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Revision Date: 23-Jun-19

DEV-0270-VS01 - Introduction to College & Careers


Synonym: 190377
Location: Springfield
Credits: 0
Day/Times: Monday - Friday, 09:00A - 04:00P
Semester Dates: 06-24-2019 to 06-28-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-24-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 06-26-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Frederick Bennett | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Course Description:

This course provides high school and new students with the opportunity to explore the college experience within the context of their future career goals. Students reflect upon their strengths, interests, values, and goals by focusing on three key questions -- Who am I? What are the habits of effective people? What will I do after high school? -- and learn about the expectations necessary to succeed in academic and professional settings. In addition to the core curriculum, students will complete four or more modules on a variety of topics, such as time management, test taking, personal budgeting and communication skills. This course also provides students with an introduction to online learning, including an overview of the College's portal environment.

Essential Objectives:

1. Engage in self-discovery activities including short versus long-term goal setting, educational and career planning, and personal strengths and values.
2. Practice college and career success skills such as time management and prioritization, and develop strategies for reading textbooks and complex materials, note-taking, test-taking and using informational resources for research.
3. Develop strategies for making educational, career and financial decisions that align with personal goals and values and create a personal budget and money management plan.
4. Use online college resources to locate and request information and participate in an online learning environment.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Modules

  • Financial Literacy
    Students will explore personal finance including debt, credit, budgeting, and planning for future income and expenses.
  • · Develop a personal budget that accounts for employment goals and educational expenses in alignment to desired lifestyle
  • · Compare different financial institutions, accounts, fees and services
  • · Describe debt, interest, and investing with a focus on the power of time

  • Academic and Professional Success Skills
    Students will explore and exhibit the habits of success in academic and professional environments
  • · Locate and evaluate different sources of information in terms of reliability and accuracy
  • · Understand and model professional and ethical behaviors
  • · Practice self-awareness and advocacy skills to identify and access available resources

  • Wellness
    Students will explore the connections between mental, physical and spiritual health
  • · Discuss how behaviors and lifestyle decisions made early in life can have lasting effects on education and career
  • · Understand criminal background checks and drug testing in employment and educational settings
  • · Practice healthy stress management techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and exercise

  • College
    Students will explore a wide range of training and educational opportunities
  • · Identify learning options outside the traditional high school environment, such as technical training, dual enrollment, early college, apprenticeship and other expanded learning opportunities
  • · Explore a variety of post-secondary options and conduct a search process to include admissions requirements, programs, application, locations, and actual costs with expected long-term return on investment
  • · Learn the essential components of financial aid, including FAFSA completion and its relationship to grants, scholarships and loans

Textbooks addendum:

We will also be using various online sources that are free via the public domain, material via Moodle and some physical handouts.

Classroom Comportment:

  • We will have two 15 minute breaks during the class time. Use this as an opportunity to use the restroom, get a snack or drink, or to send or read email or text messages from your computer or phone.
  • You may eat and drink during class time. The only restriction you must observe is that you do not create distractions. Please be thoughtful and do not choose food that has loud wrappings or is loud to chew.
  • Please get up and leave the classroom if you need to use the restroom, etc. and we are not during break time. You do need to ask for permission for these activities. Return promptly.
  • Please do not send or read email or text messages while during class time. Also, please do not attend to other material online that is not part of the curriculum of the class or listen to media via earphones. This is a distraction to me and often your classmates. Of course, it is a break in your attention and participation also. Please note that these actions detract significantly from your active participation.
  • During active class time, please do not have side conversations.. This is also a distraction to me and your classmates. If you'd like to socialize or catch up with a classmate, please wait for a transition time between activities or leave the room to do so.
  • If you find you are drowsy during the course of our very long class, I encourage you to stand and stretch or to get a drink to help with your alertness.

Methods:

The quality of the learning experience will be best if it is collaborative. Participation as a learner includes active participation within the class.

Teaching Methods:

Lecture during class time

Learning (interactive) conversations during class time

Group activities during class time

Individual skills building exercises

Reading assignments: in and out of class

Online assignments: in and out of class

Brief writing assignments: in and out of class

Evaluation Criteria:

1. Attendance and Participation 50%

· Class attendance and the quality of your participation are integral parts of your learning experience and the learning for others. The most significant portion of your evaluation for this course is based on the following: being prompt and committed for class times and dates, completing the readings as assigned, arriving prepared for class discussions, and positively participating*. You cannot successfully pass the course if you have class time that is missed and not made up by arrangement with the instructor. Further, lateness and leaving early will be cumulative in effect and will be equivalent to absences.

2. In class assignments 25%

3. At home assignments 25%

Please note: All written work, including in class and out of class correspondence, should be thoughtfully made and express its content with a professional attitude. That is, you should explicitly attend to:

· function (e.g., what do I need and want to convey?)

· context (e.g., to whom and under what circumstances?)

· format (e.g., should this look like a letter, an essay, a research paper?)

· mechanics (e.g., have I checked the spelling and grammar?).

· means (e.g., is this neatly typed and submitted on time?)

Your attention (or lack of attention) to these details can affect your evaluation in any of the previous areas.

*Positive Participation:

· Show evident attention and engagement with the full class about the topic being discussed and in assignments.

· Contribute positively, voluntarily, regularly, and moderately during each class and in assignments.

· Develop a thoughtful and inquisitive manner about the material and each others contributions during class and in assignments.

Grading Criteria:

All credit is pass/fail.

To pass the course, you must pass all four modules and seminars.

To pass these, you must pass each of the assigned tasks.

If you do not pass any task, you will be allowed to retry it at the discretion of the instructor.

Textbooks:

Summer 2019 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Frederick Bennett
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Debra Grant

Notes: Fred.Bennett@ccv.edu OR through Moodle's Quickmail system

Attendance Policy:

Attendance and participation constitute one half of your grade!

· You cannot pass the course if you miss a class.

· Further, lateness and leaving early will be cumulative in effect and can be equivalent to absences. If there is any reason for missing a part of class, this must be negotiated with your instructor and makeup assignment(s) may be necessary.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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