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2023 Fall Tuition-Free Certificates & Classes 

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

Look below for details on Noncredit ​Certificates:

Accounting Basics for Small Business
Computerized Numerical Control Operator
English as a Second Language
Essential Revit
Essential 3D Tour
Essential CAD ​
Essential Fusion 360
Essential Solidworks I & II 
Industrial Automation
Workplace Essentials


Accounting Basics for ​S​mall 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. This certificate also serves as a gateway into other noncredit and credit programs.

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.)

Year-​End Procedures with Quickbooks
ACC-803 - Section #37943 (Online)
Oct 16 - Nov 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. 16 hours lecture. (Pass/No Pass only.)


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Computerized Numerical Control Operator


This certificate is designed to provide entry-level skills to operate a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) lathe or milling type machine tool. Upon completion, students can secure employment as an entry level CNC operator. This certificate also serves as a gateway into other noncredit and credit programs. 
 
Required Courses to earn certificate: MAN-856, MAN-857
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.) 
 

Machine Set-Up and Operation
MAN-856 - Section #38065 (Hybrid)
Wed: 6 - 9:10 pm / Room CACT-2 (Lab)
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023 

Fundamental skills related to the setup and operation of CNC (Computer Numerically Control) machine tools. Students will set up and operate CNC machine tools exposing them to CNC controllers and some CNC manual programming. Students will gain hands-on experience with CNC machine tools. 
 

Program Writing
MAN-857 - Section #38066 (Hybrid)
Wed: 6 - 9:10 pm / Room CACT-2 (Lab)
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Introduction to manual CNC program writing. This course includes the Cartesian coordinate system, absolute/incremental programming, circular interpolation, cutter radius compensation, canned cycles, and other programming techniques related to CNC machine tools. Students will gain hands-on experience with CNC machine tools.
 
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English as a Second Language​​ Noncredit Certificate​​​​


BEGINNING AMERICAN COLLEGE ENGLISH

ESL students are placed within the sequence of courses in the Basic English as a Second Language Certificate according to their English abilities. Students completing this pattern of study will have a beginning level of fluency in the English language which will help them be successful in academic courses, CTE courses, or general employment.

Required Courses to earn certificate: ESL-846, ESL-847
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Beginning American College English
ESL-846 - Section #37457 (In-Person)
Mon & Wed: 6:30 - 9 pm / Room IT-211
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Students should be aware that course is taught in English.

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Develops writing, reading, and oral language expression in academic American English language at beginning level to prepare students to enter ESL-847. Students will produce a minimum of 1,000 words of instructor-evaluated writing with an emphasis on academic paragraph writing in response to reading. 90 hours lecture. (Letter grade or Pass/No Pass option.)

Low-Intermediate American College English
ESL-847 - Section #37458 (In-Person)
Mon & Wed: 6:30 - 9 pm / Room STEM-201
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Prerequisite: ESL-846 or ESL-46 or qualifying placement

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Develops writing, reading, and oral language expression in academic American English language at a low-intermediate level to prepare students to enter ESL 848. Students will produce a minimum of 1,750 words of instructor-evaluated writing with an emphasis on academic paragraph writing in response to reading. 90 hours lecture. (Letter grade or Pass/No Pass option.)

ADVANCED AMERICAN COLLEGE ENGLISH

ESL students are placed within the sequence of courses in the Advanced English as a Second Language Certificate according to their English abilities. Students completing this pattern of study will have a beginning level of fluency in the English language which will help them be successful in academic courses, CTE courses, or general employment.

Required Courses to earn certificate: ESL-848, ESL-849, ESL-850
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Intermediate American College English
ESL-848 - Section #37459 (Online)
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Prerequisite: ESL-47 or ESL-847 or qualifying placement

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Develops writing reading, and oral language expression in academic American English language at an intermediate level to prepare students to enter ESL 849. Students will produce a minimum of 3,000 instructor-evaluated writing with an emphasis on basic essay writing in response to reading. Classroom instruction integrates writing lab activities. 90 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory. (Letter grade or Pass/No Pass option.)

High-Intermediate American College English
ESL-849 - Section #37460 (Hybrid)
Tue & Thu: 9:15 - 10:50 am / Room IT-211 (Lecture)
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Prerequisite: ESL-48 or ESL-848 or qualifying placement

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Develops writing, reading, and oral language expression in academic American English language at an intermediate level to prepare students to enter ESL 850. Students will produce a minimum of 4,500 words of instructor-evaluated writing with an emphasis on essay writing in response to reading. Classroom instruction integrates writing lab activities. 90 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory. (TBA option) (Letter grade only.)

Advanced American College English
ESL-850 - Section #37461 (Hybrid)
Tue & Thu: 10:55 am - 12:30 pm / Room IT-211 (Lecture)
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Prerequisite: ESL-49 or ESL-849 or qualifying placement

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Develops writing, reading, and oral language expression in academic American English language at an advanced level to prepare students to enter English 1A. Students will produce a minimum of 6,000 words of instructor-evaluated writing with an emphasis on expository essay writing in response to advanced readings from various sources and a novel. Classroom instruction integrates writing lab activities. 90 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory. (TBA option) (Letter grade only.)

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Essential Revit Noncredit Certificate

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. 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 II -​ Advanced Architectural Drafting
ARE-825 - Section #37986 (Hybrid)
Mon: 6 - 8:50 pm / Room ATEC-109 (Lab)
Oct 16 - Dec 16, 2023

Prerequisite: ARE-824 or ARE-24 or DFT-24

Advanced study of architectural detailing and construction methods, including the preparation of working drawings. Other topics include the development of construction documents, study of the Uniform Building Code, and practice from site selection to completion using advanced Computer Aided Design tools (CAD-Revit II). A completed portfolio is a requirement of the course. 27 hours lecture and 90 hours laboratory. (Letter Grade, or Pass/No Pass option.)

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Essential 3D Tour Noncredit Certificate

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.

Required Courses to earn certificate: CON-862, ARE-863 3D
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)


3D Tour, Virtual, Mixed, Augmented and Extended Reality
ARE-863 - Section #37989 (Hybrid)
Wed: 6 - 9:10 pm / Room IT-127 (Lab)
Oct 16 - Dec 16, 2023

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 CAD Noncredit Certificate

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.

Required Courses to earn certificate: DFT/ENE-30, DFT-31
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Advanced Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
DFT-831 - Section #38015 (Hybrid)
Tue: 6 - 9:10 pm / Room ATEC-109
Oct 16 - Dec 16, 2023

This course focuses on applying advanced AutoCAD skills in the design process to create models, drawings, and related documentation for a variety of applications and industries. Topics include blocks, attributes, external references, solid, mesh, and surface modeling, presentation, and photorealistic rendering. Students develop and apply skills in visualizing, creating, and editing 3D shapes for modeling, testing, rapid prototyping, and marketing. The course emphasizes improving productivity and developing modeling and presentation skills. 27 hours lecture and 81 hours lab. (Letter grade or Pass/No Pass option.)

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Essential Fusion 360 Noncredit Certificate

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.

Required Courses to earn certificate: DFT-862, DFT-863
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Advanced Fusion 360
DFT-863 - Section #38027 (Hybrid)
Thu: 6 - 9:10 pm / Room ATEC​-109
Oct 16 - Dec 16, 2023

Prerequisite: DFT-842 or DFT-42 or DFT-62 or ENE-42

Provides theory and hands-on application of the design process, 3D modeling, prototyping, and manufacturing to students with prior modeling experience or coursework. Building upon drafting fundamentals, students develop skill in computer-aided solid modeling, additive manufacturing, and conventional machining processes. Students develop and refine modeling skills, produce prototypes, enhance presentation models, and use simulation and 3D printing tools to solve design problems individually and in teams. Additional topics include problem identification, concept generation, project management, risk reduction, file translation, virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR), quality control, and Computer Numerical Control (CNC). 27 hours lecture and 90 hours lab. (Letter grade or Pass/No Pass option.)

Survey of Electronics
ELE-810 - Section #38028 (In-Person)
Fri: 8 - 11:35 am / Room IT-202  (Lecture)
Fri: 11:45 am - 1:10 pm / IT- 202 (Lab)
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Basic electronic theory featuring electron-flow, Ohm's, Watt's, and Kirchhoff'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. 63 hours lecture and 27 hours laboratory. (Letter grade or Pass/No Pass option.)
 

Print Reading
ENE-851 -​  Section #38020 (Online)
Oct 16 - Dec 16, 2023

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. 27 hours lecture and 27 hours laboratory. (Letter grade or Pass/No Pass option.)

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Essential Solidworks Noncredit Certificate

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.​

Required Courses to earn certificate: DFT/ENE-42 SolidWorks I, DFT/ENE-42B SolidWorks II
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)


Solidworks II
DFT-842B - Section #38018 (Hybrid)​
Wed: 6 - 9:10 pm / Room ATEC-109 (Lab)
Oct 16 - Dec 16, 2023 

An advanced course in using the three-dimensional parametric solid-modeler SolidWorks. Designed to further 3D parametric solid modeling software techniques learned in SolidWorks I. Students will delve deeper into topics that were introduced in the first SolidWorks course such as extruding, sweeping, lofting, shelling, assemblies, and animation.

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​Industrial Automation Noncredit Certificate

​​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.​
 
Required Courses to earn certificate: ELE-810, ELE- 827, ELE-874, ELE- 864, ELE-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.)


Technical Communications
ELE-827 -​ Section ​#38067 (In-Person)
Wed: 7:45 - 10:55 am / Room IT-124 (Lecture) 
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023 

Procedures for organizing and presenting technical data through informal and formal documents and presentations. Includes practice in writing memoranda, letter reports, and formal technical reports. Also includes discussion of personal resume and preparation of job applications.
 

Industrial Wiring and Controls
ELE-874 -​ Section #38068 (In-​Person)
Mon & Wed: 6 - 7:25 pm / Room IT-124​ (Lecture)
Mon & Wed: 7:35 - 9 pm / Room IT-124​ (Lab)
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023 

​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.

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Workplace Essentials Noncredit Certificate


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. This certificate also serves as a gateway into other noncredit and credit programs.

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.)

Time Management
PDS-810 - Section #37757 (Online)
Nov 5 - 30, 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. 12 hours lecture. (Pass/No Pass only.)

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