The Guidance program is an integral part of the counseling services. Courses are offered in the traditional classroom format or as Online Guidance Courses. Students who take guidance skills courses will learn to:
Acquire, organize and demonstrate problem-solving and decision-making skills; explore, evaluate and pursue career and educational options; develop social, intellectual and emotional competencies; develop needed skills and strategies to maximize the educational experience; understand themselves, others and their environment in order that they may develop individual value systems and life styles.
One of the following courses must be taken to fulfill the MJC graduation requirement: GUIDE 109, 110, 111, 112, 116, 120, Study Skills 78 or College Skills 100
Guidance 109 – International Student/New American Focus 1 Unit
Education and career planning for students whose previous education has been outside the United States. Acquaints students with the college, its curriculum, facilities, services, academic regulations, vocational and certificate programs, degree and transfer requirements. Reviews extra curricula activities, personal adjustment, American customs, culture shock, survival techniques and immigration regulations. A detailed educational plan is developed. Students must complete a conference with a counselor during the semester.
Guidance 110 – Educational Planning ½ Unit
Acquaints MJC students with the college, its curriculum, facilities, services, academic regulations, vocational and certificate programs, degree and transfer requirements. Students must complete a conference with a counselor during the semester. An educational plan is developed according to each student's needs and goals.
Guidance 111 – Career Awareness 1 Unit
Assists students in exploring career alternatives through development of skills necessary for the research, selection and planning of a life-long career. The role of attitudes, interests, values and skills will be addressed. Interests, aptitude and values tests may be used. Important aspects of occupational choice will be covered along with occupational information. An educational plan will be developed. Students must complete a conference with a counselor during the semester. Materials fee required.
Guidance 112 – Job Hunting Skills ½ Unit
Realities of the job market and techniques for conducting a successful job search. Emphasis on learning job application procedures, resume writing and interview techniques. Students must complete a conference with a counselor during the semester.
Guidance 116 - Orientation for Re-entry Adults 2 Units
Designed to help new or returning adult students to be successful in college after having been out of school for a number of years. Acquaints students with college services, programs, and requirements, and numerous topics related to academic and career success. These topics include adult transitions, self exploration, educational planning, study skills, time management, learning styles, goal setting, career exploration, and other topics related to student success. Students must complete a conference with a counselor during the semester. An educational plan will be developed based on the student's academic and career goals.
Guidance 120- Successful Strategies for Transfer Students 3 Units
Increases success in college and in life by assisting students in obtaining skills and techniques necessary to reach personal goals. Explore personality, interests and values to increase self-understanding and select an appropriate major and career. Topics include: educational planning and transfer strategies, motivation and learning styles, research strategies, note-taking, subject-specific study techniques, time management, and textbook study methods. Field trips may be required.
Study Skills 78 - College Study Skills 3 Units
Introduction to educational, psychological and social factors necessary for college success. Topics include: goal setting, time management, note-taking, textbook reading, test-taking skills, memorization, concentration, motivation, writing and speaking, critical and creative thinking, learning styles, use of technology, diversity, health, relationships, finances, educational planning and career development. Acquaints students with the college, its curriculum, facilities, services, regulations, programs, degree and transfer requirements. Field trips may be required.
College Skills 100 - Foundation for First Year College Success 3 Units
This multidisciplinary course provides first time in college students with an introduction to the purpose of higher education, acclimation process, and outcomes of higher education through the exploration of student development and personal growth principles and application. The course will focus on navigating the college environment, stages of development, life management skills, strategies for college success, health and wellness management, as well as techniques for maximizing abilities as lifelong learners. Students will examine the relationship between growth principles and the intellectual, social, physiological, and psychological aspects of student and personal development and well-being. Field trips might be required. Not repeatable.