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COUNS-150 - Student Success - Jennifer Godzsak

Course:Student Success
Professor:Jennifer Godzsak
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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I want you to be successful - in college and in life!  This course will give you strategies and resources to do just that.  As a Counselor, I am a student advocate - for your success and your well-being.  I am here to help you find and reach the goals you set for yourself.

I have been a Counselor for eight years, both here and at West Los Angeles College.  I have helped students transfer, be admitted to health science programs, graduate with honors and find the career that will help them live the life they want to live.  As a young person, I didn't have any guidance - on college or career.  I struggled to figure out what I was doing.  In time, I did succeed but it was a long and rough road.  This experience has led me and been the catalyst in becoming the professional counselor and educator that I am today.  If I can help one person not struggle like I did, then I'm doing the work I'm meant to do.

Course Description

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.

More specifically, by the end of the class you will be able to:

  • Develop interdependence skills.
  • Analyze self-motivation and create greater inner motivation.
  • Create a plan of action to take charge of one’s life.
  • Apply self-management techniques to become more effective and efficient in the accomplishment of goals and dreams.
  • Identify self-defeating patterns of behavior and create a plan to overcome them.
  • Develop emotional intelligence and decrease stress.
  • Understand what self-esteem is and examine self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-respect, self-love, and unconditional self-worth.
  • Apply critical thinking skills for effective problem solving.
  • Develop and employ effective study skills techniques.


What to Expect in this Course

As this is a 3 unit course, that translates to approximately 3 hours of work each week during a regular 16-week semester. However, if you're taking this in an accelerated format, there will be more work each week (over 8 weeks, plan for 6 hours each week; over 5 weeks, plan for 10 hours each week).  We'll have a mix of discussion boards, low risk quizzes (checks for understanding), activities, reflection exercises and a final cumulative project.

This is a fully online section of this course so you should have access to a computer - desktop or laptop - with a strong, stable internet connection.  Please do not try to complete this course using a phone or tablet; the screens are not big enough.  Having a working camera is optional.

All your work will be done through Canvas, which can be accessed through your MyCanyons portal.

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Types of Assessments

Quizzes, discussion boards, reflections, online activities and a final cumulative project.

Textbook Information

We'll be using the OER/ZTC text written by some of our counselors.  It will be in Canvas for your convenience.  You can also access it here, if you like.

Other Relevant Course Information

Check out our Student Support resource page for answers to your online class questions and to make sure you're ready to succeed in an online learning environment.

Also, should this class develop a waitlist, add yourself to the waitlist through MyCanyons Registration tile or your MAP.  If seats open up or enrolled students don't show up in week one, they will be dropped and I can bring students in from the waitlist.

If you are enrolling after class has started, please watch this video to understand the process.

I will be sending a Welcome Letter to your My.Canyons email address a week before the class begins to orient you and help you get started.


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: 05/08/2024 Sub#: 1750