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Guidance Classes

Guidance courses are designed to assist students in learning college success strategies and life management skills. These courses focus on development of the whole person and help students identify personal, educational, and career goals as well as make satisfying decisions for transition to the workforce as productive members of society. The learning and self-management skills developed in student success courses can serve a lifetime. Guidance courses do not lead to a major but are designed to provide students with the skills necessary for achieving personal, academic, and career success.

GUIDANCE 50 
Strategies for Life and Learning
(2 units)
Not transferable

This course is designed to empower students with effective strategies for making wise choices in their personal and academic lives. Students will learn to accept greater responsibility, develop mutually supportive relationships, raise self-esteem, discover self-motivation, master effective self-management strategies, change self-defeating patterns and limiting beliefs, set goals, strengthen emotional intelligence, and become lifelong learners. Essential strategies for critical and creative thinking will also be addressed.

GUIDANCE 90
Strategies for College Success
(.5 unit)
Not transferable

This class orients students to the college's programs, services, procedures, and standards. A brief overview of transfer requirements, admission procedures, requirements for majors, student support services, student's rights and responsibilities, and suggestions for effective study will enable students to be more successful at MSJC.

GUIDANCE 100
College Success
(3 units)
Transfers to both UC/CSU

This comprehensive course integrates personal growth, academic success, and career success with problem solving, critical thinkin, and creative thinking. The course focuses on the following topics: life management, goal setting, career decision making, educational planning, college expectations and opportunities, instructor-student relationships, cultural diversity, health maintenance, stress management, campus resources, learning styles, and strategies including lecture note taking, test taking, and concentration.

GUIDANCE 102
College Success
(1 unit)
Transfers to CSU only

This extended orientation class will discuss the college's programs, services, procedures, and standards. An in-depth exploration of transfer requirements, admission procedures, requirements for majors, student support services, student rights and responsibilities, development of a student educational plan, and basic guidelines for effective study will enhance a student's success at MSJC.

GUIDANCE 104
Training and Preparation for College Mentors
(2 units)
Transfers to CSU only

This course is intended to provide education and training of MSJC's students in the development of abilities to assist new college students. This course will also create a learning environment that promotes multi-cultural awareness and sensitivity.

GUIDANCE 105
Transitions for INtercollegiate Student Athletes
(3 units)
Transfers to CSU only

This course explores current issues and challenges facing the intercollegiate athlete and develops skills needed to adjust to the college experience. The course focuses on the following topics as they relate to the student athlete: goal setting, time management, career decision making, educational planning, stress management, personal and social responsibility, student/instructor relationships, and NCAA/NAIA transfer rules and requirements.

GUIDANCE 110
Career Search
(1 unit)
Transfers to CSU only

This introductory course provides undecided students with essential skills to make informed and satisfying career decisions. Students identify personal interests, values, abilities, personality styles and lifestyle goals using a variety of career assessment instruments. Strategies and skills for occupational and educational exploration, decision-making, and goal setting are developed. A realistic career action plan is created. This course is appropriate for motivated students desiring a fast approach to career planning and selecting a program of study.

GUIDANCE 111
Major Search and Educational Planning
(1 unit)
Transfers to CSU only

This course explores the process for connecting academic courses and programs of study to careers. Students will learn how to research majors, select appropriate schools, and plan an education to meet their career goals. Strategies are explored for skill development and obtaining alternatives for academic credit to meet the changing needs of adult learners. This course is intended for students who need to select a major or change a previous academic decision.

GUIDANCE 112
Creative Job Search
(2 units)
Transfers to CSU only

This course explores successful job search within a contemporary workplace. Students will learn to use effective techniques for obtaining a new job or making employment transitions. Students are instucted in the effective use of sound guidelines and cutting-edge strategies necessary for active career management today. Topics include how to handle transitions, explore job leads, research employers, write a winning resume, maintain a career portfolio, establish a professional network, interview sucessfully, and negotiate job offers.

GUIDANCE 116
Integrative Career/Life Planning
(3 units)
Transfers to CSU only

This course integrates a multidimensional process of personal and career development for achieving wholeness over the life span. Applying psychological, sociological, and physiological concepts, students will explore successful strategies to find and prepare for work in changing global environments and create meaningful life purpose as well as connect roles, relationships, and lifestyles. The course will look at value diversity and inclusivity and manage personal and career transitions with workplace and societal changes using effective career/life management skills.

GUIDANCE 118
Transfer Success
(3 units)
Transfers to CSU only

This course applies the necessary knowledge, skills, tactics, and resources to successfully transfer from a community college to a baccalaureate level college, university, or orther institution. Students learn how to research, differentiate between, evaluate, and select majors and schools based on individual needs and career goals. Academic practices, requirements, application timelines and processes, financial assistance, housing, and student support services are explores. Student educational and action plans are developed for achieving transfer and career goals. May be taken 2 times for credit.

GUIDANCE 120
Personal Success Habits of Highly Effective People
(3 units)
Transfers to CSU only

This course is designed to provide new and continuing students the opportunity to explore an integrated approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness. Students will apply the habits and principles that embody many of the fundamental principles of human effectiveness such as integrity, honesty, service, time management, conflict resolution, goal setting, decision-making skills, and effective communication skills.

GUIDANCE 151 A-O
Topics in Guidance: The Learning Environment
(.5-1 units)
Transfers to CSU only

Selected topics designed to develop student academic and personal competencies arising from individual, family, college, and work issues. Topics supplement and serve as additions to other guidance offerings and are announced each term inthe current schedule of classes with an A-O designation. Topics and credit vary and are determined in relation to student needs. Fees may be required at registration.

 

A Orientaion for Parents of College Students I Learning Disabilities
B The Instructor/Student Relationship J Learning Skills
C Classroom Etiquette K Multiple INtelligences
D Learning Styles L Student Services
E Attitudes, Motivation, and Values for Learning M Student Life
F The Diverse Student N Colelge/University Transfer Transitions
G Distance Education Learning O Special Projects
H (H not used)    

 

GUIDANCE 152 A-T
Topics in Guidance: Learning Strategies
(.5-1 unit)
Transfers to CSU only

Selected topics designed to develop student academic and personal competencies arising from individual, family, college, and work issues. Topics supplement and serve as additions to other guidance offerings and are announced each term inthe current schedule of classes with an A-T designation. Topics and credit vary and are determined in relation to student needs. Fees may be required at registration. Offered as credit/no credit only.

 

A Career Planning K College Success for Special Populations
B Funding an Education L College Success for Single Parent Students
C Developing the Student Educational Plan M College Success for veterans
D Choosing a Realistic Class Schedule N Memory Techniques
E Acaedmic Standards, Practices, and Processes O Critical Thinking
F Surviving Academic Progress and Probation P Testing Guidelines
G College Success Skills Q Effective Study Skills
H (H not used R College/University Transfer Planning
I College Success for Re-entry Students S Student Leadership
J College Success for International Students T Special Projects

 

GUIDANCE 153A-K
Topics in Guidance: Personal Management
(.5-1 unit)

Selected topics designed to develop student academic and personal competencies arising from individual, family, college, and work issuses.  Topics supplement and serve as additions to others guidance offerings, and are announced each term in the current Schedule of Classes with A-K designation.  Topics and credit vary and are determined in relation to student needs.  Fees may be required at registration.  Offered as pass/no pass only.

A Achieving Your Goals G Living Sucessfully
B Being Culturally Aware H (not used)
C Handling Life Transitions Managing Your Finances
D Healthy Relationships J Managing Your Time
E Helping Friends in Distress K Resolving Conflicts
F Improving Your Self-Esteem

GUIDANCE 154A-Y
Topics in Guidance: Career Management
(.5-1 unit)

Selected topics designed to develop student academic and personal competencies arising from individual, family, college, and work issues. Topics supplement and serve as additions to other guidance offerings and are announced each term inthe current schedule of classes with an A-Y designation. Topics and credit vary and are determined in relation to student needs. Fees may be required at registration. Offered as credit/no credit only.

 

A Career Assessment N Technology in Careers
B Career Exploration O Effective Communication in the Worksplace
C Career Planning P Relationships in the Workplace
D Career Trends Q Being a Successful Enterpreneur
E Resume Preparation R Career/Life Balance
F Interviewing Strategies S Job Readiness
G Employment Documentations T Career Resiliency
H (H not used) U Career Management
I Creating Your Personal Portfolio V Confidence in the Workplace
J Job Search Techniques W Successful Workplace Behavior
K Dress for Success X Diversity in the Workplace
L Etiquette in the Workplace Y Special Projects
M Workplace Negotiations    

 

GUIDANCE 299
Special Projects: Guidance
(1-3 units)

Students with previous course work in the program may do special projects that involve research and special study. The actual nature of the project must be determined inconsultation with the supervising instructor. May be taken 4 times for credit.



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