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Counseling Courses


The mission of the Instructional Counseling Program is to teach students the strategies to become self-aware, develop educational and career goals, make decisions and problem solve, and accept responsibility for gaining the skills to become a more proficient and confident learner.


 

CREDIT COURSES


COUNS 010 Career Exploration
1 Unit | Offered credit/no credit only
This course assists students in making career decisions.  Emphasis is on selecting a career based on personal interests, abilities, values, and goals through self assessment and career research.
 
COUNS 100 Success Strategies for the Adult Re-Entry Student
3 units | CSU transferable - CSU GE Area E
This course integrates personal growth and values, academic study strategies and critical and creative thinking proficiency for adult reentry students, emphasizing the attainment of lifelong success in academic, professional, and personal development.
 
COUNS 010 Career Exploration
1 Unit | Offered credit/no credit only
This course assists students in making career decisions.  Emphasis is on selecting a career based on personal interests, abilities, values, and goals through self assessment and career research.
 
COUNS 100 Success Strategies for the Adult Re-Entry Student 
3 units | CSU transferable - CSU GE Area E
This course integrates personal growth and values, academic study strategies and critical and creative thinking proficiency for adult reentry students, emphasizing the attainment of lifelong success in academic, professional, and personal development.
 
COUNS 110 Career Life-Planning
3 units | CSU transferable - CSU GE Area E
This course introduces self-assessment tools to identify college majors and careers by clarifying interests, skills, values, and personality type. Students also examine the decision-making process, self-management, life roles and goal-setting. It includes a review of labor market trends, career research, interviewing skills, resume and cover letter writing, and job search strategies.
 
COUNS 111 Introduction to College and Strategies for Success 
 1 unit | CSU transferable - CSU GE Area E
This course focuses on the various components necessary for college planning and academic success. Readiness for college will be explored with special attention given to students' responsibilities, study skills assessment, personal values, motivation, and goal setting. Topics include values clarification, decision making, study skills, choosing a major, the responsible student, and educational planning. Students will identify their educational goals and develop a personal plan to reach those goals.
 
COUNS 120 University Transfer Planning
1 unit | CSU transferable
This course provides students with information and resources to facilitate a smooth transfer to 4 year colleges and universities. Topics include UC/CSU applications, major and general education requirements, financial aid/scholarships, personalized student education plans, and analysis of factors involved in the selection of transfer schools.
 
COUNS 142 Learning to Learn
3 units | CSU transferable - CSU GE Area E
Focuses on brain-based learning strategies that develop self-regulatory learning:  discovering self-motivation; gaining self-awareness; developing emotional intelligence; employing interdependence; accepting personal responsibility; applying active listening; reading and note-taking; monitoring performance; and developing a growth mindset that believes in self.  Students will combine theory and practice to become successful learners and successful college students.
 
COUNS 150 Student Success
3 units | CSU & UC transferable - CSU GE Area E
This course is designed for new students as a complete orientation of the responsibilities and benefits of higher education.  Educational planning, goal setting, and career choices are examined.  Study and life survival skills are provided to ensure a successful academic experience.

NON-CREDIT COURSES

The college skills courses cover topics that will positively impact students’ ability to succeed in their academic coursework.

NC.CGSL - 001 Resources/Strategies for College
8 hours | Offered as pass/no pass only
Introduces the skills necessary to succeed in credit courses. Topics that will be covered are academic expectations, Financial aid options, CA Residency status, academic and career educational options, COC Resources and goal setting.

NC.CGSL - 002 Online Learning and Strategies
8 hours | Offered as pass/no pass only
Introduces the practical strategies and skills necessary to succeed in distance education. Students will learn how to anticipate, avoid, and/ or solve typical problems encountered in the distance learning environment.

 
NC.CGSL - 003 Money Management College & Beyond
8 hours | Offered as pass/no pass only
Develops a foundation of money management and financial literacy including budgeting to meet educational goals. Strategies include FAFSA, scholarships, student loans, consumer credit, and banking products such as checking and saving accounts.
 
NC.CGSL - 004 Career Exploration
8 hours | Offered as pass/no pass only
Provides students with career exploration techniques. Emphasis is placed on selecting a career based on self-examination of interest, values, abilities, and personality through assessment inventories, skill exercises, and career research.
 
NC.COUNS - 015 Upgrade to Good Academic Standing
8 hours | Offered as pass/no-pass only
Designed for students who are on Academic and/or Progress Probation, this course is intended to help students understand the different levels and types of academic standings at College of the Canyons. Students will be empowered to make the choices and changes needed to return to good standing by examining how the adoption of a self-efficacy mindset, growth mindset, and resilient mindset can positively influence their thoughts, behaviors, and thus academic outcomes.

(NC) COUNSELING CERTIFICATES


  • College Success Toolkit Certificate
    Complete NC.CGSL 001, 002 and 003

    Certificate Description:
    Provides resources and strategies to succeed in college as a new or returning student. Topics covered will include academic expectations, financial aid options and budgeting, academic and career educational options, College of the Canyons Resources, goal setting, and online learning.
  • Career and Lifestyle Exploration Certificate
    Take NC.CGSL 004 with NC.CSKL 012 (Job Shadowing)