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El Camino Dual Enrollment Course Opportunity Spring 2023

Hey Designers,

Below is the information for El Camino’s Dual Enrollment course offering for Spring 2023:

Who:   Current Juniors and Seniors

What: College courses at Da Vinci, through El Camino College. Courses meet transfer requirements for most Cal State and UC campuses, as well as most private colleges and universities.

Why:   Get a jump on your college credits! If you do well, it also looks great on your college applications.

Cost:   Free! The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including textbook fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks for families that are able to are appreciated.

Where: Classes will be held virtually and are synchronous on Canvas, the El Camino College student portal.

Dual enrollment forms must be completed and submitted to your counselor by January 24th.

Click the link here for the Dual Enrollment form.

BUS 101- Intro to Business

(Synchronous Class)

AJ 100- Intro to Administration of Justice

(Synchronous Class)

This course is a survey of organization and management factors influencing the establishment, location, and operation of businesses. This course emphasizes the functional area of accounting as well as the legal framework within which business activities are conducted. The course also emphasizes the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) in a multicultural and globalized environment.



3 units; 2.5 hours lecture

Transfer CSU,UC

Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 4:15pm

 Start Date: Monday, February 13th 2023 (ends week of June 9th)

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system in the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped those principles and approaches. Although justice structure and process are examined in a cross context, emphasis is placed on the United States justice system, particularly the structure and function of police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, sentencing, and incarceration policies.


3 units; 2.5 hours lecture

Transfer CSU, UC

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:00pm – 4:15pm

Start Date: Tuesday, February 14th 2023

(ends week of June 9th).

*Note: Some CSU/ UC transferable courses have credit limitations. For details, see a counselor, the Transfer Center adviser, or

If you are interested please see your college counselor to sign up. Please note that these are college courses, taught by college instructors. All students must show their counselor and administrators the academic skills and accountability necessary to be in these courses. Students must abide by the college policies, including regarding absences and tardies.



Black College Expo 2023

Hey Designers,

The 24th Annual Black College Expo™ is happing this month!


Saturday January 28th • 10am to 5pm PST

Los Angeles Convention Center
Kentia Hall • South Building
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015



Seniors and Juniors and College Transfer Students meet one on one with over 40 HBCUs and over 150 other colleges and universities . Get ALL you need to know to WIN! Get Educational Resources. EVERYONE is Welcome…it’s for Students of ALL Ages…Plus…

Get Accepted on the SPOT, students you must bring your transcripts and test scores (12th graders and some colleges may accept 11th graders)

College Transfer Students this is a great opportunity for you to get accepted on the spot! Bring your transcripts from all colleges that you have attended. FREE for College Students just show your ID.

Application fees save hundreds $$$.

Scholarships on the SPOT! And we will be giving away CASH at the STAGE…

Black College Expo™ is 10am to 3pm and the After Show from 3pm to 5pm, featuring a Step Show, “Dance Off” for Cash hosted by our celebrity ambassadors. Everyone has the opportunity to win CASH and prizes!!!

STEAM Technology Pavilion powered by American Honda Foundation.






Riordan Saturday Business Insititute

Hey Designers, 

UCLA is offering the Riordan Saturday Business Institute program again this year.  The SBI exposes 9th and 10th graders to college and business and creates a pipeline to the Riordan Scholars Program. This Program is designed to provide high school students with business exposure, specifically in financial literacy. The SBI provides a pipeline to the Riordan scholars program at UCLA Anderson School of management. The SBI program targets 9th and 10th-grade students who are college-bound and interested in developing the necessary leadership skills to succeed in business, college and beyond. 

Below are the dates for 2023:

January 14th, February 11th, March 18th, April 15th, & April 29th. 

For more information and to apply click the links! 


Alumni visit siblings and cousins


Great to see DVD Alumni visiting siblings and cousins on campus just before the Thanksgiving break for our first Alumni Siblings Day!  Eric Morelos (2020), Kayla Edwards (2022), Narcisco Sanchez (2022), Skyler Gilmore (2020), Melissa Barahona (2020), Marisol Rangel (2021), Jessie Villoslada (2021) Samantha Beltran (2021), Jason Rodgers (2022), Marynel Arias (2022), Leilah Harper (2022), Leah Gilner (2019), Rodney Bates (2019), Lilah Davis (2021), Brianna Nava (2021), Alex Felix (2021), Andrea Felix (2021), Josue Meza (2021), Obe Mclean (2022), Judah Mclean (2016) and Brianna Willis (2017 DVC).


National Portfolio Day

It’s time to show off what you’ve been doing for the past few years! National Portfolio Days are annual events typically held in multiple locations across the United States, Canada and Europe.
Visit with counselors, admissions team members, and faculty from art and design schools for a review of your portfolio before applying to colleges or universities.

Meet one on one with professional representatives of accredited colleges and universities and receive valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio prior to submitting your application. No admission decisions or scholarship awards will be offered at National Portfolio Days. Some college and university representatives may accept your portfolio as the visual portion of your application. Others have restrictions that prohibit them from making a definitive portfolio decision at the time of your review.

If there is a particular school you are hoping to meet with, please visit that school’s website to learn more about the dates they will be available.

Sunday Nov 29th, 2022. 

Register Now !

Dual Enrollment Information Session (Da Vinci Schools)

Hello Designers,

For any student interested in taking Dual Enrollment courses during the school year and/or summer? El Camino College is offering a Dual Enrollment Information Session:

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

5:00-6:00 p.m.

This 1-hour workshop is for prospective high school students and parents to receive an overview of Dual Enrollment in traditional El Camino College classes as well as in classes offered in partnership with your high school.

No registration necessary – join via link below at 5:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!


Thank you.

FAFSA and CADAA Opt out Form

Hello Design Families,

Accessing financial aid is key to supporting students with continuing their education to achieve their career aspirations. Under a new state law: AB 469, high school seniors will be required to complete and submit either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) or an opt-out form. This requirement begins with the Class of 2023.

Parents/Guardians who elect not to complete the FAFSA or CADAA should complete an opt-out form by March 2, 2023. You can request the opt-out form from your students respective Counselors.

Please contact DVD counselors if you have any questions. 

DVD Alumni Sibling Day

Hello Designers.

We are excited to host Alumni Sibling Day on Friday, November 18th from 9am – 3pm. 

We are looking for alumni siblings (or cousins) of our current students to spend the day on the DVD campus before we leave for Thanksgiving break. We understand that our alumni may be in school, working or both so hopefully they can stop by at some point throughout the day.

All alumni will need to check in at the reception desk on the first floor before heading up to the 4th floor.

If you have any questions about this event, please email Miss Pam at


Thank you.

Cal Grant verification and Opt Out option

Dear Seniors & Parents,

A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent (private) and career colleges or technical schools in California.

To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the deadline of March 2, 2023 and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. There are three kinds of Cal Grants (A, B and C) but you don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your FAFSA or CADAA responses, your verified high school Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate. To learn more about the qualifications, please visit

Da Vinci Design is required to submit your student’s verified GPA. By law you have the option to “opt out” of this process if you do not want Da Vinci Design to submit your student’s verified GPA. If you choose to “opt out”, this means your student will not be eligible to receive a Cal Grant. In order to “opt-out”, please complete the attached form and return to your Counselor no later than October 3, 2022.

If you do not return the “opt-out” form, Da Vinci Design will submit your student’s verified GPA to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to determine your student’s Cal Grant eligibility. Click links below to obtain the opt out form in either English or Spanish.



Opt out English Form

Opt out Spanish Form

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your student’s counselor.

Thank you,

Da Vinci Design

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