College Success and Career Guidance

2014-15 Edition

Cascade Campus
Student Services Building (SSB), Room 150
971-722-5271

Rock Creek Campus
Building 9, Room 118
971-722-7300

Southeast Campus
Student Commons (SCOM), Room 116
971-722-6240

Sylvania Campus
College Center (CC), Room 216
971-722-4531

www.pcc.edu/programs/cg

Description

College students face numerous challenges, not the least of which are learning how to manage time, finances, and personal commitments. While developing an understanding of their own unique strengths and skills, students must choose an appropriate major and make careful career choices. These challenges, combined with those of everyday living, present an opportunity to grow from important life experiences, renew one’s career commitments, and oftentimes, manage an exciting career change.

PCC’s College Success and Career Guidance courses are designed to help students get the most out of their college experience; choose a career or major; explore changing careers; and assess and develop strengths and personal skills. “College Survival and Success” and “Scholarships: $$ for College” gives students the tools and resources to begin their college experience successfully; “Study Skills for College Learning” helps students develop their academic abilities; and “Career and Life Planning” offers students tools to make important major and career decisions. Other personal growth and self-enhancement courses, such as “Stress Management” and “Decision Making” allow students to grasp the day-to-day challenges they face in balancing school and life.

Courses

CG 100. College Survival and Success. 3 Credits.

Provides information and techniques for time, money and self-management, including motivation, goal setting, and accepting personal responsibility for college success. Includes developing skills for navigating a culturally diverse learning environment and utilizing college resources and services. Completion of CG 100 is equivalent to CG 101-102-103. Audit available.

CG 101. College Survival and Success: Personal Responsibility. 1 Credit.

Provides information and techniques for personal responsibility as a means for creating college success. Introduces developing skills for navigating a culturally diverse learning environment and utilizing college resources and services. First course in a series (CG 101-103). Completion of CG 101-102-103 is equivalent to CG 100. Audit available.

CG 102. College Survival and Success: Goal Setting. 1 Credit.

Provides information on the role of goal-setting as a means for creating college success. Continues to develop skills for navigating a culturally diverse learning environment and for utilizing college resources and services. Second course in the series (CG101-103). Prerequisite: CG101. Completion of CG 101-102-103 is equivalent to CG 100. Prerequisite: CG 101. Audit available.

CG 103. College Survival and Success: Self-Management. 1 Credit.

Focuses on the role of self-management as a means for creating college success. Continues to develop skills for navigating a culturally diverse learning environment and accessing college resources and services. Third course in a series (CG101-103). Completion of CG 101-102-103 is equivalent to CG 100. Prerequisites: CG 101. Audit available.

CG 105. Scholarships: $$ for College. 2 Credits.

Provides a systematic approach to researching and applying for scholarships. Topics include: Creating a scholarship portfolio, Oregon Student Assistance Commission application, PCC Foundation application, internet resources, and research strategies. Students will identify skills, accomplishments, values, goals, and life experiences, and learn strategies to translate them into an effective scholarship application. Interviewing tips will be discussed. Panels and guest speakers, including scholarship winners, will share perspectives on the scholarship process. Corequisite: WR 105: Scholarship Essay Writing Audit available.

CG 111A. Study Skills for College Learning. 3 Credits.

Provides information, techniques, and strategies helpful in becoming more efficient in studying, notetaking, textbook reading, and taking exams. Identify preferred learning style and develop skills in scheduling study time, library research, memory strategies, and critical thinking. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 115 and RD 115 Audit available.

CG 111B. Study Skills for College Learning. 2 Credits.

Provides information, techniques, strategies and skills helpful in becoming more efficient in note taking, textbook reading, and taking exams. Assists with identification of preferred learning style and development of skills in scheduling study time and memory strategies. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

CG 111C. Study Skills for College Learning. 1 Credit.

Introduces information and techniques in notetaking, textbook reading, and taking exams. Develop a study schedule. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 115 and RD 115 Audit available.

CG 112. Managing Test Anxiety. 1 Credit.

Provides strategies to overcome barriers to effective test taking to improve overall test performance. Test preparation and test anxiety are examined. Audit available.

CG 114. Financial Survival for College Students. 1 Credit.

Provides basic information and strategies to empower individuals to make positive decisions about funding their education and establishing control over their financial lives, leading to financial independence and reduced life stress. Introduces: funding college, budgeting, wise use of credit, controlling debt, basic financial planning, effective financial decision making, and avoiding financial mistakes and pitfalls. CG 114 and BA 114 are equivalent. Only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: WR 90, RD 90, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

CG 130. Today's Careers. 2 Credits.

Exposes a wide range of occupations including educational and skill requirements. Covers ways of gathering information about specific occupations. Includes guest speakers from a variety of careers to further illustrate the realities of the world of work. Audit available.

CG 130H. Introduction to Today's Careers: Health. 2 Credits.

Explores career opportunities in the health professions. The focus will be on the educational and licensing requirements, professional and ethical responsibilities, physical requirements, workplace environment and career pathways of each profession. Audit available.

CG 140A. Career and Life Planning. 3 Credits.

This course provides students with the most in depth tools needed to make informed career decisions. Students will assess career confidence and readiness, skills, values, interests, personality, obstacles, attitudes and approaches to decision making. This course provides instruction on how to research career information, gain access to information materials, and methods of exploring careers. Also included is educational decision making which covers choice of major and college as well as planning a program of study. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

CG 140B. Career and Life Planning. 2 Credits.

This course provides students with the tools needed to make informed career decisions. Students will assess skills, values, interests, personality, obstacles, and approaches to decision making. The course provides instruction on how to research career information, gain access to information materials, and methods of exploring careers and majors. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

CG 140C. Career and Life Planning. 1 Credit.

This course provides students with the tools needed to make informed career decisions. Students will assess skills, values, interests, and personality toward making a career decision. The course provides instruction on how to research career information, gain access to information materials, and methods of exploring careers. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

CG 144. Introduction to Assertiveness. 1 Credit.

Applies assertive communication skills to relationships both in personal and professional environments. Includes an overview of assertive communication and behavior and skill development in the areas of communication and personal conflict resolution. Audit available.

CG 145. Stress Management. 1 Credit.

Identifies specific, personal stressors and develops skills that enable students to more effectively deal with stress. Audit available.

CG 146. Value Clarification. 1 Credit.

Examines beliefs, attitudes and values behind decisions and actions including whether behavior matches stated beliefs, evaluating consequences of choices and developing a process that will enable the development of personalized values. Audit available.

CG 147. Decision Making. 1 Credit.

Introduces the concept of decision making in both personal and professional environments. Includes an overview of goal setting and decision making models. Audit available.

CG 180. Intercultural Leadership for Mentees. 1 Credit.

Provides an opportunity for students from diverse cultural backgrounds to celebrate their cultural identity, develop educational goals and enhance their leadership skills. Includes college retention strategies, multi-cultural communication, diversity, team-building, community and environmental responsibility, critical thinking, problem solving, cultural awareness and self-reflection. Connects students with a mentor(s) through a series of interactive sessions. Course may be taken three times for credit. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

CG 190. Intercultural Leadership for Mentors. 3 Credits.

Explores concepts of cross-cultural leadership and mentorship styles. Assists in the development of leadership and mentorship skills with the intent of supporting college success and retention of self and others. Includes teambuilding, goal-setting, role modeling, public speaking, time management, ethics, diversity, and customer service. Inspires the cultivation of a personal leadership vision and cross-cultural awareness, respect, and understanding. Course may be taken three times for credit. Requirement: Must pass a criminal background check if working with middle or high school students. Audit available.

CG 191. Exploring Identity and Diversity for College Success. 4 Credits.

Introduces the impact of diversity and social justice on human development as they relate to the experiences of college students. Explores different facets of identity development and how one's culture impacts their college experience. Includes developing cultural competency and skills beneficial for success in college and in a diverse society. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS, Social Sciences/ASOT-B.

CG 209. Job Finding Skills. 1 Credit.

Explores broad range of job search techniques, including building a job network, compiling appropriate information for job applications, targeting cover letters and resumes, typical interview questions and techniques. Promotes overall understanding of the job search process. Audit available.

CG 225. Transfer to a Four Year College. 2 Credits.

Explores the planning of transferring to a four-year college. Includes the various processes, requirements, and issues that impact successful transitions. Provides strategies and information critical to academic development and adjustment to the four-year college system. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

CG 280A. CE: Career Development. 1-4 Credit.

Students earn credit for learning from practical experience at a worksite related to their major or career goal. Appropriate work experiences provide opportunities for new learning and skill development. May be repeated up to 12 credits.

CG 280B. CE: Career Development - Seminar. 1 Credit.

The Co-op seminar supplements the Co-op work experience by offering a flexible menu of assignments from which to select a variety of activities. Includes video tapes, selected readings, workshops, lectures and a variety of career related exercises to enhance career development. Department permission required. Co-requisite: CG 280A. Course may be repeated.

CG 0693. Confidence Building. 1 Credit.

Helps students explore the concept of self-confidence: how it is learned, how it can be developed and how it is sabotaged. Ideas, tools and techniques are introduced that will help students in their development of a stronger self-image. Audit available.