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NC.CGSL 001 - Resources/Strategies College Success Course - Erika Torgeson

Course:Resources/Strategies College Success Course
Professor:Erika Torgeson
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Welcome to the Non-Credit College Skills 001 course for Summer 2021! I'm excited to be a part of your college on-boarding experience as you begin at College of the Canyons or if you're returning to college to continue your academic journey from taking time off. I'm a full-time counselor and my college experience was haphazard, at best. Some of the same concerns/worries that new or continuing students have today are the same feelings I had when starting my college journey. This is a great course is a great way to gather information on starting college on the right foot or revisiting information that will be helpful to keep you on the path to success. You'll be able to connect to other classmates and to help prepare you for either summer or fall classes!

*I will send out a Welcome to Class email 1-3 days before the class begins, that will include a copy of the syllabus, calendar, and other helpful information to help get you started for our class. 

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the skills necessary to succeed in credit courses.  Topics that will be cover are academic expectations, financial aid options, academic and career educational options, College of the Canyons Resources and goal setting.

What to Expect in this Course

This is a 100% Online ONE Week Course (lasting about 8 hours). Each student will be expected to keep up with the module content, activities, and reading on their own and students will be able to work ahead. 

This Non-Credit course will have each student focus on the following topics:

1.      Identify Student Services Resources on campus.

2.      Understand the difference in academic expectations between the noncredit and credit programs.

3.      Evaluate Associate Degree and Certificate programs.

4.      Employ time-management strategies.

5.      Demonstrate personal and academic goal setting.

Types of Assessments

Discussion Board Topics, Short Quizzes & Assignment Activities

Textbook Information

The course can be accessed via Canvas at on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the Canvas screen to log in. You can also access the Student Canvas User Guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues, please call the Canvas Student Support line at 877-889-9052 for 24/7 support.

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: 05/30/2021 Sub#: 128