Noncredit Certificates and Courses

School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development

Dean: Jennifer Lewis, M.S.

Department Chair: Diane Edwards-Lipera, M.A.

Director: Myesha Jackson, M.B.A.

Office: 59A-101F, (619) 482-6375

Continuing Education is an umbrella term that includes noncredit, contract education, 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. Course numbers for noncredit classes start with “NC.” 

Southwestern College Continuing Education

900 Otay Lakes Road, Building 59A, Room 59A-101
Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
(619) 482-6376

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 email or by phone. Please be sure to provide complete phone and email contact information on your application.

MATERIALS FEE: A materials 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 email or by phone.

Certificates of Competency/Completion

Certified Nursing Assistant Language and Academic Support

Prepares students to be effective employees in a certified nursing assistant work environment. Emphasizes English linguistic proficiency and technological skills, community, and cultural literacy. Develops pronunciation, speaking, reading, writing, grammatical and vocabulary skills that are essential for English language fluency, professional interaction and involvement. Creates pathways to credit ESL, mainstream college courses, and social mobility through entry-level workforce experience. 

NC 404CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) VESL I: LECTURE SUPPORT0
NC 405CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) VESL II: LAB SUPPORT0

College and Career Success: A 'Novel' Approach to Enhanced Literacy 

This three-course certificate uses a culturally responsive novel and the writing process to hone students’ reading, thinking, writing, speaking and learning skills essential for college and career success. Develops skills needed to succeed in their college-level English, communication, and reading classes as well as a range of college level social science courses (e.g., psychology, sociology, history, theology, and political science). 

NC 158A 'NOVEL' APPROACH TO COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS: PART 1 - READ & THINK0
NC 159A 'NOVEL' APPROACH TO COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS: PART 2 - RESEARCH & WRITE0
NC 160A 'NOVEL' APPROACH TO COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS: PART 3 - REVISE, EDIT, & PRESENT0

Drone Technology and Applications

The Drone Technology and Applications Certificate of Completion non-credit program will introduce students to how drones are being applied across a variety of fields, including but not limited to: real estate, journalism, search and rescue, agriculture, disaster response, law enforcement, photography and videography, mapping and surveying, remote sensing, and fire science. This two-course program will provide students with the knowledge to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 license exam, as well as provide training in sUAS operations and data collection.

NC 327REMOTE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL0
NC 328INTRODUCTION TO DRONE TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS0

electrician trainee

The Electrician Trainee Program reflects a collaboration between Southwestern College and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to assure quality training to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the electrical industry.  The 750- hour noncredit program includes all the requirements a student will need to enter a fast-tracked apprenticeship program.

NC 301ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE: INTRODUCTION TO THE ELECTRICAL TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CONSTRUCTION SAFETY I0
NC 302ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE: INTRODUCTION TO THE ELECTRICAL TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CONSTRUCTION SAFETY II0
NC 303ELECTRICAN TRAINEE: ADVANCED DC CIRCUIT CONCEPTS; INTRODUCTION TO 3Ø CIRCUITS AND NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE APPLICATION0
NC 304ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE: AC CIRCUIT CONCEPT APPLIED ELECTRONICS, AND NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE APPLICATION0
NC 305ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE: DIGITAL LOGIC CIRCUITS, CONDUCTOR CHARACTERISTICS AND APPLICATION, AND NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE0
NC 306ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE: OVERCURRENT PROTECTION, LIGHTING SYSTEMS, BASIC BLUEPRINTS AND SPECIFICATIONS, AND NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE0
NC 307ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE: GROUNDING SYSTEMS, ADVANCED BLUEPRINTS AND SPECIFICATIONS, MOTOR DESIGN AND INSTALLATION, AND THE NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE0
NC 308ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE: MOTOR CONTROL PRINCIPLES, GENERATORS AND POWER SUPPLIES, AND NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE0
NC 309ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE: TRANSFORMER THEORY , LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND TEST EQUIPMENT0
NC 310ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE: SPECIALTY SYSTEMS0

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

ESL College Readiness

Completion of these ESL noncredit courses will give students the necessary college literacy development and college readiness skills for success in college. This certificate program focuses on successful student strategies, public speaking, and critical thinking skills by interpreting, constructing, and communicating meaning through reading, writing, and computer literacy skills.

This certificate of completion includes a two to three course sequence of noncredit ESL classes that will give students the necessary college literacy development and college readiness skills for success in college including introduction to successful student strategies, public speaking, and critical thinking skills by interpreting, constructing, and communicating meaning through reading, writing, and computer literacy skills. 

NC 109BASIC ESL II0
NC 220TRANSITIONING TO COLLEGE ESL0
NC 221COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY FOR ESL0

FAMILY CHILD CARE BUSINESS PROVIDER

This certificate contains a series of five courses (NC 1054, NC 1055, NC 1056, NC 1057, NC 1058) which provides the resources, information and skills required to run a quality family child care program. Best practices concerning business and child care practices and relevant theory and philosophical concepts are included. These courses can be provided bilingually when taken with an identified noncredit ESL course (NC 223). Total hours of instruction ranges from 60 to 84 hours.

NC 1054FAMILY CHILDCARE BUSINESS I0
NC 1055FAMILY CHILD CARE BUSINESS II0
NC 1056FAMILY CHILDCARE BUSINESS III0
NC 1057FAMILY CHILDCARE BUSINESS IV0
NC 1058FAMILY CHILDCARE BUSINESS V0
NC 223ESL FOR FAMILY LITERACY0

Infant, Child, and Adolescent Development

This certificate contains a series of four courses (NC 204, NC 205, NC 206, and NC 207) that includes 48 hours of instruction. Provides information about the developing child. Relevant and current research, theories, and appropriate practices needed to understand and meet common challenges with children and families are addressed.

NC 204A CAREGIVER'S GUIDE TO INFANTS AND TODDLERS0
NC 205A CAREGIVER'S GUIDE TO PRESCHOOLERS0
NC 206A CAREGIVER'S GUIDE TO SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN0
NC 207A CAREGIVER'S GUIDE TO TEENS0

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 PROFESSIONAL0

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 TRAINING I0
NC 1082FIRE - MARINE SAFETY SERVICE AUTOMATED External Defibrillator/Esophageal- TRACHEAL AIRWAY TRAINING0
NC 1093FUNDAMENTALS OF INSTRUCTOR TRAINING FOR RECREATION ASSISTANTS0

Medical Office Professional Language and Academic Support

Prepares students for effective communication in medical office professional academic and workplace settings. Focuses on constructing and communicating meaning through reading, writing, vocabulary development, oral communication, and study skills. This program equips students to succeed in courses in medical office professional programs, and successfully work in medical office professions. 

NC 400MEDICAL OFFICE PROFESSIONAL (MEDOP) VESL I: HEALTHCARE ESSENTIALS COURSE SUPPORT0
NC 401MEDICAL OFFICE PROFESSIONAL (MEDOP) VESL II: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY COURSE SUPPORT0

Optical Technician Training Program

The purpose of offering the non-credit optical training program is to support workforce capacity and education in this health care industry where growth will continue to expand. The goal is to allow students the opportunity to enter a non-credit training program to assist students in successfully passing the National Opticianry Certification Exam.

NC 311OPTICAL TECHNICIAN I0
NC 312OPTICAL TECHNICIAN II0

Patient Care Coordinator Language and Academic Support 

Prepares students to be effective employees in a patient care coordinator work environment. Emphasizes English linguistic proficiency and technological skills, community, and cultural literacy. It develops pronunciation, speaking, reading, writing, grammatical and vocabulary skills that are essential for English language fluency, professional interaction and involvement. This program creates pathways to credit ESL, mainstream college courses, and social mobility through entry-level workforce experience.

NC 402PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR (PCC) VESL I COURSE SUPPORT0
NC 403PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR (PCC) VESL II COURSE SUPPORT0

Pragmatic Reading and Thinking Skills

This three-course certificate will hone students’ personal, academic, and workplace reading and thinking skills. More specifically, Jazz Up Your Reading Skills uses song lyrics to develop inferential reading skills. For the Love of Reading, uses children’s books and young adult literature to develop an appreciation of creative works, and Reading Between the Lines uses satirical, social, political and other persuasive texts and images to uncover hidden meaning and develop critical thinking skills. 

NC 148JAZZ UP YOUR READING SKILLS!0
NC 149FOR THE LOVE OF READING: ENHANCING LIFELONG READING SKILLS0
NC 150READING BETWEEN THE LINES: IDENTIFYING HIDDEN MEANING0

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 EXCELLENCE
NC 2004CAREERS IN HEALTH CARE

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 PROFESSIONAL0
NC 1046BASIC BOATING AND WATER SAFETY0
NC 1052BASIC WATER RESCUE0
NC 1064BOATING SAFETY PADDLE SPORTS LEADER TRAINING0

Recreation Assistant in Marine Environment - Advanced

NC 1000CANOE TRIP LEADER TRAINING0
NC 1083LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN MARINE AQUATIC ACTIVITIES0
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 PADDLE SPORTS LEADER TRAINING0
NC 1083LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN MARINE AQUATIC ACTIVITIES0
NC 1085FUNDAMENTALS OF INSTRUCTIONAL EVALUATION 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