Like a Boss: Building Leadership Careers from Management Material

What do the movies 9-5, Office Space and The Devil Wears Prada have in common?

They’re all available in choppy, ad-laden, 10-minute chunks on YouTube? True! But that’s not the answer.

The answer is: They all feature bad bosses.

In the world of Hollywood, bad bosses are a tried and true comic stereotype. But in the world of business, the damage a bad boss can do to a company’s synergy and sales is nothing to laugh about.

That’s why good managers are always in high demand. And that’s why a Management degree from Golden West College is always a good business decision.

Golden West College Management students learn how to be independent leaders and productive team players, while acquiring the practical skills and strategies necessary to meet situational demands.

Because all companies have some sort of management structure, GWC Management grads find themselves qualified to work across a wide variety of industries, well-prepared for any job that requires an understanding of business.

The fact that the Los Angeles/Orange County region has the largest concentration of small businesses in the state, as well as the highest total small business sales, is further encouragement to Management students seeking career options that are both challenging and secure.

With a Future Built degree in management from GWC, you won’t just be ready to manage, you’ll be ready to lead. More importantly, you won’t have to wear Prada to know you are management material!

This program may be completed 100% online!

Program Details

Management Degrees & Certificates

Golden West College’s Management program gives students the expertise necessary to make their mark in the competitive world of business. Exciting and secure careers await across all industry sectors. Currently, GWC offers one Associate in Arts (AA) degree and three certificates:

  • Management – Associate in Arts (AA) Degree:
    Gain an in-depth understanding of management principles while learning how to be a leader and team player from accomplished instruictors who are successful professionals and managers in their own right.
  • Management – Certificate of Achievement:
    Learn what it takes to be a successful manager. This certificate is designed to expand the job skills of individuals looking to advance to supervisory or management positions in their current place of employment.
  • Management: Human Resources – Certificate of Achievement:
    Explore theoretical, practical, and strategic approaches to human resources management as you prepare for a job on the human side of business.
  • Management: Retail Management – Certificate of Achievement:
    Designed in collaboration with industry leaders, this program prepares individuals for management positions in the retail field, while introducing current and future retail employees to the fast-paced challenges of working in the competitive world of retail.
  • For additional program details, see the Management Program Main Page or the Golden West College Catalog.

Why Golden West College?
  • In 2018, GWC’s Management program earned a Silver Strong Workforce Star, for its exceptionally strong post-college outcomes related to increased earnings and graduates’ ability to find work related to their field of study.
  • Our knowledgeable and accessible faculty are chosen for their real-world industry experience. This ensures that GWC Management students learn the latest in software, technology and industry philosophy.
  • Golden West Cares! GWC is an energetic and welcoming community of learning, committed to supporting your higher education aspirations. Learn more about Golden West College’s student services and support resources by clicking here.
Golden Opportunities in Management

All successful businesses need good managers, and the Los Angeles/Orange County region contains the highest concentration of small businesses in the state. With local demand higher than ever, Golden West College Management grads are earning great salaries in these positions and more!

  • Administrative Service Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial Manager
  • Food Service Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Property and Real Estate Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Retail Sales Manager
Affording the Opportunity

Golden West College is proud to provide excellent-quality Career Education at a low cost. Our goal is to remain accessible to ALL community members seeking to enrich their future.

Tuition: $46 per unit for California residents.

Information on College Service Charge and additional fees available at:

Accolades for Golden West College Management

In 2018, GWC’s Management program earned a Silver Strong Workforce Star, in honor of its exceptionally strong post-college outcomes related to increased earnings and graduates’ ability to find work closely related to their field of study. Management program grads reported a 100% relevant-field employment rate, with a 62% average increase in earnings!

Future BUILT Support

Golden West College is committed to providing students with affordable, accessible Career Education pathways, along with responsive staff to assist and guide you on your way!

  • Career and Employment Center:
    GWC’s Career Center is a hub for services related to the career development needs of students and the general public. Our friendly staff can assist you in exploring career fields with a comprehensive library of up-to-date, computerized and published resources.
  • Learning Resource Center:
    Featuring facilities and materials for general assistance in math, reading, writing, and more, GWC’s Learning Resource Center is a one-stop destination for student support. Take advantage of tutoring services, computer lab access, library resources, and more!
  • Special Programs:
    Golden West hosts a variety of career-oriented programs and services, including CalWORKS, Cooperative Work Experience (CWE), and many others.
  • Advising and Counseling:
    Make sure you’re in the right classes… and on the right course! GWC’s Planning and Guidance Services cover a broad range of student needs, including degree advising, career counseling, and transfer assistance.
  • Special Programs:
    Golden West College is committed to assisting our underserved and challenged students in any way possible. GWC offers specific resources for DACA students, Former Foster Youth, students requiring Basic Needs Assistance, and more.
Gainful Employment Information

For more information regarding the Management program costs and employment outcome averages, click here.

Program Learning Outcomes

Human Resources Management Certificate of Achievement :

  • Obtain a general knowledge of the human resources function, including pertinent laws and regulations.
  • Explore theoretical, practical, and strategic approaches to human resources management.

Management Associate in Arts :

  • Define and describe the various functions of management.
  • Increase one’s leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Develop analytical skills for gathering, organizing, and utilizing information to meet situational demands.
  • Enhance communication skills for managerial effectiveness.

Management Certificate of Achievement :

  • Define and describe the functions of management.
  • Increase one’s leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Develop analytical skills for gathering, organizing, and utilizing information to meet situational demands.
  • Enhance communication skills for managerial effectiveness.

Retail Management Certificate of Achievement :

  • Develop a business plan for a small business which will include mission statement, organizational structure, financial plan, cost analysis, and logistics and supply chain management.
  • Develop guidelines for customer service for both suppliers and customers.
  • Incorporate business solutions software to logistics and supply chains.
  • Develop employment guidelines following Federal policies governing affirmative action and the American Disabilities Act.

Program Contact

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Average Salary in this Field

$50,159 –


California Community College Strong Workforce Star Recipient

Careers in this Field

Financial Manager
Marketing Manager
Quality Control Manager

Ready to Get Started?

Orange County industry depends on Future BUILT professionals with the next-level knowledge and skills learned in Golden West College’s Career Education programs.
Apply today, and start building your  bolder future!

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