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Welcome from Golden West College President Wes Bryan

Three Things Worth Considering When Selecting a College

Location, Location, Location - Golden West College is located in Huntington Beach, California. When you check the Visitor’s Bureau (http://www.surfcityusa.com/) you’ll see the acronym ‘Surf City USA.’ Yes, we have surf and sand, but it is way more than our wonderful weather, great water sports, and sandy beaches. It’s a life style that is both relaxing and motivating. Blocks away from the beach, you will find thousands of small businesses, and some big ones, too. It is a robust economy that provides our students with internships and jobs to apply what they are learning, meet corporate contacts, and engage with community members and classmates they can keep for a lifetime. When selecting a community college, the community is a really important consideration. HB is one of the safest in the nation. Check out the Chamber of Commerce as well (http://hbchamber.org/). When you visit our campus you’ll feel like you’re in a park, because we know that strolls with students and staff between classes are often as important to learning as being in class – it’s a beach lifestyle thing. 


Scope of Offerings and Opportunities – It’s no accident that our campus tag-line is “Oceans of Opportunity.”  It’s so important we had it copyrighted. Our mission focuses on three educational goals: Career & Technical Education, transfer degrees, and college readiness skills. As an open-entry institution, we welcome everyone and we work very hard to provide each student with the opportunities to improve the college readiness skills needed to be successful in attaining college goals. When you look at our college catalog and program guides (http://goldenwestcollege.edu/about/pdf/2014-15_viewbook.pdf), you will find two tracks: Career & Technical are certificates and degrees focused on particular occupations, which can help attain good paying entry-level jobs in many career fields. Transfer degrees provide students with the opportunity to complete the first two years of a selected BA or BS degree in a variety of majors. Students graduate with most of the general education and the requirements of the first two years of their major completed. An interesting fact is that 53 percent of all students who graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from a CSU transferred from a California Community College – we call it fast tracking. Check out the CSU in 2 program at http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/csu2/. GWC offers 67 AA degrees and 39 Career and technical Certificates. Like we said, we offer “Oceans of Opportunity.”


Who Will I Meet at College?  California is one of the most diverse states in the nation and Golden West College values that diversity. We are a welcoming community of learners and explorers. Some of us come here knowing exactly what we want to be when we grow up and can’t wait to get there, while other’s come with questions and unfinished ideas. We come from all walks of life, with varied backgrounds and we meet others who empathize and understand because they have walked similar paths. We come as strangers, and leave as friends. We come to class to explore an idea and find so much more. Our teachers and staff are here because they know how very important these first few years of college are and they understand when students have to come part-time and balance college life with work, family, and other life events. Educational counselors are here to help you sort out what works best for you. Wherever you come from, whatever has happened to you, whatever your goals or struggles may be, you can help us build a community. The first step starts here http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/admissions/. Also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Three reasons you should consider GWC as a GREAT CHOICE for college.

Wes Bryan
President of Golden West College