Standard Definitions

Definition of Hours/Credits

NOCE coursework is measured in terms of instructional hours. A noncredit course awarding 10 high school credits is designed to require a minimum of 144 hours of lecture, study, or laboratory work. 

Definition of a Prerequisite

When a course has a prerequisite, it means that a student must have certain knowledge to be successful in the course. The prior knowledge may be a skill, ability (i.e. speaks and writes Spanish fluently), a test score, or successful completion of a prior course (i.e. must complete MEOC 104 Medical Terminology with a grade of "P"). Completion of the prerequisite or a current enrollment in the prerequisite is required prior to enrolling in the course. Successful completion of a prerequisite course means that a grade of Pass was earned; NP, W, or NG grades are not acceptable. 

Definition of Advisory

When a course has an advisory, it means that a student is recommended to have certain preparation before entering the course. The preparation is advantageous to a student's success in the course but is not required.  Since the preparation is recommended, the student is advised, but not required, to meet the condition before or in conjunction with enrollment in the course or educational program. 

Definition of a Career Development and College Preparation (CDCP) Course

Courses identified as CDCP are a sequence of noncredit courses that culminate in:

  1. Certificate of Completion - leading to improved employability or job opportunities
  2. Certificate of Competency - in a recognized in a career field and prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution

Definition of Apportionment

These classes appear as free but are actually funded by the State Chancellor Office. Funding is received for each hour of student attendance. The cost of offering the class is covered by these funds. The class may be canceled if the attendance falls below the level needed to cover the costs of the class.  There are 10 recognized areas in Title V that are eligible for noncredit education apportionment. NOCE offers noncredit classes in the following areas: 

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Citizenship for Immigrants
  • Elementary and Secondary Basic Skills
  • Substantial Disabilities  
  • Parenting
  • Courses for Older Adults
  • Short-Term Vocational
  • Workforce Preparation 

Definition of Year-Round Classes:  Basic Skills, ESL, DSS, and LEAP Programs

Most Basic Skills, ESL, DSS, and LEAP classes are offered year-round and allow students to enroll in an open entry/open exit basis. Initial enrollment into the course remains active until the student stops attending for an extended period of time, at which time they are dropped from the course.