Academic Catalogs

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.

Certificate of Competency Requirements

This award confirms that a student enrolled in a noncredit program has demonstrated achievement in a set of competencies that prepares students to progress in a career path or to undertake degree-applicable and non-degree applicable credit courses.

Certificate of Completion Requirements 

This award confirms that a student has completed a noncredit program that prepares students to progress in a career path or to take degree-applicable courses.

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.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G002N

    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 non-credit 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. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G003N

      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 non-credit 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. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G004N

        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.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G045N

          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.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing AUTO G046N

            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.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing CHEM G099N

              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.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing COLL G095N

                Digital Arts (DART)

                DART G100N72 Hours (36 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
                Introduction to Digital Arts  

                Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                Not Transferable.

                This noncredit hands-on introductory course covers the fundamentals of scanner usage, digital cameras, and printers as digital design tools. This course also introduces the student to an array of today's popular software used in the Digital Arts environment. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing DART G100N

                  DART G150N72 Hours (36 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
                  Photoshop, Beginning  

                  Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                  Not Transferable.

                  Use Adobe Photoshop for digital compositing, typography, image repair, video and web image construction for business, graphic design, the web and digital media fields. Consideration is given to Photoshop industry terms, legal "rules" for image usage, digital workflow, the tools and the basic functions of the software. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing DART G150N

                    Digital Media (DM)

                    DM G110N90 Hours (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                    Digital Audio, Introduction  

                    Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                    Not Transferable.

                    This non-credit course covers audio theory, tracking, mixing, and mastering techniques using digital audio workstation systems in more detail. Lab experiences include editing, processing, mixing, and mastering projects of various musical genres. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing DM G110N

                      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.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing DM G113N

                        English as a Second Language (ESL)

                        ESL G011N108 Hours (72 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
                        ESL Core Course, Level 1  

                        Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                        Not Transferable.

                        This noncredit course is the first in a series of seven levels. It is a beginning ESL core course for students who are learning basic skills in English reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. In this course, students will be introduced to simple present, simple past, simple future and present progressive verb tenses and basic English word order patterns. At the completion of the course, they will be able to read very basic English prose and engage in rudimentary conversations. No previous study of English is required. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESL G011N

                          ESL G012N54 Hours (54 lecture hours)  
                          ESL Reading/Writing, Level 1  

                          Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                          Not Transferable.

                          This noncredit course is a beginning discrete skills course designed to give intensive practice in reading, writing, and grammar as it relates to reading comprehension. Students will develop the ability to write with a simple concrete vocabulary and read simple descriptive narrative, and informative materials with understanding. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESL G012N

                            ESL G013N54 Hours (54 lecture hours)  
                            ESL Listening/Speaking, Level 1  

                            Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                            Not Transferable.

                            This noncredit beginning listening/speaking course is designed to give intensive practice in listening, speaking and pronunciation in spoken grammar. At the completion of the course, students will be able to understand simple spoken English and engage in rudimentary conversations. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESL G013N

                              ESL G021N108 Hours (72 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
                              ESL Core Course, Level 2  

                              Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                              Not Transferable.

                              This noncredit course is the second in a series of seven levels. It is a high beginning ESL core course for students who are learning basic skills in English reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. In the course, students will focus on simple and progressive verb tenses and basic sentence patterns. At the completion of the course, they will be able to read and write basic English sentences, and engage in simple oral communication. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESL G021N

                                ESL G022N54 Hours (54 lecture hours)  
                                ESL Reading/Writing, Level 2  

                                Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                Not Transferable.

                                A noncredit high beginning discrete skills course designed to give intensive practice in reading and grammar as it relates to reading comprehension. Students will develop the ability to read simple descriptive narrative, and informative materials with understanding. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESL G022N

                                  ESL G023N54 Hours (54 lecture hours)  
                                  ESL Listening/Speaking, Level 2  

                                  Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                  Not Transferable.

                                  This noncredit course is a high beginning discrete-skills course designed to give intensive practice in listening, speaking, and pronunciation in spoken grammar. Students will develop confidence in conversation with a limited vocabulary on everyday matters. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESL G023N

                                    ESL G031N108 Hours (72 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
                                    ESL Grammar-Writing Course  

                                    Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                    Not Transferable.

                                    This non-credit course is the third grammar-writing course in a series of seven levels. While the focus is grammar-writing, this class is a low intermediate ESL core course that includes English reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar. In the course, students will focus on mastery of simple and progressive verb tenses, simple passive voice, indirect object patterns, modals, idiomatic expressions, and simple subordination. At the completion of the course, students will be able to use simple time and space orders in sentences and paragraphs and use correct word order in conversation. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESL G031N

                                      ESL G032N54 Hours (54 lecture hours)  
                                      ESL Reading/Vocabulary Level 3  

                                      Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                      Not Transferable.

                                      This is a non-credit low intermediate course designed to give intensive practice in reading and vocabulary. Students will read selections ranging from simple information to high-interest stories and develop the ability to recognize main ideas, get specific details, and understand vocabulary from context. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESL G032N

                                        ESL G033N54 Hours (54 lecture hours)  
                                        ESL Listening/Speaking, Level 3  

                                        Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                        Not Transferable.

                                        This noncredit course is a low intermediate discrete-skills course designed to give intensive practice in listening, speaking, and pronunciation. Students will engage in dialogs, role playing and conversations in response to TV, video and class lectures. Stress on pronunciation of vowel sounds and end consonant clusters. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing ESL G033N

                                          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.

                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELL G010N

                                            ELL G015N24 Hours (24 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.

                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELL G015N

                                              ELL G016N24 Hours (24 lecture hours)  
                                              Pronunciation for Fluency 1  

                                              Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                              Not Transferable.

                                              This noncredit course is the first level in the adult education, pronunciation sequence. This focused-skill course uses a pronunciation-based approach together with communicative activities to develop speech clarity and listening comprehension. Beginning English learners will experience a new way of learning pronunciation with emphasis on the characteristic rhythm and intonation patterns of English to achieve their personal, career, and/or academic goals for everyday communication. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELL G016N

                                                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.

                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELL G020N

                                                  ELL G025N24 Hours (24 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.

                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELL G025N

                                                    ELL G026N24 Hours (24 lecture hours)  
                                                    Pronunciation for Fluency 2  

                                                    Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                                    Not Transferable.

                                                    This noncredit course is the second level in the adult education, pronunciation sequence. This focused-skill course uses a pronunciation-based approach together with communicative activities to develop speech clarity and listening comprehension. Intermediate English learners will practice and review the musical aspects of English – rhythm, stress, and intonation – to achieve their personal, career, and/or academic goals for everyday communication. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELL G026N

                                                      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.

                                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELL G027N

                                                        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.

                                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELL G028N

                                                          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.

                                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELL G030N

                                                            ELL G035N24 Hours (24 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.

                                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELL G035N

                                                              ELL G036N24 Hours (24 lecture hours)  
                                                              Pronuncation for Fluency 3  

                                                              Grading Mode: P/NP/SP Non-Credit

                                                              Not Transferable.

                                                              This noncredit course is the third level in the adult education, pronunciation sequence. This focused-skill course uses a pronunciation-based approach together with communicative activities to develop speech clarity and listening comprehension. Advanced English learners will learn to easily and effectively incorporate the musical aspects of English – rhythm, stress, and intonation – in various speaking situations to achieve their personal, career, and/or academic goals. Noncredit. Pass/No Pass. NOT DEGREE APPLICABLE.

                                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing ELL G036N

                                                                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.

                                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing GED G050N

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing GED G060N

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing GED G070N

                                                                      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.

                                                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing GED G080N

                                                                        Learning Skills (LRSK)

                                                                        LRSK G921N216 Hours (216 lab hours)  
                                                                        Suprv Tutorial Serv Att  

                                                                        Grading Mode: Not Graded

                                                                        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.

                                                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing LRSK G921N

                                                                          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.

                                                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing MATH G003N