What is noncredit and why is it free?

Noncredit instruction is one of several educational options available at California Community Colleges. You are offered access to a variety of classes at no cost to assist you in reaching your personal, academic, and professional goals.

Since the beginning of adult education in California, over 150 years ago, exciting noncredit classes and career training programs have been offered at zero cost to students. This tradition continues to help meet the education and training needs of adults throughout the state.

WHY IS NONCREDIT RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • FREE - no tuition or enrollment fees
  • Open to all
  • Flexible scheduling including some online classes

How can you benefit from noncredit Classes?

  • No financial aid necessary
  • Learning is hands-on and ready to apply
  • Serves as a gateway to College and Career
  • Repeatable as necessary
  • Focuses on skills attainment
  • Small business and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • May earn industry-recognized certificates

Schools & Areas of study

MiraCosta College

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  • Computers
  • Short Term Vocational
  • Workforce Preparation
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Palomar College

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  • Community Emergency Response Team
  • Geography
  • Pre-Apprenticeship
  • Project Management
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San Diego Continuing Education

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  • Accounting/Business Information Worker
  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Child Development
  • Computer System and Network Administration
  • Culinary and Bakeshop Academy
  • Digital Design and Development
  • Electronics
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Healthcare Careers
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Upholstery
  • Welding
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Southwestern College

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  • Career & Personal Development
  • Computers
  • Customer Service Superior Service Series
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student success story

Student Story: Krupa Karia

Krupa always wanted to start her own fashion brand. But after getting married, having a child, and moving to the US from India, Krupa put her aspirations aside. She decided to reignite her dreams and get career education in sewing and clothing construction. Now, Krupa has begun selling her original designs at farmers’ markets and on Etsy. Watch now to get inspired by Krupa’s can-do attitude.