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Noncredit

Noncredit programs provide students access to higher education for skill attainment, college preparation, career enhancement, and personal enrichment. To earn a certificate in noncredit programs, students must complete the list of required courses identified in the program. Noncredit courses are offered free of charge, except for instructional materials fees, if applicable, and are repeatable. These courses are identified with course numbers ending in “N,” for example, G001N. Students taking only noncredit courses do not earn college credits, and are not eligible for financial aid. 

The following is a list of noncredit categories as defined in California Education Code Section 84757 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 55151. 

  1. English as Second Language 
  2. Immigrant 
  3. Elementary and Secondary Basic Skills 
  4. Health and Safety 
  5. Substantial Disabilities 
  6. Parenting 
  7. Home Economics 
  8. Courses for Older Adults 
  9. Short-term Vocational Programs 
  10. Workforce Preparation 

AWARDS FOR NONCREDIT PROGRAMS 

There are two types of Awards for noncredit programs: Certificate of Competency and Certificate of Completion. 

  1. Certificate of Competency 

This award confirms that a student enrolled in a noncredit program has demonstrated achievement in a set of competencies that prepares students to progress in a career path or to undertake degree-applicable and non-degree applicable credit courses. 

  1. Certificate of Completion 

This award confirms that a student has completed a noncredit program that prepares students to progress in a career path or to take degree-applicable courses.

Noncredit Courses

Automotive Technology

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G102N – 0 Units
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Automotive Safety
This noncredit course covers general safety guidelines for the Automotive Industry. Students will learn about Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), how to safely use and maintain automotive tools, vehicle hoists, and other equipment used in the industry. In addition students will take the S/P2 (Safety and Pollution Prevention) safety test which outlines proper procedures for hazardous waste handling and disposal. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G103N – 0 Units
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Automotive Lube Technician
Prerequisites: Automotive G102N
This noncredit course covers fundamental theories and skills required to enter the automotive workforce as an Automotive Lube Technician. Upon completion, students will learn basic automotive safety, become proficient in using published and online vehicle service information platforms, and perform vehicle service procedures outlined by periodic maintenance schedules. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY G104N – 0 Units
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Automotive Tire and Wheel Service
Prerequisites: Automotive G102N
This noncredit course covers fundamental theory and skills required to work as a tire technician. Students will learn basic automotive safety, guidelines for aftermarket wheel and tire replacement, as well as the safe use of equipment for repairing and replacing tires used on most light truck and passenger vehicles. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. 

Business

BUSINESS G130N – 0 Units
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Introduction to Business Writing
Advisories: English G099 is strongly recommended
This noncredit course provides a basic understanding of business communication and develops confidence and skill in writing effective business letters, memos, electronic communications, and reports. Particular focus will be placed on forming a solid foundation for writing business documents, eliminating writer’s block, improving writing techniques, increasing editing and proofreading skills, and developing actual practice in writing, positive, negative, neutral, and persuasive communications. Lecture. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

Chemistry

CHEMISTRY G205N- 0 Units
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Chemistry Instructional Assistant
Students in this noncredit course assist in the teaching of chemistry lab or lecture sections. To be eligible for this course a student must have successfully completed the class in which they plan to assist.  Students assist instructors by some combination of the following: monitoring lab safety, clarifying lab skills and techniques, explaining experiments, engaging in active-learning lecture classrooms by guiding course topic discussions, or answering questions about lecture content.  Students will prepare and present one or more oral or written presentations of lab or lecture topics. Lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

College

COLLEGE G095N – 0 Units
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College Success and Readiness
This noncredit course in academic strategies is designed to assist students in developing an understanding of academic principles and expectations with an emphasis on student responsibility for learning. In addition, this course provides an exploration of the psychological, social, and health factors that influence success in college. Students will be given an opportunity to practice and adopt college learning skills through a combination of exercises, practice assignments, and group discussions. Lecture. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

Computer Business Applications

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G101N – 0 Units
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Keyboarding 
This noncredit course introduces the basic computer keyboard layout and teaches keyboarding concepts using touch techniques and symbol-key reaches. The course assumes that the student has never had formal keyboarding instruction. The student will also learn some basic word processing concepts to make keyboarding quick and easy. Lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G145N – 0 Units
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Introduction To Computers
This noncredit course provides a hands-on introduction to computer concepts. Students will learn the fundamentals of computer hardware and software, file management, and web navigation. Students will also get an introduction to the Windows Operating system as well as Microsoft Office. Overall, students will attain computer literacy and comprehend the importance of technology in today’s world to be able to purchase or update computers in an appropriate setting. This course is designed for students who have no prior experience with computers. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G149N – 0 Units
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Microsoft Outlook
Advisories: Proper keyboarding and basic computer skills
This noncredit course teaches students to use the Microsoft Outlook application. Students will learn to use Outlook to communicate through email, create and store contacts, and schedule appointments and tasks. Topics include setting the Outlook environment, organizing the Inbox and folders, creating and formatting item content, as well as work with the Tasks and Notes modules. This course prepares students for the Outlook Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G152N – 0 Units
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Microsoft Windows
Advisories: CBA G145N or equivalent experience
This noncredit course provides a hands-on comprehensive introduction to the Microsoft Windows operating system environment. Students will learn how to organize and manage files in file explorer, personalize the Windows environment, work with multi-media files, and establish mobile computing networks. Other computing aspects such as web navigation within Windows, the Windows email platform, Windows security features, and utilizing system information to improve the computer’s operational performance will also be explored. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G155N – 0 Units
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Microsoft WORD, Introduction
Advisories: Some keyboarding experience
This noncredit course will prepare students to use Microsoft Word to create professional documents. Topics include creating and formatting content, sharing and maintaining documents, applying page layout, and reusing content. In addition, students will also learn how to insert objects in a document, apply references and hyperlinks, and perform mail merge operations. This course, together with CBA G156, cover the skills needed to prepare for the Word Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS G160N – 0 Units
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Microsoft EXCEL, Introduction
This noncredit course will prepare students to use Microsoft Excel to create and edit professional spreadsheets. Topics include creating cell data, formatting cells and worksheets, and applying formulas and functions. In addition, students will also learn how to analyze and organize data, present data visually by creating charts, manage the worksheet and workbook environment and share workbooks. This course, together with CBA G161, cover the skills needed to prepare for the Excel Core Microsoft Office Specialist Exam (MOS). Keyboarding and basic computing skills are suggested. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

Digital Arts

DIGITAL ARTS G100N – 0 Units
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Introduction to Digital Arts
This noncredit hands-on introductory course covers the fundamentals of scanner usage, digitals cameras, and printers as digital design tools. This course also introduces the student to an array of today’s popular software used in the Digital Arts environment. Lecture & lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

DIGITAL ARTS G150N – 0 Units
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Photoshop, Beginning
Use Adobe Photoshop for digital compositing, typography, image repair, video and web image construction for business, graphic design, the web and digital media fields. Consideration is given to Photoshop industry terms, legal “rules” for image usage, digital workflow, the tools and the basic functions of the software. Lecture & lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

Digital Media

DIGITAL MEDIA G100N – 0 Units
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Digital Media, Introduction
This noncredit course enables students to develop a broad perspective of design communication theory, processes and tools, applications, and career opportunities in digital media. Students will apply design elements and principles to projects ranging from print media publications, digital video and audio presentations, and website design. Lecture. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

DIGITAL MEDIA G103N – 0 Units
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Social Media Content Production – Applied 
“This course is designed to provide the student with directed hands on instruction in the creation of print, photographic, graphic and video content intended for publication on a variety of social media platforms. This course provides students with an understanding of social media fundamentals and best practices in the production of content intended for display on social media. Through lectures and workplace based lab scenarios the student will practice how to design and produce effective content for a variety of social media platforms.” Lecture & lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

DIGITAL MEDIA G110N – 0 Units
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Digital Audio, Introduction 
This noncredit course covers audio theory, tracking, mixing, and mastering techniques using digital audio workstation systems in more detail. Lab experiences include editing, processing, mixing, and mastering projects of various musical genres. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

DIGITAL MEDIA G113N – 0 Units
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Pro Tools 101 
This noncredit course provides the student with an introduction of Pro Tools, the standard software used throughout the recording industry. The course covers basic audio editing tools and techniques, plug-ins and mixing in the Pro Tools environment. The student will learn how to build multi-track sessions of live instruments, MIDI sequences, virtual instruments, audio loops and beats. Additional topics include an introduction to automation, dialog editing and audio post production for film and video. AVID Pro Tools Level 1 certification exam is included with the course. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

DIGITAL MEDIA G140N – 0 Units
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Digital Media Production, Introduction 
This non credit course introduces the student to theory, terminology, setup and operation of a multi-camera fixed and remote, studio and control flow, directing, theory and operation of camera, audio equipment, switcher operation, fundamentals of lighting, graphics, video control and recording and live streaming production. The course prepares the student for entry level, full or part-time, or freelance employment in digital media/video production industry. Lecture & lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

DIGITAL MEDIA G160N – 0 Units
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Video Editing 1 
This noncredit course explores theory and techniques in digital video editing. Course covers fundamental techniques and concepts of digital video, editing principles, and visual storytelling. The course reviews the process of video editing throughout the entire development of a media project. There is an emphasis on image sequencing and story continuity, the use of visual effects, color correction, media management, narration, and industry terminology. Students will apply these concepts through a series of digital video projects that showcase effective storytelling through the use of technology. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only.

English As A Second Language

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE G011N – 0 Units
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ESL Core Course, Level 1 
(Formerly known as: ESL G011) 
This is the first in a series of seven levels. It is a beginning ESL core course for students who are learning basic skills in English reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. In this course, students will be introduced to simple present, simple past, simple future and present progressive verb tenses and basic English word order patterns. At the completion of the course, they will be able to read very basic English prose and engage in rudimentary conversations. No previous study of English is required. Lecture & lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. May not be offered each semester. 

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE G012N – 0 Units
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ESL Reading/Writing, Level 1 
(Formerly known as: ESL G012) 
This is a beginning discrete skills course designed to give intensive practice in reading, writing, and grammar as it relates to reading comprehension. Students will develop the ability to write with a simple concrete vocabulary and read simple descriptive narrative, and informative materials with understanding. Lecture. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE G013N – 0 Units
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ESL Listening/Speaking, Level 1 
(Formerly known as: ESL G013) 
Beginning ESL listening/speaking course designed to give intensive practice in listening, speaking and pronunciation in spoken grammar. At the completion of the course, students will be able to understand simple spoken English and engage in rudimentary conversations. Lecture. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. May not be offered each semester. 

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE G021N – 0 Units
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ESL Core Course, Level 2 
(Formerly known as: ESL G021) 
Prerequisites: Placement by GWC Assessment 
This is the second in a series of seven levels. It is a high beginning ESL core course for students who are learning basic skills in English reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. In the course, students will focus on simple and progressive verb tenses and basic sentence patterns. At the completion of the course, they will be able to read and write basic English sentences, and engage in simple oral communication. Lecture & lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. May not be offered each semester. 

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE G022N – 0 Units
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ESL Reading/Writing, Level 2 
(Formerly known as: ESL G022) 
Prerequisites: Placement by GWC Assessment 
A high beginning discrete skills course designed to give intensive practice in reading and grammar as it relates to reading comprehension. Students will develop the ability to read simple descriptive narrative, and informative materials with understanding. Lecture. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. May not be offered each semester. 

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE G023N – 0 Units
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ESL Listening/Speaking, Level 2 
(Formerly known as: ESL G023) 
Prerequisites: Placement by GWC Assessment 
A high beginning discrete-skills course designed to give intensive practice in listening, speaking, and pronunciation in spoken grammar. Students will develop confidence in conversation with a limited vocabulary on everyday matters. Lecture. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. May not be offered each semester.

ESL G031N – 0 Units
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ESL Grammar-Writing Course
This noncredit course is the third grammar-writing course in a series of seven levels. While the focus is grammar-writing, this class is a low intermediate ESL core course that includes English reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar. In the course, students will focus on mastery of simple and progressive verb tenses, simple passive voice, indirect object patterns, modals, idiomatic expressions, and simple subordination. At the completion of the course, students will be able to use simple time and space orders in sentences and paragraphs and use correct word order in conversation. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

ESL G032N – 0 Units
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ESL Reading/Vocabulary Level 3
This is a noncredit low intermediate course designed to give intensive practice in reading and vocabulary.  Students will read selections ranging from simple information to high-interest stories and develop the ability to recognize main ideas, get specific details, and understand vocabulary from context. Lecture. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

ESL G033N – 0 Units
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ESL Listening/Speaking, Level 3
This noncredit course is a low intermediate discrete-skills course designed to give intensive practice in listening, speaking, and pronunciation.  Students will engage in dialogs, role playing and conversations in response to TV, video and class lectures.  Stress on pronunciation of vowel sounds and end consonant clusters. Lecture. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

Learning Skills

LEARNING SKILLS G921 – 0 Units
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Supervised Tutorial Services Attendance
This course provides tutorial assistance to students requesting educational support to increase student success. May be repeated as necessary. Hours by arrangement. Permission to register will be given at the Tutorial and Learning Center. Lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

LEARNING SKILLS G922 – 0 Units
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Student Computer Lab Attendance 
This course provides current Golden West College students an open computer laboratory offering high-speed Internet access, personal e-mail accounts, color printing, scanning, Microsoft Office, and other heavily used and appropriate software to increase the probability of success in their coursework. Students must currently be earning units at Golden West College to enroll in this class. May be repeated as necessary. Hours by arrangement. Open entry/open exit. Lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

LEARNING SKILLS G923 – 0 Units
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Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) 
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is an academic assistance program that provides peer-led study groups that focus on integrating course content with study skills. Study sessions are facilitated by PASS Leaders‚ students who have successfully completed the targeted course, or a similar course. Hours by arrangement. Lab. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

LEARNING SKILLS G923N – 0 Units
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Peer Assisted Student (PASS)
This noncredit course is part of Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), an academic assistance program that provides peer-led study groups that focus on integrating course content with study skills. Study sessions are facilitated by PASS Leaders− students who have successfully completed the targeted course, or a similar course.  Hours by arrangement. Lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

LEARNING SKILLS G927 – 0 Units
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Learning Skills Lab 
(Formerly known as: High Tech Center/ ACE Lab) 
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to use necessary adaptive technology. The adaptive technology allows students to enhance their success in various college settings. Registration is available only through the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) Office. Open entry/open exit. May be repeated as necessary. Hours by arrangement. Lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

LEARNING SKILLS G928 – 0 Units
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Technology for Learning 
(Formerly known as: Special Accommodations) 
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to use necessary adaptive technology for testing and assessment. The center provides an inclusive environment to help students realize their academic potential. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, this facility provides accommodations such as, but not limited to: additional timing, specialized equipment, and readers. The center provides equal access to students to enhance academic success. Registration is available only through the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) Office. Open entry/open exit. Lab. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable. 

Management

MANAGEMENT G155N – 0 Units
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Customer Service 
This noncredit course teaches students skills, strategies, and techniques for developing, improving, and delivering quality customer service to attract new customers, retain existing customers, and increase overall profitability within an organization. Lecture. No credit. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

Mathematics

MATHEMATICS G003N – 0 Units
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Preparation for Elementary Algebra
This noncredit course will introduce basic operations with signed numbers, exponents, fractions and mixed numbers, first degree equations, radicals, proportions, rational expressions, factorization, percent, formulas, applied problems, and the rectangular coordinate system. Lecture. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

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