Golden West College (GWC), established in 1965, is in Huntington Beach. GWC is a two-year, medium sized, college serving more than 14,000 students on a 122-acre campus.
The college is part of the Coast Community College District along with Orange Coast College and Coastline Community College.
The mission of GWC is to create an intellectually and culturally stimulating learning environment for students and the community. The students improve their basic skills, develop and enhance career opportunities, and/or prepare for transfer to a four-year institution as they become productive citizens and lifelong learners.
The college motto is "Oceans of Opportunity."