Personal Growth (PERG)



25 Student Government - 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab, 2 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for Speech Communications 126A, B, or C.
The fundamentals of Student Government with emphasis on technique or democratic action among groups. Actual practice in various phases of Student Government will be provided. (FT) AA/AS.

30 Career Planning - 1-3 hours lecture, 1-3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

This course is designed to assist students in making career choices. Topics include self-concept, values, interests, skills assessment, understanding the data/ people/things orientation of work, job satisfiers, exploration of career information, and the decision-making process. (FT) AA/AS.

32 Academic and Financial Planning - .44 - .5 hours lecture, 0 units (Pass/No Pass Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is open only to students who have completed the Mathematics and English Assessment Skill Level tests.
This course is designed to familiarize students with financial aid resources available to help them meet educational expenses. These resources include college and financial aid satisfactory academic progress policies; federal/state regulations for determining and maintaining eligibility for financial aid; student rights and responsibilities in receiving aid; strategies on becoming responsible consumers; money management; and accessing outside student aid resources. Emphasis is placed on effective use of all available on-campus resources and the development and implementation of a Student Educational Plan to meet educational objectives. (FT) Credit does not apply to the associate degree.

120 College Success and Lifelong Learning - 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or (Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Personal Growth 127.
This course teaches success strategies to enhance academic and lifelong learning skills. Students explore topics such as motivation and attitudes, values, goal setting, decision-making processes, critical and creative thinking, personal health topics, interpersonal communication, developmental psychology, and learning and personality theories, as well as other techniques for maximizing their abilities to succeed as lifelong learners. Students apply these topics as they relate to their self-development as integrated physiological and psychological entities and acquire strategies to effectively deal with issues in their personal lives and educational and career plans. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

127 College Success Skills - 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or (Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level R5; and completion of or concurrent enrollment in English 49 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level W5.
This course examines the techniques used to enhance academic skills in order to achieve subject matter mastery and develop strategies for success in a diverse society. Critical thinking skills are interwoven throughout the course by exploring areas such as motivation and attitudes, stress management, creativity, interpersonal communication, and personal health. Topics from developmental psychology, learning theory and personality theory are presented as a foundation for this course. The course is designed for new or re-entry students and others who can benefit. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

130 Career - Life Planning - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Personal Growth 30.
This course is designed to assist students with self-exploration, career transitions and career-life planning in order to achieve success in a diverse society. Critical thinking skills will be utilized through a systematic approach to career development by examining values, interests, skills, life roles, personality type, personal self-management, decision-making and goal-setting throughout the life span. The course is designed for new and re-entry students and others who can benefit. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

140 Life Skills and Personal Adjustment - 1-3 hours lecture, 1 - 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is designed for students who want to learn and acquire effective ways for developing their emotional, social, educational, and professional life skills. This course is a practical study of the principles and application of strategies that assist in the development of coping and life skills. Topics include self-esteem and compassion, self-discipline, selfresponsibility, self-assertion, and living a consciously balanced life in pursuit of defined educational, career, and life goals. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page page 120. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.