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DEV-0270-VU02 - Introduction to College & Careers

Synonym: 167471
Location: Winooski
Room: CCV Winooski 305
Credits: 0
Day/Times: Wednesday, 04:00P - 06:00P
Semester Dates: 09-13-2017 to 12-13-2017
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-29-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-02-2017 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Karin Ames | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Comments: No class 11/22

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.


In addition to activities based on the essential objectives above (such as time management and goal setting), we will explore the following four modules in this class. These modules have been chosen based on positive feedback from students of previous classes when asked what they most valued from the course.

Communication – Students will develop strategies for effective and professional communication techniques, including interviewing, nonviolent communication, and conflict resolution.

Employment – Students will create an Employment Portfolio including resume, references, cover letter, and job application, as well as conduct a job search and role play interviewing and salary negotiating. 

Diversity – Students will develop an awareness of how one’s own experience and culture impacts social identity and world view, learn to recognize how stereotypes and discrimination impact access to educational and career opportunities, and discuss legal issues related to diversity.

Financial Literacy – Students will develop a personal budget, explore college financing and financial aid options, and describe debt, interest, and investing. 

A variety of teaching methods will be used in this course with a strong emphasis on active engagement. Methods include small group activities, large and small group discussion, role plays, individual research, reading and writing. Students will be prompted to think critically, reflect on personal experience and values, and use new understandings to inform short and long-term educational and career goals.

Evaluation Criteria:

Introduction to College and Careers is a Proficient/Not Yet Proficient course at the pre-college level. Proficiency for ICC means satisfactory completion of course objectives (C- or above). To achieve  a Proficient (P) grade, a student must acquire a minimum of 700 points out of a total of 1000 and demonstrate sufficient skills in all course objectives, including the final proejct.

Total Points Available = 1000

Attendance and Participation: 260 points (13 weeks x 20 points/week)

Reflections: 200 points (5 reflections x 40 points/reflection) - Reflections are short (two page) responses to readings based on provided prompts.

Activities: 200 points (5 Activities x 40 points/activity) - Activities are non-reading homework assignments of varying types.

Planner & Binder: 65 points - Planners will be used to budget time, manage assignments, and track goal progress. Binders will be used to develop organization and note-taking skills.

Final Project: 275 points - The Final Project includes a four page paper and five minute presentation.



Fall 2017 textbook data will be available on May 22. 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.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Karin Ames
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Garrett-Ostermiller

Attendance Policy:

 Attendance, participation and punctuality are essential for successful learning in this class. If an absence is unavoidable, the stuent must contact the instructor. No more than two absences are allowed to pass the course. Being tardy more than 10 minutes three times will count as one absence.


A syllabus with week by week activities can be found here:

 ICC Syllabus Fall 2017

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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