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Academic Honors

Golden West College recognizes academic honors through a semester (fall and spring) Academic Honor’s List and an annual acknowledgement of those who graduate with honors.

Eligibility for Academic Honor’s List:

  • A 3.5 grade point average in 12 or more units (completed in one semester) in courses evaluated with letter grades.

Eligibility for Graduation with Honors:

  • Meet all graduation requirements.
  • A 3.5 cumulative grade point average and a minimum of 48 units in courses evaluated with letter grades.*
  • All graded coursework is included in making this determination.

*Spring grades will not be used in computing the grade point average for the graduation ceremony, but will be used in determining the final grade point average for the diploma.

Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Alpha Gamma Sigma, established in 1922, is California’s Community College Honor Society. The state organization schedules two conferences each year, awards thousands of dollars annually to outstanding AGS honor society members and provides a forum for academic excellence, student success, and community involvement on the California community college campuses.

Eligibility for membership in the Sigma Pi Chapter at Golden West College is based on completing 12 or more graded college units at GWC, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Membership is renewable each semester. Chapter dues and grade verification are required. Permanent membership is awarded to students completing 60 units, with two semesters of membership, and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better. Permanent members receive recognition on their GWC transcript and diploma and at the state level. All graduating AGS members in good standing may wear a gold AGS stole at the GWC graduation ceremony. The Sigma Pi Chapter at Golden West College recognizes academic
achievement and promotes scholarship eligibility and transferability to four-year institutions.

Active AGS members practice leadership and organizational skills, initiate service programs for the campus and community, and develop networking, and interpersonal communication skills. Members meet weekly on campus during the fall and spring semesters. There are no scheduled meetings during intersession or summer.

Students must apply for membership during the first ten weeks of the fall or spring semester. AGS membership application forms, dues and grade verifications should be submitted to the GWC Fiscal Services Office.


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Assessment Center

The Assessment Center provides English, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Math placement test services for prospective and current students at Golden West College. The results from the placement tests are used to determine course enrollment. Final decisions about selection of courses and programs of study are made by the student in consultation with counselors. Additional information can be obtained on the website at or by contacting the Assessment Center at (714) 892-7711 ext. 51080.

For testing services to assist in making career decisions, please contact the Career Center at (714) 895-8217, or visit

Athletic Programs

The athletic program of Golden West College is coordinated by the Athletic Director. Included in the Physical Education complex are the Gymnasium, Cardiovascular/Strength Training Fitness Center, and the Yoga/Pilates Center.

Out­door facilities feature a rubberized all-weather track, football field, baseball diamond, softball diamonds, tennis, basketball, sand volleyball courts, golf utility field, and soccer field. The total complex is complemented by an Olympic-sized, 50-meter pool and a rehabilitation pool.

Intercollegiate Athletics: Golden West College is a member of the Orange Empire Conference of the California Community College Association. Member colleges of the conference are Cypress, Fullerton, Irvine Valley, Norco, Orange Coast, Santa Ana, Santiago Canyon, Riverside, Saddleback, and Golden West. The College sponsors a full program of intercollegiate athletic competition.

In football the college is a member of the Southern California Football Alliance comprised of Southern California Community Colleges.

Men’s sports include football, soccer, cross country, and water polo in the fall; and baseball, swimming, track, and volleyball in the spring.

Women’s sports include cross country, water polo, soccer, and volleyball in the fall; and track, women’s sand volleyball, swimming, and softball in the spring.

Athletic Eligibility: To be eligible for intercollegiate participation at Golden West College, student athletes must be enrolled in 12 units of course work. To remain eligible in subsequent semesters, they must satisfactorily complete 24 units between seasons of competition of which 18 need to be academic, vocational or remedial, and maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average since the start of the semester/quarter of the first participation. Questions on athletic eligibility should be referred to the Athletic Director.

Physical Education and Fitness Programs: To meet the fitness needs and increase awareness of how to live a longer and healthier life, a number of the college’s physical activity facilities are available for use by the surrounding communities.

A variety of cardiovascular conditioning and strength training classes are offered for enrollment. Also there are outdoor sand volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts and the running track which are open to the community year-round as long as their use does not interfere with regularly scheduled classes.

For additional information on athletic eligibility and teams or physical education and programs, contact or or call (714) 895-8333.


The GWC Bookstore serves the campus community by supplying textbooks (required and optional, new and used), general trade and reference books, school and office supplies, gifts, clothing, greeting cards, and computer software at educational pricing. The Bookstore has liberal refund/exchange and buyback policies and offers online shopping with delivery or in-store pick-up options. You can save up to 50% by renting your textbooks or purchasing digital text books. Visit

Calworks/Re-Entry Center "Education That Works"

The CalWORKs/Re-Entry Center at Golden West College provides specialized support services for students who are receiving CalWORKs/TANF cash-aid benefits.

Program services include individualized counseling, career assessment, coordination of services with County Social Services Agencies and community based service providers, processing of county paperwork for students, work-study, job development assistance, student success workshops, monthly gas vouchers, and school supplies. The CalWORKs/Re-Entry staff is dedicated to ensuring a positive educational experience that leads to student success.

For more information, please contact us at (714) 895-8111, or visit our website at If you meet CalWORKs/TANF eligibility, an intake appointment will be scheduled for you.

Career Center

The Career Center provides students assistance with the career development process. Our resources help students explore their personality, interests, values, and skills so that they can make informed decisions when choosing majors and/or careers. Individualized assistance is provided by trained personnel and counselors to help you reach your educational and career goals.

For further information call or come by the Career Center located in the east wing of the Administration Building – near the Counseling Center.

Career Services – (714) 895-8217

Services include:

  • Computerized assessments to learn more about yourself.
  • Career assessments to identify interests and personality related to career choice.
  • Computerized career information systems that outline job descriptions, salaries, job outlook, and education/training requirements.
  • Workshops from professionals in the community with information on career opportunities in various fields.
  • A library of published materials covering majors and related occupations.
  • Access to employment opportunities and support with résumé and interviewing skills.
Child Development Center

Registered student parents may enroll their children in Infant/Toddler Care for children ages 6 weeks to 2 years or in Preschool care for children ages 2-5. Full-time Infant Care and Preschool are available from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, five days per week, Monday-Friday. A part-time option, for 2-3 days per week from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, is available for children who are 3 or older and fully potty trained. For specific information and fee payment, parents may contact the Child Development Center at (714) 899-5900. Hours: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Services provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley.

College Emergency Hotline

A person may call the College Emergency Hotline (714) 895-8170 for information regarding emergency campus closures or when the State issues a potential stage three alert for power outages.

Community Education and Activities

One aspect of the community college mission is to promote involvement of the community. Golden West College Com­munity Education and Activities strives to identify and meet the needs of the community which are not met by college credit programs. These services, which are self-supporting and fee-based, include cultural enrichment, educational, holistic health, recreational, and vocational activities.

Programs offered through Community Education and Activities are lectures, work­shops and educational programs on a variety of sub­jects and programs from children to seniors.

Qualified individuals are encouraged to submit proposals to present programs in such areas as seniors, “College for Kids,” business, holistic health, personal and professional development.

Gold Key Card Program: Gold Key cards are available to persons who are 60 years or older. This card entitles seniors to free parking in GWC student stalls, reduced rates on services at Cosmetology, and discounted prices at designated GWC events such as plays, concerts, and lectures. Gold Key cards are available for a fee of $5.00 per semester and are effective through the end of each semester. The cards may be purchased in the Community Education and Activities Office.

Community Education and Activities Programs Refund and Transfer Charges: Refunds must be requested at least three working days prior to the program start date or the printed refund deadline date for selected programs. There will be a $10.00 processing fee per person for each program.

Participants who have registered for a program and request a transfer to another program must pay a $10.00 processing fee per person for each program. Trans­fers are accepted no later than three (3) working days prior to the program start date or the printed refund deadline date for selected programs.

Swap Meet: Community Education and Activities takes pride in its many accomplishments. Among them is the success of the Golden West College Swap Meet which began in the spring of 1979 with a turnout of 100 vendors. The Swap Meet is open Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year except during winter break and Easter Sunday. Featuring over 700 vendor spaces per day, the Swap Meet provides a great environment for family outings. Admission and parking are free to the public.

Cooperative Work Experience Programs

Students may earn elective units of credit towards completion of a certificate for work with employers approved by the college. The employment must relate to the student’s educational and/or vocational objectives. The learning value of the student’s job will be identified each semester through the use of job-related objectives. Students may enroll for cooperative work experience credit during the regular college registration periods.

Units of Credit: Students may earn up to 4 units of credit per term and can accumulate a maximum of 12 units of Work Experience credit while attending Golden West College. Units may be transferable to California State University campuses as
elective units.

Guidelines: The student’s job must be directly related to his/her college major or career goal.

  1. Learning objectives are prepared each semester with the aid of their job supervisor and college instructor.
  2. The student must be initially enrolled in a minimum of seven (7) units including work experience for each semester he/she participates in the program.
  3. For enrollment information please contact the Career Services Office, visit the website,
    call 714-895-8123, or email


Golden West College counseling services assist students in reaching their educational/career goals by offering:

  • Online orientation for a successful college experience
  • Counseling courses to help clarify career and academic goals
  • Individualized counseling to assist students with achieving their career and academic goals
  • Assistance with course selection and program planning
  • Information for transferring to other colleges and universities
  • Special workshops and seminars on a variety of educational, career, and personal topics

Electronic counseling, for answers to general questions, is available at:

To meet with a counselor call (714) 895-8799 or come by the Counseling Center located in the Administration Building for assistance.

New Student Advisement and Priority Registration Process

Assistance in planning college courses to meet desired goals is made available to each student prior to enrollment in courses. All new students are strongly encouraged to complete the Priority Registration Process, which includes completion of the orientation, assessment testing in Mathematics and English, updating your Program of Study and creating a Student Educational Plan (SEP). The Priority Registration checklist and the online student orientation can be accessed from the student tab on

Transfer Center

The Transfer Center is dedicated to helping students make a seamless transition from the community college to a four-year college/university. We serve as a resource center for students seeking to continue their education at baccalaureate and graduate level programs. The following information and services can be found in our center:

  • A library of college/university catalogs, directories, publications, and online websites
  • Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) selected University of California Campuses and Transfer Admission Agreements with private universities
  • Associate Degree for Transfer programs
  • General Education and major articulation for UC, CSU, and private/independent universities.
  • Transfer fairs with representatives from various colleges/universities in both the fall and spring semesters
  • Workshops and assistance with university applications, financial aid, and transfer services
  • College campus tours
  • Individual appointments with an Admissions representative from local UC, CSU and private universities

Students can visit our website at for updated information and calendar of events. For In-person assistance, please visit the Transfer Center located in the east wing of the Administration Building, or call (714) 895-8794.

Cultural Programs

Art Gallery
The Art Gallery at Golden West College exhibits regional, national, and international art. The gallery consists of our annual juried student exhibit, an annual plein air exhibit, and several traditional and contemporary art exhibits throughout the year.

(714) 895-8772
The annual dance concert features GWC students and invited guests. There are additional performances and master classes offered in the GWC studio dance theater and in the community.

Intercultural Program (ICP)
The Intercultural Program supports the Golden West College mission to create an intellectually and culturally stimulating learning environment for students and the community. The ICP enhances academic excellence through co-curricular programming which includes a variety of intercultural events, workshops, field trips, invited speakers and other collaborative programs offered at the college, the Coast Community College District, and within the local community. For more information, contact the Intercultural Program office at (714) 895-8906.

(714) 895-8772
On-campus and off-campus concerts are performed each year by the Chamber Choir, Early Music Ensemble, and Symphonic Band.

Theater Productions
The Golden West College Theater Department provides a diversified theater season consisting of Mainstage Theater and Stage West Theater productions. Drama, comedy, and musical productions are offered, with themes from the classical to the contemporary.

For more information about Golden West College’s outstanding Fine and Performing Arts programs, call (714) 895-8772 (Arts and Letters Division) or go online to (Performing Arts) and (Community Art Gallery).

Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS)

olden West College offers students with disabilities a variety of support services to ensure equal access to instruction. If students have a verified disability, they are encouraged to request assistance from the Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS). After meeting with a DSPS counselor, services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Registration Assistance
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • CART/Captioning Services
  • Adaptive Technology
  • Alternative Media
  • Academic and Career Counseling
  • Testing Accommodations
  • Note Taking Services
  • Priority Registration
  • Courses are offered in Reading, Language, and Math in the High Tech Center (HTC)
  • Adaptive Physical Education Courses
  • Liaison with Campus and Other Agencies

The DSPS Office is located in the Student Services Annex, across from Forum II. For additional information, eligibility, policies, and procedures regarding accommodations and services, please call: (714) 895-8721 (voice), email: or visit:

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) & Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

The Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS), CARE (single parents), and Guardian Scholars (Foster Youth) Programs at Golden West College are categorically state funded. The programs are designed and dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive services and benefits that encourage the enrollment, retention, and transfer of students who are challenged by language, social, economic, and educational disadvantages. One of the programs main objectives is to ensure participants equal access to success while pursuing their certificate of achievement, an Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.), and/or meet four-year university transfer requirements.

Eligible students are welcome to take advantage of the following services:

  • Book Service
  • High School Outreach
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Counseling
  • Peer Advisement
  • Tutoring
  • Learning Skills Classes
  • Priority Registration Program
    (if qualified)
  • Foster Youth Services
  • Study Hall Access
  • Single Parent Services

The EOPS/CARE/Guardian Scholars Office is located on the second floor of the Administration Building. The telephone number is (714) 895-8768. Voluntary participation in these programs is based on state mandated guidelines. Students must apply for financial aid, complete an EOPS application, complete the College assessment test, and be enrolled as a full-time student at Golden West College. Students must also maintain satis­factory academic progress as defined by the Financial Aid Office. If applying for the CARE Program or Guardian Scholars Program, an additional application is required to establish eligibility.

Financial Aid

(714) 895-8394

The Financial Aid Office (FAO) administers all Federal and State financial aid programs available to GWC students. This includes grants, fee waivers, loans, and on-campus work opportunities. The FAO’s goal is to assist students and their parents in paying for educational costs (which includes reasonable living costs) by using the U.S. Department of Education methodology to evaluate the student’s or student’s family’s ability to pay these costs and distributing limited financial aid resources in an equitable manner.

All students who are U.S. citizens or legal residents should apply for financial aid even if they think that they will not qualify. Because many different types of aid exist with differing qualifications, only a financial aid staff member can really determine what types and how much aid a student qualifies for. Often those who think they will receive nothing, qualify for something.

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Golden West College may not have enough of certain funds to award all eligible students, so students are highly encouraged to file their applications early (January or February for the following fall semester). Another reason to file your application before March is to ensure that you meet the state priority filing deadline for Cal Grant (March 2nd). You may apply for financial aid after March 2nd and through the year for which you want to receive aid, however those who apply later will miss these early filing opportunities and will also wait longer for their financial aid application to be reviewed.

It is up to the student to make the effort to learn where, when and how to apply for financial aid. It is important for the student to understand that they are responsible for meeting all deadlines and requirements. The more you plan ahead, the better your opportunities. The Golden West Financial Aid Staff is available to assist applicants in completing the process successfully. The GWC Financial Aid website (click Financial Aid under the Student Services tab at is an additional resource for prospective and current applicants to learn more about various financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

You May Be Eligible For Financial Aid If You: Go to and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include the Golden West College federal code: 001206.

  • Are determined to have financial need based upon your FAFSA data and the Financial Aid Office review.
  • Are a United States citizen or a permanent resident or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Are an undergraduate student enrolled in an eligible program at Golden West College.
  • Do not owe a refund on any grant received at any post-secondary institution and are not in default on any student loan.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the GWC Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

You May Also Be Asked to Submit Some or All of the Following:

  • A signed copy of your IRS tax transcript, or Income Certification if you did not file.
  • A signed copy of your parent’s IRS tax transcript, or Income Certification if they did not file.
  • Untaxed Income Verification.
  • For men, proof of selective service registration.
  • Any other information necessary, as requested by the Financial Aid Office.

For a comprehensive overview of applying for and receiving financial aid at Golden West College, visit the GWC financial aid website (click Financial Aid under the Student Services tab at

Financial Aid Programs

The application form for all financial aid awards administered by the GWC Financial Aid Office is the FAFSA. The FAFSA is an online application that you both complete and submit online to the United States Department of Education. FAFSA Worksheets are available in the Financial Aid Office to help guide you through this process. A few programs may require you to submit a secondary application form in addition to the FAFSA.

Federal Pell Grant: A Federal grant for undergraduate students. The award is based upon the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) (determined by the FAFSA) and is prorated to the number of units a student is enrolled in or completes.

Federal SEOG: The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cal Grants: State grants for undergraduate students. Students must submit their FAFSA by March 2nd to be considered for a Cal Grant for the following academic year. The State of California awards these grants to students through the GWC Financial Aid Office on an entitlement basis and also on a competitive basis. If the student has not completed 24 degree-applicable units within the Coast Community College District, then the student must have their high school GPA verification form submitted to the State of California by their high school by March 2nd.

Cal Grant A awards assist low and middle-income students with tuition/fee costs and are made on the basis of need and grade point average. Students who plan to enroll at a community college before transferring to a four-year college or university may apply for a community college reserve grant through Cal Grant A.

Cal Grant B awards assist very low income, first-year students with living expenses, books, supplies, transportation, and other non-tuition costs. (Renewals may also cover tuition/fee costs.)

Cal Grant C awards assist low and middle-income vocational students with tuition and training costs. Recipients must be in a program of study that is four months to two years in duration, at a vocational school, community college, or independent college.

Chafee Grant: A grant that is only available to students who were foster youth. The grant pays up to $5,000. You may apply at: Students who are eligible for a Chafee Grant should also contact the EOPS office to learn more about qualifying for the Guardian Scholarship Program.

Federal Work-Study: The Federal Work Study (FWS) program is designed to provide eligible students who have financial need an opportunity to earn a part of their educational expenses through work. Most of the FWS work is done on the GWC campus, making it easier for students who have transportation issues or difficulty scheduling classes around a demanding job. FWS funds are very limited and awarded on a first-come, first served basis to students with the lowest EFCs who have indicated on their FAFSA a desire to work.

Direct (Stafford) Student Loan: This is a loan and must be repaid. The loan is available in both subsidized and unsubsidized forms. Entrance and exit counseling is required. You must complete and submit a FAFSA, and complete any required documents.

Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW): Available only to California residents attending a California Community College. The BOGFW will waive the per-unit enrollment fees for all qualified applicants. The BOGFW does not waive any other college fees, which you must pay. If not paid, you will be dropped from your classes.

Dream Act: AB540 students who meet the qualifications will be exempt from paying nonresident tuition and have the opportunity to qualify for a Cal Grant. Please visit the following website for additional information, and click on California Dream Act.

Rights and Responsibilities of Students: All students are entitled to receive equitable treatment in the awarding of financial aid. It is the student’s responsibility to report any changes in his/her financial or academic status. All financial aid recipients are expected to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress or they will lose their financial aid eligibility. Please read the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy on our webpage.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Parents’ Contribution: The primary responsibility for assisting students with the cost of a post-secondary education lies with the student and often times his/her family. The expected contribution is determined by a federal need analysis process evaluating the family’s financial information provided on the FAFSA.

Student’s Contribution: All students are expected to contribute toward their own educational expenses. A student’s income and assets will also be assessed through federal methodology based upon data submitted on the FAFSA.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for Financial Aid Recipients

SAP standards apply to all federal and state aid applicants whether or not they have previously received student financial aid.

Students receiving financial aid must agree to make Satisfactory Academic Progress toward their educational goal. Failure to maintain these standards will result in the loss of eligibility for financial assistance. This policy applies to students receiving assistance from those financial aid programs administered by the GWC Financial Aid Office and is separate from the College’s academic progress policies.

All students must meet the SAP policy (partially detailed below) to be eligible to receive financial aid.

The Financial Aid Office reviews academic progress at the end of each academic term. SAP includes measures of cumulative G.P.A. and unit completion progress, with a maximum number of attempted units allowed. Please read the SAP policy in its entirety on our website.


Refunds: In accordance with Public Law 105-244 students who receive federal financial assistance and withdraw from all of their classes before completing more than 60% of the semester will be required to return any unearned federal funds. The amount of the return will be calculated on a pro-rata basis. Federal Work Study (FWS) earnings are excluded from the calculation.

Repayments/Over-Awards: Should it be determined at any time that the student received funds for which he/she was ineligible, the student will be required to repay these funds. Students will be notified in writing via email of repayment options and the consequences of non-payment.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Be advised that financial aid award amounts may increase or decrease due to a variety of factors, which may include a change in either the student’s enrollment status or the student’s FAFSA data. The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to modify financial aid award amounts at any time due to either changes in the availability of funds or changes in Federal regulations.

For More Information: This section only briefly touches upon what you should know about student financial aid. Please visit the GWC Financial Aid Office and website (click Financial Aid under the Student Services tab at or call (714) 895-8394 for more information and specifics about student financial aid.


The Golden West College Foundation was organized in 1985 to solicit and manage gifts to benefit the college and its students. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting the College’s mission of providing comprehensive academic opportunities to the community for lifelong learning.

A board of directors provides the leadership and direction for the organization’s operation and manages the Foundation. The Foundation has grown steadily since 1985 with assets over $8,400,000. This has been accomplished through donations of cash, bequests and grants from individuals and businesses. The Foundation has provided over $7,800,000 in scholarships to Golden West College students, and over $8,400,000 in program support. In addition to cash assets, the Foundation annually receives donated equipment and supplies that represent thousands of dollars in gifts-in-kind.

The primary focus of the Foundation Board of Directors is to work towards building support for college-wide needs. To nurture groups who have special interests in supporting Golden West College, the Foundation provides direction to two auxiliaries. Each auxiliary is managed by its own board and officers, requiring membership dues for operational expenses. Membership is open to the public.

Information is available by calling the Foundation office, (714) 895-8316, or at or addressing a letter to the Golden West College Foundation, 15744 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-3103.

Golden West College Patrons

Organized in April 1973, the Golden West College Patrons membership is composed of alumni, community members and GWC staff and faculty. The Patrons is a volunteer organization that raises monies for student scholarships through their Chefs for Scholarships event held each fall. The members also volunteer each year in support of other events such as Commencement, Scholarships and Awards, and Gala.

Hens and Chickens

The Hens & Chickens Quilt Fellowship of GWC began in 1989 when a group of quilters did not want to disband after taking a quilting class. Their name was taken from the name of a quilt block. Members range in age from 7 to 75. Each year they create a custom, one-of-a-kind quilt which is raffled and proceeds are given as The Hens & Chickens Quilt Fellowship Scholarship.

Hispanic Serving Institution

Golden West College is proud of its designation by the Federal Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, defined as a non-profit institution that has at least 25% Hispanic full-time students. Because of our location in Huntington Beach, Orange County, and our commitment to attract a broad range of students seeking educational opportunities, the Hispanic students play an important role in our campus life. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Puente Program and Club, the Intercultural Center, and the Mi Casa Student Club as well as to participate in a variety of courses that explore the impact and contribution of the Hispanic cultures in American society. Chicano/Latino students from the surrounding high schools have the opportunity to attend the annual Chican@/Latin@ College Day event, as they have been doing since its inception in 1975. This event is a well-established tradition, embraced by the local high schools, Latino community and CCCD.

Online Instruction

The Online Instruction Department supports online learning and instruction by providing students with technical support for online education, and assisting faculty in developing and maintaining their courses within the Canvas learning management system.

Located in the annex building of the Learning Resource Center, the Online Instruction Department welcomes walk-ins from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Online Instruction team may also be contacted for phone support from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (714) 895-8389, and online at

Online Courses

Online courses require a specified number of hours per week of course participation within Canvas (see course details in the searchable schedule). These hours can be completed at times that fit within the student’s schedule, provided all course due dates are met. Since there are no on-campus meetings for fully online classes, students must log on to Canvas (through on the first day of class to avoid being dropped for non-attendance.

Hybrid Courses

In addition to the specified Canvas participation hours, Hybrid courses also require on-campus course meetings. The meetings may be weekly for the duration of the semester, or there may be only a few specified meeting dates (see course details in the searchable schedule). In either case, these meetings are not optional. Students should ensure they will be able to attend all on-campus meetings before signing up for a Hybrid course.

Canvas as a Supplement to On-Campus Courses

Instructors teaching a traditional, face-to-face course may choose to utilize Canvas to post information, administer assignments and exams, or communicate with their students.

Please note that, although there are some exceptions, most Canvas courses do not appear to students before the start date of the course. Additionally, while Canvas courses usually remain open for a certain number of days after the semester ends, they will not be available to students indefinitely.

Visit for additional information about online courses at Golden West College.


Outreach is dedicated to making the transition to college easier by providing information to all who inquire about Golden West College and its programs.

Services include:

  • Group and individual tours (by appointment)
  • Classroom presentations
  • College Nights, Parent Info Sessions, and Career Fairs
  • College- and career-readiness information for elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Information requests
  • Special Campus Events
Peace Studies

The Peace Studies program at Golden West College offers students an opportunity to learn about the value of peace and teaches tomorrow’s leaders how to utilize peacemaking and conflict management skills in their daily lives.

This program provides an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of conflict, violence, war, and peace. The program also provides students with leadership skills that are essential in the highly complex and interdependent world in which we live. This interdisciplinary program is open to all students.

The GWC Peace Studies program is a preparation for those seeking to pursue careers in international affairs, whether through the Foreign Service, Peace Corps, United Nations, United States Institute of Peace, or international non-governmental organizations. Areas of involvement include human rights, social and economic development, disarmament, conflict analysis, transitional and global threats, and general peacemaking. The student seeking a domestic career may find work as a mediator or conflict resolution specialist, human relations specialist, human resources specialist, justice and trauma healing professional or educator.

Public Safety

Golden West College maintains a Public Safety Department with personnel available 24 hours a day. Anyone may report any criminal or non-criminal activity, or emergency, by calling (714) 895-8924 or (714) 895-8999 for emergencies (or by dialing 911). The Public Safety Building is located in the southwest corner of the campus, next to Nursing & Health Services (Goldenwest St. and Edinger Ave). The Public Safety office is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Additional information regarding the Golden West College Public Safety Department and their services can be obtained by visiting:

Puente Program

The Puente Program is a two semester learning community that includes three main components. The accelerated writing course sequence incorporates Mexican-American, Latino and other multi-cultural authors with emphasis on English writing skills. Intensive counseling provides students with sustained, in-depth career and academic guidance throughout their enrollment in community college. Students then receive mentoring from members of the community who are recruited, trained, and matched with students to share career advice and personal experiences. Students in the Puente Program enroll as a cohort in required coursework each semester and participate in the program as a true learning community that supports personal, academic, and cultural development of students.

All students are eligible to enroll in the Puente program. Once enrolled in the Puente Program, students can continue to take advantage of Puente mentoring, counseling, and guidance while enrolled at Golden West College.

Eligibility: All students are eligible to enroll if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Eligibility for English G099 in the fall semester, either by completion of prerequisite coursework or assessment score placement.
  2. Completion and submission of the Puente Program application, available in the Counseling Office, or online at
  3. Enrollment in the program is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  4. Commitment to the goals of the Puente Program, including an intent to transfer to a four-year college/university.


  1. Intensive writing training
  2. Mentoring
  3. Transfer counseling
  4. Career development
  5. Identity development
  6. Inclusion in an active learning community

Puente Classes:
Fall First Semester:

English G099 – Introduction to College Writing/Reading, 3 units
College G100 – Becoming a Successful College Student, 3 units

Spring Second Semester:

English G100 – Freshman Composition, 3 units
Counseling G104 – Career and Life Planning, 3 units


Citizens and organizations donate funds for scholarships to be awarded to deserving Golden West College students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need, and/or contribution to campus and community life according to the criteria set up by the donor. Application forms are available in November of each year and awards are presented in May at the Scholarship and Awards Ceremony. Funds are available the following academic year.

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Student Life and Leadership

The Office of Student Life and Leadership strives to maximize personal growth and development in students by providing a variety of opportunities for involvement, service, and leadership in co-curricular, campus, and community activities. In response to the varying needs of the student population, Student Life and Leadership recognizes diversity as a core value of our campus community. With an emphasis on academic excellence and student retention, Student Life and Leadership supports the academic mission of the college by working to create experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom and encouraging students to actively participate in the greater educational community as part of the college’s fully integrated planning process. The Office of Student Life and Leadership also oversees the daily operation of the Student Center and the Student Center Game Room with staffing and maintenance.

Specific service areas include:

Campus Life: Assists students and staff with planning co-curricular campus activities.

Housing Referral Service: Rental and roommate listing maintained.

Student Life and Leadership: Strives to maximize personal growth and development in students by providing a variety of opportunities for involvement, service, and leadership in co-curricular, campus, and community activities.

College Services Charge & Student ID Sticker:  The College Services Charge provides funding for a variety of GWC programs and services. Students also receive discounts at local businesses and free entry at various campus life events. The Student ID Sticker is available in the Office of Student Life and Leadership.

Locker Rental: Low cost locker rental is available for students in the Office of Student Life and Leadership.

Associated Students of Golden West College (ASGWC): Members of Student Government share active and vital roles in the governance process at Golden West College. Executive Student Council members are elected by the general student body or appointed when vacancies occur. Student Delegates have the opportunity to join ASGWC at any time throughout the year. The Student Senate has five committees: Publicity, Student Interest, Finance, Activities, and Sustainability that assist in the organization and operation of campus programs and events.

Clubs and Organizations: Serves the interests of the student body through various social, honorary, service, professional, academic, special interest clubs, organizations, and associations.

Publicity: Posters and banners are prepared to order for a nominal fee or are free to campus clubs. Information about the posting policy for GWC can be obtained from the Office of Student Life and Leadership. The LED Marquee, located in the Student Center Patio, is available to post on-campus events and programs.

Student Participation on College Committees: Students are encouraged to serve as student representatives in the participatory governance process at Golden West College.

Rustler Rewards Program: Discounts are available to staff and students from merchants in the surrounding community.

Student Center: Offers a variety of amenities to students, including the Cove Café (Food Services), a lounge area with large HD LED television, Game Room, wireless internet access, and an internet café.

Student Center Stage: Available for student forums, community presentations, and small productions.

Student Learning Services

The Student Success Center is located on the first floor of the Learning Resource Center. The primary focus of the center is to promote student success by providing all students access to the following programs:

Student Computer Center
(714) 895-8904

The Student Computer Center is a computer laboratory that provides unlimited use of computers, high speed internet access, color printing, scanners, course software, CD-RW-DVD combo, Microsoft Office, as well as eleven Macintosh computers loaded with the most current Digital Art software. The Student Computer Center also offers faxing and copying services at a minimal charge to students. To use the Student Computer Center, students must register for Learning Skills G922.

Tutorial and Learning Center
(714) 895-8904

Academic support is available to all GWC students in the classes for which they are currently enrolled. The Tutorial and Learning Center provides the following services:

  • Community tutoring
  • Drop-in tutoring
  • Group tutorials
  • Individual appointments
  • International Conversation Lab
  • Online tutoring

Additional support services include: review sessions before major exams, study skills videos, as well as self-help pamphlets and literature. The Tutorial and Learning Center is located in the Learning Resource Center room 129. For hours and additional information please call 714-895-8904 or visit

Developmental Math Program
(714) 895-8384

The Developmental Math Program encompasses MATH G010, Elementary Algebra, MATH G030, Intermediate, MATH G040, Accelerated Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, and MATH G080, Pre-statistics, which provides the entry-level math knowledge, skills, and techniques required to enter upper-level math sections. This program focuses attention on student-specific needs, tutoring, and other support programs to assist students in becoming successful in their math course, and lays the foundation for the advanced/transfer math courses.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
(714) 895-8904

PASS is a series of weekly review sessions facilitated by a PASS Leader. Sessions integrate what to learn (course content) with how to learn (study skills). PASS provides an active learning environment that promotes students to work together and use each other as resources to better understand the course content. During a typical PASS session, students compare and clarify lecture notes, review textbook readings, and discuss key concepts and difficult course content. To check if your class offers PASS, view the schedule online:

Writing and Reading Center
(714) 895-8303

The Writing and Reading Center offers many short courses that help students improve their reading and writing skills. The courses focus on understanding college-level texts, writing essays and research papers, and improving vocabulary and grammar skills. All courses include one-on-one tutoring with experienced instructors. Each course can be taken for units of credit, and all courses are open for enrollment until week 12 of the semester. Fee varies from course to course. Please call for additional information.

Mathematics Computer Lab

The Math Computer Lab is located in the Math and Science Building, Room 227. Each semester some hours are reserved for scheduled classes. At other times the lab is open on an as needed basis to assist any student currently enrolled in any Mathematics course here at GWC. Please check the posted schedule at the beginning of each semester to see when open hours are available. Phone: (714) 892-7711 ext. 51133. Hours: M-Th 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Student Health Center

Golden West College offers health services for all currently enrolled students who are attending classes and have paid the health fee. Most services are included in the health fee which is currently $20 per semester for fall and spring; $16 for summer session (subject to change). If there is a charge for medication, labs and services it will be limited to cover only the cost. We want to make health care affordable and convenient for students. Healthy students learn better and stay in school.

The Health Center is designed to provide service for short-term acute illness with a focus on prevention. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. Call for intersession and summer hours. A Registered Nurse will be on duty on these days to provide treatment, health counseling, and referrals to appropriate services. Physicians and psychologists are available by appointment after consultation with a Registered Nurse. We are located in the Nursing and Health Services building next to the Edinger street parking lot on the south side of the campus. To make an appointment call (714) 895-8379. Services are confidential and comply with health privacy laws.

Services include:

  • Basic treatment and first aid
  • Treatment of illness
  • Immunizations
  • Family Planning
  • Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Mental health consultation
  • Short term mental health therapy
  • Social Services consultation
  • Medical lab work
  • Health counseling and education
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Basic physical exams, at an additional charge

Visit our webpage at or search Google for GWC Student Health Center.

Study Abroad Program

The Coast Community College District Study Abroad Program offers a variety of short-term study abroad programs led by district faculty members. For more information about how to plan your study abroad experience, or to apply, please visit the Study Abroad website at or call
(714) 438-4706.

Veterans Services

Golden West College is approved by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education for the training of veterans seeking benefits under state and federal regulations.

Application and certification for benefits are provided by the School Certifying Official located in the Enrollment Center.

Veterans Resource Center (VRC)

The purpose of the VRC is to address the unique needs of our veteran student population and provide the tools that each individual veteran needs in order to meet his/her educational goals. It also provides students with a place to socialize with fellow veterans and is a meeting place for the GWC Student Veteran Organization.

Eligibility for Benefits

The Veterans Services office will assist veterans and dependents using the following VA educational benefits:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
  • Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
  • Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR Chapter 1606)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP Chapter 1607)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program (VR&E Chapter 31)
  • Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)


To apply for educational benefits, veterans and dependents can use the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP), which is available on the VA website:

Eligibility for benefits is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The number of units veterans and dependents must take to qualify for benefits varies according to the educational benefit used. Call the VA’s Western Regional Processing Center toll free at (888) 442-4551 for information about compensation and periods of eligibility.

After registering for classes, students using Chapter 33 Post 9/11 or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment educational benefits must immediately contact the Veterans Services office to request a fee deferral, or they will be dropped in accordance with the non-payment drop schedule.

Requirements for Receiving VA Educational Benefits

  1. To qualify for benefits, veterans and eligible dependents must have, as an educational objective, an Associate Degree or an Associate Degree for Transfer.
  2. Veterans and dependents must submit official sealed transcripts from all colleges attended previously to Golden West College within four weeks of being admitted, or future certifications may be delayed.
  3. Students must have a counselor-approved Student Education Plan. Only classes that are applicable towards their educational goal will be certified for educational benefits.
  4. Students must notify the School Certifying Official of all changes in enrollment at the time of the transaction. The veteran is responsible for any overpayment caused by failure to report changes.
  5. Students must maintain satisfactory standards of progress. Students who are on academic or progress disqualification may not be eligible for benefits.

Registration Priority for Veterans

All students are subject to the provisions of SB1456.

Under the provisions of California Education Code Section 66025.8

(a) GWC will grant priority registration to any member or former member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who is a resident of California, and who has received an honorable discharge, a general discharge, or an other than honorable discharge, and to any member or former member of the State Military Reserve, for any academic term attended for four academic years after he or she has left state or federal active duty, which he or she shall use within 15 years of leaving state or federal active duty.

(b) A former member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the State Military Reserve who received a dishonorable discharge or a bad conduct discharge is not eligible for priority registration for enrollment pursuant to this section.

Proof of current military status (military ID or DD214 Member 4) must be submitted to the Veterans Services office.

CalVet Tuition Fee Waivers

In recognition of the sacrifices made by veterans while serving our country with honor, the State of California may grant their dependents a tuition fee waiver while attending a California Community College, a campus of the California State University system, or a campus of the University of California System. In addition to submitting an application to the California Department of Veterans Affairs, dependents MUST complete the Board of Governors Fee Waiver form (BOGFW) available on the school’s website. Please note: the Financial Aid Office recommends students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which includes the BOG application.

Students who have been approved for the CalVet tuition fee waiver should take their Authorization Letter to the Financial Aid Office. Please note that the waiver is for tuition only. Students must pay any and all remaining fees or they will be dropped in accordance with the non-payment drop schedule.

For more information about this program, contact your local County Veterans Service Office.

Tuition Assistance

Active military using Tuition Assistance should consult with the Director of Admissions & Records.

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