Office of Instruction

Office of Instruction

An accredited California Community College


An accredited California community college, Laney offers 32 Associate of Arts and 12 Associate of Science Degrees as well as 28 Certificate Programs. Programs are designed to provide:

  1. General Education
  2. Transfer Education
  3. Career Technical (Occupational) Education
  4. English Curriculum
  5. Basic Skills Education
  6. Cooperative Work Experience Education

General Education

General education courses provide the students with knowledge, skills, appreciations, attitudes and values which each individual needs for an effective and well-balanced life in a democratic society.

Transfer Education

Transfer education courses parallel freshman and sophomore years at four-year institutions. Also included are courses which enable students to make up scholastic deficiencies while preparing for transfer to four-year colleges or universities.

Career Technical (Occupational) Education

Career technical (occupational) education courses lead directly to employment or upgrading after intensive training in theory and practical application in trade, technical, business and service occupations.

English Curriculum

English curriculum is for non-citizen and citizen students with English as a Second Language emphasis. This special program of courses in English is offered at Laney College for immigrants and resident citizens for whom English is not a native language. The courses are aimed at assisting the student in developing the following language skills in English: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Descriptions of the special courses are given in the Course Announcements, listed as English as a Second Language.

Basic Skills Education

Basic skills education courses and programs are designed to prepare students for success in careers, day-to-day life activities, and transfer programs. English, English as a Second Language, and mathematics are the primary disciplines that offer the basic preparation. Laney also offers learning communities including African American Learning Community, the 6-week Summer Transition Program, and the Career Advancement Academy to help accelerate student learning and smooth transition to college level course work and careers.

Cooperative Work Experience Education

Cooperative work experience education is a joint effort of the College and the community to provide the student with opportunities to relate his/her college education to a “real” employment situation. In this program the student receives income, experience, and college credits. The business community becomes the classroom. Through the combined program of employment and classroom study, a student learns the relationship between theory and practical application. Any student may enroll in a Cooperative Work Experience Education plan. It constitutes a regular and essential element in the educational process.