Welcome to GWC
Check out our video, “You are Welcome Here” on YouTube.
As an open access college, our philosophy is that all students are welcome. Our job is to take you as you are and find out how we can best help you succeed in your educational goals. Sometimes that may mean suggesting extra classes that will help you get college-ready by brushing up on some needed skills. Other times it may mean meeting with a counselor to help you choose the courses best suited for the career you want, or maybe exploring additional career options.
We understand college can be scary, awkward or unfamiliar. College rules are not easy to understand and a catalog like this one can seem overwhelming. For example, there are terms such as matriculation, pre-requisite, transfer degree, certificates, assessment score, and academic renewal. See how fast college can get confusing? We are here to help! We want to help you find your pathway to success by giving you a map; we call it a Student Educational Plan. This is your own individualized plan, a map to a destination of your choosing. After all, it’s about you getting the job you want. We’ll help you pick a career path with room for you to grow and expand, so you can use your talents and enjoy whatever job you do.
You can get started by going to goldenwestcollege.edu/enrollment-center/registration. If you are on campus, you can start at the Answer Center located next to the Enrollment Center. If you prefer to call, you can talk to someone at the Call Center by calling 714-892-7711. You can also find answers to most of your questions at askgwc.com.
Once you get started, there are a number of other Student Support Services to help you along the way, such as Counseling, Tutoring, Financial Aid, CalWorks, Student Activities, Study Abroad, Veterans Center, International Students Center, and the Student Health Center. For a complete list, go to their webpage at goldenwestcollege.edu/student-services. By Spring 2018, most of these services will be housed in the new Student Service Center located in the middle of campus.
Finally, let me recommend that you involve yourself in college life. Studies show that students who take at least three classes and are involved in at least one regular campus activity, such as a sports team, music or theater group, a club, or a job on campus, are twice as likely to succeed in their educational goals. That’s quite a boost. Another suggestion is to get to know your instructors and let the instructors know how they might help you succeed in their classes. Sit in the front instead of the back, ask questions, do your homework, and make at least three friends or study partners in each class. These are things many successful students do.
One of the things you’ll hear from time to time at Golden West College is the phrase, Oceans of Opportunity. Part of what it means is that, as an open access institution, our goal is to help make you welcome here. Your job is to take advantage of all the opportunities I have identified above. I invite you to meet with a counselor, get to know your teachers and classmates, and make good use of the services freely provided to you. We want you to succeed. If we can help you, ASK. I know you can find a great education at Golden West College. GWC has produced graduates who go on to excel in the colleges to which they transfer and in their careers. We are proud of them and we want to be proud of you. So let’s work together to help you make the best of this opportunity because you are welcome here.
I look forward to seeing you on campus and at graduation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We encourage active leadership for students, faculty, and staff at all levels of the institution and throughout our community.
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.
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.
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.
Golden West College seeks to increase completion of educational and career goals by providing excellence in teaching and support services.
Golden West College seeks to close any identifiable student achievement gap while promoting and recognizing the diversity and contribution of all individuals.
Golden West College seeks to provide a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment to benefit students, faculty, staff, and the community.
Golden West College seeks to improve communication to inform and engage the college community.
Golden West College seeks to increase active participation from students, faculty, staff, and community in college governance and leadership.
Golden West College optimizes financial resources, facilities and technology to enhance student learning and success.
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