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NC-COUNS-050 - Understanding A California Criminal Record - Marcy Calnan

Course:Understanding A California Criminal Record
Professor:Marcy Calnan
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Welcome to NC.Coun-050: Understanding a California Criminal Record! I am Professor Calnan and I will be your instructor for this course. I am a faculty member in the Paralegal Studies Department at College of the Canyons. I have been teaching Law Classes at the community college level since 2011. When not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, dogs and horses.

Course Description

In this course you will learn the skills needed to succeed while having a criminal record. Upon successful completion of this course, you will hopefully be able to gain employment, housing, understand one’s own criminal record and abide by conditions of probation or parole.

What to Expect in this Course

On a weekly basis, students should listen to a video lecture and complete accompanying activities on Canvas. The pace of the course is set with soft due dates, but due to the new drop policy, students should try to adhere to those due dates.

Types of Assessments

This is class will use a variety of lecture videos, written discussions, interactive notes, and activities for you to learn the material.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

No textbook required.

Other Relevant Course Information

This course is designed to provide self-service skills to navigate the justice system and society while living with a criminal record. 

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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 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: 09/13/2021 Sub#: 608