West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

First Year Experience

College Success leads to life success!

students first year experience

What is First Year Experience?

The First Year Experience Program (FYE) is a year-long learning community of students who are enrolled in the same English, Math and Counseling courses. It is designed for students who welcome additional support and guidance to reach transfer, graduation and career goals. This learning community provides an environment of academic excellence and support.

How do I enroll in First Year Experience?

If you have taken the West Valley College Placement Test, and are placed into English 905 (English Fundamentals) and Math 103 (Introductory Algebra), contact Gretchen Ehlers, gretchen.ehlers@westvalley.edu, (408)741-2054 or Joe McDevitt at (408) 741-2672, joe.mcdevitt@westvalley.edu

What are the expectations?

There will be a mandatory First Year Experience Orientation the week before classes start in August, and FYE students will be paired with peer mentors during the Fall ‘13 semester.

What are the benefits of First Year Experience?

• Increase your chances of succeeding in college
• More structure and support as you begin college
• Be part of a community of learners helping and supporting each other
• Instructors are committed to your success and believe in the First Year Experience Program

 

Sample Schedule

9:20 - 10:30 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
10:55 - 12:20 Math 103 (5 units) Math 103 Math 103 Math 103
10:55 - 12:20 Counseling 5 ( 3 units) English 905 ( 3 units) Counseling 5 English 905
12:30 - 1:55 Reading 961* (3 units)   Reading 961*  
Only for those students placing into Reading 961. Others can take class(es) of their choosing, where the schedule permits.

 

Information may also be obtained from other faculty in the FYE Program:

FALL 2013 instructors:

Gretchen Ehlers
Whitney Clay
Pauline Clark
Nicole Cuttler

General information may be obtained from the Counseling Dept.

Counseling 

 

 

First Year Experience
Building Map

 

Gretchen Ehlers

408.741.2054
Gretchen.ehlers@westvalley.edu

or
Joe McDevitt

408.741.2672
Joe.mcdevitt@westvalley.edu

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