Dear Continuing Education Community of Learners,
Welcome to the School of Continuing Education (Noncredit) at West Valley College. We provide tuition-free noncredit classes for adults. We recognize that not all students are interested in completing a traditional college degree. Some students have a current goal of improving their English language skills and then deciding their next steps. Others are looking for short-term vocational training to increase earning potential. Many students are seeking to improve basic reading, writing, and math skills to enhance their college success.
Whatever your reason we embrace the cultural, gender, socio-economic, age, physical and academic diversity among our students. Please explore this site and examine the class schedule. General information about costs and how to register are included here. Please check back here periodically as the program will continue to grow and expand our course offerings.
Students are welcome to enroll in noncredit and credit courses at the same time. Noncredit courses will not count as part of the grade point average, reduce your financial awards, or increase the amount of unit limitations.
Our experienced faculty are enthusiastic about their subject areas and understand the unique needs of adult learners. Quality instruction and personalized support are the hallmarks of your success. We are eager to hear from you about how we can improve our service to you. We also enjoy hearing how you continue to move toward your academic and career goals.
The registration process for noncredit depends on the type of class in which you wish to enroll.
Best wishes for a fabulous summer and a productive fall,
Dean of Instruction
Interim Director for the School of Continuing Education
The following classes will require you to complete the West Valley College paper application that will be provided to you on your day of class. Complete it during class at return it to your instructor. If you are not a US citizen please bring your identification documents such as your visa, green card, or passport. Copies will be made for the Office of Admissions and Records and the originals will be returned to you.
|Section Name||Short Title|
|NCAD 110A||Basic Life Skills|
|NCAD 110B||Intermediate Life Skills|
|NCAD 140||Forum on Local and Global Topics|
|NCAD 145||Older Adult Art|
|NCMU 152||Orchestra for Older Adults|
If you wish to enroll in one of the following noncredit classes you will follow the online registration process for West Valley College:
- Submit an Online Application.
- You will receive a Confirmation Page upon submission. Please keep your confirmation number for future reference.
- Next, you will receive an email within 24 business hours with your student ID number, password and registration information. If you do not receive this email, please contact our Admissions Office at (408) 741-2001 or email: askwvcFREEWEST_VALLEY
- Register for your classes on the WVC Portal.
|Section Name||Short Title|
|NCBU 015||The Entrepreneurial Mind|
|NCBU 054||Small Business Start-Up|
|NCBU 056||Marketing Basics|
|NCPE 1.30||Adapted Fitness|
|NCPE 1.31||Adapted Aerobic Exercise|
|NCPE 1.32||Adapted Core Stretching|
|NCPE 1.34||Adapted Weight Training|
|NCPE 1.36||Adapted Water Movement|
|NCCR 002||Stenographic Skill building Level, 2: 80-140 wpm|
|NCCR 003||Stenographic Skill building Level, 3: 140-16-wpm|
|NCMA 104||Essential Math for Basic Skills Students: Percents and Signed Numbers|
|NCMA 106||Essential Math for Basic Skills Students: Pre-Algebra Part 1|
|NCMA 107||Essential Math for Basic Skills Students: Pre-Algebra part 2|
|NCMA 010C||Mathematical Support for Elementary Statistics|
Frequently Asked Questions
In general, credit courses are designed for students who are interested in earning college units towards a degree or certificate. Students who take credit courses receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F) at the end of the semester. Noncredit courses are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, enrich their understanding about a wide range of topics, or develop personal interests. Noncredit classes are NOT applicable toward a degree and students earn hours of instruction rather than college units.
Upon completion of a series of required classes, students can earn a noncredit short-term vocational certificate.
Any California residents who are 18 years of age or older.
K-12 adult education programs and courses are offered through the California Department of Education. CCC noncredit programs and courses are offered through the California Community College system and are subject to Education Code and Title 5 regulations concerning community college instruction, including the qualifications of the instructors.
Noncredit CDCP courses stand for Career Development and College Preparation courses. They are courses and programs that are designed for students who want trying for entry into growing vocational fields or improve their basic academic skills for greater college success. These courses are sequenced and lead to certificates.
No. Curriculum requirements for noncredit and credit at the local college and district levels are the same.
No. Federal Financial Aid is not available for noncredit classes. Noncredit classes are tuition free. Students may be responsible for purchasing textbooks and required instructional supplies.
Although the state now allows for grading options for noncredit, the infrastructure for noncredit grades has not yet been established at West Valley College.
Noncredit classes assist students seeking to improve math or English proficiency, increase literacy and job skills, prepare for college-level courses and advance employability. No grades mean that there is no fear of damaging your grade point average or exceeding the college unit limit.
Yes. There are no repeatability limitations for noncredit courses.
No units are earned in noncredit courses and therefore are not designed for transfer to secondary institutions, and do not apply toward degree.
Yes. Many of these certificates are favorably recognized by business and industry, and are frequently used as a requirement for professional advancement.
The West Valley College School of Continuing Education is located at West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA. We are located in the Library.
The School of Continuing Education is growing! We now offer the following Noncredit Certificates:
- Noncredit Entrepreneur Certificate of Completion
- Bookkeeping Certificate of Completion
The West Valley College School of Continuing Education is proud to partner with the following community organizations to provide free noncredit college education to adults. Noncredit courses are offered at the following locations:
- Campbell Community Center
- Campbell Adult and Community Education (CACE)
- Goodwill Industries
- Los Gatos Senior Center
- PARS Equality Center
- Saratoga Area Senior Center
- Santa Clara Adult School
- Santa Teresa Urban Ministries
- South Bay Consortium for Adult Education (SBCAE)
|CACE||Campbell Adult and Community Education Center||1224 Del Mar Avenue, San Jose||(408) 626-3402||Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Payroll|
|CMPB||Campbell Community Center||1 W. Campbell Avenue, Campbell||(408) 378-0480||Basic and Intermediate Life Skills for Immigrants|
|JSC||Jewish Community Senior Center||14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos||(408) 357-7429||History of Music, History of Art, Global and Local Forums for Adults|
|LASS||West Valley College Language Arts and Social Science Building||14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga||(408) 741-2137||Citizenship|
|LOSG2||Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center||208 E. Main Street, Los Gatos||(408) 354-8700||Stay Fit and Balance Awarenss for Older Adults|
|OLGC||Our Lady of Guadalupe Church||2020 E. San Antonio Street, San Jose||(408) 741-2137||Intermediate Life Skills|
|PARS||PARS Equality Center||1635 The Alameda, San Jose||(408) 261-6400||Basic and Intermediate Life Skills and Citizenship|
|Santa Clara Adult School||1840 Benton Avenue, Santa Clara||Water Treatment, Water Distribution|
|SMM||Santa Maria Urban Ministry||778 S. Almaden, San Jose||(408) 292-3314||Life Skills and Citizenship|
|SR1WV||Saratoga Senior Center||19655 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga||(866) 653-9337||Stay Fit and Balance Awareness for Older Adults|
|WVCSM||West Valley College Science and Math Building||14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga||(408) 741-2137||Basic Math Skill Development|