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Norco College

T​uition-Free C​ertificates & Classes

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Here are the Tuition-Free certificates and classes Norco​ College will offer this Winter and Spring!​ 

Look below for details on Noncredit ​Certificates:

  • Accounting Basics for Small Business
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Entrepreneural Essentials
  • Essential Revit (Architectural Rendering) 
  • Essential 3D Tour (Preparing 3D Presentations) 
  • Essential Solidworks (3D Modeling) 
  • Essential Fusion 360 (3D Modeling Autodesk 360) 
  • Essential CAD (Computer Aided Design) ​
  • Industrial Automation
  • Successful Career Transitions​
  • Workplace Essentials


Accounting Basics for Small Business​​ Noncredit Certificate​​​​

The Accounting Basics for Small Business Certificate provides students with an understanding of basic accounting, including QuickBooks procedures. The skills and knowledge covered in this program will enable students to get a job in the field or advance in their current career.​​

Required courses to earn certificate: ACC-801, ACC-802, ACC-803​
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Setting Up QuickBooks for Small Business
ACC-801 - Section #34484 (Online)
Feb 13th - Mar 13, 2023​​

Learn the basics of small business bookkeeping using QuickBooks, financial reporting, and how to analyze and record financial transactions. Discusses accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll procedures, sales taxes, and common banking activities. ​​​

Monthly Procedures Using QuickBooks
ACC-802 - Section #34485 (Online)
Mar 20 - Apr 7, 2023

Develop and apply monthly procedures used in accounting for small business. Continue to build small business accounting knowledge, gain practical experience working with day-to-day transactions. Reconcile balance sheet accounts and examine/audit income statement accounts on a monthly basis. Prepare adjusting journal entries. Prepare financial statements.

Year End Procedures with QuickBooks
ACC-803 - Section #34486 (Online)
Apr 17 - May 12​, 2023

Develop and apply year end procedures used in accounting for small business using QuickBooks. Prepare closing journal entries for year end. Prepare reports for tax accountants. Purge files and prepare for the new year.​​

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Certificate​​​​

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. The concept became a national program in 1993. CERT programing offers a consistent, nationwide approach to natural disaster volunteer training. CERT team members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a disaster when first responders are not immediately available to help. 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is consistent with a nationwide approach designed for individuals and businesses to understand the hazards that may impact their home, community and workplace in the event of a disaster. Recognized and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and professional first responders, this training equips individuals with the knowledge and skills that will educate them in disaster preparedness at home, in the community, or the workplace, and be more resilient when an incident occurs. Emergency response training to support and enhance your community and workplace will be provided through team building, collaboration, and other hands-on activities.​​

Required courses to earn certificate: 
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Community Emergency Response Training (Two sections available!)
ADJ-801 Section #35329 (In-Person)
Mar 22 - 26, 2023
ADJ-801 Section #35330 (In-Person)
Mar 22 - 26, 2023

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Entrepreneural Essentials Noncredit Certificate​​​​

This certificate is designed for those interested in starting their own business exposing students to the basics of entrepreneurship, including design thinking, customer assessment, problem solving, financing and leveraging resources.

Required courses to earn certificate: ENP-850, ENP-851, ENP-852, ENP-853
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Entrepreneurship Basics
ENP-851 Section #35557 (Online)
Apr 17 - Jun 9, 2023
6 - 9:10 pm

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Essential Revit Noncredit Certificate (Architectural Rendering) ​Certificate​​​​

Upon successful completion of the program, students should be able to demonstrate the following activities: 1. Prepare Architectural drawings including plan, elevation, roof using Autodesk Revit. 2. Prepare Architectural rendering, solar study and perspectives using Autodesk Revit Catalog Description This program prepares students with the knowledge and skill in using Autodesk Revit Architecture for building Information Modeling on computer to document building information and drawings with architectural details. Students learn to render their architectural design and present solar study using Revit. Program Requirements Software is free to students and college. Computer will be accessible by college. Students may use their home computer for homework. ​

Required courses to earn certificate: ARE-824 and ARE-825​
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Revit I-Architectural Drafting​
ARE-824 - Section #35535 (Hybrid: Online + In-Person Lab)
Feb 13 - Jun 9, 2023
Mondays, 6 - 9:20 pm (Lab) 

Prerequisite: ENE-21 or DFT-21 or ENE-30 or DFT-30
Introduction to methods and techniques used in the development of architectural construction documents for light frame structures (Type V construction) including construction theory, notation, materials symbols, drawing format and general practice. Using Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM-Revit I), this course will focus on the drawing of a set of plans to include a plot plan, foundation plan, floor plan(s), sections, exterior and interior elevations, electrical plan and basic structural details. Sketching techniques will also be covered. 27 hours lecture and 90 hours laboratory. (Letter Grade, or Pass/No Pass option.)

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Essential 3D Tour Noncredit Certificate (Preparing 3D Presentations)​​​​

Upon successful completion of the program, students should be able to demonstrate the following activities: 1. Read Architectural documents and blueprints 2. Prepare a visual 3D presentation inside or outside a building for potential clients Catalog Description The Essential 3D Tour program prepares students with the knowledge and skill in reading Architectural documents and blueprints with technics in presenting an existing building in a three-dimensional virtual tour for later remodeling or design. Students learn to set and use advanced building scanner/camera and drones in presenting spatial aspects of building in a virtual walkthrough or virtual fly around the building and landscapes. Program Requirements Building Scanner, Camera and virtual tour software will be provided by college. Students need a software access and a computer for home assignments. ​​

Required courses to earn certificate: CON-862, ARE-863

3D Tour, Virtual, Mixed, Augmented, and Extended Reality
ARE-863 - Section #35536 (Hybrid: Online + In-Person Lab)
Feb 13 - Jun 9, 2023
Wednesdays, 6 - 9:20 pm (Lab)​

Prerequisite: None.  Recommended: ARE-824 or ARE-24 or CON-62 ​
Introduces concepts of Building Information Modeling (BIM), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and extended reality (XR) technologies, to build basic 3D models, scan objects, 360 degree space photography, design and edit 3D tours from various spaces inside and outside buildings as a tool for visual communication, prepare virtual field trip, walkthrough and fly for presentation, and show existing spaces using, scanner, camera, drone, current 3D and BIM software to architects, contractors, realtors, clients, or game developers. 27 hours lecture and 90 hours laboratory. (Letter grade or Pass/No Pass option)​

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Essential Solidworks Noncredit Certificate (3D Modeling Using Solidworks)​ ​​​​

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following activities: 1. Prepare parametric three-dimensional solid models 2. Prepare drawings such as orthographic and auxiliary views, sections with annotations and details using SolidWorks. 3. Prepare virtual rendering for mechanical parts, assemblies and animation using SolidWorks. Catalog Description The Essential SolidWorks program prepares students with the knowledge and skill in using Solidworks to document mechanical drawings per ANSI standards. Students learn to render parts and assemblies with exploded view animation. Program Requirements Software is free to student. Computer and software access will be provided by college. Students may use their home computer for homework. ​

Required courses to earn certificate: DFT-842, DFT-842B​​

Solidworks I
DFT-842 Section #35539 (Hybrid: Online + In-Person Lab)
Feb 13 - Jun 9, 2023
Wednesdays, 6 - 9:10 pm (Lab)​

Prerequisite: None.  Recommended: CIS-1A​​
Three-dimensional parametric solid modeling with SolidWorks. Students will begin with basic parametric solid modeling techniques advancing into complex assemblies requiring animation.

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Essential Fusion 360 Noncredit Certificate (3D Modeling Using Autodesk 360)​
 
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Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following activities: 1. Prepare parametric three-dimensional solid models using Autodesk 360. 2. Prepare drawings such as orthographic and auxiliary views, sections with standard annotation and details using Fusion 360 3. Setup and build parts using additive and subtractive process through Fusion 360. Catalog Description The Essential Fusion 360 program prepares makers with the knowledge and skill in using Fusion360 to document mechanical drawings per ANSI standards. Students learn to render parts and assemblies with exploded view animation. Also, students learn to build parts using additive and subtractive process through Fusion 360. Program Requirements Software is free to student. Computer and software access will be provided by college. Students may use their home computer for homework.​ ​

Required courses to earn certificate: DFT-862 and DFT-863​

Basic Fusion 360
DFT-862 Section #35543 (Online)
Feb 13 - June 9, 2023​

Prerequisite: None.  Recommended: DFT-21 or DFT-30 or DFT-51​​​
Introduces engineering and design students to 3D parametric solid modeling, including basic and intermediate parts, assemblies, and drawings. From their models, students produce CAD drawings to include orthographic, pictorial, section, and detail views. The course also covers basics of sheet metal, dimensioning, dimensional tolerance, and thread notation per ASME Y14.5-2018 using Autodesk Fusion 360.

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Essential CAD Noncredit Certificate (Computer Aided Design)​ ​​​​

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following activities: 1. Prepare Two- and three-dimensional Computer Aided Design drawings and models. 2. Prepare drawings such as orthographic and auxiliary views, sections with standard annotation and details using a CAD program 3. Prepare virtual rendering for computer models using CAD program. Catalog Description This program prepares students with the knowledge and skill in using CAD to prepare complicated two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes and models used in Architecture and Mechanical industry. Students learn to render computer models and prepare CAD animation. Program Requirements Software is free to student. Computer and software access will be provided by college. Students may use their home computer for homework. ​​ ​

Required courses to earn certificate: DFT-830 and DFT-831​

Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
DFT-830 - Section #35537 (Hybrid: Online + In-Person Lab)
Feb 13 - Jun 9, 2023
Tuesdays, 6 - 9:10 pm (Lab)​

Prerequisite: None.  Recommended: CIS-1A​​​​
A two-dimensional computer aided drafting class for drafters. Students will use an AUTOCAD computer drafting system to develop "computer drawn" drawings, which are typical to the various fields of drafting. 

Advanced Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)​
DFT-831 - Section #35538 (Online)
Feb 13 - June 9, 2023​

Prerequisite: DFT-30 or ENE-30 or DFT-830​
A two-dimensional computer aided drafting class for drafters. Students will use an AUTOCAD computer drafting system to develop "computer drawn" drawings, which are typical to the various fields of drafting. ​

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​​Industrial Automation ​​Noncredit Certificate​​​​
Businesses and other organizations depend on complex electronic equipment for a variety of functions. Industrial controls automatically monitor and direct production processes on the factory floor. Transmitters and antennae provide communication links for many organizations. Industry needs well-trained technicians with the knowledge of how to design, repair, and implement new equipment. The Industrial Automation program teaches how to use Electronic, Microprocessors, Microcontrollers, Programmable Logic Control and Fluid Power systems to create and program new machinery used in industry. This certificate of completion prepares students for employment as an automated systems technician, maintenance mechanic, or general maintenance workers. The goal of this program is to provide a diverse population of adult learners with the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to secure employment as an automated systems technician, maintenance mechanic, or general maintenance workers. By offering students the ability to take non-credit courses, this certificate expands access to formerly underserved populations. This certificate can also serve as a gateway into other noncredit and credit programs and help students develop workplace skills and training that will qualify them for more workplace opportunities.​​

Required courses to earn certificate: ​ELE-810, ELE-827, ELE-874, ELE-864, ENE-851, ELE-855, MAN-860, ENE-862
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Programmable Logic Controllers
ELE-864 - Section #31215 (In-Person)
Jan 3 - Feb 9, 2023
Monday thru Thursday 5:30 - 9:10 pm (Class + Lab)

​Fundamentals of programmable logic controllers, with an emphasis on introductory programming of PLCs. Problem analysis with solutions that integrate programming formats, auxiliary commands and functions, common programming languages, and popular software programs used with PLCs. Installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair are inherent components.​​​

Survey of Electronics
ELE-810 - Section #35561 (In-Person)
Feb 13 - Jun 9, 2023
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 am - 1:45 pm 

Basic electronic theory featuring electron-flow, Ohm's, Watt's, and Kirchoff's Laws, analog DC and AC devices, circuits, parameters and equations, diodes, transistors, thyristors, digital logic, integrated circuits, power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators, with laboratory test and measurement equipment.

Industrial Wiring and Controls
ELE-874 - Section #35560
Feb 13 - Jun 9, 2023
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 - 9 pm 

Industrial controls and electrical wiring of modern facilities, manufacturing, or warehousing. Included will be production equipment, conveyor systems, hydraulic and pneumatic controls, power distribution, blueprint reading, electrical control wiring, PLC (programmable logic controller) control wiring, VFD (variable frequency drives) wiring and programming.

​Print Reading Administration (OSHA) Standards for General Industry
ENE-851 - Section #35542 (Hybrid: Online + In-Person Lab)
Apr 18 - Jun 8, 2023
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:25 - 4:50 pm 

Prerequisites: None Recommended: ENE-21 or MAT-36 
A beginning course in the study of blueprints and their interpretation, types of projection, symbols, and abbreviations. This course is designed for students interested in print reading for the machine trades.

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Successful Career Transitions​ Noncredit Certificate​​​​

Successful Career Transitions certificate will provide students with the skills they need to successfully seek and obtain a new job. Students will learn to evaluate the job market and their own workplace skills, conduct a strategic job search, effectively network, write a persuasive cover letter and resume, and employ effective interview techniques.​

Required courses to earn certificate: ​PDS-818, and ONE of the following electives: PDS-809 or PDS-812​

The Successful Job Search​
PDS-818 – Section #31243 (Online)
January 3 – February 9, 2023
Students interested in getting a job or progressing in their current career will learn essential skills for successful transitions in the workplace. Topics covered include identifying job markets and industries, conducting a comprehensive job search, networking, creating a resume and cover letter, and effective interview techniques. 9 hours lecture.

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Workplace Essentials Noncredit Certificate
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The Workplace Essentials Certificates aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the workplace. Students will learn how to maximize efficiency, engage in strategic problem solving, and clearly communicate with internal and external stakeholders. These skills will allow both students with extensive experience in the workplace and those entering the workforce to improve their effectiveness and advance in their career.​​

Required courses to earn certificate: PDS-808, PDS-809, PDS-810, PDS-812
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making
PDS-808 - Section #35097  (Online)
Feb 13 - Mar 3, 2023

In today’s workplace, it is everyone’s job to solve problems and make decisions. Analytical thinking, decision making and problem solving involve breaking things down into their component parts, applying deductive reasoning and then applying judgment and insight. Learn hands-on techniques to generate breakthrough ideas, make decisions, and solve your most pressing problems. All by asking the right questions, challenging assumptions, and seeing others’ viewpoints with clarity.​​

Business Writing in a Technological World
PDS-809 - Section #35098  (Online)
Mar 13 - Apr 7​, 2023

Participants will develop effective and professional business writing skills using business tone, organization and formatting, word choice and persuasion. Matching the delivery channel (email, letter, memo, or text) to the message type and situation will be covered, as well as the best methods to deliver bad news.​​​

Time Management
PDS-810 - Section #35099  (Online)
Apr 10 - May 5​​, 2023

Participants explore time management strategies and tools for effectively managing expanding workloads, shifting priorities, and increasing demands. Practice prioritizing “important” versus “urgent” activities. Emphasis on analyzing current use of time; identifying organizational goals, roles, and priorities; discovering gaps to achieving goals; and applying time management tools to the gaps to complete important priorities first.

Workplace Communication Strategies
PDS-812 - Section #35100  (Online)​
May 15 - June 9, 2023

Participants assess and optimize current workplace communication skills. Differentiate content, emotions, perceptions, and intentions in a communication exchange. Build an advanced communication toolkit to forward your career. Illustrate clear and congruent verbal and nonverbal messages tailored to the personalities involved, the desired outcomes, and the context.​

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