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Key Facts

Non-credit Programs are Coming to Ohlone College to Meet the Needs of Our Community

4 students laughing in the classroomMany people are aware that Ohlone College offers credit courses — the traditional college courses which earn students credit towards a degree or certificate at Ohlone College, or transfer to a four-year institution. Now Ohlone College is developing additional non-credit courses which will be offered to the community at no cost.

Non-credit classes will help students gain new skills for college preparation and career development. Currently, seven non-credit English as a Second Language courses have been approved and are anticipated to start soon. Ohlone College is working to develop additional non-credit courses in math and English Basic Skills, Short Term Vocational subjects, and Workforce Preparation.

Did you know?

The California Community Colleges are the largest provider of workforce training in the state and nation.

Source: California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Non-credit Courses


Non-credit courses are offered at no cost to the community for college preparation and career development.


Non-credit courses lead to two types of certificates:

  • Non-credit certificate of completion (career development)
  • Non-credit certificate of completion (college preparation)


Upon completion of a course, students will receive a grade of pass or no pass.


Non-credit classes are free. (No enrollment fees!)

Courses Offered

Ohlone College has seven non-credit English as a Second (ESL) courses which will be offered soon. We are currently working to expand our offerings into math and English Basic Skills, Short-Term Vocational subjects, and Workforce Preparation courses.

Credit Courses


The traditional college courses, credit courses are designed for students who are interested in earning college units towards a degree or certificate.


Students earn units towards associate degrees or certificates at Ohlone College, or to transfer to a four-year institution


Students who take credit courses receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F) at the end of the semester.



Courses Offered

A broad range of disciplines are offered at Ohlone, including STEM, arts and humanities, and social sciences.

Not-for-Credit Courses


Not-for-credit courses are offered through Community Education for lifelong learning; Corporate Education also works with employers to develop custom courses for workforce development.


Not-for-credit courses are not applicable for degrees, but some courses offer certification.


Students who take not-for-credit courses do not receive a grade.



Courses Offered

Community Education offers a broad range of courses, such as the popular Ohlone for Kids and Teens program; recreational courses such as Tai Chi and belly dancing; and special interest courses, such as medical insurance billing certification. Corporate Education also works with organizations with specific training needs to create custom workforce development courses.

Ohlone College Non-credit Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What non-credit courses will be offered?

Seven English as a Second Language (ESL) courses have been approved and will be offered soon. Ohlone College is currently working to expand our offerings to other fields. ESL courses available soon include:

  • Learning and Speaking: ESL-981LS, ESL-982LS, and ESL-983LS
  • Reading and Writing ESL-981RW, ESL-982RW, RSL-983RW, and ESL-984RW

Q. Who may enroll in non-credit courses?

Everyone except people on B1, B2, tourist visa, and visas that do not allow taking classes may enroll. Some working visas (such as H1, H2, and diplomatic visas) do allow non-credit courses. Unlike credit courses, students do not have to live in California for one year and a day to establish state residency status.

Q. Do I need to apply for admission to the college?

Yes, apply via the Office of Admissions and Records using the non-credit application form.

Q. Can I get Financial Aid?

Yes, depending on the non-credit program, students may be eligible for financial aid. Contact the financial aid office for additional information.

Q. How much does a non-credit course cost?

Non-credit courses are free.

Not-for-Credit Programs at Ohlone College

Community Education

Ohlone College offers special interest courses which promote personal enrichment, skill development, and recreational enjoyment in a friendly learning environment. Community Education courses are taught by professionals in the industry. No tests or exams are required. Many courses are available online.

Community Education Information:

Corporate Education

Ohlone College works with companies and municipalities to build custom courses to fit their training needs. Ohlone College's industry professionals can teach nearly any subject matter—from basic skills and team building, to technical mastery or specific subjects. Everything from the length of the course to the location of classes can be structured to fit an organization’s requirements.

Corporate Education Information:

Did you know?

Ohlone has the highest rate of success among its 25 statewide peer community colleges for students who started a basic skills English course and then were successful in transfer level English.

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