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COUNS-150 - Student Success - April Reardon

Course:Student Success
Professor:April Reardon
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week
  • 8 Week
  • 16 Week


Welcome to Counseling 150 – Student Success! This course is a 16-week, 8-week and 5-week, 100% online with no face-to-face meetings. 

Course Description

This course is designed to integrate personal growth, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving and academic success. The course introduces the student to the benefits of higher education, educational planning, goal setting and career choices. The student is guided through the process of self-discovery which emphasizes the importance of self-awareness, self-responsibility and self-empowerment.

What to Expect in this Course

During this semester, you will be completing the following activities 

Student-lead discussion posts:

  1. You will interact through online discussions with classmates each week related to the current unit being discussed.

    *Post response to posted discussion board question

    *Reply to at least two other classmates’ posts in response to what they have posted.

  2. Individual homework assignments & Projects
  3. Weekly quizzes based on material covered during the week or on a particular subject area.
  4. Final Project/Presentation – will consist of material covered in the 5,8 or 16-weeks of class


Types of Assessments

Student Success Final Project

Textbook Information

We will be using Open Educational Resources (OER) materials for this course, which is a free digital textbook, created by three members of our Counseling Department – Liz Shaker, Graciela Martinez, and Ahn Nguyen. A digital copy will be listed in Canvas.

We will be using Canvas as our online classroom and you will be expected to log into Canvas various times each week in order to keep up with discussion boards and weekly assignments. I will be posting announcements, assignments, and discussion items that you will be expected to participate in, at the beginning of each week. Keep in mind that all assignments and discussions must be completed by the posted due dates.

Other Relevant Course Information

Please note that distance education is not for everyone and please examine your personal learning style preference. You should be self-motivated, self-disciplined, an independent learner, 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. All class assignments, discussion board posts, and quizzes will be due at the end of each week on Sunday by 11:59pm, except for the first day of class. You can complete the outlined assignments at your pace throughout the week and most assignments, handouts, quizzes will build on information discussed in the previous week and help prepare you for the final. Are you ready for distance education? If you do not know, please take the following distance learning self-assessments: How prepared are you for distance learning? In addition, determine your technology know-how quizzes at:

If you have any questions that need to be answered in advance, feel free to call me at (661)362-3119 or send me an e-mail I will respond to you within 48 hours and please write COUNS 150 # section number in the subject line. I’m looking forward to working with you this semester!

April Reardon

Counseling Faculty – College of the Canyons

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: 10/07/2021 Sub#: 788