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Checks for Semester Success

Students Semester Success

Checks for Semester Success

Welcome! We are excited for you to start the semester at GWC. GWC is welcoming students back to campus in a phased reopening for the Fall 2021 semester. As part of GWC's phased approach, many offices will be open for in-person services two days per week, gradually increasing hours throughout the semester.

When coming on campus, masks are required indoors and will be available in your classroom, the Library, and various Student Services offices. While the Coast district has recently announced a vaccine mandate that will be implemented in phases throughout the fall semester, your ability to attend in-person classes this semester will not be impacted.

Start here, we have put together a GWC Student Success Guide [PDF] to help with your success.

Also, please keep these steps below in mind for a successful start of the semester. We recommend to read all of the steps but by using menu you may jump to the info that you need first:

Verify Courses | Access Your School Email | Accessing Online Classes | Attendance | On A Waitlist? | Need Textbooks?
| Need A Device? | Withdrawal Deadlines | Student Services | GWC Cares | GWC App | Parking | Smoke Free Campus
| Plan For Next Semester | Last Semester? Apply To Graduate! | Have Questions?

 

1. VERIFY COURSES:
Your Student Class Program (Web Schedule Bill) in MyGWC is your proof that you registered and paid your fees. It also includes information about your class meeting time and location as well as important deadline dates for each class. Access it by clicking on the "Registration" tab, then clicking the link under "Registration Tools".


2. ACCESS YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL:
Email communications from the college and your instructors will go to your Coast District email account, which is accessible through your MyGWC student portal. Check your email account frequently.


3. ACCESSING ONLINE CLASSES:
Your courses will appear in Canvas on the course start date, at which time you will be able to access course-specific instructions, materials, and communications from your faculty. Access Canvas from the college's main website or by logging on to your MyGWC student portal then clicking on "Canvas/Online Learning System". You can also now use the GWC App to access most portions of your Canvas course!


4. ATTENDANCE:
Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Students who miss the first class meeting, are absent for two contiguous class meeting or have too many absences MAY be dropped by the Instructor at any time during the semester until the final deadline for withdrawal.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student to withdraw in order to meet all fee/refund deadlines and it is also the responsibility of the student to withdraw by state mandated deadlines to avoid grade penalties.

HOW/WHEN your classes are being offered and the instructor’s email are found at MyGWC

  1. Log in
  2. Click REGISTRATION on the left.
  3. Registration Tools: STUDENT CLASS PROGRAM

ONLINE: Fully online. Does not require in-person contact. Log into Canvas on the first day of the semester.

LIVEONLINE: This class is offered with set scheduled meeting times using Zoom, Canvas Conference, or other technology. Class work will be done online using Canvas. See schedule for days and time.

HYBRID: This class is online and on the GWC campus. See schedule for days/time/room.

LECTURES: The class to be in-person on campus. See schedule for days/time/room.


5. ON A WAITLIST?
Check your school email for a waitlist notification or directions from your instructor. If you receive neither by the first day of the semester, you may email the instructor on how to attend the first class meeting and get an Add Permit with Add Code. Not all instructors may provide you with an add permit due to class capacity. Add permits have deadlines – be sure to register for class immediately. Please view our instructions on how to register with an Add Code.


6. NEED TEXTBOOKS?
Order or rent your textbooks ahead of time. Students can place orders via the Bookstore website for shipment or in-person pick-up at the bookstore service window. The Bookstore is open for in-person textbook purchases on Tuesdays and Wednesday 9 am - 2 pm.


7. NEED A DEVICE?
We are committed to ensuring that our students have what they need to stay in school and be successful—regardless of the circumstances. All students—regardless of unit count or full-time/part-time status—can request a technology loan if they do not have access to a computer. Visit the Chromebook Loan Program webpage to request a technology device. If you need STEM devices, (Check out models, calculators, microscopes, Chromebooks, textbooks, and other resources) visit the STEM Center Services webpage.


8. WITHDRAWAL DEADLINES:
Deadlines such as Pass/No Pass and withdrawing without a "W" might not be the same for all classes. Refer to your Student Class Program on MyGWC and/or the Important deadlines webpage for specific dates for each course.


9. STUDENT SERVICES:
Student services are available in-person again as part of our phased re-opening! Please see the Enrollment home webpage to see available office hours. You can also visit each department's webpage for specific information on what services are still available virtually:


10. GWC CARES:
We know many of our students face financial, physical, emotional, and academic challenges. Golden West College cares about our students' success and well-being during your difficult times. We are here to help.


11. GWC APP:
Download GWCs app to find out about events and clubs, sync your calendars, browse campus resources, connect with other students, and access Canvas course websites! Find it on the App Store or Google Play Store.


12. PARKING:
Parking permits or daily permits will not be required during the Fall 2021 semester.


13. SMOKE FREE CAMPUS:
We want to create a healthy environment for all those who visit our campus. The students, faculty, staff, and administrators of GWC are happy to announce that we are now a 100% smoke and tobacco-free campus.


14. PLAN FOR NEXT SEMESTER:
Contact the Counseling department before the end of the semester to create or update your education plan and identify classes for next semester.


15. LAST SEMESTER? APPLY TO GRADUATE!
Even if you complete all of the requirements on your degree plan, you must petition to graduate. Check out the Graduation webpage for deadlines and other information.


16. HAVE QUESTIONS?
We are open and ready to help in person on the following days and times:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 am - 5 pm
We are also available to help online with “CHAT WITH US” and by phone, (714) 892-7711
Monday – Friday from 8 am - 5 pm
Or contact us by email at arinfo@gwc.cccd.edu

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