Diablo Valley College's Counseling Department offers a variety of classes and workshops
designed to assist students in identifying their educational and career goals, creating
career and educational plans, exploring majors and career fields, as well as developing
student success strategies.
Our courses are transferable to the CSU system and some can be used towards CSU General
Education requirements. We also offer several courses that transfer to the UC system.
For brand new DVC students needing help in getting started with first term course
selection, degree and transfer requirements, creating educational plans and registration
COUNS 095: Educational Planning This course provides an introduction to educational goal setting and course selection.
Students will develop a plan to succeed in achieving their educational goal. Topics
will include identification of interest area, educational and career goals, academic
placement, counseling, and advising services.
COUNS 096: Orientation for Student-Athletes This course provides an introduction to educational goal setting and course selection
for student-athletes. Students will develop an education plan to succeed in achieving their educational and athletic goals. Topics include general college information,
intercollegiate academic eligibility requirements and regulations, registration procedures,
and student-athlete academic success strategies. Important college services for student-athletes
will be emphasized.
COUNS 097: Educational Planning for DSS Students This course provides an introduction to college for students with disabilities using
course content tailored to meet the unique needs of this population. It will provide
students in Disability Support Services (DSS) with a concrete plan for enrolling and
succeeding in college. Topics include: an overview of DSS services and accommodations
at Diablo Valley College (DVC), an explanation of the differences between high school
and college, an overview of general information about certificate, associate degree
and transfer pathways, and how to build a student educational plan.
For students interested in understanding the transfer process, how to navigate campus
resources and learning new student success strategies.
COUNS 100: New Student Success Strategies This course introduces new students to information, resources and skills necessary
for college success. Topics will include educational opportunities, campus resources, study skills and strategies. The class also provides instruction in educational planning
to reach certificate, degree and transfer goals. CSU, UC (credit limits may apply
to UC - see counselor)
COUNS 120: Student Success This course presents skills and strategies to succeed as a college student. Topics
such as motivation and attitudes, time management, decision-making processes, goal-setting,
critical thinking skills, study skills and interpersonal communication will be explored.
Students will evaluate their own skills and behaviors in relation to these topics
and learn strategies to make meaningful choices about their education, career and
personal goals. CSU, UC (credit limits may apply to UC - see counselor)
COUNS 130: Transfer Planning This course presents an overview of the transfer admission requirements, application
process, and procedures. Topics include transfer to private, public, in-state, and
out-of-state colleges and universities, transfer admission programs, major preparation,
and articulation agreements. A key component of this course includes applying research
skills and strategies using a variety of techniques to find, retrieve, and evaluate
transfer planning information to create a personal education plan. CSU
For students interested in exploring majors, researching career fields and learning
how to decide and plan for your educational and career goals.
CARER 110: Career and Life Planning This course presents research strategies for effective career and major choice selection.
Students will use a variety of techniques to find, retrieve, and evaluate career planning
information as well as career assessments to identify their preferred work values,
interests, skills and personality traits. Focus is placed on the exploration of labor
market needs, educational and employment requirements, and career ladders within given
professions resulting in an effective educational and job search plan. Employability
and interpersonal skills such as communication, critical thinking, creative problem
solving, time management, self-esteem and professional confidence, emotional intelligence,
conflict resolution, and effective collaboration are also addressed. CSU, UC (credit
limits may apply to UC - see counselor)
CARER 120: Career Assessment In this course, students will utilize self-assessment inventories to identify individual
interests, values, skills and personality types as they relate to college/career and
major options. Career development software and related technologies to develop skills
to enhance the career exploration process will be utilized. CSU
CARER 130: Career and Major Exploration This course introduces basic career planning and electronic resources that aid in
the research of career and college major options. This course is intended for students
who are undecided about their career and/or educational goals. CSU
For student interested in preparing for the employment search process by learning
to write cover letters, resumes, research the job market and interview techniques.
CARER 140: Job Search Strategies This course is designed to prepare students for the employment search process. Identification
of goals and job skills, how to complete an application, traditional and electronic
cover letters and resumes, interviewing techniques, job market research and overview
of employee and employer rights will be covered. Students will also identify and discuss
the employability skills most commonly sought by employers. CSU