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VOCE 7000B Beginning Woodworking

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Learn how to work with wood and woodworking tools. This course is designed for students with little or no woodworking experience with either hand or power tools. Simple projects have been selected to focus on important introductory skills.

VOCE 7004C Driving and Force Simulation

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
This course provides an overview of the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC), driving and force options simulator programs. Students are introduced to the behind-the-wheel EVOC skills, driving and force options simulator programs. Focus on the benefits of skills gained by behind the wheel driving exercises and simulators.

VOCE 7018A Spanish in the Workplace

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Students develop conversational skills to communicate effectively with Spanish speakers in the workplace. Topics include phrases and vocabulary for problem-solving, handling real-life situations, avoiding mishaps and misunderstandings, and on-the-job procedures leading to increased employee productivity and safety.

VOCE 7018B Spanish in the Workplace

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Students develop conversational skills to communicate effectively with Spanish speakers in the workplace. Topics include phrases and vocabulary for problem-solving, handling real-life situations, avoiding mishaps and misunderstandings, and on-the-job procedures leading to increased employee productivity and safety.

VOCE 7031A Career Lab

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Visit this open-access lab to obtain guidance in determining career goals, developing a resume, or finding a job. Access computers, Internet resources, periodicals, videos, and office equipment necessary for a successful job search. After completing the initial lab orientation use the lab to fulfill your individual career objectives!

VOCE 7031B Career Lab

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Visit this open-access lab to obtain guidance in determining career goals, developing a resume, or finding a job. Access computers, Internet resources, periodicals, videos, and office equipment necessary for a successful job search. After completing the initial lab orientation use the lab to fulfill your individual career objectives!

VOCE 7034A Welding Lab

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
This open-entry/open-exit laboratory is designed to provide students with the opportunity to refine and expand welding techniques. Students may be concurrently enrolled in credit welding classes. Basic welding skills are not taught in this class.

VOCE 7035B Jewelry Making & Repair

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Discover how easy it is to make a ring or pendant and perform simple jewelry repairs. Topics include jewelry restoration, restringing pearls or beads, silversmithing, and goldsmithing.

VOCE 7100B Computers and You: Level 1

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Pass/No Pass
This introductory, hands-on class is designed for people with little or no knowledge of computers. Learn how to use computers and their basic components. In addition, learn basic keyboarding and mouse skills, basic terminology, and software applications that are common in personal computers. MS Word and Windows operating systems, as well as the Internet, are introduced.

VOCE 7101B Computers and You: Level 2

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Pass/No Pass
This class is designed to build on the skills mastered in Computers and You: Level 1. Students learn more complex MS Word processing skills, along with Internet and e-mail applications. Students are also introduced to Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.

VOCE 7102A Computers and You: Level 3

units.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Pass/No Pass
This class is designed to build on the skills mastered in Computers and You: Level 2. Students learn more in-depth applications for Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and e-mail.

VOCE 7102B Computers and You: Level 3

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Pass/No Pass
This class is designed to build on the skills mastered in Computers and You: Level 2. Students learn more in-depth applications for Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and e-mail.

VOCE 7103B Introduction to the Internet

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Navigate the exciting world of cyberspace in this class for beginning-to-experienced Internet users. Learn about Web sites, blogs, Google map mash-ups, RSS, podcasts, Adobe Acrobat Reader, QuickTime, Media Player, Real Player, and Flash. Plus, discover the inner workings of the Internet-packets, routers, bandwidth, TCP/IP, and the MP3 format. Learn business uses of the Internet: advanced Boolean searching, Web threats, and Web creation.

VOCE 7105B Introduction to Microsoft Word

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Pass/No Pass
This class is designed for beginning and intermediate computer users who would like to learn the many features of Microsoft Word. Students learn to create professional quality letters, certificates, flyers, labels and more.

VOCE 7107B Introduction to Excel

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Pass/No Pass
Students learn the basics of Excel including working in a spreadsheet to create formulas, charts, and tables in this introductory course. Students become familiar with the many financial functions of Excel. No previous Excel experience necessary.

VOCE 7108B Business Skills Lab

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Pass/No Pass
This lab is designed for the person who has never touched a computer, needs to upgrade computer skills, or just wants to become more knowledgeable about computer software programs. The lab features individualized, hands-on instruction and lectures on computer basics. Enroll anytime during the semester. Learn at your own pace, design your own schedule, and choose the hours you want to attend.

VOCE 7400B Beginning Floral Design

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Develop a designer's eye for floral artistry and learn to create attractive floral arrangements. Learn about design concepts such as color, line, texture, and shape. Also, learn plant identification, care, and seasonal availability of various flowers and greens. Students create arrangements to take home weekly.

VOCE 7404B Floral Design: Special Events

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Learn the delicate art of transforming flowers and greenery into small-scale arrangements to be worn on clothing or larger-scale items to be used as decor for special events, such as parties or weddings. Principles of design, especially as they relate to smaller scale projects, are examined. The instructor presents a variety of hand-made, floral-inspired gift items and party or wedding favors. Students create arrangements to take home weekly.

VOCE 7405B Floral Seasonal Celebrations

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Create a festive atmosphere in your home for the season using fresh flowers, greenery, and decorative items. Design concepts such as color, line, texture, and shape are demonstrated. Projects include centerpieces, novelty designs, permanent botanicals, and fresh florals, all with a seasonal theme. Students create arrangements to take home weekly.

VOCE 7600B Roses: Insects and Diseases

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
This course explores methods of managing insects and diseases on roses. Course topics include identification of good and bad insects, early detection of plant disease, appropriate chemical selection, fertilization, and pruning techniques. There is a special emphasis on rose varieties that thrive on the Central Coast of California.

VOCE 7602B Pruning Techniques

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Learn pruning techniques, care for roses and other plants, and techniques to promote blooming in flowering plants. Methods of disbudding, deadheading, and finger pruning are covered.

VOCE 7603A Landscape Construction

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
This course provides an overview of landscape construction and maintenance operations. Topics include landscape installation and maintenance, pruning methods, blueprint reading, cost estimates, pest control, landscape tools and equipment, and ornamental plant identification. Management problems surrounding recreation areas, parks, highways, and commercial and residential areas are also discussed.

VOCE 7605B Basic Landscaping 2

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
This class builds upon basic landscaping skills learned in Basic Landscaping 1. Learn more about plants, grasses, soils, plant identification, tools, and safety. Pruning and irrigation techniques are introduced. The class is designed for individuals employed in the landscaping business or who wish to begin working in landscaping.

VOCE 7606B Fruit Trees: Care and Pruning

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
This course introduces novice and expert gardeners to the principles of pruning commonly grown fruit trees. Learn about fertilizing and watering techniques, insect and disease control methods, when and where to prune, and when to seek professional help.

VOCE 7607B Water-Wise Landscaping

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
This course explores various planting and landscaping techniques to conserve water by as much as 50 percent. Learn how to create an easy to maintain landscape using native and drought tolerant plants. Drip irrigation practices will also be discussed. Xeriscaping, a landscaping method that utilizes water-conserving techniques, typically requires less maintenance than traditional landscapes, but special maintenance techniques are taught.

VOCE 7608B Residential Plant Selection

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
With the guidance of a professional landscape designer, students learn to identify nearly 200 plants that thrive on the Central Coast and in the Santa Ynez Valley, including trees, native plants, decorative shrubs, and easy-care ground covers. Discussion topics include placement, cultural requirements, landscape value, maintenance, and environmental practices.

VOCE 7609B Sprinklers & Drip Systems

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Learn to identify watering needs and conservation opportunities when creating a plan to install sprinkler, drip, and lawn irrigation systems. Identify what works best for different types of landscapes, from small beds to big lawns and gardens with irregular shapes. Individual issues are also addressed.

VOCE 7611B Plant Propagation

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Students learn how to produce plants for the garden, friends, or for the marketplace. Course topics include growing plants from seeds and cuttings, dividing perennials and bulbs, and grafting and budding fruit trees. Students also learn to grow new plants by using hybridizing methods.

VOCE 7612B Gardening w/ Specialty Plants

units.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Learn about the types and varieties of unique plants native to varied global regions and climates. Students review the advantages and challenges of using these plants in the residential or commercial garden. Discussion topics include ornamental grasses, tropical plants, native California plants, succulents, and cacti.

VOCE 7613B Gardening w/California Natives

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Learn about the types, uses, propagation techniques, and care of hundreds of California natives suitable for home gardens. Emphasis is on the regional natives best adapted to our climate and soils and those that attract native birds and butterflies.

VOCE 7614B Container Gardening

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Container gardening has its challenges, but with a little imagination and the appropriate knowledge, students can create a beautiful garden in miniature. This class offers practical advice on container choice, potting soils, fertilizers, and innovative plant collection ideas.

VOCE 7615A Flower Gardening

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Learn the basics of flower gardening including planting techniques, general care, and the planting calendar. Discussion covers the basic types of small-flowering plants: annuals, perennials, bulbs, roses, and wildflowers. Discover ways to maximize seasonal color with a special focus on using color and foliage texture to create an attractive garden and landscape.

VOCE 7615B Flower Gardening

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Learn the basics of flower gardening including planting techniques, general care, and the planting calendar. Discussion covers the basic types of small-flowering plants: annuals, perennials, bulbs, roses, and wildflowers. Discover ways to maximize seasonal color with a special focus on using color and foliage texture to create an attractive garden and landscape.

VOCE 7616B Ponds and Waterfalls

units.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Create your own tropical paradise! Learn how to design, build, and care for outdoor ponds and waterfalls. Proper plant and fish selection are discussed along with the materials needed to create waterscapes. Adding a water feature to your landscape can reduce the use of water.

VOCE 7617B Gardens & Landscape Structures

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Learn how landscapers and architects create attractive and dramatic outdoor spaces. Explore the use of pathways, benches, garden art, gazebos, patio covers, arbors, garden screens, trellises, modern fencing, retaining or garden walls, pavers, and stamped or acid-stained concrete to create useful and interesting landscapes.

VOCE 7618B Easy Plant and Lawn Care

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Reduce the time you spend on lawn care, watering, fertilizing, weeding, and pruning. Learn how to control weeds, rodents, and insect pests and create a beautiful landscape for your home. A properly maintained landscape will result in less water use.

VOCE 7619A Growing Vegetables and Herbs

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Learn everything you need to know about growing vegetables and herbs on the Central Coast. Explore gardening basics, including growing vegetables and herbs from seed and harvesting. This class will help every level of gardener have the most productive garden imaginable.

VOCE 7619B Growing Vegetables and Herbs

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Learn everything you need to know about growing vegetables and herbs on the Central Coast. Explore gardening basics, including growing vegetables and herbs from seed and harvesting. This class will help every level of gardener have the most productive garden imaginable.

VOCE 7620B Landscape Design

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Commercial and residential gardeners learn to design a landscape while exploring landscape styles, art and design principles, plant placement, and creative plant combinations. Common landscape problems, resolutions, and water conservation are addressed.

VOCE 7621A Epicurean Kitchen Garden

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Expand your gardening, cooking, and dining repertoires with a gardener's look at the fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, and berries that comprise local, national, and international cuisine. Explore garden-grown ingredients from cultures ranging from the Central Coast to those of Japan, Greece, and the Middle East. Each class meeting offers recipes to try at home.

VOCE 7621B Epicurean Kitchen Garden

units.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Expand your gardening, cooking, and dining repertoires with a gardener's look at the fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, and berries that comprise local, national, and international cuisine. Explore garden grown ingredients from cultures ranging from the Central Coast to those of Japan, Greece, and the Middle East. Each class meeting offers recipes to try at home.

VOCE 7203B Digital Photography Level 3

units.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Repeatable: 99.00
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
This intermediate to advanced course will build upon the digital photography fundamentals learned in Digital Photography Levels 1 and 2. Topics covered include exposure control, photographing in manual exposure mode, controlling depth of field, and capturing blurred motion with the use of light blocking filters, and an overview of camera lenses. Compositional elements of design will be reinforced by examining the use of leading lines, balance, the rule of thirds, framing, and selective focus. The subtleties of light will be explored and photographic lighting techniques.

VOCE 7204B Phonetography

units.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Repeatable: 99.00
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Learn to transform your mobile device snapshots into stunning images! This class will challenge students to look at their everyday life activities and the world around them through the creative lens of a mobile device camera. Students will use the media of the iPhone and other smartphones to correct and augment exposure, lighting, composition, and focus. Use of apps to manually control the camera and post-process images will also be covered. Students are required to bring to class an iPhone or other smartphone camera that has the ability to download apps. Students will acquire and upload several photo editing apps during this class. No prior experience in photography is required.

VOCE 7201B Digital Photography Level 1

units.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Repeatable: 99.00
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of digital photography and how cameras work. Students will learn navigation through menus and settings, as well as the concepts of two-dimensional design guidelines for composition, how to photograph in various lighting situations, and adjust exposures. Students entering the course are required to have access to a digital camera or cell phone that has controls to manipulate exposure, shutter speed, ISO and focus as well as the ability to download images to a computer.

VOCE 7202B Digital Photography Level 2

units.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Repeatable: 99.00
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
If you currently possess a working knowledge and basic understanding of how to use a digital camera, this course will help you refine your technical and aesthetic photography skills. Students are required to have access to a digital camera or cellphone that has controls to manipulate exposure, shutter speed, ISO and focus, as well as the ability to download images to a classroom computer.

VOCE 7035A Jewelry Making & Repair

units.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Repeatable: 99.00
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Discover how easy it is to make a ring or pendant and perform simple jewelry repairs. Topics include jewelry restoration, restringing pearls or beads, silversmithing, and goldsmithing.

VOCE 7604B Basic Landscaping 1

units.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Repeatable: 99.00
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Learn basic landscaping skills and techniques to enhance and beautify residential and commercial property. This class is designed for individuals currently employed in landscaping or who want to begin a career in gardening and landscaping. Students study and discuss safety, soil types, irrigation, fertilizers, plant types, pest control, and gardening equipment.

VOCE 7019 RDA State Board Exam Prep

2.0 - 32.0 hours.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
This refresher course is designed to prepare students for the practical component of the California Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam. Students are introduced to practical components of the exam and test-taking strategies.

VOCE 7100 Computers and You: Level 1

32.0 - 36.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Learn the basics of using a computer. Understanding computer lingo, what to look for when buying a computer and an introduction to Windows - opening and saving files, Word Processing & the Internet.

VOCE 7101 Computers and You: Level 2

32.0 - 36.0 hours.
Limitations on Enrollment: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Designed to build on the skills mastered in Computers & You Level 1. Includes Microsoft Word, Internet, basic Email skills (using Outlook.com), and an introduction to Excel and PowerPoint.

VOCE 7103 Introduction to the Internet

16.0 - 18.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Navigate the exciting world of cyberspace. Learn the business and consumer uses of the internet, such as websites, blogs, maps and directions, podcasts and more. Learn the inner workings of the Internet, as well as an introduction to buying and selling online.

VOCE 7105 Intro to Microsoft Word

32.0 - 36.0 hours.
Limitations on Enrollment: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Designed for beginning to intermediate computer users who would like to learn many of the features of Word, while creating letters, certificates, flyers, labels and more.

VOCE 7107 Intro to Microsoft Excel

32.0 - 36.0 hours.
Limitations on Enrollment: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Students learn the basics of Excel: creating spreadsheets, formulas, charts, and more.

VOCE 7108 Computer Skills Lab

40.0 - 48.0 hours.
Limitations on Enrollment: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Designed for the person wanting to upgrade their computer skills. This is a great place to learn at your own pace using a manual or practice what you are learning in other computer classes. This lab allows for the flexibility of designing your own schedule by choosing the hours you wish to attend.

VOCE 7109 Microsoft Windows

16.0 - 18.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Introduction to Windows, the most widely used computer operating system. Learn to customize the desktop, organize files, transfer files and photos from one device to another, perform basic photo editing, use OneDrive (cloud) services, and Windows Apps.

VOCE 7110 Social Media

16.0 - 18.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Repeatable: 99.00
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Learn how to use some of today’s most popular Social Media. Some of the media covered will include Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Skype.

VOCE 7111 Email

16.0 - 18.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: C - Credit - Not Degree Applicable
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Learn to use Microsoft Outlook E-mail, Calendaring, and Contacts functions. Learn to send and receive mail, add contacts, set appointments and reminders, create distribution groups, and more.

VOCE 7112 Intro to Microsoft PowerPoint

16.0 - 18.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Students will learn the basics of creating PowerPoint slide shows for business, home and volunteer use. Students will create slides, and add pictures, animation, and music to their presentations.

VOCE 7113 Intro to Microsoft Publisher

16.0 - 18.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Course Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Students will learn to create flyers, tri-folds, business cards, calendars, cards, envelopes & labels for business, volunteer, or home use.

VOCE 7200 Digital Photos and the Computer

8.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Repeatable: 99.00
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Unsure of how and where to store your digital photos? This course is a brief introduction to how to upload, manage, and store digital photos on a computer. Students are required to bring to class a digital camera or cellphone and accompanying USB cable for their specific model camera and/or a card reader.

VOCE 7205 Photography for Online Sales

8.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Repeatable: 99.00
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
An elective photography course designed to introduce students to small product photography techniques useful for posting advertisements on eBay, Craigslist, or other online sites. Topics to be covered are camera settings, using a tripod, basic lighting techniques, selecting backgrounds, subject placement, and editing and prepping images for posting online.

VOCE 7206 Food Photography

8.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Repeatable: 99.00
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
An elective photography course designed to introduce students to the basic approach for photographing food. Topics include using natural light for photography of food, controlling focus, photography equipment and supplies used in food photography, and useful software. Students are required to have access to a digital camera or cellphone that has controls to manipulate exposure, shutter speed, ISO and focus, as well as the ability to download images to a classroom computer

VOCE 7300 Family Childcare Business

9.0 - 15.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Interested in operating a family childcare business? Learn about California licensing procedures, marketing techniques, contracts and fees and other aspects of operating an independently-owned-business. This course is module 1 of 5 needed to complete a noncredit certificate in operating a childcare business.

VOCE 7301 Child Health and Safety

18.0 - 30.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Learn about a child’s health, safety and nutrition regulations, policies and procedures with hands-on practice in this course designed for individuals interested in family childcare. Obtain the beginning knowledge and basic skills that could help in providing a safe and nurturing environment for children. This course is module 2 of 5 needed to complete a noncredit certificate in operating a childcare business.

VOCE 7302 Developmental Needs of a Child

15.0 - 25.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Understanding the development needs of children is important to establishing a child-friendly home daycare setting. Topics covered include children and discipline, culturally inclusive learning environments, inclusion of children with special needs, and age appropriate activities. This course is module three of five needed to complete a noncredit certificate in operating a childcare business.

VOCE 7303 Infant and Toddler Care

12.0 - 20.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Providing quality care for infants and toddlers begins with knowing how to setup appropriate features in the home environment and how to communicate effectively to meet the needs of the children. Learn strategies to build a relationship with the parents and child. This course is module 4 of five needed to complete a noncredit certificate in operating a childcare business.

VOCE 7304 Ethics and Business Contracts

15.0 - 25.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
Module five - child care business course teaches students how they can best run their home day care using professional ethics as a guide to build professional relationships, select and maintain staff, interact with parents, maintain contract and other business practices.

VOCE 7310 History of Child Development

36.0 - 48.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
This course includes a review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of the professional practices promoting advocacy and professional history.

VOCE 7311 Guidance and Interaction

18.0 - 30.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
This class will provide basic information regarding the importance of guidance and interactions with children. An exploration of guidance strategies for promoting prosocial behaviors with individual and groups of children. Emphasis on positive guidance principles and techniques, family involvement, and cultural influences.

VOCE 7312 The Importance of Play

32.0 - 36.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
This class will provide basic information regarding the importance of play, its function, and relevance to a child's physical, cognitive and psychosocial development. It will also cover topics such as conservation, rough and tumble/war play and developmentally appropriate practices.

VOCE 7313 Observation Made Easy

36.0 - 48.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
The course applies observation and assessment skills in evaluating all areas of the child’s growth and development. It also includes documentation of child’s skills and behaviors. Knowledge of the child’s development and learning would provide the framework for curriculum and teaching strategies.

VOCE 7314 Assessment and Delivery Systems

15.0 - 25.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
In this course, the student becomes aware of various types of educational programs and delivery systems available to children 0-8 years of age. The student will be exposed to licensing regulations and procedures, the roles and responsibilities of a teacher and the concept of a teaching philosophy and professional ethics in Early Childhood programs.

VOCE 7401 Floral Design: Beyond the Basics

18.0 - 24.0 hours.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Build on skills learned in Beginning Floral Design by practicing new techniques while refining your eye for design. Continue exploring color, line, texture, and shape. Experiment with new ideas and watch your confidence and creativity bloom. Students create arrangements to take home weekly.

VOCE 7402 Floral Design:Beyond Basics II

18.0 - 24.0 hours.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
This course introduces more advanced floral design techniques and color theory, while students increase independence and creativity in their floral designs. Students create arrangements to take home weekly.

VOCE 7405 Floral Seasonal Celebrations

6.0 - 18.0 hours.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Create a festive atmosphere in your home for the season through the use of fresh flowers, greenery, and decorative items. Design concepts such as color, line, texture, and shape are demonstrated. Projects include centerpieces, novelty designs, permanent botanicals, and fresh florals, all with a seasonal theme. Students create arrangements to take home weekly.

VOCE 7500 Beg. Tax & Record Keeping

1.0 - 6.0 hours.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Record keeping is the foundation of business success. Course topics include tax deduction basics, itemizing expenses, setting up filing systems, and tax ID information. This class is designed for new family child care providers.

VOCE 7501 Four Steps to a Profession: Family Child Care as a Profession

4.0 - 32.0 hours.
Prerequisite: TEEN Y
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Non-credit Course
Family child care providers often feel isolated from others in their profession and have limited opportunities for professional development and networking because they spend most working hours in their home. This course helps providers develop personal coping and self-care skills and creative solutions to address the drawbacks of the profession, thereby increasing longevity in the profession. At least one year of experience as a child care provider is suggested when enrolling in this course.

VOCE 7502 Intro to Tax Preparation

16.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
This course introduces basic tax concepts and terminology needed to prepare simple federal/state income tax returns. Students must also enroll in Introduction to Income Tax Preparation Software and Income Tax Preparation Internship to complete the Income Tax Preparation certificate program.

VOCE 7503 Intro to Tax Prep Software

8.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
This course provides interactive computerized training using the IRS-approved Tax Wise federal/state income tax preparation software, under the supervision and coordination of a qualified instructor. Students must also enroll in Introduction to Income Tax Preparation and Income Tax Preparation Internship of the Income Tax Preparation certificate program.

VOCE 7504 Income Tax Prep Internship

40.0 hours.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Pass/No Pass
This internship provides 40 hours of supervised basic federal/state income tax return preparation hands-on experience utilizing Tax Wise software for low-income families. Students must also enroll in Introduction to Income Tax Preparation and Introduction to Income Tax Preparation Software of the Income Tax Preparation certificate program.

VOCE 7800 Commercial Truck Driving: Preparation for the Learner’s Permit

80.0 - 90.0 hours.
Advisories:
Limitations on Enrollment: Students must be 1) over 21 years of age, 2) submit an authorized Medical Examination Report, and 3) have a valid driver’s license at the time of registration. Individuals wishing to haul hazardous materials must pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check.
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Course Offered: Fall
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
This course prepares students to take the knowledge test required to obtain a California Commercial Learner’s Permit.

VOCE 7801 Commercial Truck Driving: Behind-the-Wheel Training

160.0 - 180.0 hours.
Limitations on Enrollment: Students must be 1) over 21 years of age, 2) submit an authorized Medical Examination Report, and 3) have a valid California driver’s license at the time of registration. Individuals wishing to haul hazardous materials must pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check.
Prerequisite: VOCE 7800 - Commercial Truck Driving: Preparation for the Learner’s Permit
Acceptable for credit: N - Noncredit
Grading Method: Noncredit no grade
This course prepares students to take the road test required to obtain a California Commercial Driver’s License – Class A or B. Upon completion of the course and passing the road test, students are prepared for an entry-level position in the trucking industry. A Certificate of Completion is awarded to students who perform 80% or higher on all competency tests and pass the California Commercial Driver’s License – Class A or B test.