Academic Catalogs

Student Programs

Adult Education

(714) 892-7711 ext 55062

The Noncredit Adult Education Program at Golden West College provides adult students access to higher education for skill attainment, college preparation, and career pathways that lead to educational and employment opportunities. The Office of Adult Education at Golden West College seeks to serve adult education students in the local community as they consider their pathways to college and career options through free, noncredit classes.

Calworks Program “Education That Works”

Second Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8111

The CalWORKs Program at Golden West College provides specialized support services for students who are receiving CalWORKs/TANF cash-aid benefits.

Program services include individualized counseling, coordination of services with County Social Services Agencies and community based service providers, processing of county paperwork for students, work-study, student success workshops, monthly gas vouchers, and school supplies. The CalWORKs staff is dedicated to ensuring a positive educational experience that leads to student success.

For more information, please contact us at (714) 895-8111, or visit our website at goldenwestcollege.edu/calworks/. If the student meets CalWORKs/TANF eligibility, an intake appointment will be scheduled.

Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS)

First Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8721

Golden West College offers students with disabilities a variety of support services to ensure equal access to instruction. If students have a verified disability, they are encouraged to request assistance from the Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS). After meeting with a DSPS counselor, services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Registration Assistance
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • CART/Captioning Services
  • Adaptive Technology
  • Alternative Media
  • Academic and Career Counseling
  • Testing Accommodations
  • Note Taking Services
  • Priority Registration
  • Courses are offered in Reading, Language, and Math in the High Tech Center (HTC)
  • Adaptive Physical Education Courses
  • Liaison with Campus and Other Agencies

For additional information, eligibility, policies, and procedures regarding accommodations and services, please call: (714) 895-8721 (voice), email: dsps@gwc.cccd.edu or visit: www.goldenwestcollege.edu/dsps

Golden West College, in alignment with the Coast Community College District strives to ensure compliance with accessibility standards for electronic and information technology (AP-3722; BP-3722). GWC works to ensure all curriculum, instructional material, websites, and media/videos are accessible to students with disabilities and the appropriate accommodations are available through DSPS. If a student needs assistance, finds material that is not accessible, or media/videos that are not captioned, please contact the DSPS office immediately so our office can make sure all areas are in compliance with the American with Disability Act; Title 5 of California Code of Regulations, and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Questions or problems regarding access of students with disabilities to any college program or service should be directed to the Golden West College Dean of Students and Section 504 Coordinator, Dr. Carla Martinez at 714-895-8781 or cmartinez@gwc.cccd.edu

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (NextUp), & Guardian Scholars

Second Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8768

The Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS), CARE (single parents), Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (NextUp) and NextUp (Foster Youth) Programs at Golden West College are categorically state funded. The programs are designed and dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive services and benefits that encourage the enrollment, retention, and transfer of students who are challenged by language, social, economic, and educational disadvantages. One of the programs' main objectives is to ensure participants equal access to success while pursuing their certificate of achievement, an Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.), and/or meet four-year university transfer requirements.

Eligible students are welcome to take advantage of the following services:

  • Book Services
  • Counseling
  • Peer Advisement
  • Tutoring
  • Priority Registration Program (if qualified)
  • Foster Youth Services
  • Study Hall Access
  • Single Parent Services

Voluntary participation in these programs is based on state mandated guidelines. Students must apply for financial aid, complete an EOPS application, and be enrolled as a full-time student at Golden West College. Students must also maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Financial Aid Office. If applying for the CARE or NextUp Programs, additional documentation is required to establish eligibility.

Puente Program

(714) 895-8214
http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/puente/activities/

The Puente Program is a two semester learning community that includes three main components. The accelerated writing course sequence incorporates Latino and other multi-cultural authors with emphasis on English writing skills. Intensive counseling provides students with sustained, in-depth career and academic guidance throughout their enrollment in community college. Students then receive mentoring from members of the community who are recruited, trained, and matched with students to share career advice and personal experiences. Students in the Puente Program enroll as a cohort in required coursework each semester and participate in the program as a true learning community that supports personal, academic, and cultural development of students.

All students are eligible to enroll in the Puente program. Once enrolled in the Puente Program, students can continue to take advantage of Puente mentoring, counseling, and guidance while enrolled at Golden West College.

Eligibility

Students are eligible to enroll if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have not completed ENGL G100S, COLL G100 or COUN G104
  2. Attend a mandatory Puente orientation and the completion and submission of the Puente Program application
  3. Commitment to a year-long program and intend to transfer to a college/university
  4. Students must complete college-level math within the first year of the program
  5. Participation in out-of-class activities including campus tours, career panels, and conferences

Additional Benefits:

  1. Intensive support in English writing
  2. Mentoring
  3. Identity development and self-awareness
  4. Inclusion in active learning community
  5. Completion of all required English courses for UC, CSU, and most all private institutions
  6. Additional guidance regarding the college process and transfer planning

Puente Classes

Fall Semester

  • ENGL G100S - Freshman Composition with Support, 6 units
  • COLL G100 – Becoming a Successful College Student, 3 units

Spring Semester

  • ENGL G110 – Critical Thinking, Literature, 4 units
  • COUN G104 – Career and Life Planning, 3 units

Study Abroad Program

Coast Community College District
(714) 438-4698 

GWC students are encouraged to explore options for earning course credit while participating in Study Abroad. Several short-term study abroad programs led by district faculty members are offered each year through the Coast Community College District. In addition, a variety of quality programs are available through independent providers. For more information and advising on how to plan a study abroad experience, please contact Dr. Andreea Serban, Vice Chancellor Educational Services and Technology at 714-438-4698 or aserban@cccd.edu.

Veterans Education & Transition Services (V.E.T.S.)

First Floor, Student Services Center, located in The Admissions and Records Office.

Golden West College is accredited by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education for the training of veterans seeking benefits under state and federal regulations.

School Certifying Official (SCO)

Application and certification for benefits are provided by the School Certifying Official located in the Student Services Center, on the first floor in Admissions & Records. For information, contact Sonia Cazarez at scazarez@gwc.cccd.edu.

Eligibility for Benefits

The Veterans Services office will assist veterans and dependents using the following VA educational benefits:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
  • Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
  • Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR Chapter 1606)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program (VR&E Chapter 31)
  • Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

To apply for educational benefits, veterans and dependents can use VA Form 22-1990 which is available on the VA website https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/

Eligibility for benefits is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The number of units veterans and dependents must take to qualify for benefits varies according to the educational benefit used. Call the VA’s Western Regional Processing Office toll free at (888) 442-4551 for information about compensation and periods of eligibility.

After registering for classes, students using Chapter 33 Post 9/11 or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment educational benefits must immediately contact the Veterans Services office at 714-895-8140 to request a fee deferral, or they will be dropped in accordance with the non-payment drop schedule.

Requirements for Receiving VA Educational Benefits

  1. To qualify for benefits, veterans and eligible dependents must be working toward an approved educational objective. A list of approved programs for VA benefits can be found on the VA WEAMS Institutional Search Tool at https://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchCountryCriteria.do
  2. Veterans and dependents must submit official sealed transcripts from all colleges attended previously to Golden West College within four weeks of being admitted, or future certifications for benefits may be delayed.
  3. Students must have a counselor-approved Student Education Plan. Only classes that are applicable towards their educational goal will be certified for educational benefits.
  4. Students must notify the School Certifying Official of all changes in enrollment at the time of the transaction. The veteran is responsible for any overpayment in housing allowance caused by enrollment changes.
  5. Students must maintain satisfactory standards of progress. Students who are on academic or progress disqualification may not be eligible for benefits.

Registration Priority for Veterans

All students are subject to the provisions of SB1456.

Under the provisions of California Education Code Section 66025.8

  1. GWC will grant priority registration to any member or former member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who is a resident of California, and who has received an honorable discharge, a general discharge, or an other than honorable discharge, and to any member or former member of the State Military Reserve, for any academic term attended for four academic years after he or she has left state or federal active duty, which he or she shall use within 15 years of leaving state or federal active duty.
  2. A former member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the State Military Reserve who received a dishonorable discharge or a bad conduct discharge is not eligible for priority registration for enrollment pursuant to this section.

Proof of current military status (military ID or DD214 Member 4) must be submitted to the Veterans Services window located in Admissions & Records.

CalVet Tuition Fee Waivers

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), Golden West College will not will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under Chapter 31 or 33. Students may be required to submit a Certificate of Eligibility, VAF 28-1905, and/or additional information needed to properly certify enrollment, as outlined in other institutional policies.

In recognition of the sacrifices made by veterans while serving our country with honor, the State of California may grant their dependents a tuition fee waiver while attending a California Community College, a campus of the California State University system, or a campus of the University of California System. In addition to submitting an application to the California Department of Veterans Affairs, dependents MUST complete the California College Promise Grant (formally known as the BOGFW) available on the school’s website. Please note: the Financial Aid Office recommends students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which includes the California College Promise Grant (formally known as the BOGFW) application.

Students who have been approved for the CalVet tuition fee waiver should take their Authorization Letter to the Financial Aid Office. Please note that the waiver is for tuition only. Students must pay any and all remaining fees or they will be dropped in accordance with the non-payment drop schedule.

For more information about this program, contact your local County Veterans Service Office.

Active Military Tuition Assistance

Active military using Tuition Assistance should consult with Veteran's Services in Admissions and Records.

Veterans Resource Center (VRC)

First Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 892-7711 ext 55144

The purpose of the VRC is to address the unique needs of our veteran student population and provide the tools that each individual veteran needs in order to meet his/her educational goals. It also provides students with a place to socialize with fellow veterans and is a meeting place for the GWC Student Veteran Organization.

The VRC features:

  • Academic counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship
  • Book vouchers and gas cards
  • School supplies
  • Chromebook loan program
  • Free printing
  • Veteran benefits & financial planning
  • Food/snacks