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Welcome to GWC

Presidents Message

Wes Bryan GWC President

50 Years of Opportunity… That is the tag line for our year-long birthday celebration. It’s time to remember where we came from and to look forward to where we are going on our educational journey to serve our students and community members.

Our community has changed over that last five decades and so have our students. We are here to meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to go. We call this effort “The Completion Agenda.” It is our commitment to support every student from the point of registration all the way to graduation.

We want to help you find the pathway that best serves your needs. While community colleges are often referred to as two-year colleges, most students, because of life challenges, may take 3 to 8 years to complete. I was one of those students who took more time because of work, children and life. I learned that having a Student Educational Plan (SEP) is what helped me stay on track, even when I changed colleges or could only take one course at a time. College is about persistence, asking for help when you need it, and knowing that teachers, counselors and staff are here for only one purpose: to help you succeed.

In fact, having a plan is one of the best predictors of successful completion, no matter how long it takes! When we know your plan, we will nudge you along the way with a smile, a word of encouragement, a text or a tweet. Our College goal is to provide you the learning resources you need when you get stuck, so when life happens, you can get back on track sooner.

Our Learning Resource Center includes a fully staffed Tutoring Center, College Ready Math, Writing Center, Open Computer Lab, Tech-Ready Study Rooms, High Tech Computer Center with adaptive technologies, along with a full service Library Research Center.

This year you can watch us build, in the middle of our campus, a new One-Stop Student Services Center including support services for: Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Business Office, Veterans Center, Disabled Students, Student Leadership, International Students, Counseling, EOP&S, and Assessment. As you can see, this is a building full of resources, faculty, and staff that will be there to help you with your Completion Agenda.

We’re not kidding when we brag about GWC providing our students with Oceans of Opportunity. We don’t just want to take you to the water’s edge; we want to help you complete your educational plan. We want you to transfer to the college or university of your choice and/or advance in a good career that makes you happy.

Welcome to Golden West College, home of the Rustlers, where academics, athletics, and student activities promise you an active student life as we celebrate 50 years of excellence together.   I am looking forward to shaking your hand at your graduation.

Wes Bryan Signature

Wes Bryan
President, Golden West College

College Mission Statement and Values
College Mission Statement

Golden West College provides an intellectually and culturally stimulating learning environment for its diverse student population. The College provides enriching and innovative educational programs that help students meet their individual goals: transfer to four-year institutions, earn associate degrees, complete certificates in career and technical education, advance their careers, and demonstrate college readiness. The College is committed to academic excellence, community engagement, and student success through continuous assessment and improvement of student learning and institutional effectiveness.


College Vision Statement

Golden West College is committed to excellence and endeavors to provide an optimum teaching and learning environment. This will be demonstrated by innovation which embraces demographic and technological changes.


College Values

Our values are the ideals that guide us in our commitment to student learning and to the vitality of our community. The following ten ideals (in alphabetical order) represent the foundation for our mission. They guide us in our daily decisions, as well as inspiring and motivating us to accomplish our goals.


Access and Equity

We value and strive to ensure both open access to our college and equitable outcomes for our student population.


Campus Environment

We value and support “Spirit of Place” through which the people, buildings, and grounds all serve to convey to our students that they are welcome and that our college is a special place of learning.


Collaborative Climate

We support active participation based on trust, openness, consistency, and respect in the college’s decision-making process. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to work together to solve problems by listening to one another, by speaking honestly, and by demonstrating ethical behavior and responsibility for the good of the college, our students, and community.


Excellence and Innovation

We work to provide a quality educational environment for students by embracing a culture of assessment and continual improvement. We are inspired by our founding president’s dictum to “Let Change Be the Tradition,” to encourage innovation, creative problem-solving, and to welcome changes that will enhance the College’s ability to fulfill its mission.


Inclusiveness and Diversity

We value diversity and recognize the contributions of all individuals. We support the free and open exchange of thoughts and ideas in an environment that embraces mutual respect and civility.


Leadership

We encourage active leadership for students, faculty, and staff at all levels of the institution and throughout our community.


Learning

We are committed to high academic standards and support the personal growth of all our students. Our dedication to student learning culminates in high level of student achievement.


Stewardship and Sustainability

We are responsible for utilizing and developing our human, environmental, and fiscal resources efficiently and effectively and in a manner consistent with the principles of health and sustainability.


Teaching

We value the primary role that faculty play in providing students with a dynamic and challenging environment that maximizes learning. We appreciate the integral roles that classified staff and managers perform in support of students and their learning.


Technology

We value the role that technology is playing in transforming the educational environment, creating new ways of addressing students’ learning needs, and enhancing the administrative aspects of serving students and faculty.

College Goals
Student Success

Golden West College seeks to increase completion of educational and career goals by providing excellence in teaching and support services.


Equitable Achievement

Golden West College seeks to close any identifiable student achievement gap while promoting and recognizing the diversity and contribution of all individuals.


Learning Environments

Golden West College seeks to provide a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment to benefit students, faculty, staff, and the community.


Communication

Golden West College seeks to improve communication to inform and engage the college community.


Engagement

Golden West College seeks to increase active participation from students, faculty, staff, and community in college governance and leadership.


Resource Optimization

Golden West College optimizes financial resources, facilities and technology to enhance student learning and success.

Academic Calendar
View the GWC Campus Calendar of Events
Academic Calendars for  2017 – 2018

Intersession 2017

January 3 – First Day of Instruction
January 16
– Martin Luther King Day (Campus Closed)
January 27 – Last Day of Intersession


Spring Semester 2017

January 9 – Early Start (Special Programs) Classes Begin
January 29 – Residency Determination Date
January 30 – Regular Classes Begin (16 and 8-Week Classes)
February 17
– Lincoln’s Day (Campus Closed)
February 20 – Washington’s Day (Campus Closed)
March 27 – April 2 – Spring Recess (Campus Closed)
April 1 – Filing Deadline for Spring Graduation
April 3 – Second Eight-Week Classes Begin
May 2 – Scholarships and Awards Night
May 25 – Commencement
May 28 – Last Day of Spring Semester
May 29 – Memorial Day (Campus Closed)


Summer Session 2017

June 12 – First Day of Summer Session
June 26 – 2nd Session Begins
July 4 – Independence Day (Campus Closed)
August 18 – Last day of summer session


Fall Semester 2017

August 28 – First day of Fall semester
October 23 – 2nd 8-week classes begin
November 10 – Holiday (Campus Closed)
November 23-26 – Holiday (Campus Closed)
December 16 – Last day of semester


Winter Intersession 2018

January 2 – Intersession begins
January 26 – Intersession ends


Spring Semester 2018

January 29 – Spring Semester begins
February 16-19 – Holiday (Campus Closed)
March 26 – April 1 – Spring Break
April 2 – 2nd 8-week classes begin
May 27 Spring semester ends


All dates and hours of operation are subject to change without notice.

Deadlines for refunds, fee cancellations, registration, and withdrawals are different for each course.

For specific course deadlines, please refer to one of the following:

Student Class Program/Web Schedule Bill (Available via MyGWC)

Academic Calendar – Available online at www.goldenwestcollege.edu/admissions/academic_calendar.html

If a holiday falls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes will not meet. If a holiday falls on Monday, Saturday and Sunday classes will meet. Final examinations are held during regular class meeting times during the last week of the semester.

Short term classes (any course other than 16wk which would include Winter Intersession Courses and Summer Courses)

  • 10% of the course – Last day to drop for a refund
  • 20% of the course – Last day to drop and not receive a “W”
  • 75% of the course – Last day to drop a course and receive a “W”

Students must officially withdraw from classes either online or in person by the specific deadline for each class. Refer to the Student Class Program/Web Schedule Bill on the Student tab of the MyGWC portal page as drop dates may vary from class to class. It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from classes and to verify all withdrawals by printing the Student Class Program.

For all sessions

  • If a holiday falls on Friday, then Saturday and Sunday classes will not meet.
  • If a holiday falls on Monday, then Saturday and Sunday classes will meet.
  • If a holiday falls on Monday and Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes will not meet.
  • Final exams are held during regular class meeting time during the last week of the semester.
Class Cancellation

College reserves the right to cancel classes. All classes offered are based upon sufficient enrollment to economically warrant them. Classes may be cancelled as a result of low enrollment, State legislation, and financial considerations. When classes are cancelled due to low enrollment, every attempt will be made to help students adjust their academic schedules.


ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2016 – 2017

Coastline Community College – Orange Coast College – Golden West College
16 – Week Calendar

Fall 2016

First Day of Instruction – Monday, August 29, 2016
Labor Day (holiday) – Monday, September 5, 2016
Second Eight Week Classes Begin – Monday, October 24, 2016
Veteran’s Day (holiday) – Friday, November 11, 2016
Thanksgiving (holidays) – Thursday, November 24, 2016 – Sunday, November 27, 2016
Last Day of the Semester – Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fall 2016 Faculty Duty Days – 87
Total Fall 2016 Instructional Days – 106

Winter Break – Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017

Winter Intersession 2017

First Day of Instruction – Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Martin Luther King Day (holiday) – Monday, January 16, 2017
Winter Intersession Ends – Friday, January 27, 2017

Spring 2017

First Day of Instruction – Monday, January 30, 2017
Lincoln’s Day (holiday) – Friday, February 17, 2017
Washington’s Day (holiday) – Monday, February 20, 2017
Spring Recess (holidays) – Monday, March 27, 2017 – Sunday, April 2, 2017
Second Eight Week Classes Begin – Monday, April 3, 2017
Last Day of Semester – Sunday, May 28,  2017
Memorial Day (holiday) – Monday, May 29, 2017

Spring 2017 Faculty Duty Days – 88
Total Spring 2017 Instructional Days – 108

Total Faculty Duty Days – 175
Total Instructional Days – 214


ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2016 – 2017

Coastline Community College – Orange Coast College – Golden West College
Special Programs and Services
18 – Week Calendar

Fall 2016

First Day of Instruction – Monday, August 29, 2016
Labor Day (holiday) – Monday, September 5, 2016
Veteran’s Day (holiday) – Friday, November 11, 2016
Thanksgiving (holidays) – Thursday, November 24, 2016 – Sunday, November 27, 2016

Winter Break – Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017

Classes Resume – Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Last Day of the Semester – Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fall 2016 Faculty Duty Days – 87
Total Fall 2016 Instructional Days – 102

Spring 2017

First Day of Instruction – Tuesday, January I 7, 2017
Martin Luther King Day (holiday) – Monday, January 16, 2017
Lincoln’s Day (holiday) – Friday, February 17, 2017
Washington’s Day (holiday) – Monday, February 20, 2017
Spring Recess (holidays) – Monday, March 27, 2017 – Sunday, April 2, 2017

Classes Resume – Monday, April 3, 2017
Last Day of Semester – Friday, May 26, 2017
Memorial Day (holiday) – Monday, May 29, 2017

Spring 2017 Faculty Duty Days – 88
Total Spring 2017 Instructional Days – 103

Total Faculty Duty Days – 175
Total Instructional Days – 205

Accredited by the Following Agencies

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 506-0234
www.accjc.org

California Board of Registered Nursing

P.O. Box 944210 400 R. Street, Suite 4030
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 322-3350
www.rn.ca.gov

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
www.acenursing.org

California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

P.O. Box 944226
Sacramento, CA 94244-2260
(800) 952-5210
www.barbercosmo.ca.gov

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

101 Blue Seal Drive, Suite 101
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
(703) 669-6650
www.natef.org

Golden West College offers programs which are approved by:

California Board of Registered Nursing, Continuing Education Provider

California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

Approved as Certified Course Presenter by the Commission on Peace Officers Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.)

National Automotive Technicians Education

Foundation (NATEF) For Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification Training

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