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Counseling 110 - Career & Life Planning - Patricia Lara

Course:Career & Life Planning
Professor:Patricia Lara
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Greetings, Scholars!

My name is Patricia Lara (she, her, ella). My first name is pronounced as Pah-Three-C-Yah.

I'm a life-long learner which essentially means I enjoy learning about many things and I don't believe learning should ever stop, even if formal-schooling does. The world contains so many wonders, exploring and learning more about it can help make life fulfilling. As someone passionate about teaching, I aim to provide an environment that is not only conducive to learning, but aims to support your aspirations.

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce self-assessment tools to identify college majors and careers by clarifying interests, skills, abilities, values and personality type. Students will examine the decision-making process, self-management, life roles, and goal setting. Also included will be a review of labor market trends, career research, interviewing skills, resume and cover letter writing, and job search strategies.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the career planning and decision-making process
  • Find a career path and/or major consistent with individual skills, values, interests, and personality style
  • Recognize the skills needed to succeed in a particular occupational field
  • Gain cover letter, resume writing, and interviewing skills
  • Have a better understanding of oneself

What to Expect in this Course

Participate: College is a place that allows you to develop knowledge and critical skills. Participation in the class is an essential part of your development as a student. You are warmly invited, encouraged, and expected to collaborate with your classmates on in-class activities and Canvas group projects.

Etiquette: As you participate in this course, you are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior at all times including refraining from using profanity or derogatory language that may offend others. Topics of an adult nature will be discussed in this class. Be respectful and supportive to your instructor and classmates during lectures, presentations, group work, and class discussions. We will hear a variety of viewpoints, philosophies and techniques. It is important to hear the information with an open mind, being respectful to each other, without judgement.

Workload: While the course is in-person, assignments and participation will be conducted online as well. You will interact through online discussions with classmates related to the current unit being discussed. Based on material covered during the week or on a particular subject area, assessments  will be administered. Lastly, expect individual homework assignments covering course material, handouts, online research, and assessments. Be sure to submit assignments on time.

Types of Assessments

Online discussion boards, written assignments, in-class group activities, final project, & quizzes

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

We will be using Open Educational Resources (OER) materials for this course, which is a free digital textbook, created by two members of our Counseling Department – Liz Shaker and Graciela Martinez. A digital copy will be listed in Canvas along with a hard copy on reserve at the Valencia and Canyon Country Libraries. If you wish to purchase the Counseling 110 OER text, you will be able to do so in the bookstore for about $8.

Other Relevant Course Information

Tools for Success:

Check your Tech & Stay Connected: Make sure you have the proper technology to be successful (i.e., access to internet, Microsoft word). Yes, the class is in-person, but assignments and updates for the course will be provided through CANVAS. Be sure to log into your Canvas account regularly (my suggestion: 3x a week) to check class announcement, due dates, and communicate with your instructors. Do not hesitate to send an email to clarify assignments and/or ask follow-up questions.

Time-management & Organization: Keeping up-to-date on your assignments and due dates are imperative to your success. Create a schedule, or use a planner to keep track of your time. Along with using a planner or calendar, it is important to consistently stay organized, try to find a study space or area you can consistently use, and keep your course materials handy. If you use the library, The Learning Center, or another workspace where you cannot leave items, have a designated school bag/backpack to keep all your study material handy.

Be Prepared: Do not expect all lecture material to be covered in class. Most in-person class time is used for discussion and to work on activities and assignments related to the lecture material. Class time may or may not include traditional lectures on some of the material. It is your responsibility to read the chapters as well as the related PowerPoints or other online resources for the course before the date specified. When you are unprepared, you rob yourself of your education and your classmates of your insights and opinions.

Seek Support: As a community of learners, we will share difficulties, celebrate successes, and learn from one another. This class will require work and perseverance, but you are not in this alone. You have resources to help you learn and do well. Seek support from COC support systems and resources as needed. Notify the instructor of family emergencies, personal needs, areas of concern or personal achievements

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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 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: 06/11/2021 Sub#: 264