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Introduction to College & Careers

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-25-2019 - Refund Policy
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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.


 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. 


The following is an outline of the course content. During the first class, we will discuss and make adjustments based on students' goals. 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 depth (two classes each):  

  • College – Students will explore a wide range of training and educational opportunities, such as dual enrollment and early college, as well as explore post-secondary options. They will conduct a search process, including admissions requirements, programs, applications and costs. Students will also learn the essential components of financial aid. 
  • Career and Work Interests – Students will identify interests, values and skills to align with personal goals and opportunities. They will explore career options including nontraditional career paths, entrepreneurship, and fluid work environments. Students will conduct an informational interview, preferably at a worksite. 
  • 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. 


Additionally, we will explore the following topics (one class each):  

  • Academic and Professional Success Skills – Students will explore and exhibit the habits of success in academic and professional environments. 
  • Personality and Learning Styles – Students will use tools to investigate and reflect on individual personality and learning styles. 
  • Diversity – Students will explore cultural diversity, stereotypes, discrimination and prejudice. 
  • Financial Literacy – Students will develop a personal budget, explore college financing and financial aid options, and describe debt, interest, and investing. 

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, demonstrate sufficient skills in all course objectives, including the final project, and accrue no more than three absences. 


Total Points Available = 1000 


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

Reflections: 175 points (5 reflections x 35 points/reflection) - Reflections are short (two page) responses to readings based on provided prompts. 

Activities: 175 points (5 Activities x 35 points/activity) - Activities are non-reading homework assignments of varying types. 

College Essay: 90 points – Students will write a college application essay based on one of the Common Application essay prompts. 

Final Project: 300 points - The Final Project includes a four page paper and five minute presentation.


Spring 2019 textbook data will be available on December 3. 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.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance, participation, and punctuality are essential for learning in this class. If an absence is unavoidable, the student is responsible for contacting the instructor. No more than three absences are aloowed to pass the course.

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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