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

Kimberly Brooks
kbrooks@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.862.1352

Adell Bynum
abynum@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7204

Scott Cooper
scooper@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7453

Victoria Curry
vcurry@collegeofthedesert.edu 
760.636.7977

Maria De Santiago
mdesantiago@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.773.2540

Sandra Hauf
shauf@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.862.1337

Maria Herrera 
maherrera@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.674.7841

Khanh Hoang
khoang@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7424

Jenna Huntzinger
jhuntzinger@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7252

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

Mariana Zepeda 
mazepeda@collegeofthedesert.edu    
760.423.6636

College (COLL)

COLL 001  First Year Seminar   Units: 3

Development of thinking strategies that can be used for lifelong problem solving in academic, social, and personal life. Introduces critical thinking, information literacy, college resources, motivating factors and study skills for student success. Special emphasis is placed on using materials related to the content area in which the course resides.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C5                 CSU GE: E                 IGETC: None

Counseling (COUN)

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: None
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 & 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

COUN 301  Career Exploration   Units: 0

This course is designed for students who are undecided about or validating their educational or career goals. Using a career planning process, students assess interests, skills, personality, values, and life/work style choices. Students research potential educational and careers goals, and relate their self-assessment information to occupational possibilities and college majors.
Noncredit Hours: 9                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

COUN 302  Career Readiness   Units: 0

Students will learn strategies for successfully entering and transitioning in the workplace. Students will learn how to maximize their strengths, skills, and college learning for gainful and satisfying employment. Students will create a personal brand and professional in-person and online presence to optimize their career opportunities. Resumes, interviewing, professional etiquette, job search, networking, are discussed, developed, and practiced.
Noncredit Hours: 9                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None