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COUNS-110 - Career-Life Planning - Graciela Martinez

Course:Career-Life Planning
Professor:Graciela Martinez
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Dear Student, 

Welcome to Counseling 110 - Career & Life Planning! I am looking forward to working with you while we engage in the career exploration and planning process.  You will take part in different career assessments to learn more about yourself, your strengths, interests, skills, abilities, values and personality preferences while researching the world of work to see where you may "fit" in best.  You will take part in many self reflection exercises and ask yourself some important/deep questions in regards to where you see yourself in the future or where you'd like to see yourself in the future and how to get there!  This can be an overwhelming yet fun process.  I encourage you to keep an open mind, be honest and true to yourself and enjoy the process.  I am here to support you on your journey!

I will be available and accessible by email and online through CANVAS/ConferZoom. 

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. 

This is a 3-unit letter graded course. This class is CSU transferable and fulfills the CSU GE Area E - Lifelong Learning and Self Development requirement and also counts towards elective units for an associate degree.

What to Expect in this Course

This course will provide you with the skills necessary to find the "BEST FIT" career(s) for you. The goal of this course is to assist you in the decision making process of selecting the "BEST FIT" career path for you. You will engage in the journey of self assessment, exploration, and research.  

After completing this course, you should be able to:

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

Types of Assessments

Homework assignments, discussion board posts, unit quizzes, career assessment reflections.

Textbook Information

We will be using an Open Educational Resources (OER) text for this course! There is NO COST to you as a student for the text all the materials necessary for this course are FREE to you and will be available through Canvas in an online format. If you wish to purchase the Counseling 110 OER text in a hard copy format, you will be able to do so in the bookstore for a small fee (this covers the print cost which comes out to less than $5). The Counseling 110 OER Text is also available in print in the Library and TLC at the Valencia and Canyon Country Campus on reserves. Book is available here:

You will be expected to log into Canvas daily to keep up with class announcements, assignments and weekly discussions.  You need regular access to a computer to be successful in this class, access to internet service and email.  All communication for this course is done through Canvas!  I encourage you to download the CANVAS App onto your phone so you may receive push notifications and stay up to date with announcements, assignments and grades!

Other Relevant Course Information

This class is taught as an 5 week accelerated course.   It is very important that you are ready an online class and if you are in doubt, please assess your readiness for this online class. 

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#: 803