Golden West College

Community college in Huntington Beach, California
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Golden West College (GWC) is a public community college in Huntington Beach, California.


GWC is a public community college located in Huntington Beach, California. Together with Orange Coast College, and Coastline Community College, the three colleges make up the Coast Community College District (CCCD). The district is a regional organization providing administrative services and funding for post-secondary education. As a California Community College all that is required to attend GWC is a high school diploma or a GED.


The mission of GWC is to provide affordable education, providing an Associate of Art and Associate of Science degrees, as well as lower-division classes transferable to other colleges and universities, and degrees in licensed trades and skilled professions, including degrees in nursing, automotive technology, and cosmotology. Through the financial assistance provided by the California College Promise Grant, a large percentage of students at GWC are able to attend college and pay little to no tuition or fees.

The majority of transfer students who attend GWC later attend a California State University, or the University of California, as well as many other universities. GWC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, and it also has specialized accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, for their nursing program.


GWC possesses many student clubs, and a vibrant campus life. Many departments have clubs for their majors, such as the Psychology Club and the History Club. The CARE Club is for single mothers dedicated to their children and their education. The California Nursing Student Association (CNSA) is to increase professional awareness and the growth of nursing students. The Peace & Leadership Club is for students interested in creating a culture of peace. There are also several Honor Societies, such as the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and the Psi Beta Honor Society for psychology majors.


Golden West is widely known for its success in athletics throughout the state of California. They have won many California State Community College Championships. California State Community College Championships

  • Women's Basketball: 1979, 1990, 1991
  • Field Hockey: 1980
  • Women's Gymnastics: 1979, 1981
  • Men's Soccer: 1977
  • Softball:1975, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984
  • Men's Swimming: 1985,1986, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Women's Swimming: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2013
  • Men's Surfing: 1979
  • Women's Tennis: 1980
  • Men's Track Shot Put: 2010
  • Women's Track Hammer: 2010
  • Men's Volleyball: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2013
  • Women's Volleyball: 1979, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997,1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Men's Water Polo: 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Women's Water Polo: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2009

Golden West's softball team has appeared in one Women's College World Series in 1974 at the college level (losing to Kansas and Weber State).[3] Golden West also won the AIAW junior/community college national championship in 1975, 1976 and 1977. The 1975 title came in a perfect game, 22–0 victory over Northeastern Colorado, shortened to 5 innings by the mercy rule.

Notable alumni

The Learning Resources Center at Golden West College.


  1. ^ Yoshida, Yuika (February 12, 2024). "Golden West College Names New President". Orange County Business Journal. p. 3.
  2. ^ Institute of Education Services
  3. ^ Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
  4. ^ Djanseziang, Kevork (March 17, 2015). "Seal Beach's Jack Haley, who played for UCLA, Chicago Bulls, Lakers, dead at 51". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  5. ^ [1], Sherdog web page
  6. ^ "Hoover Tools Powerful Rustler Baseball Team". Santa Ana Register. February 6, 1977. p. C5. Retrieved October 17, 2020 – via
  7. ^ "Tito Ortiz UFC Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2014-01-01.

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