Counseling

Counseling programs and courses are designed to prepare students for college experiences, academic achievement, and success in educational and occupational  pursuits. Each course is designed to assist groups of students who share either common goals or common difficulties in reaching their goals.

New and re-entering students who might benefit from guidance in time management, study techniques, educational planning, setting realistic goals, changing careers, etc., are able to earn credit and reap personal benefits through Counseling courses. For more information, please call (760) 773-2521.

Counseling Faculty:

Basil Augustine
baugustine@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 773-2524

Scott Cooper
scooper@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7453

Veronica Daut
vdaut@collegeofthedesert.edu 
(760) 773-2587

Khanh Hoang
khoang@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7424

Maria Jasso
mjasso@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 773-2593

Elise King
eking@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 862-1360

Monica Lopez
molopez@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 674-7628

Lisa McFadden
lmcfadden@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7499

Angel Meraz
ameraz@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 568-7519

Frank Ramirez
framirez@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 568-7519

Fred Sangiorgio
fsangiorgio@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7345

Christine Schaefer
cschaefer@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 568-3188

Jose Simo
jsimo@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7356

Ana Stockwell
astockwell@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7380

COUN 011  Introduction To Scholarships   Units: 1

Introduces students to scholarship and financial aid opportunities at the local, state, and national levels. Learn research techniques and utilize publications, software, Internet sites, and community resources. Emphasis is on development of a personal organizational system to mange the process of the scholarship search. Identify scholarships that meet personal criteria. Personal statements, interview techniques, resumes, organization and time management skills are also covered.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: Basic knowledge of the Internet; basic word processing
Limitation on enrollment: Basic knowledge of the Internet; basic word- processing
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

COUN 012  Career/Life Planning & Personal Exploration   Units: 3

This course is designed to cover theories and concepts of values, interests, skills, and personality as applied to the career and life planning process. It assists students to establish life, career, educational, and personal goals and to develop plans and strategies to meet those goals.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-061 and RDG-061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C5                 CSU GE: E                 IGETC: None

COUN 013  Strategies For College Transfer   Units: 1

This course provides students with a concrete plan for understanding and succeeding in transferring to four-year colleges or universities. Topics include the following: identifying long-term educational and career goals, utilizing technology to conduct college and career research (i.e., assist.org, Eureka), selecting a transfer institution, completing applications for transfer admission, and applying for financial aid and scholarships.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

COUN 060  College Success Skills   Units: 1

This course helps college students learn the information and develop the skills necessary for success in college. Course topics include an overview of higher education, student support services (including financial aid), study skills (including time management, note taking and test preparation), and an introduction to transfer and career development. Students are helped to develop realistic educational plans consistent with their educational goals.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

COUN 061  College Success/International Students   Units: 0.5

This course is required for all first-semester F-1 Visa students. This course is designed to introduce International Students to various college services and programs. It includes enrollment procedures, interpretation of the College of the Desert Assessment, information on educational programs and assistance in developing a personalized Student Educational Plan in order to assist in accomplishing their future goals. Students are introduced to the requirements for Certificates,the Associate in Arts/Science (A.A. or A.S.) degree, and for transferring to a four-year institution. Campus policies and resources are reviewed as well as an overview of American culture, cultural adaptation issues, career planning, and F-1 Visa issues. This course helps F-1 Visa students gain an understanding of the critical elements involved in living and studying successfully in the United States of America. In addition to becoming acquainted with regulations affecting International Students, the class reviews graduation and transfer requirements along with other policies and procedures at College of the Desert.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None