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Public Service Industry

Police Officer

Administration of Justice, A.A.

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Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Differentiate the roles of the law enforcement, courts, and corrections components of the criminal justice system.

2. Evaluate the biological, psychological, and social causes of criminal behavior.

3. Evaluate sources of information for criminal investigations.

4. Describe crimes by their names, elements, and classifications.

5. Explain the legal justifications required for conducting a search and an arrest, and the exceptions to these requirements.

6. Evaluate legal arguments, and explain constitutional and statutory limits on the application of law.

7. Identify the foundational requirements for the admissibility and the exclusion of evidence in a criminal court proceeding.

8. Develop effective reading, writing, speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication skills for a variety of audiences.

9. Discuss the Six Pillars of Character as defined by the Josephson Institute of Ethics: trustworthiness, respect, fairness, responsibility, justice and fairness, caring, civic virtue and citizenship, and how they apply to personal and professional environments.

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Law Enforcement Certificate of Achievement

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This curriculum was developed with an advisory committee comprised of Criminal Justice administrators. Its purpose is to provide basic fundamentals for entry into any type of Criminal Justice agency. The curriculum leads to a Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice.

It is suggested that courses be taken in the order they are listed. However, courses may be taken in any order provided prerequisites have been met. Following are the three different options to obtain this certificate.

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Police Academy, A.A.

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As a prerequisite for admittance to the Regular Basic Course (Police Academy) and the Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (State Investigators Academy), applicants must certify that they are free from any physical, behavioral, emotional, or mental condition that would adversely affect their behavior so as to create an undue risk of harm to themselves, other students, instructors, or other persons. If the Program Director determines an applicant is not free from such a physical, behavioral, emotional, or mental condition, the Program Director, with the agreement of the Vice President of Instruction and Student Learning, shall, as soon as possible, arrange for such an applicant to be examined by one of the following: 1) a licensed physician, or 2) a licensed clinical psychologist who has a Ph.D. in psychology and at least five years of postgraduate experience in diagnosis and treatment of emotional and mental disorders. This expert will determine if the denial of admission to the program was based upon reasonable grounds. If so, the applicant will not be admitted to the program. If the expert determines reasonable grounds do not exist, the applicant will be admitted to the program. Applicants may appeal the denial of admission to the Division Dean, on the grounds they have met this prerequisite. Following the appeal to the Dean, applicants may make a final written appeal to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Learning.

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Criminal Investigator

Administration of Justice, A.A.

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Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Differentiate the roles of the law enforcement, courts, and corrections components of the criminal justice system.

2. Evaluate the biological, psychological, and social causes of criminal behavior.

3. Evaluate sources of information for criminal investigations.

4. Describe crimes by their names, elements, and classifications.

5. Explain the legal justifications required for conducting a search and an arrest, and the exceptions to these requirements.

6. Evaluate legal arguments, and explain constitutional and statutory limits on the application of law.

7. Identify the foundational requirements for the admissibility and the exclusion of evidence in a criminal court proceeding.

8. Develop effective reading, writing, speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication skills for a variety of audiences.

9. Discuss the Six Pillars of Character as defined by the Josephson Institute of Ethics: trustworthiness, respect, fairness, responsibility, justice and fairness, caring, civic virtue and citizenship, and how they apply to personal and professional environments.

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Correctional Officer

Corrections, A.A.

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Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Describe the roles of corrections professionals within the adult and juvenile justice systems.

2. Recognize the differences in staff and inmate hierarchies within the correctional environment.

3. Identify the components of an integrated and strategic supervision model for community corrections that reduces offender recidivism.

4. Describe the principles of evidence-based practice used by human service professionals to achieve effective interventions.

5. Explain the legal justifications required for conducting a search and an arrest, and the exceptions to these requirements.

6. Describe crimes by their names, elements, and classifications.

7. Develop effective reading, writing, speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication skills for a variety of audiences.

8. Evaluate legal arguments, and explain constitutional and statutory limits on the application of law.

9. Identify the foundational requirements for the admissibility and the exclusion of evidence in a criminal court proceeding.

10. Discuss the Six Pillars of Character as defined by the Josephson Institute of Ethics: trustworthiness, respect, fairness, responsibility, justice and fairness, caring, civic virtue and citizenship, and how they apply to personal and professional environments.

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Communications Industry

AV Technician

Audio Recording Certificate Of Specialization

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This certificate of specialization in Audio Recording is offered to prepare students for a career in Audio Engineering, and also prepare students for upper division courses in Digital Media.

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Video Production Certificate Of Specialization

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The Digital Media Certificate of Specialization/Video Production has been designed for the student who seeks a career as a working professional in digital media industry; including corporate, education, internet, cable and broadcast video production.

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Graphic Designer

Biotechnology Media Design Certificate Of Specialization

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This certificate emphasizes the foundational digital media skills required to design and create professional media products for the biotechnology field. Students will develop conceptual pathways related to interdisciplinary STEAM fields, experiment with mixed digital media, including 3D modeling, and discuss the importance of research, models, and props in the design and execution of the final product.

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Digital Arts, A.A.

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This major will prepare the student for employment in the field of graphic design illustration. It consists of experiences in applied design, digital imaging, graphic design principles, layout and design, and web page design. The focus is upon an introduction to advertising, visual communication, and skills in graphic design, illustration, and preparing art for reproduction.

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Graphic Design Advanced Production Certificate of Specialization

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This certificate will prepare the student for a career in the field of graphic design. The focus is upon graphic design skills in page layout and design, visual communication and prepress for the reproduction process.

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Graphic Design and Production Option Certificate Of Achievement

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The Digital Arts program prepares students for employment in the field of graphic design illustration. It consists of applied exercises in advertising thinking, visual communication, graphic design, illustration, and preparation of art for reproduction. Starting this academic year, some of the courses from Digital Arts have been merged with Recording Arts and Broadcast Video to create the new Digital Media program. This exciting new program will train students with the best of multimedia design concepts, tools, and projects to integrate video, audio, and graphics. Please see the Digital Media section in this catalog for details. This option will prepare the student for employment in the field of graphic design illustration. It consists of experiences in lettering, applied design, photography, and reproduction processes. The focus is upon an introduction to advertising thinking, visual communication, and skills in graphic design, illustration, and preparing art for reproduction.

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Graphic Design Foundation Certificate of Specialization

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This certificate will prepare the student for a career in the field of graphic design and also prepare students for upper division courses in Digital Arts. The focus is upon foundation graphic design skills in current industry standard software, typography and visual communication.

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Graphic Design Website Design Certificate Of Specialization

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This certificate will prepare the student for a career in the field of web design. The focus is upon web design skills in designing the look, layout, functionality and organization of websites.

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Transportation Industry

Auto Mechanic

Automotive: Chassis and Drivetrain Specialist Certificate of Achievement

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Students are given two options in order to prepare for a specialized field of study within the Automotive Technology program, the Chassis and Drivetrain option and the Engine Performance and Emissions option. New students entering either option are encouraged to consider taking preparation classes in automotive theory and computer skills before enrolling in the regular required courses for the certificate. This is intended to assure successful performance in the required courses unless students have received prior training or education related to the recommended courses that would fulfill preparation expectations. These courses may normally be available in sequential patterns that would allow completion of the certificates within a two-year time frame.

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Automotive: Chassis And Drivetrain Specialist, A.A.

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Students are given two options in order to prepare for a specialized field of study within the Automotive Technology program, the Chassis and Drivetrain option and the Engine Performance and Emissions option. New students entering either option are encouraged to consider taking preparation classes in automotive theory and computer skills before enrolling in the regular required courses for the certificate. This is intended to ensure successful performance in the required courses unless students have received prior training or education related to the recommended courses that would fulfill preparation expectations. These courses may normally be available in sequential patterns that would allow completion of the certificates within a two-year time frame.

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Automotive: Engine Performance and Emission Specialist Certificate of Achievement

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Students are given two options in order to prepare for a specialized field of study within the Automotive Technology program, the Chassis and Drivetrain option and the Engine Performance and Emissions option. New students entering either option are encouraged to consider taking preparation classes in automotive theory and computer skills before enrolling in the regular required

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Performance And Emission Specialist, A.A.

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Students are given two options in order to prepare for a specialized field of study within the Automotive Technology program, the Chassis and Drivetrain option and the Engine Performance and Emissions option. New students entering either option are encouraged to consider taking preparation classes in automotive theory and computer skills before enrolling in the regular required courses for the certificate. This is intended to ensure successful performance in the required courses unless students have received prior training or education related to the recommended courses that would fulfill preparation expectations. These courses may normally be available in sequential patterns that would allow completion of the certificates within a two-year time frame.

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Construction Industry

Architectural Drafter

CADD – Computer Aided Design and Drafting, A.A.

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This program prepares students for careers in the Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, Civil or Architectural drafting fields. Students will utilize the latest CAD systems to design and develop their assignments. Opportunities for employment are available in many related commercial companies.

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CADD-Computer Aided Design And Drafting Certificate Of Achievement

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This is a four-semester program which will prepare the student for an entry-level job in Technical or Mechanical Drafting and 3D Design. First year training concentrates on basic drafting and computer practice, which provide experiences in applying technical skills to practical problems. Acquired skills include precision dimensioning, basic working drawings, and computer-aided drafting. During the second year the training concentrates on 3D modeling and design including assemblies and parts management. Courses are designed and offered to provide completion within two years.

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Design Certificate of Achievement

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The Design Certificate of Achievement was created to help prepare students with the fundamental artistic, digital and technical skills required for careers in various design fields including interior, transportation, toys, manufacturing, fashion, furniture, and model making. The course of study includes the fundamental artistry, technical and digital knowledge and skills that are typically found in all of the professional design fields. Emphasis is placed on design theory, ideation, form and function, problem-solving, composition, individual creativity, universal design principles, 2D and 3D visualization, conceptual analysis, model making, CAD, perspective, rendering, rapid visualization techniques, rapid prototyping, materials, safety, individualized projects and presentations for portfolio development. Completion of this certificate prepares successful students for employment as entry level designers, design interns, model makers, technicians, and CAD designers. Students who complete this certificate will have many opportunities to create excellent examples of artwork for their professional portfolio, dramatic presentations, and participation in the semi-annual GWC Design Student Show.

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Technical Drafting Option (One-Year) – Certificate Of Specialization

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This is a two-semester program that will prepare the student for an entry-level job in Technical or Mechanical Drafting. Training concentrates on basic drafting and computer practice, which provide experiences in applying technical skills to practical problems. Acquired skills include precision dimensioning, basic working drawings, and computer-aided drafting. Courses are designed and offered to provide for completion within one year.

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Information Technology Industry

Software Developer

Computer Science, A.S.

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The Computer Science Department provides students opportunities to study the computing environment for business and scientific solution automation. Students who enroll in the Associate in Science in Computer Science degree prepare for transfer education at a four-year university. An advanced degree such as a baccalaureate degree will prepare students for careers related to business and science programming solutions, and management. Computer Science Majors are introduced to computing history and evolution, software development, structures and procedures for data manipulation, object oriented methodology, symbolic logic tools for computational algorithms, and computing solutions at machine language level of implementation. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are acquired through individual and group project assignments. Students are encouraged to develop academic and programming skills enabling them to be successful in further study or employment. Students will be prepared to transfer in order to complete a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science.

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Software Development Certificate Of Achievement

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The Software Development certificate at Golden West College is designed to provide formal training for individuals who seek entry into the rapidly growing fields of computer software engineering, systems analysis, application development, and systems software. Students utilize the latest tools to learn programming languages, algorithms, operating system environments, and web-based multi-user application architectures. Classes are conducted in smart classrooms with the latest instructional tools.

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Software Development, A.S.

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Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Understand computer programming using Microsoft programming languages and operating systems environments.

2. Design and build single-user applications.

3. Design and build multi-user web-based applications.

4. Design and build single-user database environments.

5. Design and build multi-user database environments.

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Video Game Development Certificate Of Achievement

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The Game Development Certificate at Golden West College is designed to prepare students for challenging and rewarding careers in computer-based game development, 3D Graphics Programming, Computer Animation, and other exciting fields. Students utilize the latest tools to learn about 3D computer graphics, console and PC based games, mobile games, and multiplayer online games. Classes are conducted in smart classrooms with the latest instructional tools. A sizable project is undertaken in each class providing the students with an opportunity to add an exciting project to their portfolios.

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Video Game Development, A.A.

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Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Describe the hardware and software components of a video game system.

2. Design and build a single-user 2D and 3D video game.

3. Design and build a multi-user PC or Mobile game.

4. Evaluate existing game engines, script games in those engines, build and deploy characters and models.

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Business Industry

Training and Development Specialist

Human Resources Management Certificate Of Achievement

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This program is designed for students who wish to study or pursue careers in the human resources field.

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15744 Goldenwest St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647-2710
United States