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Adult Education/Noncredit

Noncredit

Noncredit programs provide students access to higher education for skill attainment, college preparation, career enhancement, and personal enrichment. To earn a certificate in noncredit programs, students must complete the list of required courses identified in the program. Noncredit courses are offered free of charge, except for instructional materials fees, if applicable, and are repeatable. These courses are identified with course numbers ending in “N,” for example, G001N. Students taking only noncredit courses do not earn college credits, and are not eligible for financial aid.

The following is a list of noncredit categories as defined in California Education Code Section 84757 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 55151.

  1. English as a Second Language
  2. Immigrant Education - Citizenship Preparation 
  3. Elementary and Secondary Basic Skills
  4. Health and Safety
  5. Substantial Disabilities
  6. Parenting Education
  7. Home Economics
  8. Courses for Older Adults
  9. Short-term Vocational Programs
  10. Workforce Preparation

Awards for Noncredit Programs

There are two types of Awards for noncredit programs: Certificate of Competency and Certificate of Completion.

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Noncredit Courses

Automotive Technology (AUTO)

AUTO G002N16 Hours (4 lecture hours; 12 lab hours)  
Automotive Safety  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course covers general safety guidelines for the Automotive Industry. Students will learn about Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), how to safely use and maintain automotive tools, vehicle hoists, and other equipment used in the industry. In addition, students will take the S/P2 (Safety and Pollution Prevention) safety test which outlines proper procedures for hazardous waste handling and disposal. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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AUTO G003N48 Hours (16 lecture hours; 32 lab hours)  
Automotive Lube Technician  
Prerequisite(s): AUTO G002N.
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course covers fundamental theories and skills required to enter the automotive workforce as an Automotive Lube Technician. Upon completion, students will learn basic automotive safety, become proficient in using published and online vehicle service information platforms, and perform vehicle service procedures outlined by periodic maintenance schedules. Noncredit. Oopen Entry/Open Exit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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AUTO G004N48 Hours (12 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
Automotive Tire and Wheel Service  
Prerequisite(s): AUTO G002N.
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course covers fundamental theory and skills required to work as a tire technician. Students will learn basic automotive safety, guidelines for aftermarket wheel and tire replacement, as well as the safe use of equipment for repairing and replacing tires used on most light truck and passenger vehicles. Noncredit. Open Entry/Open Exit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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AUTO G045N90 Hours (54 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
Basic Clean Air Car Course  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
This noncredit course is the first in a series of courses required by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to obtain an Advanced Emissions Specialist license. The course will cover rules and regulations, history of the California Smog Check Program, a study of five-gas analysis, oxygen sensors, an overview of all emission control devices offered in California since 1975 and an introduction to onboard diagnostics second generation (OBD ll). The theory in this course is reinforced with hands-on skill practice. Students must complete this course before submitting an application to the BAR for an Advanced Emissions Specialist license. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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AUTO G046N42 Hours (18 lecture hours; 24 lab hours)  
Smog Level 2 Smog Check Inspector Training  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
This noncredit course provides students the procedural knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform Smog Check inspections. Course content includes safety, customer awareness, program administration, equipment maintenance and inspection and testing procedures for OIS and ASM smog tests. Students who complete and pass this training will have met the Bureau's training requirements to qualify to take the Smog Check Inspector state licensing examination. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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Chemistry (CHEM)

CHEM G099N54-108 Hours (54-108 lab hours)  
Chemistry Instructional Assistant  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
Students in this noncredit course assist in the teaching of chemistry lab or lecture sections. To be eligible for this course a student must have successfully completed the class in which they plan to assist. Students assist instructors by some combination of the following: monitoring lab safety, clarifying lab skills and techniques, explaining experiments, engaging in active-learning lecture classrooms by guiding course topic discussions, or answering questions about lecture content. Students will prepare and present one or more oral or written presentations of lab or lecture topics. Instructor's permission required. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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College Success (COLL)

COLL G095N18 Hours (18 lecture hours)  
College Success and Readiness  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course in academic strategies is designed to assist students in developing an understanding of academic principles and expectations with an emphasis on student responsibility for learning. In addition, this course provides an exploration of the psychological, social, and health factors that influence success in college. Students will be given an opportunity to practice and adopt college learning skills through a combination of exercises, practice assignments, and group discussions. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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Digital Media (DM)

DM G113N90 Hours (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Pro Tools 101  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This non-credit course provides the student with an introduction of Pro Tools, the standard software used throughout the recording industry. The course covers basic audio editing tools and techniques, plug-ins and mixing in the Pro Tools environment. The student will learn how to build multi-track sessions of live instruments, MIDI sequences, virtual instruments, audio loops and beats. Additional topics include an introduction to automation, dialog editing and audio post production for film and video. AVID Pro Tools Level 1 certification exam is included with the course. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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English Language Learning (ELL)

ELL G010N72 Hours (72 lecture hours)  
English for Communication 1  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is the first level in the adult education, multi-skills sequence. Beginning English learners will develop their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills essential for daily English communication. Its focus on language, culture, and life skills will help the student achieve personal, career, and/or academic goals. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G015N36 Hours (36 lecture hours)  
Grammar for Fluency 1  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is the first level in the adult education grammar sequence. This focused-skill course uses a grammar-based approach, together with communicative activities, to increase the development of other English skills. Beginning English learners will develop skills of forming basic grammatical structures of Standard American English to achieve personal, career, and/or academic goals for everyday communication. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G016N36 Hours (36 lecture hours)  
Conversation and Pronunciation 1  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is the first level of the Conversation and Pronunciation sequence for multilingual students. It is designed to increase the basic ability to develop speech clarity and listening comprehension through a pronunciation-based approach paired with communicative activities. Beginning English speakers will review American rhythm and intonation patterns and participate in common conversational situations on a basic level. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G020N72 Hours (72 lecture hours)  
English for Communication 2  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is the second level in the adult education, multi-skills sequence. Intermediate English learners will further develop their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills essential for daily English communication. Its focus on language, culture, and life skills will help the student achieve personal, career, and/or academic goals. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G025N36 Hours (36 lecture hours)  
Grammar for Fluency 2  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is the second level in the adult education grammar sequence. This focused-skill course uses a grammar-based approach, together with communicative activities, to increase the development of other English skills. Intermediate English learners will further develop skills of forming grammatical structures of Standard American English to achieve their personal, career, and/or academic goals for everyday communication. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G026N36 Hours (36 lecture hours)  
Conversation and Pronunciation 2  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is the second level of the Conversation and Pronunciation sequence for multilingual students It is designed to increase the basic ability to develop speech clarity and listening comprehension through a pronunciation-based approach paired with communicative activities. Intermediate English speakers will practice the musical aspects of English – rhythm, stress, and intonation – in everyday communication. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G027N54 Hours (54 lecture hours)  
Reading and Writing for Citizenship  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This course is designed to help prepare non-native speakers of English to successfully complete the U.S. citizenship process. Preparation includes reinforcing key points of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) civics study questions by reviewing basic U.S history, government, and constitution. In addition, students will develop communicative English skills through the practice of interactions and interview techniques to understand and complete the final USCIS interview. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G028N54 Hours (54 lecture hours)  
Listening and Speaking for Citizenship  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This course is designed to help prepare non-native speakers of English to successfully complete the U.S. citizenship process. Preparation includes reinforcing key points of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) civics study questions by reviewing basic U.S history, government, and constitution. In addition, students will develop communicative English skills through the practice of interactions and interview techniques to understand and complete the final USCIS interview. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G030N72 Hours (72 lecture hours)  
English for Communication 3  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is the third level in the adult education, multi-skills sequence. Advanced English learners will enhance their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills essential for daily English communication. Its focus on language, culture, and life skills will help the student achieve personal, career, and/or academic goals. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G035N36 Hours (36 lecture hours)  
Grammar for Fluency 3  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is the third level in the adult education grammar sequence. This focused-skill course uses a grammar-based approach, together with communicative activities, to increase the development of other English skills. Advanced English learners will review problematic grammar points of Standard American English to achieve their personal, career, and/or academic goals for everyday communication. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G036N36 Hours (36 lecture hours)  
Conversation and Pronunciation 3  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is the third level of the Conversation and Pronunciation sequence for multilingual students. It is designed to increase the basic ability to develop speech clarity and listening comprehension through a pronunciation-based approach paired with communicative activities. Advanced English speakers will learn to incorporate the musical aspects of English easily and effectively – rhythm, stress, and intonation – in various speaking settings. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G040N72 Hours (72 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Academic Writing for Multilingual Students  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is an introduction to the ESL Academic Writing sequence for multilingual students who have no prior knowledge of Academic Writing. It is designed to strengthen basic student writing by focusing on usage, mechanics, and sentence development. Noncredit. Open Entry/Open Exit. Pass/No Pass/Satisfactory Progress. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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ELL G041N54 Hours (54 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Academic Listening and Speaking for Multilingual Students  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is an introductory course to the ESL Academic Listening and Speaking sequence for multilingual students that need proficiency in Academic English. It will familiarize students to academic listening, speaking, language, and critical thinking skills. Students will locate main ideas and details in recorded short lectures, improve pronunciation, and develop oral presentation skills. Noncredit. Open Entry/Open Exit. Pass/No Pass/Satisfactory Progress. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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General Education Development (GED)

GED G050N45 Hours (45 lecture hours)  
GED Test Preparation: Social Studies  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
This noncredit course is designed to prepare students to take the social studies portion of the General Education Development (GED) Test. The course provides pre- and post-testing of social studies content and individualized prescriptive instruction in preparation for the test. This course provides subject area study in the following proportions: 50% Civics and Government, 20% History, 15% Economics, and 15% Geography. These proportions match the weighting of the number of questions on the GED Social Studies Test. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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GED G060N64 Hours (64 lecture hours)  
GED Test Preparation: Mathematical Reasoning  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is designed to prepare students for the General Education Development (GED) exam in Mathematics. This course provides instruction in quantitative and algebraic problem solving and skill building in test taking strategies to respond to questions on the GED exam in mathematical reasoning. 55% of the exam covers algebraic concepts and 45% covers quantitative reasoning. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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GED G070N45 Hours (45 lecture hours)  
GED Test Preparation: Science  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is designed to prepare students to take the science portion of the General Education Development (GED) Test. The course provides pre- and post-testing of science content and individualized prescriptive instruction in preparation for the test. This course provides subject area study in the following proportions: 40% Life Science, 40% Physical Science and 20% Earth and Planetary Sciences. These proportions match the weighting of the number of questions on the GED Science Test. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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GED G080N64 Hours (64 lecture hours)  
GED Test Preparation: Reasoning Through Language Arts  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is designed to prepare students to take the Reading and Language Arts section of the GED (General Educational Development) test. The course provides individualized prescriptive instruction in preparation of the test. It covers test-taking strategies and the fundamentals of the reading and writing portion of the test. It includes small group instruction. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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Learning Skills (LRSK)

LRSK G921N216 Hours (216 lab hours)  
Suprv Tutorial Serv Att  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This course provides tutorial assistance to students requesting educational support to increase student success. May be repeated as necessary. Hours by arrangement. Permission to register will be given at the Tutorial and Learning Center. Noncredit. Not Graded. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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Mathematics (MATH)

MATH G003N32 Hours (32 lecture hours)  
Preparation for Elementary Algebra  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This non-credit course will introduce basic operations with signed numbers, exponents, fractions and mixed numbers, first degree equations, radicals, proportions, rational expressions, factorizations, percent’s, formulas, applied problems, and the rectangular coordinate system. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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MATH G098N36 Hours (36 lecture hours)  
Support for Calculus 1  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course provides students with the necessary support to succeed in Math G180: Calculus 1. Topics include study and test-taking skills, operations on real numbers, linear equations, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse functions, and solving applicational problems. Students taking this course will gain the necessary algebraic and trigonometric skills, improving their foundational mathematical competence, to succeed in MATH G180: Calculus 1. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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MATH G099N36 Hours (36 lecture hours)  
Support for Calculus 2  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
This noncredit course provides students with the necessary support to succeed in Math G185: Calculus 2. Topics include study and test-taking skills, continual improvement of algebraic skills, library of functions, solving applicational problems, differentiation of functions, and introductory integration. Students taking this course will gain the necessary skills, improving their foundational mathematical competence, to succeed in MATH G185: Calculus 2 and the remainder of the calculus series.

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Nursing (NURS)

NURS G050N20 Hours (20 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Gerontology  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course introduces students to provide care for the elderly population. Emphasis will be placed on the roles of elderly caregivers, ethical principles and laws, elderly abuse including the Vulnerable Adult Act, therapeutic communication techniques, and promotion of optimal nutrition in elderly patients. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass/Satisfactory Progress. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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NURS G051N10 Hours (10 lecture hours)  
Care of the Elderly Adult  
Prerequisite(s): NURS G050N.
Co-requisite(s): NURS G052N.
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course discusses body changes and diseases for elderly patients. Emphasis will be placed on the aged-related physiological changes within the various body systems, interpretation of vital signs and promotion of safety when caring for elderly patients. A review of proper body mechanics for caregivers will be addressed. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass/Satisfactory Profess. NOT DEGREE APPLICALBE.

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NURS G052N20 Hours (0 lecture hours; 20 lab hours)  
Care of the Elderly Adult Practicum  
Prerequisite(s): NURS G050N.
Co-requisite(s): NURS G051N.
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course is the practicum portion of NURS G051N. Emphasis will be placed on the demonstration of vital sign assessments, safe use of mobility devices, and proper body mechanic techniques while caring for the elderly patient population. Ten of the twenty lab hours may be completed off-site under supervision. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass/Satisfactory Profess. NOT DEGREE APPLICALBE.

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NURS G060N60 Hours (60 lecture hours)  
Certified Nurse Assistant  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course prepares students to work as entry-level healthcare workers for patients in various healthcare settings. Aspects of basic nursing care such as biometric data review, infection control, patient transfers, recognition of abuse, patient rights, and appropriate emergency responses will be taught. This course is the theory portion of the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program that qualifies the student to take the Competency Evaluation Examination issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Students are required to obtain a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and an American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Card. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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NURS G061N100 Hours (0 lecture hours; 100 lab hours)  
Certified Nurse Assistant Practicum  
Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit
Not Transferable.
This noncredit course prepares students to work as entry-level healthcare workers for patients in various healthcare settings. Hands-on examination aspect of basic nursing care such as biometric data review, infection control, patient transfers, recognition of abuse, patient rights, and appropriate emergency responses will be taught. This course is the clinical portion of the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program that qualifies the student to take the Competency Evaluation Examination issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). To pass the course, all 100 hours must be completed in approved clinical sites with an instructor present. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

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