1 Oceans of Opportunity WELCOME TO GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE! Located in the coastal community of Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City, Golden West College s 122-acre college is regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses in Southern California. Golden West is a medium-sized community college, serving approximately 12,000 students per semester. We award Associate in Arts (AA) Degrees, Associate in Science (AS) Degrees, Associate Degrees for Transfer, and Career & Technical Education certificates. GWC provides a safe and secure location, in a multicultural environment with excellent student support services. goldenwestcollege.edu Golden West College is a great beginning for a variety of students goals and interests in higher education. We invite you to explore the Oceans of Opportunity that await you at GWC. Golden West College is part of the California Community College System in the Coast Community College District and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Golden West College Wes Bryan, President Coast Community College District Board of Trustees: David A. Grant, Mary L. Hornbuckle, Jim Moreno, Jerry Patterson, Lorraine Prinsky, Ph.D., Student Trustee Andrew C. Jones, Ed.D., Chancellor GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE Campus Tour Guide This guide divides the campus into five areas. The map on the back cover is color-coded for each of the areas: South campus, off Edinger Ave.; West campus, off Goldenwest Street; East campus, off Gothard Street; North campus, adjacent to McFadden Ave.; and the Center of campus. Your starting point will depend on where you enter the campus. Please note: A parking permit is required. All-day passes are available in all parking lots. Hourly parking meters are located on the east side of the Edinger Avenue parking lot. A pass to enter the campus is not required. 08/2013
2 SOUTH END OF CAMPUS OFF EDINGER AVENUE How do I Qualify for Admission? Anyone 18 years of age or older who can profit from instruction qualifies for admission. If under age 18, you will qualify for admission if you: Graduated from high school OR Passed the California High School Certificate of Proficiency Test or the equivalent OR Completed the 10th grade and received permission from your high school principal and parent to attend. (Detailed K-12 student admissions information is available on our website). Enrollment Steps Step 1 - APPLY FOR ADMISSION Apply online at You will receive your registration information by mail and Student ID Number Registration appointment date and time MyGWC login information Located at the south end of campus are the Administration buildings, Business building, Criminal Justice Training Center, and the School of Nursing & Health Services building. Step 2 - ASSESSMENT You will need to take placement tests in English, reading and mathematics to help determine the right courses for you in these areas. It is not a pass or fail test. Schedule a testing appointment online at: or call the Assessment Center at Step 3 - ORIENTATION Upon completion of the assessment process, new students are expected to complete an online orientation session at: The orientation is designed to acquaint the student with the many programs and support services available at the college and to assist the student in selecting his/her first semester courses. Additional information regarding Online Orientation is available in the Counseling Office ext 1 Step 4 - REGISTER Register online at on or after your registration appointment date and time with your assigned username and password. Details are available online: ADMISSIONS AND RECORDS Building #4 This is where you order transcripts, access student records, and apply for graduation. Students who are too late for online registration may register in person in the Admissions Office the week before classes begin. Computers are available for use. COUNSELING Building #2 GWC Counselors offer assistance to students with course selection and program planning (Education Plan), conduct orientation workshops for incoming students, and provide career counseling and transfer information. SPECIAL SUPPORT SERVICES 2nd floor Building #3 EOP/S and C.A.R.E., are programs that help low income/ educationally disadvantaged students and/or singleparent students; Re-Entry/CalWORKs, assists individuals who are returning to school after a lengthy absence or who are receiving TANF/AFDC benefits. TRANSFER & CAREER CENTERS Building #2 The Transfer Center provides a complete library of university catalogs, transfer and testing applications, reference books for scholarships, and offers university tours, transfer fairs, and workshops. The Career Center serves the career development needs of students with a variety of individual services, reference materials and workshops.
3 SOUTH END OF CAMPUS OFF EDINGER AVENUE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING #5 Office of the President and Vice Presidents Foundation Office Courtyard of Honor/Donor Recognition Walls Fiscal Services. 2nd Floor: Classrooms. VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER Building #6 The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) was established to address the unique needs of our veteran student population. It provides a place for students to socialize with fellow veterans. There is no better way for veterans to adjust to campus life than with students who share their experiences. (The Veterans Services Office is located in the Admissions Office). SCHOOL OF NURSING Building #36 The Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle School of Nursing is home to the prestigious GWC Nursing Program. The state-of-the-art facility includes an interactive patient simulator lab. Graduates of the program are sought after by the best hospitals. BUSINESS BUILDING #6 Business classrooms and the Assessment Center are located in this building. The Assessment Center offers Math and language basic skills testing, and transfers scores to and from other colleges. CRIMINAL JUSTICE TRAINING CENTER Building #7 The Criminal Justice Training Center offers three major programs: (1) P.O.S.T. Certified Police Academy and Special Investigators Academy; (2) AA Degree or Certificate of Achievement in the law enforcement field; (3) Short Term courses for currently employed law enforcement personnel for Advanced Officer Training (AOT) or Continued Professional Training (CPT). STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES Building #36 Health services are provided for currently enrolled students. A registered nurse is on duty to provide care for short-term illness, minor emergency treatment, health counseling, and referrals to appropriate services. Physicians, nurse practitioners, and psychologists are available by appointment. Quick Facts Founded: 1966 Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Located: Huntington Beach, California Public, two-year, commuter college (no on-campus housing) Semester term - 16 weeks Day, Evening, Online, and Hybrid (online and on campus) classes Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts (AA); Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T); Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) Majors Available: 57 Certificates of Achievement Offered: 23 Certificates of Specialization Offered: 8 Athletics: 15 Sports Tuition and Fees: California Residents: $46* per unit (Subject to change by the California State Legislature) Out-of-State: $214 per unit International Students: $260 per unit Other fees: Health Service fee $19 per semester College service charge $17 per semester Parking Permit $30 per semester Course materials fees (varies by course) Student Characteristics* Student Count - Fall ,035 Student Count - Spring ,813 Females 53% Males 47% Age Groups 19 or less 28.4% % % % Ethnicity African-American 1.7% Asian 28.2% Hispanic 27.9% Multi-Ethnicity 3.9% White Non-Hispanic 31.8% Other and/or Unknown 6.5% *Source: California Community Colleges Chancellor s Office - Datamart (
4 EAST SIDE OF CAMPUS OFF GOTHARD STREET DID YOU KNOW? GWC Music students, faculty and alumni have won dozens of Grammy Awards. GWC Alumni can be seen on stage, television, and movie screens worldwide. Some graduates are behind the scenes at Disney, MGM/ Universal, and touring theater companies nationwide. THE ARTS AND LETTERS DIVISION is located on the EAST SIDE of the campus: Communications, World Languages, Theater, Music, Fine Arts, and the Fine Arts Community Gallery. It is also the location of the Accessibility Center for Education (ACE), Forum II Lecture Hall, Digital Media, Community Center/Community Education Office (not-for-credit programs), the GWC Amphitheater, and the Child Care Center. GWC students have been nominated for acting scholarships by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. GWC students have been Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival award winners for their work as assistant directors and stage managers in GWC theater productions. The GWC International Symphonic Band performed in Lourdes in GWC English Professor Dr. Paul Tayyar was a nominee for a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Postmark Atlantis and for the Pushcart Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in American poetry. GWC Theater director/ instructor Martie Ramm appeared in the London and 1st National companies of A Chorus Line. COMMUNITY EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES Building #1 Community Education offers a wide variety of notfor-credit programs and workshops including, Art, College for Kids & Teens, Computers, Dance, and Holistic Health & Fitness. The workshops are offered on campus and online. The department is also responsible for the weekend GWC Swap Meet. COMMUNICATIONS & WORLD LANGUAGES Building #35 The Communications & World Languages Department supports general education and transfer requirements and serves the academic preparation needs for nonnative English speakers (ESL). MAINSTAGE AND STAGE WEST THEATERS Building #34 In the Theater Arts program, students participate in all areas of theater including, acting, stage management, and backstage technical and design assignments. The department produces at least four productions each academic season in the 339 seat Mainstage Theater. Recitals, concerts, dance concerts, and lectures by other campus departments and community organizations are also held in the theater. The 96 seat Stage West Theater is primarily used for student productions and classes. MUSIC Building #32 The Music Department offers undergraduate music courses for transfer and A.A. degree, as well as an Applied Music program for private study. Our instructors are active professionals.
5 EAST SIDE OF CAMPUS OFF GOTHARD STREET Community College Fast Facts FORUM II LECTURE HALL Building #31 Forum II is one of two lecture halls on campus. It accommodates over 200 students with stadium-style seating. GWC AMPHITHEATER The beautiful, tree-lined Amphitheater is an intimate outdoor stadium-style theater used for ceremonies including, the annual Scholarships and Awards ceremony and other special events. In the 1980s the college sponsored family oriented movies in the amphitheater on the weekends during the summer. The Sound of Music brought in 850 people. FINE ARTS AND COMMUNITY GALLERY Building #28 The Fine Arts department offers courses in Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Drawing, Jewelry, Photography, Printmaking, and Art History. The Art studios are fully equipped and our instructors are exceptional. Exhibits and artist receptions are enjoyed in the Community Gallery throughout the year. DIGITAL MEDIA Building #28 Digital Media courses are taught on the 2nd floor. The program offers graphic design, website design, and video/audio production and editing. ACCESSIBILITY CENTER FOR EDUCATION (ACE) Building #29 ACE provides services to students with disabilities. Qualified counselors provide training, understanding and accommodations to boost students success rates. Services, upon request include, interpreters, note takers, testing accommodations, tape recording of lectures, and services for the blind and visually impaired. CHILD CARE CENTER The Child Care Center is owned and operated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley, and is their only Center on a college campus. The facility opened in Fall 2010 and is open to the public for children 6 weeks to 5 years. An after school program is also offered. 55% of CSU graduates and 28% of UC graduates started at a community college and upon transferring, obtained GPAs equal to, or better than, native UC or CSU students. $1.6 million is the average lifetime earnings of a graduate with an associate s degree $400,000 more than for a high school graduate. Transfer students from community colleges to the University of California account for 48% of UC s bachelor degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 70% of the nurses in California received their education from community colleges. Students who earn a California community college degree or certificate nearly double their earnings within 3 years. 39 colleges administer Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) academies, including Golden West College. Nearly 2/3 of community college students who transfer to UC complete a bachelor s degree within three years of entering UC a rate comparable to native UC students. SOURCE: Community College League of California Fast Facts 2013
6 NORTH END OF CAMPUS NEAR MCFADDEN AVENUE 15 SPORTS Men s & Women s Cross Country Men s & Women s Soccer Men s & Women s Swimming Men s & Women s Track & Field Men s & Women s Volleyball Men s & Women s Water Polo Men s Football Men s Baseball Women s Softball The ATHLETICS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION DIVISION is located on the NORTH END of campus. The athletic fields extend to McFadden Avenue but there is no parking available on that end of campus. The facilities are accessed off Gothard Avenue or Goldenwest Street. Mascot: RUSTLER SAM Rustler Sam was created for GWC in 1966 by Tom Ryan, creator of the comic strip Tumbleweeds. DID YOU KNOW? 19 Former Rustlers have played in or are currently playing in the Major Leagues. 25 GWC Alumni have played professional football. GWC Athletes complete an average of 14 units per semester with a higher GPA than the college average. TRACK & FIELD GWC s all-weather track is home to our co-ed Track & Field and Cross country teams. AQUATICS CENTER The all deep 52 meter swimming pool is home to GWC s water polo and swim teams and serves as a classroom for various swim classes. The pool is open for various community swim programs, including U.S. Water Polo games and practices. Since 1966, GWC Rustlers have captured more State Championships than any other California Community College. BASEBALL & SOFTBALL FIELDS The Fred Hoover Baseball Field boasts as one of the top campus facilities in the state with a red clay infield, bullpen areas, and home & away dugouts. The Softball fields are located east of the track. SOCCER FIELD & FOOTBALL PRACTICE FIELD The fields on the north end of campus are used for soccer games and as a practice field for the football team. Football games are played at LeBard Stadium, the Coast Community College District field in Costa Mesa, shared with Orange Coast College.
7 NORTH END OF CAMPUS NEAR MCFADDEN AVENUE GWC History Golden West College was built in 1966 on the Lewis Farm, which was a working farm for years. As you walk on campus you will see some of the original farm equipment used as part of the landscaping. FITNESS CENTER Building #24 The Fitness Center is a state-of-the-art facility provided for faculty, staff, students and community members. It is equipped with cardiovascular equipment, dumbbells, and Lifefitness circuit training machines. On the 2nd floor is the aerobics room, offering stepaerobics, yoga, pilates, and dance. GYMNASIUM Building #24 Home to the Rustler s Volleyball program, the Gym serves as a hub for numerous campus activities. With a seating capacity of over 1200, the Gym has served as host for a variety of high school, club, and college events. ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOM Building #22 GWC student-athletes benefit from one of the best athletic training facilities in the state. It is equipped with hydrotherapy, taping areas, and various modalities, including electrical stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound, offering student-athletes the latest techniques in sports medicine. The facility also serves as a classroom and lab for students in the Athletic and Fitness Studies program, preparing students for transfer into a CAAHEP approved athletic training program. DANCE STUDIOS Building #24 Dance studios are located on the 2nd floor of the Gym. The Dance program offers an Associate in Arts degree and transferable classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern Dance, Jazz, Mid-Eastern, and Ballroom Dancing. Courses in production and performance are also offered and GWC dance students have opportunities to travel and perform in festivals within the United States and abroad. The farm house was used as the Golden West College Administration building in FLORAL DESIGN Building #24 Located just west of the Gym is the Floral Design facility. Students receive hands-on experience and quality instruction by faculty who are accredited by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). The program is aligned with the California Certified Florist s Certificate and completion of this program will prepare students for the state exam. Graduates of the program secure employment in the floral industry, or choose to become shop owners or self-employed florists specializing in weddings and other special events. Opening Day Ceremony - September 14, Homecoming Court
8 WEST SIDE OF CAMPUS OFF GOLDENWEST STREET Technology Building Skin Care, Environmental Studies, Drafting Building #19 The SKIN CARE SALON is located on the north side of the Technology Building. The 18-week program prepares students for the state license exam for Estheticians. The newly equipped, working salon is open to the public and offers facials, waxing, make-up, and special treatments. Services are provided by advanced-level students under the supervision of a licensed instructor. The ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES program offers Energy Efficiency, Solar Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal classes. The program is designed to provide formal training for individuals who seek entry into the energy efficiency assessment service field. These are nationally recognized and approved courses that lead to certifications in Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal by NABCEP and ETA. The COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING & DESIGN (CADD) program is designed to prepare students with the skills necessary for employment in drafting technology. Drafters prepare technical drawings and plans used by production and construction work to build everything from products to structures. The computer labs are equipped with industry standard software. Automotive Technology Facility AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY Building #18 The Automotive Technology program prepares students for careers in maintaining, diagnosing, and repairing modern vehicles and light duty trucks. GWC is an ASE/NATEF certified training center and a Honda-sponsored training facility. The lab facilities, operations and equipment reflect industry standards to assist students for easy transition into employment opportunities. Our instructors are ASE certified technicians, bringing real-world experience to the classroom.
9 WEST SIDE OF CAMPUS OFF GOLDENWEST STREET Math, Science & Health Science Building #15 MATH AND SCIENCE The Math department offers specific programs for remedial, general education, and transfer to a university. The facility includes a large computer lab and instructor s projection screens. Tutoring is available for students currently enrolled and Honors courses are available in Calculus and Statistics. Our Science program offers multiple sections of many of the health profession pre-requisite courses. The science labs contain state-of-the-art equipment and we offer a comprehensive set of courses for transfer. Our students with Science majors show a high transfer rate. Designers create, plan, and develop the objects and environments we use and experience in our everyday lives. Our Design courses prepare students with the fundamental artistic, digital and technical skills required for most Design majors (i.e. Industrial Design, Interior Design, Automotive Design, Fashion Design) and the courses are transferable. The facility includes a computer lab, Rapid Prototype 3D printer, and industrial machinery necessary for building models. It also includes an impressive standing gallery to showcase student projects. The rock displayed on the north side of the math building is a fossilized rock recovered from an ancient landslide area three miles east of San Juan Capistrano near Ortega Highway. It encompasses three midmiocene formations - Topanga, San Onofre Breccia, and Monterey. The fossils of crustaceans and imprints of shells are from 9 to 18 million years old! Design Facility Building #9 California Native Garden This is the place to be for a glimpse of a genuine California landscape intriguing plants, beautiful flowers, subtle fragrances, as well as butterflies and birds. It includes a potting shed, built by Eagle Scouts, and a popular acoustic amphitheater. The award-winning GWC Native Garden is open to the public and maintained by community volunteers, while acting as an outdoor lab for biology and botany students. The garden s rainwater capture system helps replenish Orange County s vital underground water supply. As you walk from the north end to the south end of the Garden, you will also view native plants from Northern to Southern California.
10 LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER (LRC) Building #38 The LRC is located just off the Goldenwest Street parking lot. This new, three-story building is home to the Library, computer labs, Tutorial Center, High Tech Lab for disabled students, study rooms, and offices. On the second floor, extending above the north entrance, is the Community Room, which overlooks the California Native Garden. It is a great place for campus meetings and community gatherings. The wing that extends off the south side of the building houses a state-of-the-art video studio, the Online Instruction Department, Staff Development, and Academic Senate offices. The STUDENT COMPUTER CENTER is a computer lab which provides high-speed internet access, color printing, scanning, CD-DVD combo, Microsoft Office, and MAC computers fully loaded with the most current Digital Arts software. The HIGH TECH LAB for disabled students is a specialized computer lab, providing adaptive computer hardware and software for students registered through the GWC Accessibility Center for Education (ACE). The WRITING & READING CENTER offers mini-courses to help students with language skills, grammar, essay writing, and college-level reading skills. TUTORIAL AND LEARNING CENTER Tutoring is available to all students in the classes for which they are currently enrolled. The Center provides group, online, and individual tutoring. R. DUDLEY BOYCE LIBRARY Named after the first GWC President, the Library is located on the second and third floors. It includes a computer lab and private group study rooms all equipped with computers, internet connection, and large flat-screen monitors mounted on the walls.
11 CENTER OF CAMPUS MAIN STREET When you walk down GWC s Main Street towards the Central Quad you will pass the Cosmetology facility, Student Center, the former Library, Bookstore, Humanities Building and Forum I Lecture Hall. CENTRAL QUAD The open area in the center of the campus is called the Central Quad. Large events are held here throughout the year including Graduation, high school recruitment events, Club Rush, Health Services Fair, and Job Fairs. FORUM I LECTURE HALL This is one of two lecture halls on campus. The space accommodates over 200 students with stadium-style seating. HUMANITIES BUILDING This three-story building houses computer labs and classrooms for the Computer Science, Behavioral & Social Sciences, and Computer Business Applications departments. It is also the location of the GWC Personnel Office and staff meeting rooms. BOOKSTORE Buy books, supplies, apparel, backpacks, or a snack. The bookstore has a cash for books buyback program and rental textbooks are available. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER This center offers specialized support services to our International Students. GWC serves over 300 International Students from 40 countries. The largest populations are from Vietnam, South Korea, and Japan. STUDENT CENTER AND COVE CAFÉ The Student Center houses the Cove Café, game room, and lounge with a big-screen TV. The Student Activities Office, located on the 2nd floor, is responsible for Associated Students (ASGWC) events and activities and offers leadership opportunities through student government and campus clubs. FINANCIAL AID OFFICE Financial Aid is available to qualified students. Apply for grants, scholarships, and student loans or receive assistance with FAFSA documents in this office. COSMETOLOGY SALON The Cosmetology program prepares students for the state license exam through the State Board of Cosmetology. The facility is a working salon and open to the public. Services are provided by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.
12 Floral Design Lab Child Care Center 39 Tech Support Reprographics Design Classes Goldenwest Street Huntington Beach, CA (714) Accessibility Center for Edu (ACE) - 29 Administration Bldg - 5 Admissions & Records Bldg - 4 Art & Letters (Fine Arts Bldg) - 28 Assessment Center (Business Bldg) - 6 Auto Body Bldg - 9 Automotive Bldg - 18 Bookstore - 16 Business Bldg - 6 Cafeteria (Student Center) - 17 Child Care Center and Infant/Toddler - 39 College Promotions/Creative Services - 27 Communications Bldg - 35 Community Center - 1 Community Services - 1 Computer Business Applications (Humanities Bldg) - 13 Computer Science (Humanities Bldg) - 13 Cosmetology Bldg - 27 Counseling/Career & Transfer Centers - 2 Criminal Justice Training Center - 7 EOPS - 3 Evening Operations (Admin Bldg) - 5 Facilities Office (Admin Bldg) - 5 Financial Aid - 30 Fine Arts Bldg - 26, 28 Fine Arts Gallery - 28 Fiscal Services (Admin Bldg) - 5 Forum I Bldg - 12 Forum II Bldg - 31 Foundation - 5 Gymnasium - 24 Health Center - 36 Health Sciences Bldg - 11 Humanities Bldg - 13 HVAC Bldg - 35 Intercultural Center (Student Center) - 17 International Student Program - 30 KOCE Bldg - 29 LRC/Library Bldg - 38 Lost and Found - 11 Mailroom - 30 Maintenance/Receiving - 20 Mathematics & Science Bldg - 15 Men s P.E Music Bldg - 32 New Media Center (LRC/Library Bldg) - 38 Nursing and Health Services - 36 Office Administration (Humanities Bldg) - 13 Outreach Office - 27 Personnel Services (Humanities Bldg) - 13 Physical Education/Athletics - 24 President s Office (Admin Bldg) - 5 Public Relations (Admin Bldg) - 5 Public Safety (Health Sciences Bldg) - 11 Recreation Education Bldg - 24 Re-Entry/CalWORKs Center (A & R Bldg) - 4 Registration (Admissions & Records Bldg) - 4 Rehabilitation Center - 21 Reprographics (Copy Center) - 10 Social Sciences (Admin Bldg) - 5 Staff Development (LRC/Library Bldg) - 38 Stage West Theater (Communications Bldg) - 35 Student Activities (Student Center) - 17 Student Center/Snack Bar - 17 Student Computer Center (LRC/Library Bldg) - 38 Student Success Center (LRC/Library Bldg) - 38 Swap Meet Office - 13 Technology Bldg - 19 Technology Support Services - 11 Theater Bldg - 34 Tutorial/Learning Center (LRC/Library Bldg) - 38 Veterans Resource Center - 6 Vice Presidents Offices (Admin Bldg) - 5 Women s P.E Writing/Speech Centers (LRC/Library Bldg) - 38