Category Archives: GWC Activities


2013 High School Senior Preview Day a success!

Golden West College hosted its annual College Preview Day for a record number of 1300 high school seniors from 15 feeder schools on March 7, 2013.

Over thirty tables and booths representing GWC Instructional Programs, Student Services, and Student Clubs, lined “main street” from the Central Quad to the Gym, creating an energetic street fair atmosphere. After a brief presentation in the Gym, students were given a passport card and were told to get it stamped by 10 booths and take at least one tour to be eligible for great prizes including an iPad mini, and an XBOX360 Kinect. The Grand Prize was a $600 scholarship with a $100 gift card to the bookstore.

The Grand Prize Scholarship was donated by the Golden West College Patrons and Jo Andrews, Patrons President drew the winning ticket. Andres Alonso from Westminster High School was thrilled when he got the call that he won the scholarship. Stephanie DiGaetano from Los Alamitos High School won the iPad mini and Michelle St. Michael from Access won the Kinect.

Students visited a wide variety of facilities where they were given brief presentations in Digital Media Arts, Automotive Technology, Criminal Justice simulator, Design, Theater, Dance, Athletic facilities, Cosmetology, and Student Service areas.This year the students and volunteers were treated to a burrito/taco lunch provided by Tacos & Co., which was quite a hit. Feedback from high school counselors was positive, “I think senior day was really great! I liked the arrival presentation and you seemed to have a larger program participation this year,” Terry Kinaman, Westminster High School.

GWC to Host 37th Annual Chican@ Latin@ College Day- November 16th

The Coast Community College District will present it’s 37th Annual Chican@ Latin@ College Day on Friday, November 16th. This event will take place on the Golden West College campus, and with help from her sister colleges: Orange Coast College and Coastline Community College, will provide local High School students the opportunity to be present for a variety of workshops including discussions on Financial Aid, The Dream Act, Career Exploration, Puente, as well as other topics relating to overcoming some of the challenges for the Chican@ Latin@ student. Lunch and festivities will be provided.

Click below to check out the Save the Date Card:


For those High School students interested in attending, please contact your High School Career Center or Counselor for further information.  This event is not open to the general public.




GWC names this year’s King and Queen

On Saturday, October 6, Kelly Gadea and Jacob Ziemer were named Homecoming Queen and King during the football game’s half-time ceremony.

Kelly Gadea is a freshman majoring in Biology. She plans to earn her AA degree and transfer to Cal State Long Beach. She is currently a member of the GWC Puente Club and has been involved in M.E.C.H.A., Ambassadors Club, and Class of 2012 Club. In her spare time she enjoys playing sports, spending time with her friends and family, and eating food.

Jacob Ziemer is a continuing student majoring in Civil Engineering. He plans to transfer to UC Berkeley. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma, Mi Casa Club, Christian Club, G.L.A.S.A., Geneology Club, and the Environmental Sustainability Association. When he is not studying or involved in his various activities, he enjoys skiing, fishing, coin collecting, volunteering, and playing baseball, basketball or disc golf.

This year,  the Homecoming theme was “That 70s at GWC” Throughout the week the Associated students sponsored a variety of activities to carry on the theme. Some of the activities included spirit games, music, a photo booth, and prizes.
The Homecoming Court process started with elections held on campus. The top five candidates in each category were named the Homecoming Court. On October 2, the court presented themselves before a panel of judges who rated them in several categories and the queen and king were determined by the highest overall scores by the judges.


GWC Hosts Community Science Event

On Friday, September 28, 2012 Golden West College teamed up with the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach to offer an evening of hands-on science for school children in our local area. Hundreds of families enjoyed exhibits and science activities in the physical and life sciences. The event was spread out over a large area on campus, in  Math/Science classrooms, the Student Center and patio, and various outdoor areas.

GWC faculty, students and community volunteers offered fun science activit1es, such as,  making slime, building and launching rockets, riding a solar powered go-cart, riding a bike to generate electricity, collecting DNA, and identifying counterfeit money.

The business community came together to help make the event a success. Sponsors included AES, Beef Palace, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Southern California Edison, Sempra Enery utility,  Sullivan Solar Power, Rainbow Disposal,  and The Gas Company.

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Congratulations GWC Class of 2012!

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2012! On Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 6pm, students took the stage to receive their Associate of Arts (AA) degrees. This year’s graduating class honored many students in a range of ages from 18 years old to 71 years of age. It was an exciting time for them to celebrate their hard work, many of whom will continue on with their education in the surrounding community at the UC and Cal State level. We take great pride in seeing these students accomplish their educational and career goals. These will be the individuals changing our future.


The GWC Design Program “Enchanted” their student showcase attendees on Friday, December 9th!

Our Design program instructor, Greg Wight, has partnered with a local physician who, for the last two (2) years has put on an extraordinary local Halloween event that attracts over 20,000 spectators and media attention. Our GWC Design program students help each year to build life-size props and displays of all sorts, turning the street into a movie-like set.

For last week’s Design show, held Friday, December 9th, our program obtained some of the props used in the Halloween event, embellishing them for display. In addition, the students took the time to build new and innovative displays, using animatronics, in order to turn the evening into an “Enchanting” experience, open to the public.


The Design program holds a student show each semester. Come check out the program. You could be part of the new wave of what the USA does best…Design.


GWC’s 36th Annual Chican@/Latin@ Conference was a HUGE success!

Staying true to this year’s conference theme of “¡Adelante Estudiante!” – “Let Us Go Forward, Student!” our Coast Community College District staff and faculty provided our local high school students with another successful year for our Chican@/Latin@ event! On December 2, 2011, over 450 students from 14 high schools attended a day of inspiring speeches and informative workshops here on the Golden West College campus. The event’s theme was chosen to encourage students to continue forward, no matter what challenges they are facing.

I enjoy being able to put this in perspective again for those that are reading my blogs…that education is KEY in providing a future of success for our economy. I cannot stress enough to my student readers…empower yourself to take on the challenges of your future, find a career and educational path that you are inspired by, and take advantage of what GWC can offer you. YOU are the leaders of our future. WE need you to be ready!



GWC students volunteer hundreds of hours to Dr. Nobles’ Halloween Extravaganza in Fountain Valley.

During the Month of October, our Golden West College Volunteer Design Team made a significant contribution to the Fountain Valley Halloween event, logging in over 3,000 hours.

Dr. Anthony Noble creates and funds a Halloween extravaganza every year, transforming an entire street into a Halloween ‘Movie Set’.  This year’s theme was ‘Haunted Fairy Tales’ ­— last year it was ‘Star Wars’.  An estimated 18,000 people came out to see the amazing displays.

Students were able to hone their skills, and get some practical experience, working on Disneyland-type sets, characters and projects at 16 different sites on the street. Many students worked on multiple projects and sets, which included the Ariel/Triton set,  Snow White and Matterhorn sets, Humpty Dumpty, Alice in Wonderland, Jack in the Bean Stalk, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Old Lady in the Shoe, Beauty and the Beast, The Three Pigs, and the Rapunzel Tower/Dragon set.

On Halloween night, students acted as tour guides, and others were fairy tale cast members. “It is inspiring to see that kind of hard work, passion, sacrifice and commitment from our students,” said Greg Wight, Design Instructor.

Many of the props were delivered to the GWC Design Studios and will be on display during the Fall 2011 Design Student Show on December 9 at 6PM.

The students have already begun design and preparation work on next year’s theme – ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

Our Design department will be putting on a show (incorporating some of the life-size props) on Friday, December 9th from 5-10pm. Come check it out!

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