Noncredit Certificates and Courses

Workforce, AEBG and Continuing Education

Dean: Mia McClellan, M.Ed.

Office: 661F, (619) 482-6375

Continuing Education is an umbrella term that includes noncredit, contract, and fee-based courses. Continuing education provides the opportunity for community residents to improve, upgrade, and learn new skills and knowledge. This effort responds to the need for a well-trained workforce, as well as the individual need for intellectual or cultural enrichment. The Continuing Education Program supports the mission of California Community Colleges.

Noncredit Courses

Noncredit courses are courses that meet community needs in ten instructional areas: parenting, basic skills, English as a Second Language (ESL), citizenship for immigrants, courses for the disabled, vocational courses, courses for older adults, home economics, health and safety, and workforce preparation [California Education Code, Section 84757(a) and 84760.5, and Title 5, Section 58160.] Noncredit courses are open to the public, are tuition-free, and are not offered for college credit. The College receives apportionment for noncredit courses at approximately half the rate for credit courses. Credit and noncredit courses are approved by the College’s Curriculum Committee (See Section 4.D.1 for a more detailed explanation).

Noncredit courses are tuition free and are subsidized by state funds. These courses require all students to complete the Noncredit Application. Most noncredit classes do allow on-site registration on a space-available basis. Course numbers for noncredit classes start with “NC.” Students seeking to enroll in a noncredit class must complete a Noncredit Application if they have not taken a noncredit course within the last semester.

Noncredit Registration Is Also Available Through WebAdvisor

If you are currently attending Southwestern College or have attended a credit or noncredit class within the last semester, you may register by WebAdvisor. To register, you must have your student identification number or your social security number, and the course and section number. This option is only available up to the Friday before the semester begins. Class adds starting with the first day of classes require a completed Noncredit Application or class add form.

Southwestern College Continuing Education
900 Otay Lakes Road, Building 660
Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
(619) 482-6376
Office Hours: M–F, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Registration Details

CLASS CANCELLATION: Courses are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment or other unexpected circumstances. If the College has advance notice that a class will be cancelled, you will be contacted by mail or by phone. Please be sure to provide complete phone contact information on your application.

MATERIAL FEE: A material fee may be required in a few noncredit classes. Cash, check, and credit card payments are accepted.

CLASS DATE OR LOCATION CHANGE: Class dates or locations may be subject to change. Students will be notified of any date or location changes prior to the class either by mail or by phone.

Certificates of Completion

Entry Level ESL

Completion of the three sequenced ESL noncredit courses will give students the skills necessary to be ready for more advanced ESL training, entry into career technical certificate programs, or immediate entry-level English skills for employment.

NC 108BASIC ESL I0
NC 109BASIC ESL II0
NC 110BASIC ESL III0

Marine Safety Service - Basic

Prepares students for entry-level jobs such as pool lifeguards and also provides preparation toward employment in open water rescue and aquatic park positions.

NC 15FIRST AID FOR PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL- TITLE 220
NC 70LIFEGUARD TRAINING0
NC 106OCEAN LIFEGUARDING FOR RECREATION ASSIS TANTS0
NC 1007CPR FOR THE PROFESSIONAL RESCUER0
NC 1010AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATION (AED)0
NC 1014OXYGEN ADMINISTRATION FOR THE PROFESSIO NAL RESCUER0

Marine Safety Service - Advanced

Provides advanced training towards employment as a lifeguard, open water, and swift water rescuer and aquatic park rescuer.

Note: The Marine Safety Service Basic Certificate courses are required to complete this certificate.

NC 1063EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN FOR MARINE Safety Personnel0
NC 1081FIRST RESPONDER SWIFT WATER RESCUE TRAI NING I0
NC 1082FIRE MARINE SAFETY SERVICE AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR/ESOPHAGEAL-TRACH EAL AIRWAY TRAINING0
NC 1093FUNDAMENTALS OF INSTRUCTOR TRAINING FOR RECREATION ASSISTANTS0

Quality Home Care Provider

Home care providers play a key role in delivering critical in-home supportive services to people with physical, psychological, or emotional challenges. This sixty-hour certificate is designed to develop and enhance home care provider’s skills and knowledge; provides the foundation to prepare for further training in related health careers.

NC 10BUDGET AND HOME ENERGY MANAGEMENT0
NC 33NUTRITION AND HEALTH ISSUES-OLDER ADULTS0
NC 40BASIC FIRST AID AND ADULT CPR0
NC 1050COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS0
NC 2003HOME CARE CLIENT EXCELLENCE0
NC 2004CAREERS IN HEALTH CARE0

Recreation Assistant in a Marine Environment - Basic

NC 13TEAM BUILDING TRAINING THROUGH SANDCASTLE CONSTRUCTION FOR GROUP LEADERS0
NC 15FIRST AID FOR PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL- TITLE 220
NC 70LIFEGUARD TRAINING0
NC 1007CPR FOR THE PROFESSIONAL RESCUER0
NC 1014OXYGEN ADMINISTRATION FOR THE PROFESSIO NAL RESCUER0
NC 1046BASIC BOATING AND WATER SAFETY0
NC 1052BASIC WATER RESCUE0
NC 1064BOATING SAFETY PADDEL SPORTS LEADER TRA INING0

Recreation Assistant in Marine Environment - Advanced

NC 1000CANOE TRIP LEADER TRAINING0
NC 1083LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN MARINE AQUATIC A CTIVITIES0
NC 1093FUNDAMENTALS OF INSTRUCTOR TRAINING FOR RECREATION ASSISTANTS0
NC 1098LIFEGUARDING INSTRUCTOR TRAINING0

Recreation Assistant

NC 40BASIC FIRST AID AND ADULT CPR0
NC 1007CPR FOR THE PROFESSIONAL RESCUER0
NC 1046BASIC BOATING AND WATER SAFETY0
NC 1064BOATING SAFETY PADDEL SPORTS LEADER TRA INING0
NC 1083LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN MARINE AQUATIC A CTIVITIES0
NC 1085FUNDAMENTALS OF INSTRUCTIONAL EVALUATIO N AND TRAINING0

Tax Preparation

Completion of this two-course sixty-hour certification in tax preparations will make the student eligible to become a registered tax preparer in the State of California.

NC 113TAX PREPARATION/INCOME TAX COURSE I0
NC 114TAX PREPARATION/INCOME TAX COURSE II0