Napa Valley College offers noncredit classes and programs to provide students with access to a variety of courses at no cost to assist them in reaching their personal, academic and professional goals. Noncredit instruction serves as a key contributor to “open access” for students with diverse backgrounds and those seeking ways to improve their earning power, literacy skills and access to higher education.
Noncredit course offerings and programs span many disciplines, including English literacy, language arts, nutrition, basic computers, music and the visual arts. Classes are open for enrollment at any time during the semester and to all levels of experience, unless otherwise noted. Enjoy viewing the list of noncredit classes and programs Napa Valley College offers throughout Napa County.
English as a Second Language (ESL) is a program for non-English speaking students. The College hires highly trained instructors who meet the state qualifications to teach this subject. Classes are small and intimate to ensure plenty of contact with the teacher and fellow students. Click the green bar above to visit the noncredit ESL webpage.
Adult Basic Education (ABEN) classes and programs are intended to serve proficient English speakers to gain the skills needed to successfully earn a diploma or GED and high school graduates who lack the skills need to succeed in postsecondary education. Click the green bar above to visit the noncredit ABEN webpage.
Napa Valley College's Noncredit Division offers classes specific for older adults that are free and open to adults over 55 years of age. These classes are offered at the Upper Valley Campus and in partnership throughout the Napa Valley at locations such as: Rianda House in St. Helena and the Calistoga Community Center. Click to gold bar above to visit the webpage to view classes for older adults.
NONCREDIT STAND ALONE CLASSES
Autobiography Writing - If you’ve lived a life, you have a story to tell, this course, for beginning or seasoned writers, gives you the tools as well as the attitude you need to begin shaping stories from the rich, raw material of your life. You will learn how to touch memories and moments, making them come alive through your writing.
Basic Computers - Learn basic computer skills and experience what can be done on the computer in a relaxed, no-pressure environment. Explore how computer applications can assist you both professionally and personally. The slow pace of this course assures that you will receive personal, hands-on instruction. This class is intended for the novice user or the user who has very limited experience with computers.
Farm to Table Gardening - This non-credit is a unique opportunity to take classes in the Upper Valley Campus garden, the educational hub for farm to table cuisine for Napa Valley Cooking School. Adults will work together to maintain and expand the gardens. Through lecture and hands-on experiential learning, students will explore the fundamentals of small-scale agriculture, ranging from conventional to organic gardening. No previous experience in the natural sciences, horticulture, farming, gardening or other subject areas required.
Wellness: Nutrition - This short course is designed to meet the growing demand of food enthusiasts, fitness professionals, personal trainers, and the general public on the fundamentals of Nutrition and its relation to Wellness. This comprehensive 8-day short course provides an in-depth examination of contemporary nutritional topics.