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NC.CGSL 001 - Resources and Strategies for College Success - Alisha A. Kaminsky

Course:Resources and Strategies for College Success
Professor:Alisha A. Kaminsky
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Alisha A. Kaminsky

If you have any questions that need to be answered in advance, feel free to send me an e-mail ( I will respond to you within 48 hours. Please write NC.CGSL 001 in the subject line. I’m looking forward to having you in my class.   -Alisha A.Kaminsky   Counseling Professor, College of the Canyons

Course Description

Welcome to NC.CGSL 001, Resources and Strategies for College Success. This course will provide you with the skills necessary to be a successful in college. The goal of this course is to prepare you for the transition from high school to college. You will learn about COC resources, professor expectation and get prepared for fall.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

1.Identify Student Services resources on campus.

2.Evaluate Associate Degree and Certificate options.

3.Employ time-management strategies

4.Demonstrate personal and academic goal setting.

What to Expect in this Course

In order to take this class, you must have access to a computer, internet services and e-mail. All communications are done through e-mail, zoom rooms or the discussion board.. This course utilizes a LMS called Canvas.

Please log into Canvas by visiting so that you won’t get dropped from the class. Login information will be emailed to you prior to the start of the course. If you haven’t used or want a refresher on Canvas, please visit the guides.

Keep in mind that this is a 1-week course. You will be expected to log onto the canvas site every day. I will be posting announcements, assignments, discussion items, and homework activities that you will be expected to participate in during the week.

Types of Assessments

Students are expected to keep up with all announcements, assignments, discussion items, and homework activities. You will be expected to participate throughout the week.

Textbook Information

We will be using Zero Text Cost Resources (ZTC) materials for this course! There is no cost to you as a student – all the materials necessary for this course are FREE to you and will be available through Canvas in an online format.

Other Relevant Course Information

All course work will be completed online using Canvas. You will not be able to sign into Canvas class prior to the first day of class. Once you log in, you should change your password to something unique that you will remember. Your password does not reset to “students” each semester.

USERNAME: MyCanyons Username (Example: jdsmith) PASSWORD: students

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#: 954