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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.

College Success
(3 units)
--AA/AS General Education: AA/AS
--Transfers to both UC/CSU

This course integrates personal growth, academic and career success with problem solving, critical and creative thinking. The course focuses on the following topics: life management, goal setting, career decision making, educational planning, college expectations and opportunities, instructorstudent relationships, cultural diversity, health maintenance, stress management, campus resources, learning styles, and strategies including lecture, note-taking, test taking, and concentration. Prerequisite: None.

Career Search
(1 unit)
--Transfers to CSU only

This 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. Prerequisite: None.

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 instructed 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 successfully, and negotiate job offers. Prerequisite: None.

Integrative Career/Life Planning
(3 units)
--AA/AS General Education: AA/AS
--Transfers to CSU only
--CSU Area(s): E1

This course integrates a multidimensional process of adult and career development for achieving wholeness over the life span. Applying psychological, sociological, and physiological concepts, students explore strategies to create a meaningful life purpose within changing global environments and connect career/life roles, relationships, and lifestyles. Students master effective career/life management skills, value diversity and inclusively, and manage personal and career transitions during workplace and societal changes. Prerequisite: None.

Personal Success Habits of Highly Effective People
(3 units)
--AA/AS General Education: AA/AS
--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. Prerequisite: None.

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 in consultation with the supervising instructor. Prerequisite: Two Guidance classes must be completed prior to enrollment; a contract must be completed with the instructor prior to enrollment. --Not transferable

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