services are an important and integral function at West
The college develops and offers a wide scope of support services
dedicated to supplementing and complimenting instructional programs
and providing educational and cultural resources to students,
faculty, administrative staff, and the community.
goal is to recruit, retain, and graduate students. We believe
that education that is accessible to all is a sound investment
for the individual and the community. We want to ensure and facilitate
student academic success by providing high quality supportive
services responsive to the needs of our college's diverse population.
a result of our vision and determination, Student Services is
a leader and catalyst for change within West
are proud of the respect Student Services has earned throughout
our district. We encourage students to utilize these services
as a part of their goal for educational success.
students should consult
a counselor to develop a Student Educational Plan if they:
to pursue a certificate, associate degree or transfer program;
to update their Student Education Plan to correct the major and/or
educational goal; or
a current Student Educational Plan for other departments (e.g.
Financial Aid, Veterans, etc.)
programs include the following:
in which the student is assisted in assessing, planning and implementing
immediate and long-range academic goals.
in which the student is assisted in assessing his/her aptitudes,
abilities, and interests; the student is advised concerning the
current and future employment outlook, and how to best prepare
for an occupation.
in which the student is assisted with personal, family, or other
social concerns when the assistance is related to the student's
is a process that brings a college and a student who enrolls for
credit into an agreement for the purpose of realizing the student's
educational goal. The agreement acknowledges responsibilities
of both parties to attain those objectives through the college's
established programs, policies and requirements.
the college's part, the agreement includes providing an admission
process, an orientation to college programs, services and procedures,
pre-enrollment assessment and counseling for course selection,
a suitable curriculum or program of courses, continuous follow-up
on student progress with referral to support services when needed,
and a program of institutional research and evaluation.
the student's part, the agreement includes expression of at least
a broad educational intent at entrance and willingness to declare
a specific educational objective within a reasonable period of
enrollment, diligence in class attendance and completion of assigned
course work, and completion of course and maintenance of progress
toward an educational goal according to standards established
by West Hills College and the State of California.
purpose of matriculation is to ensure access to appropriate programs
and courses offered by community colleges to all students who
can benefit, and to facilitate successful completion of student
educational objectives in accordance with applicable standards
of educational quality as determined by the Board of Governors
and the Board of Trustees of West Hills Community College District.
goals of matriculation include, but are not limited to, the following
primary and subsidiary goals:
Rights and Responsibilities Relating to the Matriculation Process
will be required to express at least a broad educational intent
upon admission and to declare a specific educational goal within
a reasonable period. They are also required to participate in
counseling or advisement, diligently attend class, and complete
assigned coursework. Students will be expected to maintain progress
toward an educational goal according to standards established
by the district.
student will be required to identify a specific educational goal
during the term after which he or she completes 12.0 units. Once
a specific educational goal has been declared, students will be
given 90 days to complete a Student Educational Plan in consultation
with a counselor. Students who fail to fulfill these responsibilities
or fail to cooperate with the district may be suspended, or services
may be terminated as authorized in Section 55520 of the California
Educational Code, provided that the district does not suspend
or terminate any service to which a student is otherwise entitled
under any other provision of law.
Hills College Coalinga
shall ensure that information in written form describing their
rights and responsibilities is available to all students.
Hills College Coalinga
also ensure that the matriculation process is efficient, so that
students are not discouraged from participating in college programs.
Whenever possible, students will be permitted to avoid additional
testing by submitting scores on recently-taken tests that correlate
with those used by the district.
obtained from the matriculation process shall be considered student
records and shall be subject to the requirements of district policy
in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
Hills College Coalinga
has established the following exemptions within the Matriculation
services have already been provided by the college.
student has received an AA/AS degree or higher.
student is enrolled exclusively in physical education activity
courses or other courses with no basic skills or prerequisites/corequisites required.
student attends West
for which high school credit will be awarded.
Program and Services (EOPS)
Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) is a state
funded program that provides additional support services to students
with financial and educational needs. Eligibility is determined
by income level and demonstration of need. The following services are available:
registration and instructional assistance;
assistance to four-year schools.
Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)
CARE Program at West
a cooperative effort between Fresno Human Services System (HSS),
Employment Development Department (EDD), and the college's Extended
Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS). The focus of the CARE
Program is to assist single parents on AFDC via Supplemental Grants
and workshops that will provide the necessary support for their
academic success and retention. Students are required to maintain
full time status of 12 units.
more information call the EOPS Director/Counselor, CARE Coordinator,
(559) 934-2333, at NDC 934-2950.
Students Programs and Services (DSPS)
committed to providing equal access to education for disabled
persons. The DSPS
office provides services to those persons with physical, learning
and psychological disabilities. These services include the following:
academic and vocational counseling;
with the State Department of Rehabilitation and other agencies;
Learning Skills Program provides individual and small group instruction
for students with learning disabilities in a high-tech lab setting.
Computer-assisted instruction is available to all students with
more information, please contact the DSPS Director/Counselor at
West Hills College Coalinga.
IV Student Support Services
Step Beyond (OSB) Program is a federally
funded program designed to retain and transfer students to four
year colleges. Eligible students for this program include
low income, first generation college students and students with
for students enrolled at West
who are accepted for enrollment include:
- priority registration, educational planning, academic, career
and personal counseling.
Community and Social Service Referrals - Referral and resource
information available for services outside the college community.
Aid - Assistance with the financial aid application process.
Study Program - Free instructional support in addition to tutoring
offered by the college.
and cultural activities - free field trips and workshops and presentations
to stimulate academic awareness, personal growth and student interaction.
further information, please contact the Program Director
BOUND is a federally funded program under Title IV offered
to high school freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students.
Upward Bound Program serves Avenal, Coalinga, Firebaugh, and Mendota
Eligible students include those who are low income, potential
first generation college students, demonstrate an academic need,
and/or individuals with disabilities. The focus of UPWARD BOUND
is to provide encouragement, preparation and support to eligible
high school students attending college after high school. The
program accomplishes this through three major components:
sessions held one day per week for two hours at each high school
a month Saturday sessions held at West Hills College Coalinga.
six-week residential summer session held at West Hills College
program offers academic tutoring, personal, educational, and financial
aid counseling; free field trips to universities
colleges; social and cultural activities and events, and motivational
more information, please contact the Director.
V Bridge Program
a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, West
established the Bridge
Program to enhance existing student support services as well
as to create additional services. The Learning Communities Project is a flagship
of these new services under the Bridge Program. Learning communities are clusters of classes
and services that are linked so subject matter and assignments
are shared. Student and faculty work closely together so students
receive more in-class support.
Learning Communities also include counseling and tutoring
specifically geared to the needs of the students and to the nature
of the coursework.
Communities help students:
more and earn better grades;
homework between classes;
friends through small group interaction;
closer interaction with faculty;
credit in two courses with common assignments;
extra help that is geared to their needs;
critical thinking skills;
learn more about Learning Communities please contact the counselor
at West Hills College Coalinga or
Assistance Migrant Program - CAMP
Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) provides academic and support
services, as well as financial assistance to eligible migrant
students who are admitted and enrolled on a full-time basis within
the first academic year.
participating in this program learn strategies to better cope
with lifestyle changes, adjustments and personal situations that
can impair educational achievement within migrant families.
criterion for becoming a CAMP student is the student has a migrant
educational identification number or that the student be a migrant/seasonal
farm worker. A student may also qualify if a parent or legal guardian
of the student has worked at least 75 days in the past two years
as a migrant/seasonal farm worker.
may attend any campus West Hills Community College District serves,
including online courses.
One-to-one constant contact will be kept throughout the
student's first year of college so the student remains in college
and completes his or her educational goal.
interested in applying for the CAMP
need to contact West Hills Community College District and ask
to speak with the CAMP
The program offers:
Aid Review and Advising;
Research and Presentation;
Services (catered to students' needs and schedule);
services provide support and encouragement for students who
are returning to school after an absence of two or more years.
academic, career and personal counseling
to on-campus and community resources
for all adults in transition, the Re-entry Program serves men
and women seeking a career change, single parents returning to
school, homemakers preparing for the world of paid employment,
and adults struggling with career choices. For more information,
please contact a counselor at any of our campus locations.
provides a variety of services and materials to students planning
their careers. College catalogs, career resources, job search
manuals, and the COIN Career Guidance program, a computerized
information and scholarship search system, are available to help
students with the career development process. In addition, career
assessments and career counseling, available upon request, heighten
students' self-awareness, thereby enabling them to make satisfying
serves students who are transferring to the California
system (CSU), the University
system (UC), private, and out-of-state colleges and universities.
Services offered include:
resource library of directories and transfer publications
with representatives from four-year institutions
to local four-year institutions
to four-year institutions
on transfer issues
Dual Admission Program is a partnership formed between West Hills
Community College District and California
and is designed to provide a seamless transfer for students whose
primary goal is to obtain a bachelor's degree.
While a student completes the requirements for transfer,
the student can gain admission to the CSU Fresno's Dual Admission
Program with one application, enroll in courses at both institutions,
have access to CSUF advisors, library services and university
athletic events and facilities. For more information, contact
the counseling office.
approved for training of veterans,
dependents of deceased veterans, and children of disabled veterans
under applicable federal and state laws administered by the Veterans'
Administration and the State Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Eligibility for benefits under any of these programs is determined
by the appropriate federal or state agency. The college will make
certifications of enrollment and progress for such eligible students
and will provide any desirable or necessary counseling and planning
of programs of study.
may apply for military credit after completion of 12 units at
(A maximum of 12 units can be awarded based on recommendations
by the ACE Guide.) A petition for Health Ed 35 must be completed.
An evaluation of all the student's prior credits (military, transfer,
cumulative total) in relation to the student's declared major
should be applied for before or upon completion of two semesters.
A student may only receive benefits for units fulfilling an AA/AS
degree, an approved transfer program or a certificate of achievement.
courses include physical education (except for dependents and
P.E. majors), health education (except for dependents, HE majors
and future teachers), NC (non-credit reported as a drop at the
end of the semester), an F grade as the result of non-attendance,
or general work experience classes.
VA will allow two semesters of academic probation (grades below
2.0). Students will not receive benefits for the third consecutive
semester of academic probation. (Students are recommended to make
an appointment with the VA counselor for student options.)
enrolled in short-term classes should be aware they will only
be paid for those units during the time of actual class time.
VA will only pay for classes that have been completed. If a student
must drop a class, "Mitigating Circumstances" must be shown or
a large overpayment may result. The student is required to repay
all benefits received for a dropped class from the beginning of
the term when no mitigating circumstances (as determined by the
VA) exist. Students are responsible for dropping a class and must
advise the college immediately. Students should also report any
changes in classes, units, address or program to the West
staff. Contact the
VA counselor at West
program at West
serves the Coalinga campus and North
Tutorial services are free to all West
Tutorial Centers are located in the college libraries and are
open weekdays. The West Hills College Tutoring Program has been
certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, which
is an international organization.
tutors are students referred to the program by instructors because
of outstanding accomplishments in their subject areas. After completing
the Tutorial Training Class, the students are entitled to a regular
certificate. An advanced certificate is available by completing
an independent study.
that many students need financial assistance in order to continue
their education. Every effort is made to help as many students
as possible through the various financial
aid programs administered by the college.
financial aid programs are limited with a major portion of the
funding provided by the federal and state governments. Priority
application deadlines are established each year, and students
are encouraged to apply in advance of these deadlines. Any student
who can demonstrate a degree of need qualifies for financial assistance
and can, therefore, expect help depending upon the availability
can be obtained from the Coalinga
regulations require institutions to extend refunds of institutional
costs through the 60% point (11th week at West
of the enrollment period for which the aid was intended. This
requirement applies to students who withdraw or are dropped from
school on before the 60% point. This refund/repayment policy applies
to any student who withdraws from or stops attending some or all
classes prior to the 60% point of the semester. For a more detailed
description of the West
policy, inquire in the Financial Aid Office and ask for the Refund
may apply for refunds of institutional costs in the Business Office.
If a refund is due the financial aid programs, it will be processed
by the Business Office whether or not the student applies for
a refund of money due to the student.
calculated refund will be credited to the Title IV programs in
the following order:
Outstanding balances of
any FFELP, or Federal Direct Student Loans;
Federal Pell Grant Program;
3. Federal SEOG (Supplemental Educational
4. State Grant
a student withdraws, drops out, or is expelled on or after the
first day of class of a payment period, the institution will determine
whether the student received an overpayment of financial aid funds
for non-institutional expenses. The overpayment is the difference
between the amount received as cash disbursements and the amount
incurred for non-institutional costs during the portion of the
payment period that the student was actually enrolled. Employment
(including Federal College Work-Study)
and Direct Student Loans are not considered in determining the
amount of cash disbursement.
student who owes a repayment on a Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, or
SSIG is ineligible for further Title IV assistance until the repayment
is made. This information will be reported to the national student
aid database and will be reflected on future student aid reports
institution takes the following steps to contact students and
1. A hold is placed, preventing registration
and release of student records.
2. Three written requests for repayment are
mailed to the student.
3. The overpayment is submitted for state
4. The overpayment may be referred to the
Department of Education for collection.
a variety of local and institutional scholarships and maintains
applications for outside scholarships.
and local scholarship applications may be obtained from all four
of the college district's locations at Coalinga, Firebaugh, Lemoore
and Naval Air Station Lemoore. Applications for outside scholarships
may also be obtained.
applications must be received by the April 15th deadline and must
be legible and complete to be considered.
administered by West
scholarship is awarded to a female student with at least a 3.0
grade point average, who is transferring to a four-year university
and majoring in education.
Gamma Sigma Honor Society
AGS scholarship is in recognition of community service and academic
scholarship is awarded to a student who is at least a half time
continuing student at West
with at least a 3.0 grade point average, as well as a continuing
member of Alpha Gamma Sigma.
Not awarded every year.
three scholarships are given to members of AmeriCorp/TRPP.
associated student body of West
a scholarship to continuing and transferring students.
Chevron Corporation scholarship is given to a transferring student
and continuing student. Student
must have at least a 2.5 grade point average and major in math
Lions Club Scholarship
scholarship is given usually to an incoming freshman student,
but the club occasionally chooses a continuing student. The Coalinga
club makes the selection.
Women's Club Scholarship
Coalinga Women's Club usually chooses an incoming freshman for
Kappa Gamma Scholarship
Delta Kappa Gamma scholarship is awarded to a female student,
transferring to a four-year university wanting to continue her
education in the teaching field.
scholarship is given in memory of Estela
Cranston, a former employee of West
a lifelong Coalinga resident.
This memorial scholarship is given to a Coalinga
of Christian Athletes Scholarship
scholarship awarded by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is
given to a full time West
transferring to a four-year college or university.
book voucher scholarship is awarded to students with a 2.5 GPA
and taking 12 units.
lifelong Coalinga resident and owner of Johnson Trucking, J.D.
was a rodeo booster for many years.
The J.D. Johnson family gives this memorial scholarship
to two full-time entering freshman, rodeo students with a minimum high school grade point
average of 3.0.
Renton Mendes Scholarship
Renton Mendes was a West
student and graduate of California
with a degree in Child Development.
She was a founding board member of Wee
in Riverdale. The scholarship is given in her memory to a full
time student majoring in Child Development with a minimum grade
point average of 2.5 from a west side high school.
Toste was a student at West
was majoring in agriculture.
This memorial scholarship is given to a full time West
student, either a continuing or entering student majoring in agriculture
with at least a 2.0 grade point average.
Basham was a member of the faculty at West
who taught U.S.
history from 1954 to 1991.
This scholarship is given in his memory to a student going
into the field of teaching.
McIntyre was involved in community theater
through the West
drama department for many years and also participated with the
Good Company Players in Fresno. This memorial scholarship is given to
a continuing student majoring in the arts or performing arts area. The student must have a minimum grade
point average of 2.8, must be taking theater classes and/or participating
in school productions, and demonstrate financial need.
& Edna Ivans Scholarship
scholarship is awarded to a business or science major student
scholarship is offered to new or continuing students at West
who have a grade point average of 2.0 or above, possess paid employment
or regular volunteer job, are not eligible for financial aid,
and who provide three current job or character references, and
submit a resume and essay.
scholarship is awarded to a full time continuing or transferring
student with at least a 2.5 grade point average.
& Collette Keller Scholarship
scholarship is awarded to an entering full time freshman student
with at least a 3.0 grade point average that plans to transfer
to a four-year university and pursue a career in business. This scholarship is a voucher for books.
B. Fitch Scholarship
B. Fitch was a member of the faculty at West
from 1954 to 1984 full time and part time until 1992 teaching
English. This scholarship is given to a full time
student majoring in English with a minimum 2.7 grade point average
who wishes to go into the field of education.
Sawyer family gives this memorial scholarship in memory of Charlotte
Sawyer a WHC alumni, to students wanting
to continue their studies in the field of education.
This scholarship is presented to a full time entering or
continuing student planning to transfer to a four-year university. All scholarship recipients must have at
least a 2.7 grade point average.
scholarship is given in memory of Keith Scrivner,
lifelong Coalinga resident and former Board of Trustees member
College. The Scrivner
family gives a scholarship to a continuing student chosen by West
at least a 2.0 grade point average and entering freshman chosen
in the form of book vouchers. Students must be majoring in business.
Lyles was a student in the disabled students program at West
College. This scholarship is a book voucher to
be used to purchase textbooks and is given to a qualifying student
in the disabled students program.
Students may be part time or full time, but must have at
least a 2.0 grade point average and include a personal essay and
two letters of recommendation with their application.
Orradre scholarship is given in memory
of Stephen Orradre, a student at West
College. One scholarship will be given to a continuing
and to a student transferring to a four-year university. Students must be majoring in agriculture
or pre-veterinary studies.
memorial scholarship given by Mr. &
Mrs. Tony Mendes in memory of their daughter Theresa is to encourage
students to attend West
College. Students must have at least a 3.2 grade
point average and attend West Hills College full time. For entering freshmen
and one year completion of two sessions only.
Thomsen memorial scholarship is awarded to continuing and one
entering freshman student enrolling at West
who is a resident of Kings
and is eligible for learning disabled or in special education
V. Everett was English, Humanities and Philosophy instructor from
1956 to 1980. The
Wakefield Everett scholarship is awarded to a graduating student
or students intending to continue their collegiate education in
Hills Faculty Association Scholarship
scholarship is awarded to one transferring student and one continuing
"Slats" Wolfenberger was a Coalinga
cattleman from the early 1900s on and had many children who attended
College. This memorial scholarship is given to
a full time agriculture major transferring to a four-year university
with at least a 2.0 grade point average.
Woodson was a Life Sciences faculty member at West
from 1949 to 1984. This
scholarship is given in his memory to a student majoring in science
with at least a 3.2 grade point average.
Student Loan Program
short-term loans may be made to students who need a small sum
to tide them over for a brief period of time. Students may borrow
from $15 to $30 from Associated Student Body.
Larger amounts may be borrowed under certain conditions,
but all loans must be repaid within 30 days of receipt.
Student Loan Program
program provides loans to students ranging from $500 to $3,500.
Interest begins six months after the student is no longer enrolled.
Payment begins six months after the student leaves college, or
drops below six units.
applicants must complete a Financial Aid Application.
grant must be applied for by students before consideration of
any other grant aid program can be made. The Pell Grant for the
2002-2003 year ranged from $400 to $3,750 (as of 2001-2002) for
students who qualified. Applications may be obtained from high
school counselors or from any college financial aid office.
Grant B Program (State)
Opportunity Grants are available through the California Student
Aid Commission for entering college students who come from low
income families and who are not necessarily able to obtain scholarships
by the use of conventional selection methods. No minimum level
of grades or test scores is required for acceptance into this
program; however, preference is given to high potential students.
Awards range from $300 to $1,548 for each academic year. Applications
and further information are available at all California
high school counseling offices.
Grant C Program (State)
students enrolled in an occupational or vocational course of study,
grants are based on the student's need and cover the cost of fees,
books, supplies, tools, and special clothing. Maximum grants are
basic purpose of this program is to assist undergraduate students
whose exceptional financial need would prevent them from attending
college. The grants normally range from $100 to $2,000 each academic
year, depending on family contribution and financial need.
are renewable if financial need continues and the student remains
in good standing. All undergraduate students who apply for financial
aid are automatically considered for this grant.
are available in the West Hills College Coalinga
Aid Office. Because funds are limited, early application is strongly
Work Study (Federal and State)
College Work Study Program provides part-time employment opportunities
that give students the chance to earn money to cover school expenses.
An effort is made to find jobs which are related to students'
academic programs, yet do not conflict with their class schedules.
Students work a maximum of 19 hours per week during the regular
academic period, and up to 40 hours per week when classes are
not in session. Jobs may be on or off campus. Off campus jobs
must be for a non-profit agency.
Financial Aid Office assists students with community job placement,
both during school and after graduation. Referrals are posted
for both part-time and full-time permanent jobs.