Location: Business 109

Office Hours:
Monday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sat & Sun: CLOSED

(714) 684-1809

Email address:

Program Information:
Noncredit classes are open to anyone in the community 18 years or older.
Noncredit classes (0 units) are not applicable towards an associate’s degree.
Classes are tuition-free. Most classes require a textbook.

Chromebook Loan Program:
If you need a computer to study online courses, we can help! Students enrolled in at least one noncredit class are eligible to borrow a Chromebook. Contact us for more information.

Make an appointment with noncredit counselors:
Virtual counseling appointments are available!

Noncredit Counselors:
Ailene Nguyen
Languages: English and Vietnamese
Email address:
Phone: 714-895-8799

Karina Villeda
Language: English and Spanish
Email address:
Phone: 714-949-0090

Counselors Hours:
Monday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Schedule a Counseling Appointment

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Spring 2021 Noncredit Class Schedule [Printable PDF]

Golden West College’s noncredit courses are designed for students who wish to advance their educational and career goals. Noncredit courses are offered on-campus, off-campus, and online. They provide students with lifelong learning, college transfer, and career preparation opportunities. All noncredit courses are FREE with no proof of residency needed. The courses are highly accessible and repeatable with no prerequisite courses. Most importantly, the courses serve as a critical “open access” entry point for students of diverse backgrounds and those seeking self-improvement, increased literacy, and job skills.

NonCredit - Apply & Register Today!

Questions? Ask GWC NonCredit

Adult Education/Noncredit Certificates

Adult Education/Noncredit Courses

NonCredit Directory


English Language Learning (ELL)

Beginning Low to Beginning High Level
Intermediate Low to Intermediate High Level

Citizenship Preparation

The citizenship preparation program is designed to prepare non-native speakers of English to complete the U.S. citizenship process. Preparation includes reinforcing critical points of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) civics study questions by reviewing basic U.S history, government, and constitution. Also, students will develop English communicative skills through the practice of interactions and interview techniques to understand and complete the final USCIS interview.

ELL Reading and Writing for Citizenship (New offering Fall 2020)

ELL Listening and Speaking for Citizenship (New offering Fall 2020)

Learn the steps for becoming a U.S. citizen, including how to apply, sample test questions, and what is the naturalization process by visiting this website:

High School Equivalency

General Educational Development (GED)

Noncredit GED Test Preparation courses provide students with the reading, writing, science, and math skills necessary to successfully pass the GED exam.

The GED Test is used in California to award high school equivalency certificates. To register and schedule for the GED Test, test-takers must register online by visiting or by calling the Pearson VUE call center at 1-877-EXAM-GED (392-6433).

GED Test Preparation: Reasoning Through Language Arts (New offering FA 20)
GED Test Preparation: Mathematical Reasoning (Coming Soon!)

Golden West College is an Official Pearson VUE GED Testing Center



Noncredit Education Frequently Asked Questions
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Apply Today!

To participate in Noncredit Programs and Courses, you must complete this two-step process. Please read through the steps below completely before beginning the process:

New & Returning Students:

Step 1: Apply Now! Complete the admission application.

*NOTE: An email account is REQUIRED to complete your Admission Application. If you do not have a personal email address, free email accounts are available from many sources.

Step 2: You will receive a GWC student ID number by email. Register for classes.

Continuing Students:

Continuing students (those who are registered in classes for the current semester) do NOT need to reapply for admission.

Step 1: Select desired classes from the Fall 2020 schedule [PDF]

Step 2: Complete the Student Add/Drop Form

Fall Semester 2020

August 24, 2020 First Day of Instruction
September 7, 2020 Labor Day (Holiday) No Classes
November 11, 2020 Veterans Day (Holiday) No Classes
November 26-29, 2020 Thanksgiving (Holiday) No Classes
December 12, 2020 Last Day of Semester