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The LGBT Education Program prepares students pursuing careers in a variety of fields that serve LGBTQ populations. This program supports students currently earning certificates or degrees in child development, education, criminal justice, human services, all health occupations, business and hospitality. It is ideal for anyone work with and serving members of the LGBTQ community. The program also prepares students for transfer to colleges and universities offering advanced degrees in LGBT Studies.
The interdisciplinary nature of the program and its attention to diversity and inclusivity in occupations that serve the public, provides valuable career training for future and incumbent teachers who are required to deliver curriculum required by California's Fair and Inclusive Education Act; prepares those entering or currently serving in the variety of health occupations and criminal justice positions with necessary information to better serve patients and the public; uniquely prepares those entering skilled technical careers with information and tools to work within a diverse group of colleagues. Furthermore, it is ideal for anyone interested in working for non-profit organizations related to the LGBT community.
The goals for the program include:
1. Prepare students to serve and support LGBT people in health care, education, child care, administration of justice, social services, hospitality, tourism, business and related industries.
2. Prepare teachers with the knowledge required to deliver curriculum required by the Fair and Inclusive Education Act and to effectively support LGBT students.
3. Provide students with a better understanding of themselves and their own relationship as an ally or member of the LGBT community.
Our LGBT Education Program includes credit, non-credit and fee-based courses that support Safe Space Programs at the high school and higher education level.
We offer online and face-to-face Safe Space Basic Training classes as well as a training for trainers program for those education professionals wishing to start a Safe Space Program.
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We partner with the Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center to provide mandated LGBT awareness training for law enforcement professionals. The courses are certified by the California Commission on Peace officer Standards and Training. We offer classes online and face-to-face.
Our credit courses are eligible for transfer to the UC and CSU system as well as many private universities. Some of the courses meet IGETC and CSU requirements for graduation (see the current Napa Valley College catalog for details).
Students may enter the program at the start of any semester (fall, spring, and summer). We encourage students to meet with a college counselor to develop and education plan.
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