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    Jun 17, 2024  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Student Resources

  • Financial Aid  
    • Who Qualifies for Financial Aid, FAFSA, IVC Financial Aid Programs, State Programs, Federal Programs, Scholarships, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Return of Title IV Funds
  • Counseling Services  
    • Academic Counseling, Career Counseling, Drop-in Counseling, Personal Counseling, Online Counseling, Counseling for International Students, Counseling for Student Athletes, Counseling for Honors Students
  • Veterans Services  
    • Veterans Services Center
  • Supportive Services  
    • Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), Learning Disabilities Program, Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS), Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
  • Technology Support Services and Online Resources  
    • Canvas, WiFi Access, Student Print, MySite, Student Email, Online Educational Counseling, Online Orientation, Online Advisement, Online Education: Online Classes
  • Bookstore and Centers for Students  
    • IVC Bookstore, AESL Center, Career and Job Placement Center, Counseling Center, ELEVATE AAPI @ IVC, Health and Wellness Center, International Student Center, Language Acquisition Center, Library, Life Fitness Center and Strength Training Center, Math Center, Student Success Center, Transfer Center, Writing Center
  • ASIVC, Offices of Student Life and Student Equity, Honors  
    • Student Life, Student Government, Student Equity, Honors Program, Honor Societies - Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Beta
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
    • IVC Athletics, Conference Play, Eligibility, Transfers, Late Registration, Counseling for Student-Athletes
  • Additional Programs/Resources  
    • Outreach and Community Relations, Emeritus Institute: Classes for Older Adults, Community Members, and Lifelong Learners, Community Education, Economic and Workforce Development/Contract Education, Guided Pathways, Chris LC Lee Testing Center, Student Ambassador Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

IVC Athletics: A Tradition of ExcellenceThe IVC women's basketball team

Since 1990, Irvine Valley College has been committed to maintaining a strong athletic and academic tradition. Competing as a member of the nation’s toughest college conference, the Orange Empire Conference (OEC), Irvine Valley teams have collected 24 state championships and 57 conference titles from 1990 through the fall of the 2019-20 school year. IVC currently competes in 11 intercollegiate sports: baseball, women’s badminton, women’s beach volleyball, men’s golf and men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The success of the IVC teams can be attributed largely to an outstanding coaching staff that demands excellence from students, not only on the courts and fields but also in the classroom. 

IVC also leads California with the state’s first varsity esports program.

The last several years have been among the best athletics campaigns in school history.

While the 2020 spring seasons were called to a halt early due to the coronavirus pandemic, several Laser teams did have success in the fall of 2019 and winter of 2019-20.

In the fall of 2019, Irvine Valley’s women’s volleyball team finished as the runner-up at the CCCAA State Championships. IVC finished with a record of 27-1 and didn’t lose its first match of the 2019 campaign until the California Community College Athletic Association State Championship final. Irvine Valley battled to a fifth set with Feather River in the championship match, but it wasn’t enough, falling, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 26-28, 15-11, last fall in Chula Vista. Irvine Valley still won its third Orange Empire Conference title in a row and finished with honors and plenty of accolades. The squad represented Irvine Valley at the highest level. Irvine Valley has a record of 48-3 overall and 30-1 in the Orange Empire Conference over the last two seasons indoors. Several Lasers earned honors, including legendary coach Tom Pestolesi. Pestolesi was picked as the So. Cal. Region Coach of the Year. It was the second time in three years that he earned the honor. Sophomore Kristen Austin was selected a American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American as well as first team all-state. She was also named co-Most Valuable Player of the Orange Empire Conference. Sophomore setter Truth Hafey and sophomore Lea Kruse were each selected All-Southern California Region for the Lasers. Kruse was a co-MVP of the conference for the last two years.

As the year ended, five Irvine Valley players earned NCAA Division I scholarships with Hafey headed to Georgia State, Kruse going to the University of Hawaii for beach, Austin headed to Cal State Fullerton, Anna Unke going to Cal State Bakersfield for indoor and beach volleyball and Alaina Gendale heading to Cal State Bakersfield for beach.

Also in the fall of 2019, the Irvine Valley men’s soccer team made the playoffs. Irvine Valley finished the year with a record of 8-8-7 overall and went 4-5-3 in the Orange Empire Conference. Six of the seven teams from the Orange Empire Conference made the playoffs. Irvine Valley was led by its top scoring duo of sophomore forward Benjamin Asabi and freshman forward Max Kleinhammes. Each were named first team all-conference. Asabi and Kleinhammes led conference players with 11 goals apiece during the regular season.

The Irvine women’s basketball team won its third Orange Empire Conference title in a row behind sophomore leaders Anai Washington and Zoe Stachowski. IVC finished with a record of 25-3 overall and 12-0 in the OEC. The overall record was the best in program history for IVC. The Lasers reached the Southern California Playoff Regional Final before losing a tough game, 70-67, at Ventura. Washington ended up being named the conference’s MVP and was the only player from California to earn a two-year community college Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American honor. Stachowski, who was named first team all-conference, ended up signing with NCAA Division I Cal Poly.

Irvine Valley’s men’s basketball team finished its season in late February. The Lasers had an incredible year with a record of 17-13 overall and reached the California Community College Athletic Association South Regional Playoffs. IVC went in as a No. 20 seed and pulled off a 67-64 upset win at No. 13 Chaffey in the first round. The Lasers snapped Chaffey’s 17-game win streak. The Panthers had gone unbeaten in winning the Inland Empire Athletic Conference. IVC went on to challenge Santa Monica in the second round and rally, but fall, 53-46, at West LA College. Sophomore forward Austin Carter was named MVP of the team.

Irvine Valley athletics had one of its best years ever during the 2017-18 school season in the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) standings. The Lasers finished 12th among 109 community college athletic programs in the state. IVC was competitive with the top schools in the state, most that include football and more than the 13 sports that Irvine Valley offered.

Irvine Valley’s women’s volleyball team won the 2017 State Championship after defeating San Joaquin Delta, 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16 at Solano College. Outside hitter Olivia Aguilar led the Lasers to the title with a match-record 30 kills. She was named MVP of the tournament and IVC capped a perfect 27-0 season. All-tourney selection Taira Ka’awaloa added 15 kills, All-American Megan Ramseyer dished out 49 assists with 12 digs and libero Gabi Lau totaled 30 digs, which was the most in the event by any player since 2009. Irvine Valley became the first undefeated state champion since itself in 2014 when that team also finished 27-0. IVC followed that up in 2018 by winning an Orange Empire Conference and again reaching the state tournament. The team, paced by All-American sophomore libero Renata Bath, finished with a record of 21-2 overall.

And five months after helping Irvine Valley capture a state volleyball championship indoors, Ramseyer and Ka’awaloa took to the sand to add another as the duo captured the 2018 California Community College Athletic Association Beach Volleyball Pairs championship with a straight-set win over Josannah Vazquez and Sierra Davis of Long Beach City at West Valley College in Saratoga. Ramseyer and Ka’awaloa posted a 22-20, 21-18 victory during a wind-swept championship match. It was the culmination of an incredible season by the IVC women’s beach volleyball. The squad as a whole won an Orange Empire Conference title and also made the state tournament as a team.

Irvine Valley’s men’s tennis team won its third straight CCCAA State Championship in April 2017 in Ventura with a 5-1 win over the top team from Northern California, American River. The Lasers took a 2-1 lead in doubles, then won the Nos. 5, 1 and 4 singles to secure their third straight state title with a 5-1 win over American River. It was a rematch of last year’s state final between the two No. 1 seeds and the score was the same. Irvine Valley (19-0) completed an undefeated season for the first time in school history. The Lasers ended the year having won 35 straight matches and were 58-3 in the last three years with all three losses coming to four-year schools. It was their fourth straight appearance in the California state final and now they are 3-1. Irvine Valley became the second straight men’s team to win three straight State titles.

Other recent athletic highlights include the Irvine Valley men’s volleyball team making the state tournament, the women’s badminton team winning a Pacific Coast Athletic Association title and having freshman Michelle Chen reach the state final in singles, Irvine Valley’s women’s tennis team winning the second Orange Empire Conference title in program history, being ranked No. 1 by the ITA in Southern California, making the playoffs and reaching the semifinals of the CCCAA Team Dual Playoffs in the spring of 2019.

The 2014-15 school year was also a special one for Irvine Valley. IVC won three team state championships and recorded another five individual state titles, including earning titles in women’s volleyball, men’s tennis, and women’s beach volleyball.

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Conference Play

Irvine Valley College is a member of the Orange Empire Conference (OEC) and the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) of the Community College League of California’s Commission on Athletics (COA). Members of the OEC are Cypress, Fullerton, Golden West, Orange Coast, Riverside, Saddleback, Santa Ana, and Santiago Canyon colleges.


As mandated by CCCAA rules, IVC advises student-athletes to check with coaching staffs and the CCCAA rulebook for data on initial and continuing eligibility. Please note that these rules are also helpful in establishing eligibility for transfer and competition at the four-year level, but students are advised to speak with coaches well in advance of enrollment to ensure proper course schedules and degree programs.


  1. A student-athlete must be enrolled and actively attending a minimum of 12 semester units at their community college during the season of sport. Of the 12 units, at least 9 must be attempted in courses in any of the following areas: remediation, career technical education/certificate courses, associate degree requirements, transfer/general education and/or lower-division theoretical major preparation courses as defined by the college catalog and/or articulation agreements and consistent with a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

  2. To be eligible for a second season of sport, the student-athlete shall maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average in accredited post-secondary coursework computed since the start of the semester/ quarter of the first participation in any sport, regardless of the college attended.

  3. To be eligible for a second season of a sport, the student-athlete must pass a minimum of 24 semester units before the semester of the second season of competition. Of the 24 units, at least 18 shall be in any of the following areas: remediation, career technical education/certificate courses, associate degree requirements, transfer/general education and/or lower-division theoretical major preparation courses as defined by the college catalog and/or articulation agreements and consistent with a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).


Per CCCAA bylaws, a student who is transferring to IVC for athletic participation, and who has previously participated in intercollegiate athletics (and whose most recent participation was at another California community college) must complete 12 units at IVC prior to the beginning of the semester of competition for that sport. A maximum of 8 units can be applied from summer enrollment.

Late Registration

Per CCCAA bylaws, a student-athlete who registers in a community college later than four weeks after the first day of class instruction (as listed in that community college calendar) for that season of sport shall not represent that community college in athletic competition in that semester.


These requirements are very exacting. Athletes are advised to become thoroughly familiar with CCCAA bylaws in order to avoid loss of eligibility. All interested students are urged to review the bylaws at and to contact the head coach for their sport immediately to learn the requirements for eligibility at 949-451-5398.

Counseling for Student-Athletes

A specific counselor has been designated to counsel student-athletes. The athletic counselor works closely with team coaches and is familiar with athletic eligibility requirements for California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Student-athletes must have an academic plan in order to compete, and meeting with the athletic counselor is necessary to the completion of this plan. Student-athletes are encouraged to see the athletic counselor on a regular basis for career, personal, academic and athletic counseling.