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COUNS-150 - Student Success - Patricia Garcia

Course:Student Success
Professor:Patricia Garcia
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Hello and welcome to Counseling 150. This is Prof. Patricia Garcia and I am excited you are taking this class! This course is designed to integrate personal growth, critical 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.

Course Description

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Develop interdependence
  2. Analyze self-motivation and create greater inner
  3. Create a plan of action to take charge of one’s
  4. Apply self-management techniques to become more effective and efficient in the accomplishment of goals and
  5. Identify self-defeating patterns of behavior and create a plan to overcome them
  6. Develop emotional intelligence and decrease stress
  7. Understand several topics that can help you succeed in college. These topics are: Diversity and its importance in higher education, self-responsibility, self-empowerment and a personal plan of action.
  8. Develop and employ effective study skills techniques

What to Expect in this Course

Understandably, the transition from traditional, face-to-face instruction can be something of a culture shock. Therefore, as a student, you must be prepared to take personal responsibility for your education. In other words, it is up to you as the student to manage your time wisely and to check the syllabus and announcements for assignment due date and changes, to pay attention for each week's modules, and keep up with the reading and class assignments. Of course, I am here when you need further clarification on an assignment. However, my key role is provide you with a tool box that will help you complete your assignments, but ultimately it is up to you to build and refine your craft.

All of your coursework will be completed through Canvas in the form of discussion board posts, projects, assignments and tests. You must complete all assignments in each individual module in order to access subsequent modules. For example, you must complete all the work in Module 1-Unit #1- in order to have access to Module 2-Unit 2. This will not hinder your ability to work ahead, but it should encourage you to avoid procrastination

If you have any questions before you begin the class, the best way to reach me is via email. Once the class starts please contact me via the canvas inbox.

Textbook Information

For this course you will have a free electronic version of your Counseling 150 Textbook through OER (Open Educational Resources). When you open module 1 you will be able to download your book.

Other Course Materials Required: This course is 100% online or hybrid. In order to take this class, you must have access to a computer, internet services, and e-mail. All communications are done through announcements, e-mail, and discussion boards; you will be required to log into Canvas at various times throughout the week in order to complete each assignment.

This course will be available on the first day of the short term class or at the beginning of the semester for a regular 16 wee hybrid course. You will be expected to log into the Canvas classroom on the first day of the semester or when your short term course begins. If you add this class after the first day of the semester it may take up to 24 hours before you will have access to Canvas. If you cannot log on after 24 hours, please send me an e-mail.

Learning Management System Information: Previously you might have used Blackboard, a learning management system (LMS), to access your course. This course utilizes an LMS called Canvas.

Default Student login for Canvas:


Username: your MyCanyons username
Password: student

Change your password after you login to Canvas for the first time.

How to change password: (Links to an external site.)

Online classes are as rigorous as regular classes and the time commitment is the same for each unit of class you are expected to put it 9 hours of work each week. The content of this course is similar to what is included in a traditional format course. Canvas allows for class discussions that everyone will be expected to participate in and you will still take quizzes and exams. These quizzes and exams will have the same format as the ones you would normally take in a traditional format class. However, they are rigidly timed and you will not have the time to look up more than a couple of items. I highly recommend that you study the material well before taking a quiz or exam. This class requires students to complete a lot of projects, reading, discussion, and sharing self reflection through discussion posts. You will need to pay close attention to due dates and details.

Other Relevant Course Information





Patricia Garcia
M.S. Counselor/Associate Professor
Phone: (661) 362-3567
Office: Canyons Hall #225, Valencia Campus
Office Hours-Tuesdays from 3 to 4 PM or via email or we can set specific time if needed

Are you prepared to take an online class?

Distance education is not for everyone--please examine your preferred learning style. 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. Please consider reviewing the Readiness Assessment on the COC Online Education website to determine your preparedness for online education and use of technology:

Click here

I also recommend reading “How to Succeed in Distance Learning"

Click here

Good luck, stay focus and I know you will succeed in this class!

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#: 758