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Welcome to GWC

Presidents Message: Welcome to Golden West College!

Outgoing and Incoming President at GWC

We’re so happy to have you in our GWC family. This catalog, along with the student services we offer, are designed to help you succeed and reach your educational goals. We understand college can be scary, unfamiliar and overwhelming at times. We’re here to help, and we want to share some helpful resources that will assist you in your Golden West journey. At GWC, “You Are Welcome Here” (

Visit your New Student Services Center located in the middle of campus. You’ll find a number of Student Support Services, such as Counseling, Financial Aid, CalWorks, Campus Life/Student Activities, Study Abroad, the Veterans Center, and the International Students Center. For a complete list of services, call 714-892-7711, or visit

Do you need help picking a major or area of study, or finding the right classes to fulfill your prerequisites for transfer to university? Our friendly counselors can help tailor a career path for you, that embraces your talents and provides room for you to grow and expand. Make an appointment by calling 714-895-8799, or visit

Our Library Resource Center (LRC) is an invaluable tool for our students. You can schedule tutoring, log on to the internet, and schedule meeting rooms for study sessions with your classmates. For more information, call the LRC main line at 714-895-8741, or visit

Get involved on campus! 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. 

Get to know your instructors. Let them know how they might help you succeed in their classes. Sit in the front of class instead of the back, ask questions and don’t procrastinate when it comes to homework.

Make at least three friends or study partners in each class. The connections you make will help you not only in your class, but also throughout your college career.

We are so proud of our GWC graduates who go on to excel in the colleges to which they transfer, as well as, in their careers. Catch the GWC graduation rush and check out coverage from our recent 2018 commencement (

Let’s work together to help you make the best of this opportunity because we know you can do college right. We look forward to seeing you on campus – and at graduation!

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 programs that help students: 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 continuous assessment and improvement of student learning and institutional effectiveness.

College Vision Statement

GWC welcomes you. Be inspired. Be empowered. Be transformed.

College Values

Our values are the ideals that guide us in our commitment to student learning and to the vitality of our community.

  • Welcoming Campus Environment 
  • Access, Equity, and Inclusiveness 
  • Excellence in Teaching and Learning 
  • Innovation and Technology 
  • Leadership Guided by Collaboration 
  • Stewardship and Sustainability 
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.


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.

Resource Optimization 

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

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Specialized Subject Knowledge (Majors) – Demonstrate a depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities in a particular major.
  2. Broad Knowledge – Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse perspectives, core concepts, and methods in the sciences, humanities, and arts.
  3. Analytic Skills – Identify, evaluate, and apply logical and ethical reasoning to solve problems.
  4. Information Competency Skills – Determine the scope of information needs; locate and retrieve relevant information; organize, analyze, and evaluate information; and understand the ethical and legal issues surrounding information and information technology.
  5. Quantitative Skills – Convert information into relevant symbolic and mathematical forms (e.g. equations, graphs, diagrams, tables), provide accurate explanations of information presented in mathematical forms, and successfully perform calculations and symbolic operations.
  6. Oral and Written Communication Skills – Produce clear and well-organized communication appropriate to the intended audience, context, and goal of the communication.
  7. Applied Learning – Demonstrate how theories and practices learned in academic settings can be ethically applied and integrated into personal and professional pursuits.
  8. Lifelong Learning – Demonstrate life-long learning strategies that are based on on-going self-assessment, education, appreciation of diverse perspectives, and acceptance of personal responsibility.

Note: At the time of printing, these Institutional Student Learning Outcomes are under review. Updated Outcomes will be available in the online version of the catalog once approved. 

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

California Board of Registered Nursing
1747 North Market Blvd., Suite 150 P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100
(916) 322-3350

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 100
P.O. Box 944226
Sacramento, CA 94244-2260
(800) 952-5210

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE, Suite 401
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
(703) 669-6650

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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