Noncredit

http://www.miracosta.edu/noncredit

Tuition-Free Noncredit

The goal of adult education in California is to provide citizens of every age and educational level the opportunity to develop civic responsibility, a realization of the human potential, effective human relationships, and economic self-sufficiency. This broad goal forms the basis for the courses and programs MiraCosta College offers in each of the authorized categories of noncredit instruction: elementary and secondary basic skills, English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship, health and safety, older adults, parenting, special education for adults, and short-term vocational.

Specific information about the program is available on the Community Education website. The schedule of classes is published in the Continuing Education Schedule.

Contact Information

Chair: Kristi Reyes

Dean: Nikki Schaper

www.miracosta.edu/noncredit

Department: Noncredit ESL Department, Short Term Vocational Department, and Other Noncredit Department

Office: Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058, 760.795.8710

Full-Time Faculty

Elizabeth Dinamarca Clarke
Ruth Gay
Kristi Reyes

Certificates

Certificate of Competency

Beginning Noncredit ESL

This entry-level certificate is designed to help students communicate in everyday life situations they will encounter in the community and at home, school, and work so they can meet their personal, academic, and career goals. Students earn this certificate by successfully completing a sequence of three noncredit beginning-level ESL courses. Students may take supplemental courses in conversation and reading/writing to help them progress through the sequence and transition into intermediate-level courses or employment.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the program, students will have the English language skills needed to communicate in everyday life situations they will encounter at home, at school, at work, and in the community.​
Required courses: 
NCESL 10English as a Second Language, Level 16
NCESL 21English as a Second Language, Level 26
NCESL 22English as a Second Language, Level 36
Elective Courses (Choose one from the following):0-3
Noncredit ESL Conversation Skills for Beginning Students
Reading and Writing for Beginning Level Students
Total Hours18-21

Certificate of Competency

Intermediate Noncredit ESL

This intermediate-level certificate is designed to help students build on their abilities to communicate in English and to progress through the noncredit ESL program. Students earn this certificate by successfully completing a sequence of two noncredit intermediate-level ESL courses. Students may take supplemental courses in conversation and reading/writing to help them progress through the sequence and transition into advanced-level courses or employment.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the program, students will have with the English skills necessary to successfully progress through the program to the advanced levels.
Required courses: 
NCESL 31English as a Second Language, Level 46
NCESL 32English as a Second Language, Level 56
Elective Courses (Choose one from the following):0-3
Noncredit ESL Conversation Skills for Intermediate Students
Reading and Writing for Intermediate Level Students
Total Hours12-15

 Certificate of Competency

Advanced Noncredit ESL

This advanced-level certificate is designed to help students build on their abilities to communicate in English and to progress through the noncredit ESL program. Students earn this certificate by successfully completing a sequence of two noncredit advanced-level ESL courses. Students may take NCESL 62 as a supplemental course to help them progress through the sequence and transition into Adult High School/GED courses, credit courses, or employment.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the program, students will have the English skills necessary to successfully transition to ABE/Adult High School/GED, credit classes, or employment.​
Required courses: 
NCESL 40English as a Second Language, Level 66
NCESL 45English as a Second Language, Level 76
Elective Course:
NCESL 62Career-Track ESL0
Total Hours12

Certificate of Completion

Entry Cisco

This entry-level certificate prepares students for jobs as network, help desk, and support technicians. The curriculum provides a basic overview of routing and switching, addressing, and security. It also familiarizes students with servers that provide email services, web space, and authenticated access. Students learn about the soft skills required for help desk and customer service positions as they prepare for the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) exam.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  • At the completion of this program students will have the skills to assemble, cable and configure a basic network. The student will have the knowledge required to obtain Cisco CCENT certification.
Required courses: 
NCVOC 11Computer Networking Basics4.5
NCVOC 12Routing and Switching Basics5.5
Total Hours10

Certificate of Completion

Entry Word Processing

This certificate prepares students for basic word processing as might be used in an office setting. The curriculum discusses the use of basic formatting tools and features of word processing software to create various documents, such as business letters, resumes, and beginning desktop publishing. Students explore the many shortcuts and document formatting tools of word processing, including templates, tables, and importing information from other applications.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  • At the completion of this program students will have the basic word processing skills needed to work in an office. Students will know word processing shortcuts, document formatting, templates, tables and be able to import information from other applications.​
Required courses: 
NCVOC 31Basic Word Processing1.5
NCVOC 32 Intermediate Word Processing1.5
Total Hours3

Certificate of Completion

Intermediate Cisco

This intermediate-level certificate prepares students for jobs as network engineers and support technicians in medium-sized networks. The curriculum describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in complex networks. Students learn to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPV4 and IPV6 networks. The curriculum discusses WLANs, WAN technologies, and VPN operations and provides preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  • At the completion of this program students will have the skills to assemble, cable and configure a moderately complex network. The student will have the knowledge required to obtain Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification.​
Required courses: 
NCVOC 11Computer Networking Basics4.5
NCVOC 12Routing and Switching Basics5.5
NCVOC 13Intermediate Routing and Switching4.5
NCVOC 14Connecting Networks4.5
Total Hours19

Adult Basic Education Courses

NCABE 90: Adult Basic Education: Reading

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (4930.60)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course helps build a solid foundation of basic vocabulary and reading. Topics include finding main ideas and details in expository text and delivering oral summaries of paragraphs and articles. This course is recommended for students who need an intensive review of basic reading and vocabulary skills. (May be repeated once.)

NCABE 92: GED Preparation

Prerequisites: None
Advisory: HSENG40
Lecture 6 hours. (4930.62)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course prepares students to pass the new GED exam. It provides both online and in-person lab instruction as well as individualized coaching. The course introduces students to the four subject tests, determines their present readiness, and provides an individualized course of study. Topics include GED exam costs, testing options, the scheduling process, and how to use GED preparation and passage as a pathway to further career and education success. Once orientation is completed, the course may be modified to fit student schedules, making it an ideal course for busy adults seeking a structured computer-based program with a flexible in-class schedule and a supportive learning environment.

NCABE 94: Adult Basic Education: Writing

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (4930.60)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course helps build a solid foundation of grammar and writing skills. Topics include writing complete sentences in Standard American English and a foundation in basic grammar. This course is recommended for students who need an intensive review of basic writing skills. (May be repeated once.)

English as a Second Language Courses

NCESL 10: English as a Second Language, Level 1

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

Level 1 ESL is designed for students with little or no previous background in English. Non-literate or students with extremely low English skills are placed at this level. This integrated skills course provides students instruction in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English.

NCESL 20: Noncredit ESL Conversation Skills for Beginning Students

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course promotes listening comprehension and provides conversation practice. Students acquire the skills needed to have basic conversations with native speakers of English. Instruction focuses on beginning-level speaking and listening skills appropriate for conversational English.

NCESL 21: English as a Second Language, Level 2

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course is designed for students with very little ability in English. It focuses on the speaking and understanding necessary to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements. Students in this level learn to comprehend high-frequency words in context, use learned phrases and sentences to communicate needs, and read and write simplified materials.

NCESL 22: English as a Second Language, Level 3

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

Level 3 ESL focuses on further development of the oral language skills and vocabulary required in day-to-day situations. Additionally, this course assists students to aurally comprehend conversations in routine situations, read and write simplified materials, and have control of basic grammar.

NCESL 23: Reading and Writing for Beginning Level Students

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course focuses on the reading and writing skills beginning-level learners need in order to learn vocabulary and produce simple and compound sentences and basic paragraphs.

NCESL 30: Noncredit ESL Conversation Skills for Intermediate Students

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course promotes more advanced listening comprehension and conversation practice. Students acquire the skills needed to have conversations beyond basic survival needs with native speakers of English. Instruction focuses on authentic communication practice for home, work, community, and educational needs.

NCESL 31: English as a Second Language, Level 4

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

Level 4 ESL assists students to expand their listening and speaking skills in face-to-face conversations, read and interpret narrative and descriptive passages on familiar and some unfamiliar topics, and write simple routine correspondence and short paragraphs. Instruction focuses on the refinement of skills needed in conversations beyond students' survival needs. Students begin to monitor themselves on basic grammatical structures.

NCESL 32: English as a Second Language, Level 5

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

Level 5 ESL focuses on further development of the oral language skills and vocabulary required in day-to-day situations. Additionally, this course assists students to aurally comprehend and participate in routine conversations, read and write simplified materials, and have control of basic grammar.

NCESL 33: Reading and Writing for Intermediate Level Students

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course focuses on the reading and writing skills intermediate-level learners need in order to do process writing and self/peer editing at the paragraph level.

NCESL 40: English as a Second Language, Level 6

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

Level 6 ESL stresses the refinement and expansion of language skills that enable students to use English to meet social, academic, and vocational demands effectively. Listening skill development focuses on the comprehension of abstract topics in familiar context. Speaking skill development focuses on participation in casual and extended conversations. Reading skills development focuses on reading authentic materials. Writing skill development focuses on the formal development of the writing process.

NCESL 45: English as a Second Language, Level 7

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

Level 7 ESL prepares noncredit ESL students to enroll in credit academic and/or vocational courses. This course emphasizes fluency and communication by integrating language functions and forms with appropriate information sources skills and topics. The course promotes the continued development of reading skills and writing skills through the writing process.

NCESL 50: English as a Second Language, Learning Lab

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours. (4930.87)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course is designed for students at any of the seven levels of noncredit ESL instruction who want to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in small groups or individually based on their assessed proficiency level.

NCESL 62: Career-Track ESL

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours. (4931.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course prepares students for a vocational program by providing instruction in the language and academic skills needed to succeed in selected career and technical programs. This course also emphasizes the acquisition of the language and cross-cultural skills needed to function effectively in the workplace.

NCESL 65: English as a Second Language, Citizenship

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 6 hours. (4930.90)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course provides intermediate and advanced ESL students with the basic knowledge and information necessary for becoming a United States citizen and a basic understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Students study U.S. history and government, basic geography, and culture to prepare for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization exam. Students study the process and samples of the required forms to successfully pass the naturalization examination.

NCESL 81: Basic Computers and Digital Literacy (BCDL) for ESL Students (Beginning Level)

Prerequisites: None
Prerequisites: None (Prerequisites: None)
Course Typically Offered: Lecture 3 hours. (4930.87)

This computer class for beginning students in the Noncredit ESL program covers basic vocabulary related to technology and computers, email, word-processing, and presentation software. Students are exposed to keyboard lessons and activities to increase their accuracy. Students develop language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through individual, pair, and group work.

NCESL 82: Computers and Digital Literacy (CDL) for ESL Students (Intermediate/Advanced Level)

Prerequisites: None
Prerequisites: None (Prerequisites: None)
Course Typically Offered: Lecture 3 hours. (4930.87)

This computer class for intermediate/advanced students in the Noncredit ESL program covers vocabulary related to technology and computers. It also covers topics such as digital literacy, Internet, email, word-processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets Students develop language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through individual, pair, and group work.

Health and Safety Courses

NCHLT 11: Spinal Fitness

Prerequisites: None
Laboratory 4 hours. (0835.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course is designed to optimize strength and flexibility of the back and body. Students learn a variety of exercises and rhythmic movements, including low-impact weight-bearing exercise, resistance work with light weights, static stretches, and relaxation routines.

NCHLT 15: Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

Prerequisites: None
Laboratory 2.75 hours. (0835.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course non-clinical group exercise regimen is designed to help those who have joint and/or muscle problems achieve joint mobility, muscle strength, and endurance in order to improve the performance of their daily activities. The program consists of specific exercises, including stretching and range of motion exercises, strengthening and endurance routines, health education, movement activities, and relaxation exercises. The course is offered in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation. A faculty member who has been trained and certified by the Arthritis Foundation instructs the students.

NCHLT 75: Balance and Mobility

Prerequisites: None
Laboratory 3 hours. (0837.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course is designed for individuals at moderate risk for fall (e.g., self-identified balance problems, existing fall history, including the ability to stand and ambulate independently). Students must be able to stand and ambulate independently. The course adopts a multidimensional approach to balance-related problems. Activities target specific balance problems in a challenging training environment.

Older Adults Courses

NCART 11: Painting, Intermediate

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1002.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course is intended for students who already know how to draw and have done some painting. It covers more advanced drawing, use of color, and advanced picture composition. Painting subjects range from still life to flowers and from abstract pictures to landscapes. Students use acrylic, oils, water media, pastels, and other mixed media, and they are expected to furnish their own supplies.

NCART 12: Painting, Advanced

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1002.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course is designed for students who know how to paint and draw and who feel confident about their abilities. The course covers advanced composition, color use, landscapes, and portraits. Students create a suite of paintings on a theme of their choice or follow a class syllabus designed to challenge the more experienced artist. Students are encouraged to use all media, including acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pencil, pen, and ink, and they are expected to furnish their own supplies.

NCART 13: Acrylic Painting

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1002.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course introduces students to the use of color and basic techniques of acrylic painting. After lecture and demonstration, students plan, compose, and execute a variety of paintings, such as still life, abstraction, seascapes, self-portrait, and textile. Students are expected to furnish their own supplies.

NCART 15: Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1002.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course teaches the basic principles of drawing and painting portraits and figures as well as the correct and effective use of materials and tools. Topics include the use of line, value, and color to define form, cross-hatching, shading, blending, texture, composition, layout, blocking, and forth shortening. Students also learn techniques such as sighting and measuring for correct anatomy and proportions to insure likenesses. Studies may be done from nude or clothed models. Students are expected to furnish their own supplies.

NCART 17: Painting and Drawing

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1002.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course is intended for students who want to pursue painting and/or drawing. Students who wish to draw use charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolor, or other medium. Students wishing to paint experiment with watercolor and mixed media. Each class session includes lecture, demonstration, guided practice, and individual practice of creativity. Students are expected to furnish their own supplies.

NCART 20: Basic Drawing and Sketching

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1002.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course covers the basic principles and techniques in drawing and sketching. Topics include the use of line to define form, cross-hatching, shading, rubbing, blending, values, and color. Students practice thumbnail sketches and use a variety of materials, such as graphite, colored pencils, markers, pen and ink, charcoal and pastel chalks, and oil pastels. Subjects include abstract forms, still lifes, and natural themes. Students are expected to furnish their own supplies.

NCART 31: Watercolor Painting, Beginning

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1002.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This class is designed to acquaint beginners with the techniques, properties, and materials of transparent watercolors. It exposes students to basic art elements, such as value, composition, color, textures, and drawing principles. Students plan and create several watercolor pieces that are critiqued by the instructor.

NCART 32: Watercolor Painting, Intermediate

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1002.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course in transparent watercolor painting is designed to improve the watercolor skills of an intermediate watercolor student. Assignments stress more advanced compositional elements and originality. Students practice planning and executing watercolor pieces after instructor lecture and demonstration, and their work is evaluated during group critique sessions. Students are expected to provide their own supplies.

NCART 35: Watercolor Painting on Location

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1002.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

In this watercolor painting course, students practice the skills learned previously in a classroom setting in a variety of outdoor sites in North County. They explore basic watercolor techniques, principles of composition and drawing tips, and a variety of palettes. The course encourages students to explore creative ways of seeing color and light through increased awareness and sensitivity to the environment. Students are expected to provide their own materials and arrange for their own transportation to preassigned locations.

NCART 70: Multimedia Sculpture

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1002.20)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

Students learn sculpture techniques through a variety of media, including paper, plaster, clay, and assembly as well as from a variety of artists working in various media. The class offers creative ideas for the novice as well as new techniques for practicing artists. Students are expected to provide the materials needed to complete class projects.

NCHAS 12: Weight Management for Seniors

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2 hours. (0837.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course is designed for seniors who desire to lose between five and forty pounds. The course emphasizes the development of nutritionally sound eating habits to reduce by one to two pounds per week. It also examines a variety of issues involved with successful weight management, including exercise, stress management, strategies for eating out, evaluation of fad diets, building confidence, and changing habits.

NCHAS 70: Body Conditioning Over Easy

Prerequisites: None
Laboratory 4 hours. (0835.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course is designed for older adults with physical limitations in their feet, knees, and hips who still want to exercise. Class begins with a 30-minute seated segment consisting of warm-up and range-of-motion work. This segment includes exercises with light hand weights and/or wooden dowels and is followed by standing exercises involving weights and low-impact exercises. The class concludes with standing and seated cool-down and stretching exercises.

NCHAS 71: Body Conditioning for Older Adults

Prerequisites: None
Laboratory 2.75 hours. (0835.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course is designed to teach exercise techniques that will meet the needs of older adults at all levels of fitness (beginning through advanced). Exercises include warm-ups, semi-cardio and cardiovascular workouts, mat routines, repetitious exercise for muscular toning, strength and endurance, balance, stretching, flexibility and cool-downs. Students work at their own pace and levels of fitness. Pulse rates may be taken before, during, and after various exercises to gauge appropriateness of exercise level. As with any exercise program, a physician's approval is recommended.

NCHAS 81: Tai Chi Chuan for Seniors, Beginning

Prerequisites: None
Laboratory 3 hours. (0835.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course provides an introduction and teaching of the first 16 of the 64 steps of the Chinese exercise/discipline Tai Chi Chuan. Students learn and practice individual positions each week, and the positions are linked together in a continuous, smooth-flowing form. The course focuses on balance, flexibility, and ease of movement. This slow, non-strenuous, effective form of exercise emphasizes the conditioning of the whole person, including the mind, body, and spirit.

NCHAS 82: Tai Chi Chuan for Seniors, Intermediate

Prerequisites: None
Laboratory 2 hours. (0835.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course provides continuing exposure to the Chinese exercise/discipline Tai Chi Chuan. Students complete the first 32 of the 64 steps of Tai Chi Chuan. They learn slow, fluid movements that promote balance, grace, and endurance as well as clarity of thought, clarity of intent, and stability of emotion. The course also covers simple forms of meditation.

NCHAS 83: Tai Chi Chuan for Seniors, Advanced

Prerequisites: None
Laboratory 2 hours. (0835.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course provides continuing training in the Chinese exercise/discipline, Tai Chi Chuan. Students complete the last half of the 64 steps and refine skills while exploring a deeper understanding of the Tai Chi Chuan philosophy.

NCHAS 85: Chair Yoga for Older Adults

Prerequisites: None
Laboratory 2.75 hours. (0835.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course is designed for older adults who desire to improve muscular endurance, flexibility, and balance and to reduce stress. Students learn about the benefits of yoga as related to various age-related health issues. Using a chair for seated or standing support, students practice various yoga poses and breathing techniques to achieve range of motion, muscular endurance, and balance.

NCMUS 10: Music Appreciation for Seniors

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1004.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course is designed for older adults who want to increase their understanding and enjoyment of music by learning how to listen to music with a discerning ear. The course includes basic music history, musical terms, and discussion of musical style and performance.

NCPSY 10: Creative Living for Seniors

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (2001.00)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course explores the physiological and psychological transitions older people experience. It covers the role nutrition and exercise play in attaining an enjoyable retirement. Students examine and discuss a variety of topics, such as local, national, and global issues and events, through round table dialogue and sharing of personal experiences and reactions.

NCPSY 11: Self-Awareness Through Improvisation

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.25 hours. (2001.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

Especially for older adults, this course uses improvisation as a means of developing self-awareness, imagination, and creativity, thus enhancing the ability to interact socially. Classroom improvisation emphasizes thinking, listening, and reacting to others.

NCPSY 13: The Impact of Radio on Our Lives

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (2001.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course is designed especially for older adults who have had the unique experience of living through the golden age of radio. The course gives students the opportunity to reflect on how the values, attitudes, and entertainment of their favorite radio shows shaped their lives. Students work collaboratively to read, rehearse, and perform some of the actual radio scripts that were broadcast during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.

NCPSY 50: Creating Your Retirement

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1 hour. (2001.00)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course helps students understand the benefits of developing an integrated plan for retirement living. It introduces participants to factors that influence living a balanced life in terms of making healthy life-style choices, participating in creative leisure activities, and practicing sound financial strategies. Students practice stress management activities, complete worksheets on budgeting, and learn about various leisure activities, such as volunteerism, hobbies, and other social activities.

NCWRT 10: Creative Writing

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1507.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course is a creative writing workshop designed to accommodate all levels of writers and/or poets, from beginning to experienced, as well as all styles and forms of writing, including prose (fiction and nonfiction/memoir) and poetry. Each session consists of sharing and critiques of student writing, an instructional period, and an assignment. Students are encouraged to write on a regular basis, to write different kinds of materials, and to develop a personal style. Students are supported by the group and the instructor in their efforts. Professional writers serve as guest speakers, and students are encouraged to submit works for publication.

NCWRT 20: Life Story Writing

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2.75 hours. (1507.00)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course is intended for novice writers and includes techniques for making writing interesting and readable. The course covers basic writing techniques, techniques for writing dialogue, and short story construction. Students write their own life stories.

Parenting Courses

NCPAR 20: Parent - Toddler Workshop

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3.50 hours. (1305.90)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

Parents and their toddlers meet on a weekly or twice-weekly basis to participate in various class activities. Students learn how to diagnose parenting issues and how to develop useful problem-solving techniques utilizing effective parenting models. Participants learn the value of ritual and routines, consistency, and how to analyze and modify parenting techniques, such as logical consequences, positive communication skills, modeling behavior expectations as well as values/ethics education.

NCPAR 40: Preparation for Childbirth

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.10 hours. (1305.60)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course is designed to prepare parents for the process of labor and delivery. Topics include coaching techniques, hospital procedures, nutrition, medications, newborn characteristics, infant feeding, and the mechanics of labor and delivery. The course gives special attention to parental fears and expectations as well as couple communication.

Short-Term Vocational Courses

NCVOC 10: IT Basics

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0708.10)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course introduces the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level information and communications technology (ICT) professionals. Topics include the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of and ICT professional. This course prepares students for CompTIA's A+ certification exam. The course is also a pathway to Cisco program courses.

NCVOC 11: Computer Networking Basics

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0708.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course provides a hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. It teaches students the skills needed to obtain entry-level home network installer jobs. Students develop some of the skills needed to become computer and network technicians, cable installers, and help desk technicians. This is the first in a two-course sequence that prepares students for the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)exam.

NCVOC 12: Routing and Switching Basics

Prerequisites: NCVOC11
Lecture 4 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0708.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course prepares students for jobs as network, help desk, and support technicians. The course provides a basic overview of routing and switching, addressing, and security. It also familiarizes students with servers that provide email services, web space, and authenticated access. Students learn about the soft skills required for help desk and customer service positions as they prepare for the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) exam. The course covers network monitoring and basic troubleshooting skills in context.

NCVOC 13: Intermediate Routing and Switching

Prerequisites: NCVOC12 or CCENT or higher Cisco Certification to ensure students have the knowledge and skills that are necessary for success.
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0708.10)
Course Typically Offered: F OR SP

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students are able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network.

NCVOC 14: Connecting Networks

Prerequisites: NCVOC12 or CCENT or higher Cisco certification to ensure students have the knowledge and skills that are necessary for success.
Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours. (0708.10)
Course Typically Offered: F OR SP

This course discusses wide area network (WAN) technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

NCVOC 15: Intermediate and Advanced Routing Protocols

Prerequisites: NCVOC12 or Cisco CCENT certification or equivalent Cisco course.
Corequisite: NCVOC19
Lecture 4 hours. (0708.10)
Course Typically Offered: F

This course covers routing techniques used to control traffic over LANs and WANs as well as corporate network connections to an ISP. Topics include techniques for improving traffic flow, reliability, redundance, performance, advanced IP addressing topics, routing protocols (including RIP, OSPF, EIGRP, BGP), and route optimization. This course prepares students for Cisco CCNA and CCNP routing exams.

NCVOC 17: Intermediate and Advanced Switching

Prerequisites: NCVOC12 or Cisco CCENT certification or equivalent Cisco course.
Corequisite: NCVOC19
Lecture 4 hours. (0708.10)
Course Typically Offered: SP

This course teaches students how to implement, monitor, and maintain switching in converged enterprise networks. Students learn how to plan, configure, and verify the implementation of enterprise switching solutions. The course also covers the secure integration of VLANs, WLANs, voice, and video into campus networks.

NCVOC 19: Cisco Lab

Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Any of the following courses: NCVOC15, NCVOC17, NCVOC18, NCVOC60.
Laboratory 4 hours. (0708.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course is designed for students in any of the four intermediate/advanced Cisco networking classes who need to complete lab exercises for their skills development, to prepare for skills tests, and to implement case study solutions.

NCVOC 31: Basic Word Processing

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours. (0702.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course introduces students to word processing using basic formatting tools and features of word processing software to create various documents, such as business letters, resumes, and beginning desktop publishing.

NCVOC 32: Intermediate Word Processing

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours. (0702.10)
Course Typically Offered: SP

In this sequel to Basic Word Processing, students explore the many shortcuts and document formatting tools of word processing, including templates, tables, and importing information from other applications.

NCVOC 35: Internet, Intermediate

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours. (0702.10)
Course Typically Offered: F

This course introduces students to Internet usage skills and safety considerations. Students learn to locate Web pages, search for information, bookmark favorite locations, set up/manage an email account and homepage, and develop an awareness of online etiquette, ethics, software update processes, and cautionary issues within the Internet environment.

NCVOC 37: Beginning Presentation Software

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours. (0702.10)
Course Typically Offered: SP

This course introduces students to presentation software. They develop an understanding of how to create an effective slide presentation. The course emphasizes creating a practical, dynamic multimedia tool for communication by way of email, data projection, or Web page.

NCVOC 38: Computer Basics/Keyboarding

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours. (0702.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course introduces students to the Windows environment as well as to computer terminology, hardware, and software. Students use the Internet utilizing a web browser, conducting basics searches, and using E-mail. Students also learn fundamental keyboarding skills, including Home Row keyboarding skills, in order to develop some level of speed and accuracy using typing programs (local or on-line).

NCVOC 39: Beginning Spreadsheets

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1.50 hours. (0702.10)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course introduces students to spreadsheets and the ability to create, format, and modify data using formulas and graph tools to create professional looking business worksheets or reports that can be updated efficiently.

NCVOC 42: Introduction to Architecture

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 2 hours. (0953.00)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course provides students with an introduction to the field of architecture. Students learn about the courses, certifications, and programs in architecture at MiraCosta College as they are introduced to career pathways in the field. This noncredit course allows students to learn about options and pathways before embarking on a credit course of study.

NCVOC 43: Introduction to Career Technical Education

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (4932.00)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

This course provides students an overview of the career technical education courses, certifications, and programs available at MiraCosta College. Topics include student options for technical training at MiraCosta and the pathways to complete training and prepare for a career. This is a noncredit course that allows students to better plan for their course of study before committing to a credit course of study.

NCVOC 50: Basic Auto Tune Up

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (0948.00)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP

This course covers the basic theory and operation of the internal combustion engine, including carburation, fuel injection, and ignition systems. It also introduces students to the fundamentals of emissions and emission controls as well as minor diagnoses and repair. The course emphasizes safety and the proper use of automotive testing equipment and hand tools and includes the inspection, maintenance, and minor servicing of the brake system and tires. At the end of this course, students will be able to perform an oil change, tune-up, and basic service on their own vehicles.

NCVOC 60: Securing the Network

Prerequisites: CCNA Certification or equivalent or NCVOC15.
Corequisite: NCVOC19
Lecture 4 hours. (0708.10)
Course Typically Offered: SP

This course aims to develop an in-depth understanding of network security principles as well as the tools and techniques available. The course covers protocol sniffers/analyzers, TCP/IP and common desktop utilities, Cisco IOS Software, and VPN clients. The course prepares students for Cisco CCNA Security exam and CompTIA Security+ certifications.

Special Education Courses

NCSPC 25: Effective Life Skills for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 10 hours. (4930.32)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

The course helps adults with developmental disabilities identify positive and creative means to develop personal and cultural values and over-all problem-solving skills; improve conversational and social networking skills; increase self esteem; broaden experience in use of leisure and recreational time; gain confidence in using community resources; and increase skill in budgeting and managing money.

NCSPC 26: Basic Academic Skills for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 5 hours. (4930.32)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course focuses on increasing basic academic skills for adults with developmental disabilities. Students work in areas of reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, use of basic computer applications, health and physical education, and over-all problem solving. Class time includes individual and small group work with an emphasis on understanding the application of academic skills to real life. Students work toward achieving goals established on their Individual Education Plan (IEP).

NCSPC 27: Basic Computer Skills I for Learners with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 5 hours. (4930.32)
Course Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

This course introduces students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the Windows environment and basic computer terminology, hardware, and software. Through hands-on instruction, students also focus on increasing skills in basic keyboarding and accessing the course enrollment system.

NCSPC 28: Basic Computer Skills II for Learners with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Prerequisites: None
Prerequisites: None (Prerequisites: None)
Course Typically Offered: Lecture 5 hours. (4930.32)

In this course, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities focus on increasing skills in using email, a word processing software, and a web browser. Students conduct basic Internet searches and learn to document and share information via email.

Workforce Preparation Courses

NCWFP 11: Essential Computer Skills 1

Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (4930.12)
Course Typically Offered: TBA

In this course, students develop essential computer and information technology skills for workplace and educational success. They develop some proficiency in using word processing software; access, evaluate, and utilize information resources using the Internet and Web browsers; and get familiar with a course management system. Previous experience using computers is recommended.