Noncredit education is designed to support a student's growth through enhancing academic skills, personal development and employment opportunities through a variety of classes ranging from basic skills to employability skills, vocational preparation and job retraining. Enrollment in noncredit courses is free and continues throughout the school year. Noncredit courses follow the same curriculum approval process used for credit courses, and all classes are taught by qualified instructors.
These noncredit classes are self-paced learning with access to faculty for questions, assistance, and final demonstration of competencies. They are self-paced to support students' academic and employability skills. Students can enroll anytime during the first 60% of the semester (to get exact dates, see Schedule of Classes, and click on CRN# for additional information). Noncredit courses are repeatable for students who need additional time to complete the learning competencies.
No credit is awarded, nor are grades given. Digital badges are available to demonstrate course completion and competency attainment.
Business Information Systems
Develops the fundamental skills in the operation of the keyboard. Includes letter, number, symbol, special keys, and the numeric keypad.
Introduces Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Emphasizes integration features and advanced Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) technology. Student will need access to a computer loaded with Microsoft Office Professional to complete Office exercises. This course begins preparation for the Microsoft Office User certification exam.
Provides a basic understanding of word processing with Microsoft Word including document creation, formatting, and editing. Covers creating, editing, and formatting business letters, multiple-page reports, newsletters, and cover letters. Includes instruction in complex document creation, construction of tables, use of mail merge, and manipulation of columns and formatting. This course begins preparation for the Microsoft Office User certification exam for MS Word.
Introduces methods for tutoring individuals and groups. Examines learning theories and instructional pedagogies, and provides opportunities for application of skills to tutoring sessions. Does NOT apply to Associate Degree.
Prepares students for the prerequisite materials necessary to be successful in ENGR M12. Includes chemistry concepts such as chemical bonds and thermodynamics, physics concepts such as force vectors, and some mathematical concepts such as trigonometric principles, differentiation, integration, vector dot product, and graphing.
Prepares students for the prerequisite materials necessary to be successful in Engineering Statics and Strength of Materials course - ENGR M16. Includes physics and mathematics concepts such as treating forces as vectors, drawing free-body diagrams, applying Newton's laws of motion to static equilibrium, trigonometric principles, differentiation, integration, Cartesian vectors, vector addition and subtraction, vector magnitude and direction, vector dot product and cross product.
Provides corequisite support for English M01A students whose multiple measures assessment suggests they may need or want additional support. Supports student success in designated sections of ENGL M01A through individualized instruction from the same instructor as the students' ENGL M01A section. Incorporates student success skills and contextualizes reading and writing strategies in a workshop environment aligned with ENGL M01A coursework.
English as a Second Language
Develops listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, study, and computer skills relevant to school, work, and personal life for the high-beginning student with a limited foundation in English speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasizes comprehension, oral and written statements and questions, and introduction to American culture.
Develops listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, study, and computer skills relevant to school, work, and personal life for the low-intermediate student with a foundation in English speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasizes communication, past and future verb tenses, and vocabulary related to work and school.
Develops listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, study and computer skills relevant to school, work, and personal life for the high-intermediate student with a foundation and experience in English speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasizes more advanced communication, progressive tenses and modal verbs, and basic academic vocabulary.
Develops listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, study, and computer skills relevant to school, work, and personal life for the advanced student with a strong foundation and experience in English speaking, reading, and writing. Prepares students for success in credit ESL and other courses as well as for the workplace.
Develops greater proficiency in reading comprehension and written communication for non-native speakers. Analyzes pre-college level articles from a variety of academic disciplines. Develops English proficiency and fluency by writing and rewriting thesis-based paragraphs and multi-paragraph compositions.
Focuses on development of intermediate-level academic reading and writing skills skills for non-native speakers of English. Develops greater proficiency in reading interpretation, complex grammatical forms, academic vocabulary, and written expression in preparation for college-level coursework.
Provides instruction and practice in critical and analytical writing with an emphasis on language structure and vocabulary development for non-native speakers of English. Emphasizes critical analysis and appreciation of culturally diverse readings, integrating ideas from readings into writing assignments, and refining the academic language fluency of non-native speakers of English. Integrates research, synthesis, documentation, and advanced language skills in academic writing covering culturally diverse reading content.
Prepares students to be effective oral communicators in a public speaking context through instruction in communication theory, organization patterns, and research techniques. Emphasizes training in academic listening skills, rhetorical strategies, and the ability to present original subject matter.
Presents the sun as a resource in building design. Covers photovoltaics (PV) cells and modules, inverters, high-level PV system design, and the economics of PV. Aimed at the incumbent worker in the photovoltaics field who wishes to understand the underlying principles of photovoltaics. Safety in the photovoltaic workplace is covered in ENSC M903 OSHA 10 Construction Safety.
Examines Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) policies, procedures, and standards, as well as construction safety and health principles. Includes scope and applications of the OSHA construction standards. Emphasizes those areas that are the most hazardous, using OSHA standards as a guide.
Examines plant characteristics as identification features. Emphasizes landscape plant functional characteristics applicable to California landscapes, e.g. drought tolerance, fire resistance, erosion control. Examines plant cultural requirements in relation to landscape site conditions. Provides a baseline for developing landscape plant palettes based upon aesthetic features, functionality and site conditions.
Discusses and illustrates financial management principles associated with the landscape design/build, maintenance and construction companies. Focuses on strategic planning, organization infrastructure, budgeting, pricing, estimating, job cost management, and proactive financial management.
Discusses and illustrates applications of business management practices to the landscape industry. Emphasizes human resource management in terms of federal employment compliance, employee motivation for productivity enhancement, professional development, and leadership qualities. Introduces the concept of lean management as a resource for increasing production efficiency, and profitability.
Discusses Landscape Ecology and Management and the environmental factors that govern California biomes. Includes topics such as climate, soil conditions, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, sustainability, and precipitation patterns. Emphasizes the adaptability of native plants to the California climate.
Introduces students to the MakerSpace and general MakerSpace safety protocols. Provides a context for the role that MakerSpace plays in the design process and culture. Prepares students to use the campus MakerSpace in a safe and effective manner. Does NOT Apply to Associate Degree.
Introduces students to the design thinking process. Includes problem solving methodology, evaluation, and critical thinking that allows students to arrive at solutions that challenge preconceived ideas. Facilitates a maker focused, hands-on approach to understanding and applying the design thinking process.
Introduces students to Adobe Illustrator in relation to entry-level design and MakerSpace equipment. Teaches how to create Illustrator documents for laser cutting, vinyl cutting, vinyl printing, and screen printing.
Introduces students to the vinyl cutter, vinyl printer and heat press. Offers practical experience for how to prepare designs for the vinyl cutter and vinyl printer, and how to safely and effectively use these MakerSpace tools.
Offers practical experience in vinyl cutting and printing. Covers workflows, operation of equipment, and the production of projects within a team environment.
Introduces students to laser cutting and engraving. Offers practical experience in preparing designs for laser cutting and engraving. Instructs the proper, safe, and effective operation of this MakerSpace tool.
Offers practical experience in laser cutting and engraving. Covers workflows, operation of equipment, and the production of projects within a team environment.
Introduces students to the process of screen printing on textiles. Offers practical experience for how to take a project from the design phase through the printing and curing process. Shows how to safely and effectively work in a screen printing shop.
Offers practical experience in screen printing. Covers workflows, operation of screen printing presses, and the production of projects within a team environment.
Prepares student for the prerequisite materials necessary to be successful in Math M01. Includes fractions, decimals, exponents, and solving linear equations. Offered Pass/No Pass only (no letter grade possible).
Prepares student for the prerequisite materials necessary to be successful in MATH M03. Includes linear equations, quadratic equations, factoring polynomials, quadratic, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, and graphing. Offered Pass/No Pass only (no letter grade possible).
Reviews the prerequisite material necessary to be successful in either MATH M05, MATH M07 or MATH M11. Includes factoring expressions; equations of lines; rational, radical and quadratic expressions and equations; and logarithms.
Provides review for topics necessary for success in College Algebra, including linear equations and inequalities, graphing, factoring, and rational expressions. Covers systems of linear equations, rational functions, rational exponents and radicals, complex numbers, quadratic equations, graphs of parabolas, functions, composition and inverse functions, exponential and logarithmic functions.
Reviews topics necessary for success in College Algebra for Liberal Arts, including linear equations and inequalities, graphing, factoring, and rational expressions. Covers systems of linear equations, rational functions, rational exponents and radicals, complex numbers, quadratic equations, graphs of parabolas, functions, composition and inverse functions, exponential and logarithmic functions.
Reviews prerequisite material for successful completion of MATH M15. Reviews numbers and the number line, operations on numbers, sets and set notations, and equations and inequalities. Provides practice on graphing points and lines in two dimensions, reading tables and graphs, and approximating areas.
Reviews the prerequisite material necessary to be successful in MATH M15. Covers numbers and the number line, operations on numbers, sets and set notations, equations and inequalities. Includes graphing points and lines in two dimensions, reading tables and graphs, and approximating areas.
Technical Theatre Arts
Offers practical experience in developing workforce employability skills for Technical Theatre, Film and Television. Covers communication skills, team building, leadership and workforce interview preparation, industry specific job searches, websites, unions and apprenticeships.
Offers practical experience in theatrical lighting. Covers design, hanging and focusing of instruments, programming lighting cues and executing cues during a live performance.
Offers practical experience in theatrical audio production. Covers design, creating, recording and mixing audio effects, running cabling for microphones and speakers, and operating multi-channel audio boards during a live production.
Offers methodologies for stage management of a theatrical production. Covers blocking notation, prompt book assembly, and best practices for universal communication in a theatrical production.
Presents material and practical experience in theatrical costuming. Covers design, stitching techniques, sewing from patterns, building costumes and managing a stock room, creating a costume plots and crewing or leading a costume crew for a live performance.
Offers practical experience in theatrical makeup. Covers design, corrective, age and non-realistic make-up techniques, hair styling and wig management, crewing or leading a makeup and/or hair crew for a live performance.
Assists students to develop and implement a strategic career and job search plan. Presents sources of occupational information and shows students how to utilize this information in the career planning and job search process.
Introduces the world’s most popular business-oriented social media networking platform. Focuses on how to use LinkedIn to develop business through relationship marketing. Shows how to optimize a company profile, develop content that engages a target audience, build a professional brand, market a company, showcase credentials, obtain business advice, reconnect with former colleagues and connect with businesses around the globe.
Certificate of Competency
Certificate of Completion
- Developmental Math Bridge, Certificate of Completion
- Landscape Management, Certificate of Completion
- Laser Cutting and Engraving Level I, Certificate of Completion
- Screen Printing for Textiles Level I, Certificate of Completion
- SolarTech, Certificate of Completion
- Technical Theatre: Audio Production, Certificate of Completion
- Technical Theatre: Lighting for Production, Certificate of Completion
- Technical Theatre: Stage Management, Certificate of Completion
- Vinyl Cutting and Printing Level I, Certificate of Completion