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Chair: Reri Pumphrey (323) 953-4000 ext. 2250 • AD108

Courses Only - No Degree/Certificate

The Counseling Department believes that students should take time early in their college life to adopt behaviors key to their success in college and beyond. Personal Development (PD) courses are taught by counselors with the intention of assisting students adjust to college, choose a major or program of study, select a career path, transfer to a university, and cultivate learning strategies that will improve academic performance. These life-skills courses provide students with opportunities to increase their potential in their future careers as well as for academic success.  These courses are worth from 1.0 unit to 3 units and all are transferable to the CSU system, with one of the courses transferable to the CSU and UC systems.

  • Need help with study skills, time management and goal setting? Would you like to understand more about degree and transfer requirements? Want to learn more about the college environment and resources?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then our Personal Development 40  is for you! To register for this class, look for "PD - Personal Development" courses in the class schedule.

  • Need help finding a major that fits your personality? Not sure how to go about finding your dream job? Want assistance getting back into the work world?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Personal Development 20 is for you. To register for these classes, look for "PD - Personal Development" courses in the class schedule.

 

Course Descriptions: 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 20
Post Secondary Education: The Scope of Career Planning

3 UNITS – (CSU)
Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Recommended for people changing careers, undecided about career/major or interested in examining personal interest and goals

For individuals seeking out new ways to manage their careers, identify their transferable skills, sort out their priorities and find balance in their lives, PD 20 is that first step. 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 through the use of career assessments and various other introspective activities. This course introduces the student to the beginning phase of the career planning process.

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 20A
Post Secondary Education: The Scope of Career Planning

1 UNIT – (CSU)
Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Recommended for people changing careers, undecided about career/major

In this first of three modules, students learn self-awareness, career and social factors, and career development theories. Students utilize critical thinking skills 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 through the use of career assessments and various other introspective activities.

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 20B
Post Secondary Education: The Scope of Career Planning

1 UNIT – (CSU)
Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Recommended for people changing careers, undecided about career/major

In this second of three modules, students learn career exploration, making career decisions, and understanding the job market. Students utilize critical thinking skills 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 through the use of career assessments and various other introspective activities.

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 20C
Post Secondary Education: The Scope of Career Planning

1 UNIT – (CSU)
Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Recommended for people changing careers, undecided about career/major

In this last of three modules, students learn job search techniques, job marketing strategies, employment interviewing skills, job survival skills and career expansion. Students utilize critical thinking skills 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 through the use of career assessments and various other introspective activities.

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 40
College Success Seminar
3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)
Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Recommended for all students, especially those interested in increasing their potential for college success. 


This course will explore issues related to higher education that impact student success.  Topics will include an overview of academic success skills, value and purpose of higher education.  Los Angeles City College and Los Angeles Community College District policies and procedures, ethics and responsibility, diversity in higher education, educational strategies and planning, interpersonal communication, career development, health issues, and self-assessment techniques.

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 40A
College Success Seminar
1 UNIT – (UC:CSU)
Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Recommended for all students, especially those interested in increasing their potential for college success. 

This course is the first of three modules exploring issues related to higher education that contribute to student success. Topics will include an overview of orientation to higher education; Los Angeles City College and Los Angeles Community College District policies and procedures; ethics in higher education; college resources; general education, certificates, graduation and transfer requirements.

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 40B
College Success Seminar
1 UNIT – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Recommended for all students, especially those interested in increasing their potential for college success. 

This course is the second of three modules exploring issues related to higher education that impact student success. Topics will include an overview of personal values, goal and decision making, time/task management and academic success skills, which include study-groups, effective reading, memorizing, note-taking, and test-taking techniques.

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 40C
College Success Seminar
1 UNIT – (UC:CSU)
Advisory:  English 28 or equivalent 

Recommended for students interested in increasing their potential for college success. 

This course is the last module exploring issues related to higher education that impact student success. Topics will include career exploration, educational planning, learning preferences and theory, diversity, health issues and interpersonal communication.

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 41
Introduction to Higher Education
1 UNIT – (CSU)
Advisory:  English 28 or equivalent 

Recommended for high school students or first-year college students interested in learning about higher education.

This course introduces the Master Plan for Higher Education in California, as well as higher education systems in other states. Included will be discussions of general educational policies, requirements for transfer and the Associate of Arts degree, differences among various higher education systems, specifically in California. Students will develop a plan in order to accomplish their future educational goals.