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Certificates

Students are offered a wide variety of courses which fall into three broad categories:

  1. Survey and Computer Literacy.
  2. Programming languages such as C, Visual Basic, C++, Java, and C#.
  3. Advanced topics in Operating Systems, Web Programming, Data Structures, and Video Game Development.

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Software Development

The Software Development certificate at Golden West College is designed to provide formal training for individuals who seek entry into the rapidly growing fields of computer software engineering, systems analysis, application development, and systems software. Students utilize the latest tools to learn programming languages, algorithms, operating system environments, and web-based multi-user application architectures. Classes are conducted in smart classrooms with the latest instructional tools. Sizable projects are undertaken in each class providing the students with an opportunity to add the projects to their portfolios, and knowledge to their skill sets.

Students can apply the skills they learn through this program, to general computing (corporate applications, databases, web applications); entertainment media development (3-D computer animation for video games and movies); engineering applications (computer-aided manufacturing, robotics, and product simulations); and emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, urban simulation, augmented reality, and biotechnology
process simulation).

Required Courses Units

Year 1
Fall Semester

Computer Science G175 C++ Programming 4 Units

Year 1
Spring Semester

Computer Science G102 Survey of Software Development Tools 4 Units
AND
Computer Science G189 Advanced C++ 4 Units

Year 2
Fall Semester

Computer Science G177 Visual Basic.net 4 Units
OR
Computer Science G178 Visual C# 4 Units

Year 2
Spring Semester

Computer Science G196 Programming the Web 4 Units

Total Units 20

Federal Gainful Employment Report
Use the link below to view Golden West College’s gainful employment reports. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits and potential employment options of our certificate programs.
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Video Game Development

The Game Development Certificate at Golden West College is designed to prepare students for challenging and rewarding careers in computer-based game development, 3D Graphics Programming, Computer Animation, and other such exciting fields. Students utilize the latest tools to learn about 3D computer graphics, console and PC based games, mobile games, and multiplayer online games. Classes are conducted in smart classrooms with the latest instructional tools. A sizable project is undertaken in each class providing the students with an opportunity to add an exciting project to their portfolios.

Students can apply the skills they learn through this certificate program, to general computing (corporate applications, databases, web applications); entertainment media development (3-D computer animation for film/video); engineering applications (computer-aided manufacturing, robotics, and product simulations); and emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, urban simulation, augmented reality, and biotechnology process simulation).

Year 1
Fall Semester

Computer Science G175 C++ Programming 4 Units
OR
Computer Science G178 Visual C#.net, or equivalent. 4 Units

Year 1
Spring Semester

Computer Science G147 Game Programming, Introduction 4 Units

Year 2
Fall Semester

Computer Science G148 Game Programming, Intermediate 4 Units

Year 2
Spring Semester

Computer Science G149 Game Programming, Advanced 4 Units
At least one course from the following selection:
Computer Science G121 Creating Game Artwork, Introduction 4 Units
Computer Science G150 Mobile Game Programming 4 Units

Total Units 20

Federal Gainful Employment Report
Use the link below to view Golden West College’s gainful employment reports. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits and potential employment options of our certificate programs.
Federal Gainful Employment Reports