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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Educational and Career Planning
Course: CPD150AC

First Term: 2019 Fall
Lecture   1.0 Credit(s)   1.0 Period(s)   1.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Emphasis on increasing student success through educational and career planning.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define basic terminology and concepts related to educational planning and career exploration. (I)
2. Describe the career exploration process steps of self-awareness, information gathering, decision-making, and taking action. (II)
3. Utilize self-assessment tools for exploring interests, values, skills, and personality preferences within the world of work. (III)
4. Analyze self-assessment results to guide research into career options utilizing occupational and educational information tools. (IV)
5. Identify resources for ongoing research and assistance with educational/career goals in response to occupational trends and technological changes in a global marketplace. (V)
6. Articulate an actionable plan to pursue educational and career goals. (VI)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Concepts and terminology
   A. Fields of interest
   B. Educational programs: certificates, degrees, and university transfer pathways
   C. Degree requirements and general education guidelines
   D. Terminology: job, gig economy, occupation, career
   E. Interests, values, skills, strengths, personality preferences
II. Educational and career planning process
   A. Self-awareness
   B. Information gathering
   C. Decision-making
   D. Creating a realistic action plan
III. Self-assessment tools
   A. Understanding purpose and limitations of self-assessments
   B. Personal identities and self-concept
   C. Interests
   D. Values
   E. Skills and strengths
   F. Personal preferences and personality factors
IV. Researching career options
   A. Using assessment results to identify factors
   B. Electronic occupational information resources (O*NET, Occupational Outlook Handbook, professional websites)
   C. Workplace trends and occupational outlook
   D. Educational preparation and/or training requirements
   E. College and university websites for researching educational options
V. Identifying resources for ongoing research and support
   A. On-campus resources
   B. Work experiences (informational interviews, shadowing, volunteering, internships)
   C. Professional networking and skill building
   D. Student financial aid for educational goals
VI. Articulate an actionable plan for goal completion
   A. List steps to verify or continue clarifying fit with intended educational and/or career goals
   B. Developing specific, measurable, realistic goals and time-frames to take action on steps
   C. Identifying motivators and pathways for long-term educational and/or career goals
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: May 28, 2019

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