As of Monday, March 16, 2020, DVC has suspended all face-to-face classes and activities until further notice, but we are still accepting FYE applications for Fall 2020. If you are interested, please fill out the FYE application using the link provided below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email nbasilious@dvc.edu.

Welcome to DVC First Year Experience (FYE) Program!

The FYE Program was designed especially for YOU - the first time college student, to assist in your transition from high school to campus life at DVC. Starting college can be both stressful and exciting, but as part of the DVC FYE community, you have support

The First Year Experience Program curriculum is designed to engage students by offering various Learning Communities pathways that are both challenging and collaborative. The spirit of the Learning communities is to educate, as you might expect, but to also build community amongst students and faculty.

FYE Applications for Fall 2020 are now open!

FYE Support

FYE includes the following support for new students:

  • Welcome Day
  • An FYE Learning Community (linked classes with supportive instructors and the same students)
  • A class on College Success Strategies (Counseling 100 or 120)
  • Student College Success Workshops
  • FYE Social events to build your community and promote your success

Contact information

FYE Program Coordinator:  Noha Basilious

Virtual Office Hours: M-F 10am-11pm and 2pm-3pm (If you have any questions and would like a one on one meeting, please email me the time that works for you and I will send you a zoom meeting invitation)

Virtual Phone Number:  925-338-1522

Office Phone: 925-969-3012

Office: PUMA Center Room-136

FYE Counselor: Raine Dougan

Office: SSC-220

Phone: 925-969-2160 (During the campus closure you can reach me at 925-517-3881)

 FYE Orientation (Webinar)

This webinar orientation is for those of you who missed our live zoom orientations.


Benefits of the FYE program
  • Guaranteed spots in high demand classes-No competing for classes
  • Embedded academic counseling that focuses on educational and career goals
  • Specialized attention from FYE faculty and staff.
  • Connection with a cohort of students with similar interests and goals. 
  • Opportunity to explore your academic and career interests.
  • Develop positive relationships with peers, staff and faculty
  • Identify and use appropriate campus resources
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Engage in opportunities that contribute to your learning within and beyond the classroom
  • Opportunity to meet new people and form lasting friendships through your involvement in the FYE program
  • Attend College Success Workshops
  • FREE Tutoring (ASC)
  • Faster pathway to achieving goals!

Lisa Ang

Lisa Ang

DVC English Assistant Professor
Office: 925-969-2476
Email: lang@dvc.edu

Lisa Ang is Bay Area born and raised. She grew up in Pleasant Hill, attended college in Berkeley, and lived in San Francisco and Oakland. Before teaching as an Assistant Professor in English at DVC, she taught at SF State and Los Medanos College. She also worked for eight years as Deputy Communications Director in the San Francisco Mayor's Office. She obtained her B.A. at Cal and her M.A. at SFSU. When she is not enjoying her time on campus with DVC students and colleagues, you will likely find her on a mountain backpacking, bouldering, or snowboarding.

Rosa Armendariz

Rosa Armendariz

Dean of Student Engagement and Equity
Office: 925-969-2233
Email: rarmendariz@dvc.edu
SVRC 106/PUMA 107

Noha Basilious

Noha Basilious

FYE Program Coordinator
Email: nbasilious@dvc.edu
PUMA 136

Danielle DeFoe

DVC English Faculty

Rosy Lomelit

DVC Adjunct Counseling Faculty
Office: 925-969-2140
Email: rlomelil@dvc.edu

The instructor for your class is Counselor Rosy Lomeli. She came to this country from Mexico when she was 21 years old and went to a community college to learn the English language. It took her about four years to get to English composition as she was working to support herself and to help her family. Then she completed an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, and transferred to Cal State University East Bay! She obtained a BA in Human Development and a minor in Latino Studies. Loving what she was studying, Counselor Lomeli continued with her education and completed a master’s in social work. Last year, she began a Doctorate program (Ph.D.) in Psychology with an emphasis in Learning, Technology, and Psychology. She is very much fascinated with Emotional Intelligence and Self-efficacy and interested in student success.

Eric Freidenreich

DVC Mathematics Faculty

Taylor Harrison

Taylor Harrison

DVC Counseling Faculty

Jay JacklJay Jackl

DVC English Faculty

Jay Jackl received his BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley and his MA in Literature in English from San Francisco State University. He holds certificates in the Teaching of Postsecondary Reading and Composition from SFSU. His graduate research work focuses on African American history, literature, and culture. He has presented work on authors such as Toni Morrison and Ishmael Reed at national conferences. He continues to research and write about marginalized communities and social justice issues in the U.S. and beyond. He played music professionally for many years before pursuing a career as an educator.

Dana KriderDana Krider

DVC Social Science Faculty
925-969-1230 ext. 77353

Welcome to Psychology 101! My goal is to make our class informative, and to help make the transition into college life easier. This is my first year teaching in the FYE program, but I have been an instructor here for some time now. It is a great community, and one I am proud to be a part of. I did not grow up in the Bay Area, and was extremely overwhelmed when I first moved here. I eventually found my way around, and am a DVC alum. When I'm not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, and my pups. We’re going to have a great semester.

Danielle Odom

DVC Counseling Faculty
PUMA enter-122

Patrick MoePatrick Moe

DVC Performing Arts/Communication Faculty

I’m excited to work with and learn from each other.

ClaudiaClaudia Eckelmann

DVC Business Faculty

I transferred from Diablo Valley College to CSUEB, and then earned an MA from Saint Mary’s College, an MBA from Brandman University, and an Online Teaching and Learning Certificate from CSUEB. My hobbies are road bicycling and fostering cats. It's not my job to tell you what's in the textbook. It's my job to show you how our subject learning is relevant to your life (personal, work, academic). It's my job to show you how our subject learning is relevant for businesses today and tomorrow. ​And it's my job to show you that I value your contribution to our learning.

Hideo Nakano-Hiraki

DVC Counseling Faculty

I look forward to getting to know each student and make the transition to college as smooth as possible! This will be my 5th year at DVC, but my first time teaching an FYE cohort so I'll be learning just as much as everyone else. I'm easy to approach and encourage questions. Can't wait to start!

Cyrous Ahmadieh

DVC Mathematics Faculty
925-685-1230 ext. 78476

YvonneYvonne Canada

DVC Counseling Faculty
SSC- 217

This will be my 18th year at DVC! I was the first person in my family to go to college, and I remember how confusing it was to learn "how to do college" with no one at home to guide me. That's what inspired me to go into higher education - to help students as they discover & achieve their potential in college. I was Umoja Co-coordinator for 7 years, and I'm very passionate about creating inclusive, equity-minded environments that support student success. I'm excited to be part of FYE. :) On a personal level, I'm originally from SoCal. I have a Bachelor's in English with a minor in Psychology, and a Master's degree. I'm married, my son is a junior in college, I have three adult stepchildren, & two small dogs (Pugsley and Pep). I enjoy live music, dancing, good food, Isabel Allende novels & time with my family.

K. KeatingKatrina Keating

DVC Mathematics  Faculty
MA- 120

Stats isn’t exactly Math, it more applied math, which makes it easier to see “the point of it all”. Many of us (me included!) have had bad experiences with math and math teachers, but I hope this class will be different (in a good way!). Regardless, don’t let your past experiences start this class in a bad light. My goal is to support you to learn the material for this class. I will do my best to ensure that whatever life throws at you doesn’t have a negative effect on your success in this class. Keep me in the loop for where you’re at and I’ll work with and support you the best I can. I fully understand that life often throws obstacles in our way and I’ll do my best to help you clear them. Even though we haven’t met, I KNOW you can be successful in this class!

 Brian Raymond

DVC Mathematics Faculty

Laura SmyrlLaura Smyrl

DVC English Faculty
lsmyrl@dvc.edu (Best way to contact me)

Laura has been teaching English for quite some time. She has taught middle school, high school, and now college. Her favorite is teaching English here at DVC. Years ago, Laura taught in China for 2 years. Laura is a UC Berkeley graduate, but she also has degrees from SF State and Mills College. She has a MA in English Lit, a MA in TESOL, secondary teaching credentials in English and Social Studies, and post-secondary certificates in Composition and Reading. Laura loves traveling with her husband and 4 sons and she also loves reading and watching good movies. Ask her to share some fun Pixar eggs about her and her family in the original Toy Story movie. She looks forward to teaching you and helping you master first-year comp and reading. To infinity and beyond!

Jean Ruehl

DVC Chemistry Faculty
Phone: 925-969-4221
Email: jruehl@dvc.edu

Welcome to college! It's been a long time since I was a freshman at college, but I still remember how intimidated I felt. Neither of my parents had gone to college, so they didn't have a lot of advice to offer me. But I soon learned that everyone on campus - from teachers, to counselors, to financial aide staff - was happy to help me with any question I had. I also learned how important it was to be part of a cohort. I majored in chemical engineering, and all 85 students in that major took the same core classes together for 4 years. We formed study groups, worked together on projects, celebrated together after finals, and helped pull each other along through some tough classes. I hope that you have similar experiences with your FYE peers, teachers, and counselors!

Elizabeth Mayorga

DVC English Faculty



To be eligible for an FYE learning community, students must be:

  • First time college student with no prior college credits (college classes taken during high school are exempted)
  • Eligible for English-122 (College reading and composition)

Fall 2020 Learning Communities

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Allied Health


Allied Heath FYE is a Pathway for students wishing to pursue career in an allied health science. Careers include but are not limited to Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Radiography, Sonography, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Health. The Allied Heath Pathway satisfies common prerequisites for various health-related programs and provides students with foundational knowledge in human anatomy, physiology and microbiology.

Class Section Units Details Days Times Instructor
Chemistry 108   2396  4 online w/ a few live class meetings on Wednesdays   W 12:45pm-3:55 pm Jean Ruehl
Math 142   3222  4 online w/ a few live class meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays TTH 12:45 pm -1:45 pm Eric Freidenreich
English 122   3331  3 online: consultation with instructor at the start of the semester  TBD TBD Lisa Ang
Counseling 100   2841  1 online w/some live class meetings on Monday M 12:45 pm-1:50 pm Danielle Odom

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Business FYE is a Pathway for students who are interested in transfer to a 4-year university in a Business or Economics major. Students in this Pathway will gain an overview of the theory and practice of modern business along with exposure to career options including business administration, management, marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, entrepreneurship, and international business.

Class Section Units Details Days Times Instructor
English 122   0651 3 online w/ a few live class meetings on Tuesdays  T 11:10 am -12:35 pm  Laura Smyrl
Business 109   1358 3 online w/ a few live class meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays TTH 12:45 pm- 2:10 pm Claudia Eckelmann
Counseling 100  2922 1 online w/ a few live class meetings on Mondays M 9:30 am - 10:35 am Hideo Nakano
Math 142/042   1040/0991 5 online w/ a few live class meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays MW 11:10 am - 12:40 pm Katrina Keating

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Communication FYE is a Pathway for students considering majors in areas such as Language Arts, Social Science, Arts, Humanities, Liberal Arts and more. A communication course is a common general education requirement for transfer, and effective communication are central to success in many fields. Thus, students may use this Pathway to complete requirements and gain skills to serve them in a wide array of majors and careers.

Class Section Units Details Days Times Instructor
English 122  0652 3  

online: consultation with instructor at the start of the semester 

TBD TBD Danielle Defoe
Communication 120   2636 3 online w/ a few live class meetings on Wednesdays  W 11:10 am - 12:35 pm Patrick Moe
Counseling 100   2913 1 online w/ a few live class meetings on Mondays  M 9:30 am - 10:35 am Yvonne Canada
Math 142/042   1080/0965 5 online w/ a few live class meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays TTH 11:10 am -12:40 pm Katrina Keating

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Psychology FYE is a Pathway for students who are interested in studying human thought, feeling and behavior. This Pathway is a starting point for students considering transfer to a 4-year university in a psychology major and a future career in a helping profession. Examples of these professions include Psychotherapy, Social Work, Educational Counseling, Psychological Research and Instruction.

Class Section Units Details Days Times Instructor
English 122  0666 3 online: consultation with instructor at the start of the semester  TBD TBD  Jay Jackl
Psychology 101  1701 3 online: consultation with instructor at the start of the semester  TBD TBD Dana Krider
Counseling 100  2914 1 online w/ a few live class meetings on Mondays M 11:10 am -12:35 pm Taylor Harrison
Math 142/042  1064/0979 5 online w/ a few live class meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays MW 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm Cyrous Ahmadieh


STEM FYE is a Pathway for students wishing to transfer to a 4-year university in a science, technology, engineering or math major. Examples of these majors include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics and Environmental Science. The STEM Pathway includes a sequence of math and science courses along with various types of support for students to succeed in this rigorous program of study.

Class Section Units Details Days Times Instructor
Math 121/021  1000/0999  4 online w/ a few live class meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays  TTH 9:35 am - 10:50 am Brian Raymond
Counseling 120  3967  3 online: consultation with instructor at the start of the semester  TBD TBD Rosy Lomelil
English 122   0672  3 online w/ a few live class meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays MW 11:10 am -12:35 pm  Liz Mayorga