courses offered will enhance success and progress towards the desired goal.
The AFFIRM Program, although specifically designed for African-American students, also serves all students who desire the nurturing services that are offered by the program, regardless of race.
The overall goal of the AFFIRM Program is to provide academic and personal assistance that will significantly increase graduation and transfer rates of all students in the program.
AFFIRM Program Admissions Criteria
Students who are admitted to the AFFIRM Program must be at the English 322/330 level (Reading and Writing Level 1); at-level placements can be determined through the placement test scores and/or a writing sample. The AFFIRM counselor is responsible for screening students who enroll in the AFFIRM Program. Students who are not at the English 322/330 levels will be placed in other appropriate classes, and will be eligible to use all other AFFIRM services, such as counseling, tutoring, book loans, scholarships, etc.
- Academic Counseling
A counselor is assigned to work specifically with all AFFIRM students. Academic counseling makes it possible for each student to discuss and explore options about their future goals and to develop an educational plan that maps the route by listing courses in sequence that will assist them to attain their goals.
Students receive one-on-one assistance with their course work with experienced tutors. This service provides students with the encouragement and support needed to succeed; it has significantly contributed to the increased retention rate of AFFIRM students.
- Scholarships and book loans
These are made available to assist as many students as possible. The three AFFIRM scholarships are awarded in Spring semester only. The AFFIRM Program also offers book loans for both spring and fall semesters.
For office hours and information, call the AFFIRM Program (SC-206) at (408) 274-7900 ext. 6853, or visit online at http://www.evc.edu/affirm/
The ASPIRE (Asian/Pacific Islander Resources for Excellence) Program is designed to enhance the academic and personal success of Asian/Pacific Islander students, utilizing the commitment and skills of faculty, staff, and mentors. The program welcomes all students who may benefit from the nurturing services that this program offers.
The ASPIRE Program offers courses in Communication Studies, English, ESL, Ethnic Studies, History, Math, and Political Science. Success in these courses will provide the foundation for student achievement of academic and career goals. These courses employ culture-specific course materials and learning strategies.
The key support components of the ASPIRE program are tutoring, counseling, mentoring, book loan (for ASPIRE Communication Studies, English, ESL, Ethnic Studies, and Math), and scholarship opportunities. ASPIRE tutoring helps students succeed in college course work.
ASPIRE tutors are trained and supervised by program faculty and staff to provide instructional assistance consistent with program principles and methodologies. ASPIRE counseling incorporates culture-specific strategies to provide academic, career, and personal counseling. The counselor works with program faculty and staff to develop and implement strategies to maximize student success. ASPIRE campus and community mentors provide students with important advice and guidance. They serve as role models and provide links between the academic and the community/work world. ASPIRE also sponsors several scholarships to help students attain their academic goals.
For office hours and additional information, please contact us at (408) 274-7900 ext. 6227, or visit our website at http://www.evc.edu/aspire/
DISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Distance Education Program at Evergreen Valley College offers a variety of college credit courses for students interested in learning on an independent as well as collaborative basis. The program includes online courses consisting of fully online as well as hybrid courses which are part on campus and part online.
Online courses offer independent and collaborative learning, which is truly space and time independent. These courses use the internet and other online technologies to deliver instruction. They are ideal for working adults or anyone who cannot attend classes on campus on a regular basis.
Hybrid courses offer both in class and online delivery of instruction. It is ideal for students who need the structured classroom interaction while not having to attend class by using online technologies.
Distance Education courses are available in a variety of disciplines including business, science, computer science, math, English, engineering, intercultural studies, foreign language, education, and social science. They are equivalent to on-campus courses, and majority of them meet General Education and transfer requirements. (See the section “Distance Education Programs” in the Schedule of Classes for a listing of available courses and enrollment procedures.)
Distance Education courses are designed for those who are unable to attend campus classes on a regular basis, prefer independent learning, or would like to take a course at their convenience. Distance Education courses are ideal for persons working toward a college degree, continuing education students, working individuals, single parents, and business professionals who want to brush up professional skills. Students who are usually successful in the Distance Education Program enjoy learning independently, are highly motivated, and possess good study skills. Thus, Distance Education prepares you to become life-long learners. Please test your potential as online student: http://www.miracosta.cc.ca.us/Instruction/DistanceEducation/quiz.aspxThe Distance Education Program Office is located in the Library Educational Technology Building, room LE- 230. Contact: Nasreen Rahim (408) 274-7900 x 6246, email Nasreen.Rahim@evc.edu, and/or visit our Web page at http://www.evc.edu/de/
The Enlace Program is designed to help EVC Latin@ students succeed. The primary goals of Enlace are:
- To enable Latin@ students to successfully complete the Enlace English, Math, Science, and Guidance courses.
- To increase the number of Latin@ students who graduate with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree.
- To increase the number of Latin@ students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
To support student success, Enlace provides a Math Instructional Assistant, tutors, and Supplemental Instruction (SI ) Leaders. Over 60 Latin@ community professionals contribute to the program as mentors; serving as role models; sharing their personal academic, and career experiences; and providing guidance and motivation for the students. The Enlace Counselor meets with Enlace students to set career goals, take appropriate courses, and prepare to graduate and/or transfer. In addition, Enlace offers guidance courses for incoming students and for transferring students.
Enlace provides a full range of extracurricular activities during the academic year. Enlace offers several workshops; including career exploration, leadership development, community awareness, skill improvement. Three student organizations help students succeed academically, contribute to the community, and develop leadership skills: the Enlace Student Association (ESA), the Enlace Honors Society (EHS), and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS). During the Spring, Enlace students attend on campus the Enlace Honors Conference, its focus on academic excellence, transfer, and community engagement.
The Enlace office is located in Roble 5-134. For office hours and more information, contact the Enlace Program Specialist at (408) 274-7900, ext. 6598, or visit our website at http://www.evc.edu/enlace/
The Evergreen Valley College Honors Program serves high achieving students in all majors and interests on our campus by:
- Allowing Honors Credit for academic courses by way of individual class contracts negotiated with and approved by the instructor.
- Awarding of yearly scholarships to active Honors students.
- Providing specialized counseling.
- Providing priority registration privileges which allow active, qualified Honors students to register early.
- Acknowledging Honors work both on student’s transcripts and at Graduation.
- Inviting all Honors students to participate in campus events, and to use the Honors office for homework, meetings, and other gatherings.
- Encouraging students to devote at least five hours of volunteer hours per semester.
- Providing leadership opportunities in the Honors Club. Students plan campus wide events, such as our topical debates, as well as fundraisers, such as the annual Spring Cleaning Garage Sale.
Office hours are posted on the office door each semester. For more information, contact the Program Coordinator at (408) 274-7900, ext. 6566, visit the office in RE 206, or see our website at http://www.evc.edu/honors/
LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER
The centralized Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides a variety of learning resources for students. These include Library Services, Individualized Instructional Lab, and Campus Tutoring Services.
The mission of the Learning Resource Center (LRC) is to enable students to improve their academic performance and enhance their educational experience by engaging in student-centered learning activities. These include topical workshops, study groups, discipline-based seminars, tutorial sessions, and interactive subject area computer programs.
Students can work at their own pace using computerized instructional material in the faculty supervised computer lab. Students have an opportunity to interact with their instructors as well as in small study groups. In an atmosphere carefully structured to be conducive to learning and meeting individual student’s academic goals, the student can take advantage of a myriad of instructional activities and learning tools.
The Learning Resource Center is located on the lower level of the Library Technology Building (LE-200). For operating hours and more information, call (408) 270-6333.
The Library is located on the third floor of the Library/Educational Technology Building. It is a place to study, conduct research, and check out materials to support coursework. The Electronic Research Area has computers with MS Office products and access to several research databases and the Internet. The electronic resources supplement an excellent collection of books, periodicals, and media, including CDs and DVDs. The online library catalog is available for users to locate library materials in the Evergreen Valley College Library and San José City College Library collections. Connect remotely to the library catalog and research databases through the library web page at http://www.evc.edu/library.
Loan periods vary according to type of material borrowed. General collection items can be checked out for three weeks; items on course reserve are generally checked out for two hours. Students must obtain an EVC Student ID card from Admissions and Records to borrow Library materials or to use the computers in the Electronic Research Area.
Many classes come to the Library each semester for workshops tailored to the needs of particular assignments. Interested faculty should call or visit the Reference Desk to make appointments for class visits and to identify Library resources in their disciplines.
A three-unit online course, Electronic Research and the Internet (LIB 015), teaches students information competency skills, how to conduct research, and the use of current information technologies.
Additional services and resources include assistive technologies, laptop computers, scanners, free (unsecured) wireless access to the Internet, research guides, ongoing cultural/art displays, DVD/VCR players, and copy machines. Library computers are connected to networked (black and white or color) printers. Group study rooms accommodating 2-8 people are available for checkout with a Student ID card.
Reference librarians and library technicians are ready to assist library patrons during all library hours of operation.
For hours of operation and more information please call (408) 270-6433, or visit our website at http://www.evc.edu/library.
Computer Individualized Instruction Program (CII)
The Computerized Individual Instruction Program was developed to enhance classroom instruction. Students meet with an instructor to determine individualized course objectives and learning activities. During the semester, the students work at their own pace using computerized instructional material in the faculty supervised computer lab.
Students have an opportunity to interact with their instructors as well as each other in small study groups. In an atmosphere carefully organized to be conducive to learning and meeting individual student’s academic goals, the students can take advantage of self-paced computer modules developed to
teach computer skills such as keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, graphics, email and Internet basics, and the windows operating system.
Emphasis is on being able to use the programs for school, work, and personal projects. The Computerized Individual Instruction Program is located on the lower level of the Library Technology Building (LE-200). For operating hours and more information, call 274-7900 x6333.
Campus Tutoring and Math Science Resource Center
Tutorial services are provided to students by qualified student tutors in various academic areas. Tutors support the students’ regular instructional programs through individual and small group drop-in tutoring. Tutoring is also provided on a drop-in basis. Weekly Conversation and Grammar groups are also available for students as well as Study Skills workshop.
Campus Tutoring has been established to provide support, motivation, and encouragement for students. To receive tutoring services, a student must register for an II 210 Supervised Tutoring section in either the Math and Science Resource Center (tutoring and resources for EVC math and science courses) and/or Campus Tutoring (tutoring and resources for all other EVC courses). This is a noncredit course, free to students registered at Evergreen Valley College.
Students who are interested in becoming tutors should be enrolled at the college for at least six units, have a “B” or better grade in the course that they want to tutor, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher successfully complete the individualized Tutor Training Seminar (II 90), and be recommended by an EVC instructor. Tutors who complete training receive a certificate from the College Reading and Learning
The Campus Tutoring Center is located in the Library Technology Building (LE-237). For center hours or more information please call (408)274-7900 ext. 6802, or visit our website at http://www.evc.edu/tutoring_center/
The Math and Science Resource Center (MSRC) is located in the Acacia Building Room AD-141. For center hours or more information please phone (408) 274-7900, ext. 6883, or visit online at http://www.evc.edu/mse/mathCenter.htm
SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM
Earn Class Credit for Community Service!
EVC’s Service-Learning Program offers students a great opportunity to earn college credit, learn by doing, explore career options, develop new skills, build resumes, enhance transfer and scholarships applications while contributing valuable service to the community!
Our Service-Learning faculty members offer Service-Learning options to their students in lieu of exams, research papers and other assignments. Students who elect to do Service-Learning are asked to reflect, discuss and write about their service experience and how it relates to what they have studied in class.
With over fifty community partners to choose from, students are often able to find a service project that meets their course requirements as well as their major and or career goals!To find out more about this exciting program visit our website at http://www.evc.edu/service_learning/for_students.htm or the Center for Service-Learning and Public Service located in the Roble Building RD-216, or call 408-223-6770 to speak with our Program Specialist.
WIN Program (Workforce Initiative Network)
The Workforce Initiative Network (WIN) Program is an umbrella program for CalWORKs. 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.
Through the CalWORKs Work/Study Program, 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 students in their studies, the program provides a dedicated EVC CalWORKs Program Director, Educational Counselor, Program Assistant, Student Mentors, and a Student Math Tutor 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 campus related services. Additionally, we provide links to county and community resources to assist students with many different kinds of needs such as: housing, counseling, childcare, and Second Harvest monthly food distribution.
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 1pm– 4:00pm. Fridays from 8:00am to 12:00pm.
Foster and Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE)
The FKCE program provides trainings that are tailored for relative care givers of children in the foster care system. In collaboration with Santa Clara County and many community based organizations, the FKCE Program ensures that kinship caregivers have the tools and training necessary to successfully meet the educational, emotional, behavioral, and developmental needs of children and youth. 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, on-campus support, and other resources to current and former foster care youth.
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 408.270-6499 or visit www.evc.edu/ilp