West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Computer Applications

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Computer Application FAQs

How do I go about getting a waiver for a class required for a business certificate or degree program?

First of all, contact the department chair of Computer Applications. This is the person whose approval is required for all waivers. Be prepared to discuss why you are requesting a waiver. Also, if you are requesting a waiver because you feel you have taken a similar course to the one being addressed, please bring your transcript from that institution as well as the catalog description of the course from that institution.

How do I apply for a certificate? Of what value are they?

Early in the semester in which you will be completing your certificate requirements, you should contact the Admissions and Records Department at West Valley to apply for a certificate. Many businesses do value the certificate program. They see it as evidence that an applicant for a particular job has certain skills. Private industry has helped with the implementation of the certificate program at West Valley through participation on our advisory board.

Are Computer Applications courses transferable to 4-years schools?

Most business courses are transferable to CSU. This means the units you earn at West Valley for taking and passing the course count toward the 4-year degree. However, because we are a community college, all of our courses are considered lower-division courses meaning our courses do not meet upper division articulation requirements.

What does articulation mean and are business courses articulated with any 4-year schools?

If a course is articulated with a 4-year school, this means that the course taken at West Valley will not have to be taken again at the 4-year school. We have several articulated courses and you should contact your counselor to get a current listing as this can change over time.

Why aren't all courses offered each semester?

To offer all courses every semester would not result our being as efficient as we can be. There are some of our courses that would have low enrollment if they were offered each semester. We try not to offer classes that will result in enrollment of less than 20 if we can. In order to accomplish this objective, we offer them only once per year.

I hear a lot about Angel. What is it and how do I use it?

Angel Learning is the course management system that West Valley College for all of it's on-line courses. You can access the website at westvalley.edu/angel. You do not have to be taking an on-line course to use Angel. Many instructors of traditional classes use Angel to post items of interest such as news articles, exhibits, outlines, syllabi, and grades. Find out from your instructor if he/she uses Angel and log on by following the simple instructions on the Angel log-in page.

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