Academic Catalogs

Student Resources

Bookstore

714-895-8764
www.gwcstore.com

The GWC Bookstore provides all required textbooks and supplies for students and faculty. It also offers general interest books, greeting cards, GWC gifts and school spirit clothing and general merchandise to accommodate the needs of the campus community.

Hours

Contact the bookstore at 714-895-8764 or visit: www.gwcstore.com

Online Ordering

Both textbooks and merchandise are available for online ordering with in-store pick-up or delivery. Students may visit the website 24/7 at: www.gwcstore.com

Software titles are available at www.thinkedu.com/bn and are educationally discounted up to 85%

Returns

Textbooks: A full refund will be given in the original form of payment if textbooks are returned during the first week of classes with original receipt. With proof of a schedule change and original receipt, a full refund will be given in original form of payment during the first 30 days of classes. Textbooks must be returned in original condition. Unwrapped loose-leaf books and activated eBooks are non-refundable.

General Reading Books, Software, Audio, Video and Small Electronics: A full refund will be given via the original form of payment if merchandise is returned within 14 days and with original receipt. Opened software and small electronics may not be returned. They can be exchanged for the same item if defective.

All other merchandise: A full refund will be given via the original form of payment with an original receipt.

For additional details visit the bookstore or www.gwcstore.com

Buyback of Textbooks

Students should bring their textbooks back to the bookstore at the end of the semester to receive up to 50% cash back. Finals week is the best time to get the most cash back, so sell early!

Books must include all original material and a student ID will be required at the time of buyback.

Textbook Rentals

Renting is easy and cost effective. A majority of textbooks are available to rent. When shopping for textbooks in-store, the course information tag displays a “Rental” option as well as a New and Used options. Students also may shop online for rentals at www.gwcstore.com

Students must be 18 years of age or older and provide a telephone number, government issued ID, email address and a personal credit card at the time of the transaction. All accepted forms of payment may be used to pay for textbook rentals.

Students may register their email address to receive reminder notices when their rental due date is approached.

For more details visit: www.gwcstore.com

Price Match

We price match to Amazon.com and BN.com. Visit or contact us with the following information:

  1. Website or location with lower price
  2. Textbook ISBN
  3. New, Used or Used Rental

For additional details/criteria please visit the bookstore or www.gwcstore.com

Forms of Payment

The GWC bookstore accepts Barnes and Noble gift cards, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards. The account/card holder must be present at time of purchase.

Career Center

Second Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8217

The Career Center is a free service designed to serve the career development needs of students and the general public. Our friendly and well-trained staff assists students in exploring occupations and career fields with a comprehensive library of up-to-date computerized and published materials/resources. Individualized assistance is provided by trained personnel and counselors to help students' reach their educational and career goals.

Services include:

  • Computerized personality assessments to learn more about yourself.
  • Career inventories to identify occupational fields that match individual work values, leisure activities, and personal interests.
  • Computerized career research systems that outline job descriptions, salaries, job outlook, and education/training requirements.
  • A library of published materials covering majors and related occupations.
  • Access to employment opportunities and support with résumé and interviewing skills.
  • Career fairs hosting employers from the local community (offered in partnership with Workforce Development)

For more information, please contact us at (714) 895-8217, email us at: careercntr@gwc.cccd.edu, or visit our website at goldenwestcollege.edu/career-center

Child Development Center

(714) 899-5900 ext. 2

Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley offers award-winning, affordable childcare and K-8th grade enrichment programs right on campus at Golden West College. All Golden West College full-time students, faculty, and staff are eligible for a 20% discount and those whose incomes are eligible can qualify for discounts of up to 50%. Ask the Club's staff for details. The Club’s Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool offers licensed childcare from 6:30am – 6:00pm for infants as young as six weeks, toddlers, preschoolers, and transitional kindergarten. Full-time and part-time options are available. The Club’s Pacific Life Foundation Branch, located right next door to the Preschool, offers before and after school care and full-day programs during summer and school holidays for kids in grades K-8. Kids can get homework help, play sports and games, have access to the Club’s computer lab, do arts and crafts, and lots more. Includes transportation to/from many Huntington Beach area schools. To learn more, visit https://www.bgchv.com/content/locations-robertmayer.html or call 714-899-5900 or visit the program located right on the GWC campus.

College Emergency Hotline

(714) 895-8999
A person may call the College Emergency Hotline (714) 895-8999 for information regarding emergency campus closures or when the State issues a potential stage three alert for power outages.

Cooperative Work Experience Programs

(714) 895-8217
www.goldenwestcollege.edu/career-center

GWC students may earn units of credit towards completion of a certificate or degree for work-based learning with employers approved by the college. The learning objectives must relate to the student’s educational and/or vocational interests. The educational value of the student’s work-based learning experience will be assessed through the use of job-related student learning outcomes.

Units of Credit: Students may earn 1 - 4 units of credit per semester and can accumulate a maximum of 12 units of work-based learning credit (16 units if studying for a vocational degree or certificate) while attending Golden West College. Units may be transferable to California State University campuses as elective units

Guidelines

  • The work-based learning experience must be directly related to the student’s college major or career goal.
  • A minimum of 3 learning objectives are identified for each work-based learning experience with the assistance of a college mentor and job supervisor.

For enrollment information please contact the Career Services Office, (714) 895-8217, or email careercntr@gwc.cccd.edu.

Counseling

Second Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8799

The Counseling Department is dedicated to assisting students to achieve success in their academic, career, and life goals in an inclusive environment that embraces the diversity of our students and community. Our professionally trained counselors are available to assist you with clarifying career and educational goals, educational planning and course selection, university transfer, and personal counseling. Services include:

  • Online orientation for a successful college experience
  • Counseling courses to help clarify career and academic goals
  • Individualized counseling to assist students with achieving their career and academic goals
  • Assistance with course selection and program planning
  • Information for transferring to other colleges and universities
  • Special workshops and seminars on a variety of educational, career, and personal topics
  • Electronic and Video counseling, for answers to general questions, is available at: www.goldenwestcollege.edu/counseling

To meet with a counselor call (714) 895-8799 or come by the Counseling Center located in the 2nd floor of the Student Services Center.

New Student Advisement and Priority Registration Process

Assistance in planning college courses to meet desired goals is made available to each student prior to enrollment in courses. All new students are strongly encouraged to complete the Priority Registration Process, which includes completion of the orientation, placement in Mathematics and English, updating students' Program of Study and creating a Student Educational Plan (SEP). The Priority Registration checklist and the online student orientation can be accessed from the student tab on MyGWC.com.

Financial Aid

First Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8394

The Financial Aid Office (FAO) administers all Federal and State financial aid programs available to GWC students. This includes grants, fee waivers, loans, and on-campus work opportunities. The FAO’s goal is to assist students and their parents in paying for educational costs (which includes reasonable living costs) by using the available resources that correlate with their ability to pay. Golden West College uses the U.S. Department of Education methodology to evaluate the student’s or student’s family’s ability to pay these costs and distributing financial aid resources in an equitable manner.

All students who are U.S. citizens or legal residents should apply for financial aid even if they think that they will not qualify. Many different types of aid exist with differing qualifications. Our financial aid staff members can determine what types and how much aid a student qualifies for. Often those who think they will receive nothing, qualify for some type of assistance. Students are highly encouraged to file their applications early ( October or November for the following fall semester). Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and some programs offered have limited funds. Another reason to file the application before March is to meet the state priority filing deadline for Cal Grant (March 2nd). Students may apply for financial aid after March 2nd and through the year for which they want to receive aid. However, those who apply later will miss these early filing opportunities and will also have a longer wait for their financial aid application to be reviewed.

It is up to the student to make the effort to learn where, when and how to apply for financial aid. It is important for the student to understand that they are responsible for meeting all deadlines and requirements. The Golden West Financial Aid Staff is available to assist applicants in completing the process successfully. We also offer Financial Aid workshops that you and your family are encouraged to attend if you need assistance. The schedule is available online http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/gwcfao/workshops/.The GWC Financial Aid website (http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/gwcfao/) is an additional resource for prospective and current applicants to learn more about various financial aid, scholarship opportunities, important deadlines and additional support resources.

Students may be eligible for Financial Aid if they: Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov or https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ and complete the application and include the Golden West College federal student code 001206.

  • Are determined to have financial need based upon the FAFSA data and the Financial Aid review.
  • Are a United States citizen or a permanent resident or an eligible noncitizen.
  • Are an undergraduate student enrolled in an eligible program at Golden West College.
  • Do not owe a refund on any grant received at any post-secondary institution and are not in default on any student loan.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the GWC Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

You may also be asked to submit some or all of the following:

  • A copy of the student's IRS tax transcript, or Income Certification if the student did not file.
  • A signed copy of their parent’s IRS tax transcript, or Income Certification if they did not file.
  • Untaxed Income Verification.
  • For men, proof of selective service registration.
  • Any other information necessary, as requested by the Financial Aid Office.

For a comprehensive overview of applying for and receiving financial aid at Golden West College, visit http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/gwcfao/

Financial Aid Programs

First Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8394

The Golden West College Financial Aid awards are administered through the Financial Aid Office by using the FAFSA or Dream Act application. These applications are both available online. Apply for FAFSA at http://fafsa.ed.gov/ and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or apply for the Dream Act Application at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ and include the Golden West College federal school code: 001206.

AmeriCorps

If you are or have served in AmeriCorps the following benefits are available to you if eligible:  Student loan deferment, Education Awards upon completion of service to help pay for college, graduate school, or vocational training, or to repay student loans.  For more information please contact your AmeriCorps representative.

Cal Grants

State grants for undergraduate students. Students must submit their FAFSA by March 2nd to be considered for a Cal Grant for the following academic year. The State of California awards these grants to students through the GWC Financial Aid Office on an entitlement basis and also on a competitive basis. If the student has not completed 24 degree-applicable units within the Coast Community College District, then the student must have their high school GPA verification form submitted to the State of California by their high school by March 2nd.

  • Cal Grant A awards assist low and middle-income students with tuition/fee costs and are made on the basis of need and grade point average. Students who plan to enroll at a community college before transferring to a four-year college or university may apply for a community college reserve grant through Cal Grant A.
  • Cal Grant B awards assist very low income, first-year students and students with dependents with living expenses, books, supplies, transportation, and other non-tuition costs. (Renewals may also cover tuition/fee costs.)
  • Cal Grant C awards assist low and middle-income vocational students with tuition and training costs. Recipients must be in a program of study that is four months to two years in duration, at a vocational school, community college, or independent college.

California National Guard Education Program

This program is for active members in the California National Guard, The State Military Reserve or the Naval Militia who have been serving for a minimum of 2 years.  This is a state funded grant, which allows for eligible recipients to receive Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B and additional funding for books and supplies.  For more information please go to https://nationalguard.csac.ca.gov/.

Chafee Grant

A grant that is only available to students who were foster youth. The grant pays up to $5,000. Individuals may apply at: https://chafee.csac.ca.gov/. Students who are eligible for a Chafee Grant should also contact the EOPS office to learn more about qualifying for the Guardian Scholarship Program.

Direct Loan Program

This is a loan and must be repaid. The loan is available in both subsidized and unsubsidized forms. Entrance and exit counseling are required along with a Master Promissory Note (MPN). Students must complete and submit a FAFSA and complete all required documents.

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal grant for undergraduate students. The award is based upon the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) (determined by the FAFSA) and is prorated to the number of units a student is enrolled in or completes.

Federal SEOG

The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Golden Promise Program (GPP)

The Golden Promise Program (GPP) provides eligible full-time students with free tuition, free textbooks, free parking passes and waives other fees. Students must be enrolled full time and be a California Resident/ AB540 first time college student. Continuing students who are receiving the fee waiver only and complete their financial aid application are also eligible.

Student Success Completion Grant

The Community College Completion Grant (CCCG) is awarded to students who are eligible for both a Cal Grant B and the Full Time Student Success Grant, in addition recipients must have a comprehensive Student Education Plan and be enrolled in 15 units that are required per his/her Ed Plan.

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program is designed to provide eligible students who have financial need an opportunity to earn a part of their educational expenses through work. Most of the FWS work is done on the GWC campus, making it easier for students who have transportation issues or difficulty scheduling classes around a demanding job. FWS funds are awarded on a first-come, first served basis to students with the lowest EFCs who have indicated on their FAFSA a desire to work.

California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOGFW)

Available only to California residents attending a California Community College. The fee waiver will waive the per-unit enrollment fees for all qualified applicants. The fee waiver does not waive any other college fees, which they must pay. If not paid, the student will be dropped from classes.

Dream Act

AB540 students who meet the qualifications will be exempt from paying nonresident tuition and have the opportunity to qualify for a Cal Grant, Full Time Student Success Grant and the Community College Completion Grant. Please visit the following website for additional information, www.cccd.edu/students/financial-aid and click on California Dream Act.

Rights and Responsibilities of Students

All students are entitled to receive equitable treatment in the awarding of financial aid. It is the student’s responsibility to report any changes in his/her financial or academic status. All financial aid recipients are expected to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress or they will lose their financial aid eligibility. Please read the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy on our webpage.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Parents’ Contribution

The primary responsibility for assisting students with the cost of a post-secondary education lies with the student and often times his/her family. The expected contribution is determined by a federal need analysis process evaluating the family’s financial information provided on the FAFSA.

Student’s Contribution

All students are expected to contribute toward their own educational expenses. A student’s income and assets will also be assessed through federal methodology based upon data submitted on the FAFSA.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for Financial Aid Recipients

SAP standards apply to all federal and state aid applicants whether or not they have previously received student financial aid.

Students receiving financial aid must agree to make Satisfactory Academic Progress toward their educational goal. Failure to maintain these standards will result in the loss of eligibility for financial assistance. This policy applies to students receiving assistance from those financial aid programs administered by the GWC Financial Aid Office and is separate from the College’s academic progress policies.

All students must meet the SAP policy (partially detailed below) to be eligible to receive financial aid.

The Financial Aid Office reviews academic progress at the end of each academic term. SAP includes measures of cumulative G.P.A. and unit completion progress, with a maximum number of attempted units allowed. Please read the SAP policy in its entirety on our website.

Refunds/Repayments/Over-Awards

Refunds

In accordance with Public Law 105-244 students who receive federal financial assistance and withdraw from all of their classes before completing more than 60% of the semester will be required to return any unearned federal funds. The amount of the return will be calculated on a pro-rata basis. Federal Work Study (FWS) earnings are excluded from the calculation.

Repayments/Over-Awards

Should it be determined at any time that the student received funds for which the student was ineligible, the student will be required to repay these funds. Students will be notified in writing via email of repayment options and the consequences of non-payment.

Important Notice: Be advised that financial aid award amounts may increase or decrease due to a variety of factors, which may include a change in either the student’s enrollment status or the student’s FAFSA data. The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to modify financial aid award amounts at any time due to either changes in the availability of funds or changes in Federal regulations.

For More Information: This section only briefly touches upon what students should know about student financial aid. Please visit the GWC Financial Aid Office on the first floor of the Student Services Center, go to the GWC Financial Aid website (http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/gwcfao) or call (714) 895-8394 for more information and specifics about student financial aid.

GWC Mobile App

www.goldenwestcollege.edu/gwcapp or gwc.campusapp.com

The GWC App connects students to everything students need to succeed in college. Connect with faculty, staff, classmates, and friends. Access a robust campus life calendar, connect with your peers via the Student Feed and direct messaging, view your class schedule, and get involved with student clubs and organizations. Download the GWC App for free on your mobile device through the App Store or Google Play by searching for Golden West College.

Golden West College Patrons

Organized in April 1973, the Golden West College Patrons membership is composed of alumni, community members and GWC staff and faculty. The Patrons is a volunteer organization that raises monies for student scholarships through their Chefs for Scholarships event held each fall. The members also volunteer each year in support of other events such as Commencement, Scholarships and Awards, and Gala.

Hens and Chickens

The Hens & Chickens Quilt Fellowship of GWC began in 1989 when a group of quilters did not want to disband after taking a quilting class. Their name was taken from the name of a quilt block. Members range in age from 7 to 75. Each year they create a custom, one-of-a-kind quilt which is raffled and proceeds are given as The Hens & Chickens Quilt Fellowship Scholarship.

Online Instruction

(714) 895-8389
www.onlinegwc.org

The Online Instruction Department supports online learning and instruction by providing students with technical support for online education, and assisting faculty in developing and maintaining their courses within the Canvas learning management system.

Located in the annex building of the Learning Resource Center, the Online Instruction Department welcomes walk-ins from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Online Instruction team may also be contacted for phone support from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (714) 895-8389, and online at www.onlinegwc.org

Online Courses

Online courses require a specified number of hours per week of course participation within Canvas (see course details in the searchable schedule). These hours can be completed at times that fit within the student’s schedule, provided all course due dates are met. Since there are no on-campus meetings for fully online classes, students must log on to Canvas (through www.onlinegwc.org) on the first day of class to avoid being dropped for non-attendance.

Hybrid Courses

In addition to the specified Canvas participation hours, Hybrid courses also require on-campus course meetings. The meetings may be weekly for the duration of the semester, or there may be only a few specified meeting dates (see course details in the searchable schedule). In either case, these meetings are not optional. Students should ensure they will be able to attend all on-campus meetings before signing up for a Hybrid course.

Canvas as a Supplement to On-Campus Courses

Instructors teaching a traditional, face-to-face course may choose to utilize Canvas to post information, administer assignments and exams, or communicate with their students.

Please note that, although there are some exceptions, most Canvas courses do not appear to students before the start date of the course. Additionally, while Canvas courses usually remain open for a certain number of days after the semester ends, they will not be available to students indefinitely.

Visit www.onlinegwc.org for additional information about online courses at Golden West College.

Outreach

Second Floor, Student Services Center
outreach@gwc.cccd.edu

Outreach is dedicated to making the transition to college easier by providing information to all who inquire about Golden West College and its programs.

Services include:

  • Group and individual tours (by appointment)
  • Classroom presentations
  • College Nights, Parent Info Sessions, and Career Fairs
  • College- and career-readiness information for elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Information requests
  • Special Campus Events

Public Safety

(714) 895-8924
(714) 895-8999 Emergencies
911 Emergencies

Golden West College maintains a Public Safety Department with personnel available 24 hours a day. Anyone may report any criminal or non-criminal activity, or emergency, by calling (714) 895-8924 or (714) 895-8999 for emergencies (or by dialing 911). The Public Safety Building is located in the southwest corner of the campus, next to Nursing & Health Services (Goldenwest St. and Edinger Ave). The Public Safety office is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Additional information regarding the Golden West College Public Safety Department and their services can be obtained by visiting: goldenwestcollege.edu/public-safety/

Scholarships

www.goldenwestcollege.edu/scholarships/

Scholarships are awarded to deserving Golden West College students based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and/or contribution to the campus and community life according to the criteria established by the donor. Applications are available online toward the end of the fall semester. Scholarship recipients are recognized at the Annual Scholarships and Awards Ceremony in May; funds are made available to the recipient the following academic year.

Visit www.goldenwestcollege.edu/scholarships/ for more information. 

Student Learning Services

Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) High Tech Center (HTC)

First Floor, Learning Resources Center (LRC)
(714) 895-8322 or
www.goldenwestcollege.edu/dsps

The High Tech Center (HTC) located in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) is a specialized computer lab that provides adaptive computer hardware and software for students registered through the GWC DSPS office. Individual assistance is provided on an as needed basis. Students must register for HTC Open Lab unit and be earning units at GWC concurrently with the semester in which they are enrolled in. For assistance in registering for the HTC Open Lab please contact the DSPS Office.

Adaptive programs include:

  • ZoomText
  • Kurzweil 3000 (Scan/Read software for learning disabled students)
  • JAWS
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • MyReader 2
  • adaptive keyboard and mouse
  • adaptive equipment
  • large monitors
  • CCTVs and
  • adjustable work stations.

Library

Second Floor, Learning Resources Center (LRC)
(714) 895-8741

Students, faculty, and staff use the resources of the Golden West College Library in order to locate information to meet their educational, vocational, social, and personal goals. Librarians teach information competency concepts at the reference desk, during library orientation sessions, through social media and during library classes that assist and instruct library users on the scope of information; how to locate and retrieve relevant information; how to organize, analyze, and evaluate information; and understand the ethical and legal issues surrounding information and information technology.

The Library’s materials collection is comprised of physical books, a magazine and newspaper browsing collection, full-text online periodical databases, e-books, media, computers with internet access and Microsoft Office. The Library aims to provide 24/7 quick and easy access to timely materials. Other amenities include photocopiers, printers, group study rooms, and resources for physically-challenged students. The Student Textbook Access Reserve (STAR) Collection provides copies of many textbooks for use within the library. Also, the Library has a laptop/Chromebook loan program that can be accessed at the Public Services Desk.

Academic Success Center

First Floor, Learning Resources Center (LRC)

The primary focus of the center is to promote student success by providing all students access to the following programs:

Tutoring Center

First Floor, Learning Resources Center (LRC)
(714) 895-8904
http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/asc/tutoring/

Academic support is available to all GWC students for free.  The Tutoring Center offers:

  • Individual tutoring appointments
  • Drop-in tutoring
  • Group tutoring
  • Online tutoring
  • Math Study Lab
  • International Conversation Lab

For hours and additional information please call 714-895-8904 or visit our website. 

Student Computer Center

First Floor, Learning Resources Center (LRC)
(714) 895-8904
http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/asc/student-computer-center/

The Student Computer Center is a computer laboratory that provides unlimited use of computers, high speed internet access, scanners, course software, CD-RW-DVD combo, Microsoft Office, as well as eleven Macintosh computers loaded with the most current Digital Art software. The Student Computer Center also offers Black and white and color printing at a minimal charge to students. 

Embedded Tutoring Program (ET)

(714) 892-7711 x55233
goldenwestcollege.edu/et

The Embedded Tutoring Program at GWC places qualified and trained tutors in specific classes to help increase student learning, success, and retention in those classes. In embedded tutoring, a tutor works in and/or out of the classroom under the instructor’s guidance to help students understand course concepts and enhance student engagement. The Embedded Tutor functions as:

  • A peer tutor, providing support to students as they work with the class content and texts
  • A mentor, helping students foster connections with support services
  • A model student, demonstrating effective student behaviors and successful academic habits

To find out whether a class has an embedded tutor, please contact the Student Success Center at (714) 892-7711 x55233.

Writing and Reading Center

First Floor, LRC
(714) 895-8303
http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/asc/Writing/

The Writing and Reading Center offers many short courses that help students improve their reading and writing skills. The courses focus on understanding college-level texts, writing essays and research papers, and improving vocabulary and grammar skills. All courses include one-on-one tutoring with experienced instructors. Each course can be taken for units of credit, and all courses are open for enrollment until week 12 of the semester. Fee vary from course to course. Please call for additional information.

Math Study Resources
First Floor, Learning Resource Center (LRC)
(714) 895-8904
http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/asc/tutoring/math-study-lab/

The Math Study Lab provides unlimited access for those seeking help in all sections of math. The Math Study Lab is located in the Academic Success Center on the first floor of the Learning Resource Center and is open M-TH from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM; F from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Please check the posted schedule at the beginning of each semester to see the available hours. 

In addition to the Math Study Lab, math workshops are held throughput each semester in the STEM Center, located in the Math Sciences building. These workshops are posted in the STEM Center.   

Student Health Center

First Floor, Nursing and Health Services
(714) 895-8379

Golden West College offers health services for all currently enrolled students who are attending classes and have paid the health fee. Most services are included in the health fee which is currently $21 per semester for fall and spring; $18 for summer session (subject to change). Healthy students learn better and stay in school.

The Health Center is designed to provide affordable and convenient health care services for short-term acute illnesses with a focus on prevention. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. Call for intersession and summer hours. A Registered Nurse will be on duty on these days to provide treatment, health counseling, and referrals to appropriate services. Physicians and psychologists are available by appointment after consultation with a Registered Nurse. We are located in the Nursing and Health Services building next to the Edinger street parking lot on the south side of the campus. To make an appointment call (714) 895-8379. Services are confidential and comply with health privacy laws.

Services include:

  • Basic treatment and first aid
  • Treatment of illness
  • Immunizations
  • Family Planning
  • Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Mental health consultation
  • Short term mental health therapy
  • Social Services consultation
  • Medical lab work
  • Health counseling and education
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Basic physical exams, at an additional charge

Visit our webpage at goldenwestcollege.edu/student-health-center/ or search Google for GWC Student Health Center.

The Stand and The Rack

Forum II, Room 103

The Stand (food pantry) and The Rack (closet for professional attire) are open to support student needs. Located on the west side of Forum II, near the Student Services Center.

The Stand
The Stand supports the wellbeing of all our students by providing them with groceries and snacks at zero cost. If you are hungry, there are food resources available to you. One visit per student per day.

The Rack
The Rack provides access to free professional attire appropriate for career fairs, interviews, and the workplace. One outfit (with accessories) per student per semester. Hygiene products are also available (two hygiene products per student per day.

Student Ally Center

Located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union

The Student Ally Center assists all students with the navigation of non-academic challenges by connecting students to on- and off-campus resources to address academic retention and success. 

The center offers a study lounge with computer access and a classroom for student club meetings and workshops.  Faculty office space is available to hold office hours and a private office is available for case intake.

Transfer Center

Second Floor, Student Services Center
(714) 895-8794

The Transfer Center is dedicated to helping students make a seamless transition from the community college to a four-year college/university. The Transfer Center serves as a resource center for students seeking to continue their education at baccalaureate and graduate level programs. The following information and services are offered by our center:

  • Transfer related information and publications from different colleges/universities.
  • Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) selected University of California Campuses and Transfer Admission Agreements with private universities
  • Associate Degree for Transfer programs
  • General Education and major articulation for UC, CSU, and private/independent universities.
  • Transfer fairs with representatives from various colleges/universities in both the fall and spring semesters
  • Workshops and assistance with university applications, financial aid, and transfer services
  • College campus tours
  • Individual appointments with an Admissions representative from local UC, CSU and private universities

Students can visit our website at www.goldenwestcollege.edu/transfer-center/ for updated information and calendar of events. For assistance, please visit the Transfer Center located on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Center, call (714) 895-8794, or email transfer@gwc.cccd.edu.

Zero Cost Course Materials (ZCCM)

Courses listed in the schedule under the attributes section denoted by a green $0 symbol exclusively use digital course materials that are free of charge to students and therefore not required to be purchased.