Career Services at College of San Mateo - Career Classes
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December 11-17, 2016
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Course Descriptions for all 
Career & Life Planning Classes

Career Classes

These counseling and career classes can help you succeed in college, find a major, find a career, or transfer to a university!

 

Fall 2016



COUN 111 - College Planning (0.5 units)  (CSU, UC)

Description: This course is highly recommended for all incoming students. Comprehensive college orientation provides information about educational goals, academic planning, the college academic and social culture, college policies and procedures that affect student success, learning styles, time management, overcoming past substandard academic performance, success strategies and how to use them, and a review of college services and programs that enhance success and retention. A materials fee as shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration. (AA: Area E5d, CSU: Area E, UC). See WebSchedule for class times.

COUN 112 - Introduction to Choosing a College Major (0.5 units)  (CSU)
Description:This course assists students to research and identify a college major and become aware of major requirements and course planning. Highly recommended for students who are undecided about a major for an Associate degree or for university transfer. University transfer students need to complete lower division major courses to assure successful transfer. (AA: Area E5d, CSU). See WebSchedule for class times.

COUN 114 - Transfer Essentials and Planning (0.5 units)  (CSU)
Description: This course provides essential information about the university transfer function. Highly recommended for students whose educational goal is to transfer to a college or university and complete a bachelor's degree. Learn how to transfer within the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems, as well as private-independent and out-of-state colleges and universities. Covers academic requirements for transfer admission eligibility and selectivity, transfer admission decisions, planning for transfer, general education, lower division major preparation requirements, guarantee transfer programs, application timelines, services that support transfer, and other issues related to achieving transfer as an educational goal. (AA: Area E5d, CSU). See WebSchedule for class times.

COUN 120 - College and Career Success (3 units)  (CSU, UC)
Description: A comprehensive approach to college and career planning. Emphasizes educational planning, self-assessment, decision making, college success strategies, study skills/learning styles and techniques for addressing personal changes associated with college and career. Explores college life, student responsibilities and career options. A materials fee as shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration. (AA: Area E5d, CSU: Area E, UC). See WebSchedule for class times.

COUN 121 - Planning for Student Success (1 unit)  (CSU)
Description: Provides students with the tools necessary to maximize academic success by developing their understanding of college expectations, resources, facilities and requirements. A preliminary Student Educational Plan (SEP) is researched and developed, if necessary. (AA: Area E5d, CSU: Area E). See WebSchedule for class times.

COUN 122 - Study Skills (1 unit)  (CSU)
Description: This course provides students with information about what is expected of a college student. Students practice a variety of techniques to increase confidence and to develop college-level study skills. Emphasizing individual learning styles, effective study habits and reducing test-taking anxiety. Each student will create a study plan reflecting his/her specific learning needs. A materials fee as shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration. (AA: Area E5d, CSU). See WebSchedule for class times. 

COUN 128 - Puente: Foundation for College Success (3 units)  (CSU, UC)
Description: Puente: Foundation for College Success is part of the Puente Project and must be taken concurrently with ENGL 838. COUN 128 is designed to assist CSM Puente students in developing the skills and tools critical to succeed in college. Through a holistic and comprehensive approach, the course will consist of college orientation, student success strategies, cultural identity and personal development as a foundation for college success. Puente students will have the opportunity to engage collaboratively and promote team building while building their leadership skills. Topics covered will include educational planning, self-assessment, decision making, student success strategies, motivation, cultural identity, study skills, learning styles, goal setting and financial aid. Students will receive an introduction to library research and complete a research project. COUN 128 will support the degree/transfer attainment of Puente students by establishing a sense of belonging, enhancing student engagement and self-reflection as well as deepening the understanding of the college system and expectations. In addition, consideration of psychological, sociological and physiological components that attribute to personal and academic success will be explored. This course will require participation in off-campus field trips. A materials fee as shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration. (AA: Area E5d, CSU: Area E1, UC). See WebSchedule for class times.

CRER 126 Career Choices I: Career Cassessment (.5 units) (CSU)
Pass/No pass grading. Open entry/open exit.This class is designed to help students determine an appropriate career, major, or job choice. Self-assessment activities such as vocational surveys, personality assessments, work values, skill identification, decision making and goal setting may be used. Students will research career, college majors, and life planning issues in order to make informed choices.  A materials fee as shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration. (AA: Area E5d, CSU: Area E1).

CRER 127 Career Choices II: Job Search (.5 units) (CSU)
Pass/No pass grading. Open entry/open exit.This class focuses on job search preparation. Topics include: the job market, resume, networking, marketing yourself, gathering information, preparing for the interview, common interview questions, successful interview strategies, and follow-up actions. Students will practice and receive coaching on all phases of a successful interview.  A materials fee as shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration. (AA: Area E5d, CSU).

CRER 129 Puente: Transfer Readiness (2 units)  (CSU)
Description: Pass/No pass grading. This class is designed to help students determine an appropriate career, major or job choice. Self-assessment activities such as vocational surveys, personality assessments, work values, skill identification, and other tools will be used.  Read catalog for full description.  (AA: Area E5d, CSU). See WebSchedule for class times.

CRER 240 College and Academic Success (3 units)  (CSU)
Description: Pass/No pass grading. Focuses on job search preparation.  Topics include: hidden job market, resume, networking, marketing yourself, interview prep and strategies. Practice and receive coaching on all phases of a successful interview. A materials fee as shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration. Read catalog for full description.  (AA: Area E5d, CSU). See WebSchedule for class times.