What is the difference between credit and noncredit classes and programs?
Credit courses are designed for students who are interested in earning college credits towards a degree or certificate. Students who take credit courses receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F) at the end of the semester.
Noncredit courses are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, enrich their understanding about a wide range of topics, or develop personal interests. Noncredit courses can also provide a pathway to improve upon knowledge/skills to prepare for taking a credit course. Upon completion of a course, students may receive a grade of pass or no pass. Noncredit classes are NOT applicable toward a degree. Upon completion of a series of required classes, students can earn a noncredit certificate of completion or competency.
Who may attend noncredit classes and programs?
- Anyone who is 18 years of age or older
- California residents and non-residents living in California while enrolled in courses.
- Students who hold F1 visas will need to connect with the Ohlone College International Program to learn the process/eligibility for enrolling into a noncredit course or program. Contact: https://www.ohlone.edu/international/contact
Why would I take noncredit classes or a noncredit certificate program?
Noncredit classes assist students seeking to improve math or English proficiency, increase literacy and job skills, support access to higher education and advance employability.
Can I get Financial Aid for noncredit classes?
Federal Financial Aid is not available for noncredit courses; however noncredit courses are tuition-free.
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REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT
Can I preregister for any noncredit classes or programs?
We encourage it! If you are already an Ohlone College student with a student ID, you may register online at WebAdvisor. To find classes, use WebAdvisor and/or refer to the Noncredit Course Schedule.
How many courses may I take?
There's no limit to the number of noncredit courses you may enroll in. We encourage you to only take as many courses as you feel comfortable with and as many as your schedule will allow.
Do I need to take a placement or assessment test before starting class?
No, Ohlone College does not require a placement or assessment test. However, if you would like to take a noncredit ESL course, you will need to follow the ESL placement process. Click on the link for more information.
Do noncredit classes appear on my Ohlone College transcript?
Yes, Ohlone College offers a noncredit transcript. This will be separate from the credit transcript as noncredit courses are not transferable other colleges.
Is there different Student ID # for noncredit classes?
No, your Ohlone College Student Identification Number (SID) is the same for all Ohlone College courses, both credit and noncredit classes.
Are there grades in noncredit classes?
Grades are not required in noncredit classes. However, instructors may decide to award grades or Pass/No Pass to students. Review specific details of each class or program.
Do noncredit classes meet all 16 weeks of a semester?
While some noncredit courses may meet all 16 weeks of each semester, other noncredit courses are often condensed (short-term) and meet for a specific number of days or weeks. Consult the noncredit course schedule for details on the time and duration of courses.
COURSES & CERTIFICATES
Which specific classes do I need to earn a noncredit certificate?
Please refer to the Noncredit Certificates tab on the left-hand navigation bar at the top of this page to learn more about certificate requirements.
How long will it take for me finish a noncredit certificate?
It depends on your availability and the availability of the classes being offered. Not all certificate programs and courses are offered each semester. Please refer to the Noncredit Certificates page, as well as the Noncredit Course Schedule to learn more.
Do I have to purchase books?
As noncredit courses are tuition-free, we also aim to limit the cost of materials. Please consult with your instructor to learn about potential required books or materials for your course.
How do I show proof of course completion?
Students who complete certain vocational courses receive an official Ohlone College class certificate. Students who need additional documentation may ask for a letter of completion from the class instructor or from the academic division.
How and when will I receive my noncredit certificate?
If you’ve completed the required coursework for a particular noncredit certificate, your certificate will be processed and emailed to you in July, September, or January for the preceding term. For example, if you completed the certificate’s required coursework during the Spring semester, your certificate will be emailed to you in July. There’s no action needed on your end; however, if you believe you’ve earned a certificate and have not received it by the end of the months mentioned above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I miss a class?
Because many noncredit courses are short term, it’s important for you to attend each and every class. Make sure to enroll in courses that will fit well into your schedule. Please consult your instructor for their specific attendance policy.
I registered for my course, but I can’t see it in Canvas. Who do I reach out to?
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