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Counseling Courses

COUNS-100 Topics in Counseling

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course covers topics in counseling. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

COUNS-103A Personal Development for College Success

1.5 Units: 27 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course will focus on personal development as a foundation for building the traits of a successful college student. Students will have the opportunity to engage collaboratively with peers in a format that promotes team building. Topics covered may include self-awareness, values clarification, motivation, goal setting, and strengthening communication skills. These topics are covered as a foundation for major and career exploration.

COUNS-103B Ensuring Transfer Success

1.5 Units: 27 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

This course focuses on the transfer process with particular emphasis on the systems of higher education in California (CSU, UC and private colleges and universities). This course will cover transfer preparation including admissions requirements for transfer, general education requirements and how to prepare for a particular major. Financial aid resources, scholarships, writing personal statements, accessing internet resources for transfer and financial aid, and completing the college admissions application will also be covered. Students will be able to explore their personal and academic goals as they prepare for transfer.

COUNS-108 Introduction to Educational Planning

.2 Unit: 4 hours of lecture, per term, P/NP, DG

This course offers an introduction to educational planning and is designed to provide students with information and a concrete plan for succeeding in college. Emphasis is placed on educational planning tools such as general education patterns, and major preparation resources used for transfer and local certificates and associate degrees (IGETC, CSU GE, vwin德赢娱乐官网入口 GE, ASSIST.org, AA-T, AS-T, vwin德赢娱乐官网入口 catalog, and private college resources). Information obtained through multiple measures assessment methods will help student identify the correct sequencing of math and English courses. Students will identify other major and general education courses to include in their online educational plan.

COUNS-120 Managing College Success and Life Transitions

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course is designed to assist students in obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully achieve their educational goals and effectively manage life challenges and transitions. Topics such as motivation and attitudes, time management, decision-making processes, goal-setting, critical thinking skills, study skills and interpersonal communication will be explored.  Students will evaluate their own skills and behaviors in relation to these topics and learn strategies to make meaningful choices about their education, career and personal goals.

COUNS-130 Career and Major Exploration

1.5 Units: 27 hours of lecture per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course is designed for students who are undecided about their career and/or educational goals and will assist them in choosing a major or navigating a career/major change. The course will guide students through the formative stages of their career development, beginning with career assessments, including personality, interest, values, and skills. An introduction to the basic career planning process, computerized information systems that aid in the research of occupational and college major options, and result in a plan that outlines a clear academic/career pathway will also be included.

COUNS-140 Job Search Strategies

1.5 Units: 27 hours of lecture per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course prepares students for the employment search process including personality and value assessment, identification of goals and job skills, how to complete an application, traditional and electronic cover letters and resumes, interviewing techniques, job market research and overview of employee and employer rights. Students will identify and discuss the employability skills most commonly sought by employers.

COUNS-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in counseling under the direction of an instructor.

COUNS-805N Building Pre-Collegiate Skills: Level I

This course assists elementary and junior high school students in their personal and academic development. Students will work with tutors in small groups to improve their basic academic skills. Work with instructors will focus on identifying and cultivating these skills through an exploration of culturally relevant topics. Course activities will also emphasize opportunities and challenges for students and their families. Students will learn to define and set goals for success. By addressing the complexities between cultural and academic practices in a supportive atmosphere, students become receptive of educational norms and are more likely to achieve academic excellence. May be repeated indefinitely.

COUNS-806N Building Pre-Collegiate Skills: Level II

This course assists high school students in their personal and academic development. Through tutoring and peer mentoring students will develop college ready academic skills. Work with instructors will cultivate these skills through an exploration of culturally relevant topics. Students will also develop a capacity for leadership by exploring critical issues relevant to their diverse experiences. Course activities in and beyond the classroom emphasize collaborative and individual problem-solving strategies, community engagement and service with an aim toward resolving key issues, and broadening awareness toward opportunities and challenges for students and their families. Student work with instructors and tutors will also focus on accomplishing set goals for success. By addressing the complexities between cultural and academic practices in a supportive atmosphere, students become receptive of educational norms and are more likely to achieve academic excellence. May be repeated indefinitely.