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NC.CGSL 001 - Resources and Strategies for College Success - Aivee Ortega

Course:Resources and Strategies for College Success
Professor:Aivee Ortega
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Aivee Ortega

Hello! My name is Aivee (pronounced Ivy) Ortega and I am a counselor at College of the Canyons who will also be your instructor for this course.

Whether you are new or seasoned in your job search skills, my hope is that this course gets you develop a "strategic job search" plan. 

I am here to support and encourage you in the learning process. I am looking forward to meeting you online on the first day of class and getting to know you through this course.

Course Description

This class is designed to help students develop and implement a strategic career and job search plan. Students will learn about sources of occupational information and how to utilize this information in the career planning and job search process.

What to Expect in this Course

Course Objectives

  1. Identify and assess occupational information resources, career clusters, and educational and training information.
  2. Define and evaluate personal job search objectives, transferable skills, and specific content skills.
  3.  Develop a strategic job search plan through evaluation of employment options, appraisal of existing written materials, and assessment of personal network.
  4. Inspect, arrange, and revise resume type, formatting, design, and content to link with specific job requirements.
  5. Distinguish, evaluate, and apply effective planning, interpersonal communication techniques, and strategies for employment interviews.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Inventory occupational information through assessment of resources, personal objectives, and skills to develop a strategic job search plan.
  2. Compose effective written and interpersonal communications utilizing appropriate resume development practices, preparation techniques, and interview strategies.

Types of Assessments

Most courses in the Career Skills Institute are offered as noncredit. All noncredit courses are Pass/No Pass. This course is a noncredit Pass/No Pass course. In order to receive credit for attending this course, participants are required to: attend all class periods, fully participate in class activities; complete in-class assignments, handouts and projects; and complete assigned projects.

Textbook Information

LinkedIn Learning Videos: Most courses in the Career Skills Program will use videos from LinkedIn Learning. Students enrolled in this course will have access to LinkedIn Learning. An email with instructions on how to log into LinkedIn Learning will be sent out to your My Canyons email. 

Other Relevant Course Information

This course is part of the COC Career Skills Program.

What is the Career Skills Program at College of the Canyons?

  • The Career Skills Program is a certificate program designed to enhance your workplace skills.
  • Short courses are offered together in a convenient package so you can earn a certificate that represents a certain skill obtained.
  • The Career Skills Program brings real-world application and project-based experiences into the classroom.
  • Most courses integrate LinkedIn Learning video instruction with online discussion boards to interact with classmates. 

What are digital badges?

A digital badge is a unique and portable digital representation of your certificate that you can post on your online pages that promote you and your skills (such as LinkedIn or Facebook).

How do I earn a digital badge?

If you earn a passing grade in all courses associated with a certificate you can earn a printed certificate of completion and digital badge.

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: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 922