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COUNS-100 - Success Strategies for the Reentry Adult - Concepcion Perez

Course:Success Strategies for the Reentry Adult
Professor:Concepcion Perez
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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My career in higher education has been counseling, mentoring and teaching students to be successful.  My passion has been assisting reentry students succeed in college and achieve their goals.  It does not matter if you have been out of school for years, or have never attended college, or if feel you are the smartest of students or not, or struggled in high school. I see potential in all students because I believe if you have the desire and you work hard you can do anything! 

This quote is one of my favorites, “There is no such thing as “too late” in life.”  By Mitch Albom. 

If you want to learn the essential tools to become a successful college student, then I highly encourage you to take Counseling 100! It is an excellent class for reentry adults or any new or continuing student.

Course Description

This course introduces reentry students to the study of the educational, psychological, intellectual, social and health-related factors that impact lifelong learning, well-being, and success.  Topics include: Motivation, self-discovery, creative & critical thinking, self-regulated learning, study strategies, communication, campus resources, goal setting, and career exploration. This 3 - unit course meets the CSU GE Area E requirement.

What to Expect in this Course

To be successful in this on-line class, it is important to have good management skills to keep up with the pace of the class.  I have designed the class so that you are actively engaged in class every week. 

You will have weekly discussion boards, quizzes, and assignments directly related to each chapter of your textbook.  To be successful in this course you need to be disciplined and diligent on getting the work done by the due date each week.  No late work is accepted!  Be ready to participate and share about yourself!

Please log into Canvas on the first day of class Once you have logged in, click on Counseling 100 in your list of My Courses. If you do not see this course on your dashboard, click on courses – all courses – then color in the star next to this course name to put it on your dashboard. To avoid being dropped from the class, please complete the pre-survey under quizzes.

Types of Assessments

Quizzes, discussion boards and assignments.

Textbook Information

OER Textbook


The textbook, “Success Strategies for the Reentry Adult” will be provided to you online at no cost to you. We will cover the entire book.

Other Relevant Course Information

Distance education is not for everyone, please exam your personal learning style preference.  You should be self-motivated, independent, enjoy spending time on the computer, have the ability to articulate your voice in written language and have the time required to complete the class. Consider taking the Online learning readiness Self-Assessments:

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 10/08/2021 Sub#: 823