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COUNS-110 - Career-Life Planning - Alisha Kaminsky

Course:Career-Life Planning
Professor:Alisha Kaminsky
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


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Welcome to COUNS 110!

I look forward to getting to know you and assisting you on your career exploration journey. If you're feeling lost or unsure of your future pathway this is the perfect course for you.

I am a proud alumna of College of the Canyons and consider myself extremely lucky to be able to help wandering students find their way! I have been serving as a full-time Career Counselor since 2017, but began working at the college back in 2008. I spent five years as a high school counselor between 2009 and 2013 and then returned to COC in 2014. Watching students find their "ah-ha moments" is the most rewarding experience. 

I am a mother to four rowdy boys who keep me on my toes. I love online teaching because I have the opportunity to meet students from all over the world. If I am not online I can be found in the water; lakes, pools or the beach (or frozen water in the snow)!

I really am excited to meet you and hope you are looking forward to a VERY fast five-week course! 

Course Description

Career & Life Planning 110 introduces 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. Includes a review of labor market trends, career research, interviewing skills, resume and cover letter writing and job search strategies. 

What to Expect in this Course

To fully benefit from this course you are expected to participate in all online discussions and complete all your work on time. The discussion posts are how we communicate as a class community. You will be required to participate in weekly discussion posts and will often be required to reply to other student posts.  The goal is to create a strong online learning community where everyone feels safe and comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas. In order to fully participate in discussion posts, you will need to read the assigned materials, read all content posted in the weekly modules, and complete homework assignments.

This course is designed for you. Class activities and discussions will focus on behaviors, which contribute to a successful and positive college experience at College of the Canyons. It is important for you to take an active role in your learning. At first, you may find it difficult or uncomfortable to actively participate in a discussion board format and small group activities; however, it is one of the most important skills to learn in college. In order to fully participate in discussion boards, you will need to read the lectures in Canvas, read textbook chapters, complete written assignments, and be prepared before submitting your posts.

Types of Assessments

All students will be required to participate in discussion boards and various activities.

Textbook Information

There is no cost to you as a student. All the materials necessary for this course are FREE to you and will be available through Canvas in an online format.

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.


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Last updated: 10/07/2021 Sub#: 763