Why GWC?

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Associate Degrees

Golden West College offers students several ways to earn a degree: the Associate in Arts Degree (AA); the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T); and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T).

The AA-T and AS-T degrees are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students completing these degrees are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

Degrees with a Two Year Completion Guarantee

Golden West College currently offers many Associate Degree for Transfer majors that have been pre-scheduled, making it possible to complete in two years GUARANTEED! Students enrolled in these cohorts will receive priority registration every semester to assure available seating in required courses.

Meet with a GWC counselor to enroll in one of these majors. More information is available online: www.goldenwestcollege.edu/csu2

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Golden West College offers Career & Technical Education (CTE) designed to provide educational, vocational, and technical training that will lead to specialized employment, career advancement, or transfer to a university.

Our career programs are taught by highly qualified instructors who are working or experienced in the field they teach. In addition, the programs have been designed with the advice and counseling from industry advisory committee members who volunteer their time to keep our programs current with industry trends and technological advancements.

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The excellence of Golden West College’s athletic program rivals the school’s academic reputation as one of the finest all-around programs in the State of California. Since 1966, GWC Rustlers have captured more State Championships than any other California Community College.

Our aquatics program (water polo, swimming & diving) have won more championships than any other community college in the nation!

Men’s and women’s cross country, soccer, swimming & diving, track & field, volleyball, and water polo; men’s baseball, and football; and women’s softball — are all sponsored by the college

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Campus Life and Clubs

There are many ways you can get involved, connect with friends, and enjoy campus life at Golden West.

Join a club. It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests and enrich your academic experience.

Meet up with friends in the Student Center between classes. Play video games or shoot pool in the game room, watch the big-screen TV in the lounge area, or get a bite to eat in the Cove Café.

Join a study group and use one of the many private study rooms in the Learning Resource Center, equipped with computers and large display monitors.

Participate in events throughout the year — Homecoming, BBQs, live entertainment, Diversity Week, Intercultural Program events, community service projects, service-learning opportunities, and leadership conferences — just to name a few.

Become a Leader. Run for Student Council, join the Student Senate, or be the student voice on a campus-wide committee. Whatever your interests, there is a job for you in student government. As a representative of the students, members put their leadership skills to work.

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