CONTINUING EDUCATION

Non-credit Classes

The College’s Community Education Department provides lifelong learning classes to residents of all ages with opportunities for professional development, skills development, and language acquisition. These courses are offered tuition-free and are supported by the State of California. Courses include English as a Second Language (ESL), Immigrant Education & Citizenship, College Success Skills, programs for Older Adults (Emeritus College), Health and Safety Education, and Career Technical Education programs. Some courses may require a materials fee to be paid at the time of registration to cover the cost of supplies and materials given to students during the class. This fee does not cover the cost of any required textbooks.

COLLEGE SUCCESS SKILLS (BASIC SKILLS)

Certificate of Completion: General Education Development Preparation


This certificate prepares students to take the General Education Development exam.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, science, social studies, mathematics, and the test taking strategies required to meet the GED requirements.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 0
 

    Units
NC.BCSK-50 Test Taking Skills 0.0
NC.BCSK-100 GED Preparation 0.0


Certificate of Completion: CAHSEE

This certificate is designed to prepare students to successfully pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to demonstrate competency in English and Mathematics skills at the CAHSEE level.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 0
 

    Units
NC.BCSK-50 Test Taking Skills 0.0
NC.BCSK-090 CAHSEE Preparation 0.0


Certificate of Competency: Academic Skills

Students who receive this certificate have demonstrated mastery of skills in English and mathematics at the elementary and secondary levels.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in English and mathematics skills at the elementary and secondary levels.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 0
 

    Units
NC.BCSK-080 Academic Skills I 0.0
NC.BCSK-085 Academic Skills II 0.0


Certificate of Completion: Summer Bridge

Demonstrate proficiency in elementary algebra, writing fundamentals, and college success skills.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in elementary algebra, writing fundamentals, and college success skills.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 0
 

    Units
NC.BCSK-SBC Summer Bridge Counseling 0.0
NC.BCSK-SBE Summer Bridge English 0.0
NC.BCSK-SBM Summer Bridge Math 0.0


NC.BCSK 050 TEST TAKING SKILLS
Units: 0.00
Addresses the skills necessary to become a successful test-taker, including test anxiety, test types, study tips, time management, and academic integrity. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK 080 ACADEMIC SKILLS I
Units: 0.00
Develops basic reading, writing, and math skills through individualized, computer-assisted instruction. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK 085 ACADEMIC SKILLS II
Units: 0.00
Continues to develop reading, writing, and math skills through individualized, computer-assisted instruction. This course may be offered open entry-open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK 090 CAHSEE PREPARATION
Units: 0.00
Provides English and math instruction targeting California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) competencies for students who have not yet passed either the mathematics or the English portions of the exam. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK 100 GED PREPARATION
Units: 0.00
Prepares students to pass the five sections of the General Education Development Test: Reading, Writing I and II (essay), Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. Students should have basic computer literacy to utilize GED tutorial software. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK 50 TEST TAKING SKILLS
Units: 0.00
Addresses the skills necessary to become a successful test-taker, including test anxiety, test types, study tips, time management, and academic integrity. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK E19 STUDY TECHNIQUES
Units: 0.00
Improve skills necessary for good study habits including organizing study materials, time management, concentration techniques, test preparation, test taking strategies, memory improvement, listening skills, and note taking. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK E20 SPELLING TECHNIQUES
Units: 0.00
Designed to improve spelling skills. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK E21 GRAMMAR AND SENTENCE WRITING
Units: 0.00
Reviews the fundamentals of English with emphasis on improvement of sentence grammar, word usage, mechanics and punctuation. Students focus on subjects, pronouns, verbs, avoiding fragments and run-ons, and writing coherent, grammatical sentences. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK H07 HSD U.S. HISTORY A/B
Units: 0.00
Provides a review of two themes: the Nation's constitutional framework dividing power between the states and the federal government, and the industrial transformation of the new nation. Also examines major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. Emphasis is given to the expanding role of the federal government and issues between minority rights and majority power; the emergence of modern corporate economy; the impact of technology on American society and culture; change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movements toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK H16 HSD HEALTH
Units: 0.00
Promotes student wellness behaviors through the study of first aid, substance abuse prevention, diseases and disorders, nutrition, family health, and mental and emotional health issues. HSD Health meets the health requirement for high school graduation. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK M07 HSD TRIGONOMETRY
Units: 0.00
Trigonometry, a one-semester high school course. Topics include circular functions and their graphs, polar coordinates, trigonometric identities and equations, triangle trigonometry, trigonometric addition formulas, double and half-angle formulas. Trigonometry is a comprehensive study of trigonometric functions with emphasis on application. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK MA1 ESSENTIAL ARITHMETIC
Units: 0.00
A first course in basic arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, mixed numerals, decimals, and percents. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK MA2 MATH SKILLS FOR NURSES
Units: 0.00
Introduction to medication dosage calculations and dimensional analysis. Includes a review of arithmetic, metric, apothecary, household systems, conversions between the systems, calculating oral medication dosages, intravenous fluid calculations and injections. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK SBC SUMMER BRIDGE COUNSELING
Units: 0.00
Co-requisite: NC.BCSK-SBE and NC.BCSK-SBM

Develops college success skill through discussion of college procedures, student rights, learning skills and study skills, including close collaboration with co-requisite English and mathematics courses to help ensure application of skills to materials covered in those subjects. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK SBE SUMMER BRIDGE ENGLISH
Units: 0.00
Prerequisite: ENGL-071 or placement into ENGL-081 as determined by the COC English assessment process. Co-requisite: NC.BCSK-SBC and NC.BCSK-SBM

Designed to facilitate the transition of students from high school or other pre-collegiate education into an academically successful and well-balanced college lifestyle, this course will focus on the fundamentals of composing source-based paragraphs for students who need a review of intermediate English topics before entering introductory college English. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.BCSK SBM SUMMER BRIDGE MATH
Units: 0.00
Prerequisite: MATH-025 or MATH-026 or placement as determined by the COC math assessment process. Co-requisite: NC.BCSK-SBC and NC.BCSK-SBE

Designed to facilitate the transition of students from high school into an academically successful and well-balanced college lifestyle, this course focuses on the fundamental concepts of pre-algebra for those who need a review of topics before entering elementary algebra. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.TUTR 094 SUPERVISED TUTORING
Units: 0.00
Co-requisite: Enrollment as a COC student and referral of instructor/counselor

Provides individualized and group activities designed to support success in the classroom setting. Includes learning style assessment and follow-up, study skills workshops, group tutorials activities and assignments for individualized tutoring support. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

Certificate of Competency: ESL/Beginning Level


Students who receive this certificate have demonstrated mastery of the Model Standards for Adult Education Programs Beginning Low and Beginning High levels of English skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to communicate in English through reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the beginning high level.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 0
 

    Units
NC.ESL-1A Beginning Low A 0.0
NC.ESL-1B Beginning Low B 0.0
NC.ESL-2A Beginning High A 0.0
NC.ESL-2B Beginning High B 0.0
     
Recommended Electives:  
     
NC.ESL-10 ESL Beginning Language Lab 0.0


Certificate of Competency: ESL/Intermediate Level

Students who receive this certificate have demonstrated mastery of the Model Standards for Adult Education Programs Intermediate Low and Intermediate High levels of English skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in English through reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English at the intermediate high level.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 0
 

    Units
NC.ESL-3A Intermediate Low A 0.0
NC.ESL-3B Intermediate Low B 0.0
NC.ESL-4A Intermediate High A 0.0
NC.ESL-4B Intermediate High B 0.0


NC.ESL 10 ESL BEGINNING LANGUAGE LAB
Units: 0.00
Develops English skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing through self-paced, computer-mediated instruction. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.ESL 1A BEGINNING LOW A
Units: 0.00
Develops basic English skills at the beginning low level through listening, speaking, reading and writing, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday life situations. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.ESL 1B BEGINNING LOW B
Units: 0.00
Prerequisite: NC.ESL-1A or Placement Test

Continues and expands the development of basic English skills at the beginning low level through listening, speaking, reading and writing, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday life situations. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.ESL 2A BEGINNING HIGH A
Units: 0.00
Prerequisite: NC.ESL-1B or Placement Test

Develops English skills at the beginning high level through listening, speaking, reading and writing, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday life situations. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.ESL 2B BEGINNING HIGH B
Units: 0.00
Prerequisite: NC.ESL-2A or Placement Test

Continues and expands the development of English skills at the beginning high level through listening, speaking, reading and writing, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday life situations. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.ESL 3A INTERMEDIATE LOW A
Units: 0.00
Prerequisite: NC.ESL-2B or Placement Test

Develops English skills at the Intermediate Low level through listening, speaking, reading and writing including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday life situations. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.ESL 3B INTERMEDIATE LOW B
Units: 0.00
Prerequisite: NC.ESL-3A or Placement Test

Continues and expands English skills at the Intermediate Low level through listening, speaking, reading and writing including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday life situations. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.ESL 4A INTERMEDIATE HIGH A
Units: 0.00
Prerequisite: NC.ESL-3B or Placement Test

Develops English skills at the Intermediate High level through listening, speaking, reading and writing including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday life situations. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.ESL 4B INTERMEDIATE HIGH B
Units: 0.00
Prerequisite: NC.ESL-4A or Placement Test

Continues and expands English skills at the Intermediate High level through listening, speaking, reading and writing including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and everyday life situations. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.VESL 01 COMMUNICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT
Units: 0.00
50.82 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: NC.ESL-LVL2

Introduces the nonnative speaker to basic written and verbal communication skills, as well as cultural knowledge necessary to obtain employment in the United States. Focuses on traditional and web-based employment opportunity resources, completing job applications, writing simple resumes, and answering questions at job interviews. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.VESL 02 ENGLISH FOR AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Units: 0.00
50.82 hours lecture
Develops language and communication skills for automotive technology workers. Focuses on skills required by automotive industry employees and gives practice in pronunciation, listening, and speaking. Class uses industry manuals and data, to develop work-related reading and writing skills. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


NC.VESL 03 ENGLISH FOR LANDSCAPE EMPLOYEE
Units: 0.00
Develops vocabulary, reading comprehension and verbal skills for the non-native speaker working in the landscape industry, including language instruction in floriculture, landscape horticulture and general nursery work. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


IMMIGRATION EDUCATION

NC.CITZ 01 CITIZENSHIP FOR NATURALIZATION

Units: 0.00
Introduces the history and government of the United States, including an overview of the branches of government, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights necessary to pass the U.S. Citizenship Examination. This course may be offered open entry/open exit. Offered pass/no-pass only.


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