Accessibility Statement

In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, West Hills College is committed to making its Web sites accessible to everyone.

At a minimum, web sites for West Hills College meet Priority One requirements specified on the W3C List of Checkpoints for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

In General

  • Provide a text equivalent for every non-text element (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content). This includes: images, graphical representations of text (including symbols), image map regions, animations (e.g., animated GIFs), applets and programmatic objects, ascii art, frames, scripts, images used as list bullets, spacers, graphical buttons.
  • Ensure that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.
  • Clearly identify changes in the natural language of a document's text and any text equivalents (e.g., captions).
  • Organize documents so they may be read without style sheets. For example, when an HTML document is rendered without associated style sheets, it must still be possible to read the document.
  • Ensure that equivalents for dynamic content are updated when the dynamic content changes.
  • Until user agents allow users to control flickering, avoid causing the screen to flicker.
  • Use the clearest and simplest language appropriate for a site's content.

Images and image maps

  • Provide redundant text links for each active region of a server-side image map.
  • Provide client-side image maps instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.


  • For data tables, identify row and column headers.
  • For data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers, use markup to associate data cells and header cells.


  • Title each frame to facilitate frame identification and navigation.

Applets and scripts

  • Ensure that pages are usable when scripts, applets, or other programmatic objects are turned off or not supported. If this is not possible, provide equivalent information on an alternative accessible page.


(West Hills College does not currently meet this requirement, we are working with our DSPS and marketing departments to find a solution)
  • Until user agents can automatically read aloud the text equivalent of a visual track, provide an auditory description of the important information of the visual track of a multimedia presentation.
  • For any time-based multimedia presentation (e.g., a movie or animation), synchronize equivalent alternatives (e.g., captions or auditory descriptions of the visual track) with the presentation.

And if all else fails

  • If, after best efforts, you cannot create an accessible page, provide a link to an alternative page that uses W3C technologies, is accessible, has equivalent information (or functionality), and is updated as often as the inaccessible (original) page.


Guides to web accessibility and implementing new requirements established by the Federal government.

Open Enrollment

It is the policy of West Hills Community College District, unless specifically exempted by statute, every course section or class, the average daily attendance of which is to be reported for state aid, wherever offered and maintained by the District, shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been admitted to the College and who meets such prerequisites as may be established pursuant to Chapter 11, Division 2, Part VI, Title 5 of the California Administrative Code, commencing with Section 41820.


West Hills College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), handicap (or disability), or age in any of its policies, procedures, educational programs, activities or practices, in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 pertaining to race, color, and national origin and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.. (Title IX) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106.; Section 504 of the American Disabilities Act of 1990 pertaining to handicap; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (pertaining to age). 

This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, the College’s programs and activities, including vocational education.

The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the college’s vocational education programs.  West Hills College recognizes its obligation to provide overall program accessibility throughout the college for handicapped persons. 

Inquiries regarding Federal laws and regulations concerning nondiscrimination in education or the District’s compliance with those provisions may also be directed to:  Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Old Federal Building, 50 United Nations Plaza, Room 239, San Francisco, California 94102.

 The coordinator for Title IX, Section 504/ADA is Ken Stoppenbrink, Vice Chancellor of Business Services/Human Resources.  Inquiries regarding the equal opportunity policies, the filing of grievances or grievance procedures covering discrimination complaints may be directed to:


Ken Stoppenbrink

Vice Chancellor, Business Services/Human Resources

West Hills Community College District

9800 Cody St.

Coalinga, CA.  93210

(559) 934-2160


Inquirers regarding Federal laws and regulations concerning nondiscrimination in education or the District’s compliance with those provisions may also be directed to:


Office of Civil Rights

United States Department of Education

50 Beale Street, Ste. 7200

San Francisco, Ca 94105



Department of Fair Employment & Housing

1900 Mariposa Mall

Suite 130

Fresno, CA.  93721





rev 07/01/2005

rev 06/26/2007

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