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Counseling: Services

Academic/Educational Counseling

Academic and educational counseling at AVC is multi-faceted and can include (depending on student need) any or all of the following:

  • Development of a Student Educational Plan (SEP) - includes course selection and short/long term program planning
  • Evaluation of previous coursework including that work completed at other institutions relative to degree, certificate, transfer and/or prerequisite requirements.
  • Course information for degrees and occupational certificates.
  • Interpretation of articulation agreements with other institutions.
  • Assistance with the clarification of major, certificate, and/or transfer college objective.
  • Referral to the Transfer Center for further assistance in selection of transfer colleges and to meet with University representatives.
  • Human Development Courses

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Career & Transfer Counseling

The Counseling Center offers assistance in career planning and transfer requirements. Students are urged to make an appointment with a counselor at the Transfer Center after the “last day to add” on their first term of enrollment or any time after. Students that need assistance at the Career Center can make an appointment at any time. 

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Personal Counseling

Personal counseling is short-term and is related to success in college. It may deal with topics such as:

  • Self-awareness
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Stress management
  • Clarification and resolution of specific problems related to academic success
  • Relationship issues

Personal counseling may also take the form of:

  • Motivational support
  • Identification of special needs
  • Building self-esteem and sound decision-making skills
  • Referral to off-campus or on-campus resources
  • Crisis Intervention

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Academic Probation & Dismissal Counseling

Provide assistance to students on Academic or Progress Probation and those subject to dismissal

Conduct workshops and develop contracts for students in academic difficulty.

Referrals to the Learning Center for tutoring and other services and resources.

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Transcript Evaluation from Other Institutions

  1. Make a Counseling appointment (same day advising or regular appointment)
    • For an official evaluation:
    • Student must bring official (sealed) transcripts from the other institution(s) to the appointment.

      OR
    • Official transcript must be on file in the Transcript Office
  2. The Counselor will evaluate the transcripts at the appointment.

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Human Development Courses

Human Development courses provide support, encouragement, and instruction for students returning to school after an interruption in their education and for new and continuing students. The courses help students increase self-awareness and self confidence; improve learning skills; and, identify and accomplish educational, vocational, and personal goals.

These courses help develop skills and knowledge that are critical to making a successful transition to the challenges of a college education.  All listed courses may be used as credits towards an associate degree, several also transfer to the CSU system.

HD 100 *BASIC STRATEGIES FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS

1.5 units

24 hours total

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 099 and READ 099.

This is an intensive course designed to teach students the basic skills needed to manage their lives and be successful in college. An orientation to college services, programs, and policies is included, as well as educational counseling. Also includes the identification of strengths, self-esteem enhancement, time-management, stress- management, study strategies, test-taking strategies, outlining, note taking, goal- setting, money management, instructor relations, assertiveness, and an orientation. to the Library and Learning Center. (AVC)

HD 101 *COLLEGE AND LIFE MANAGEMENT

3 units

3 hours weekly

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 101, or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099, and Eligibility for READ 099.

The ideas and concepts presented will focus on increasing understanding of personal lifestyles and how the college experience, as a learning process, leads to the creation of a successful lifestyle. Emphasis will be placed on raising awareness and assimilating these ideas and concepts into one’s everyday habits and routines. This course is designed to explore learning styles and skills (note taking, test taking, organizing and managing resources, reading strategies, memory), health and exercise, communication and relationships, sexuality, stress management, goal setting, and decision-making as these topics relate to creating a lifestyle that is personally satisfying and fulfilling. (CSU, AVC)

HD 102 *SOLDIER TO SCHOLAR

3 units

3 hours weekly

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 099 and READ 099.

The course is for all who have served in a uniformed service, their family members, friends and supporters. Students will learn ways for veterans to adjust to civilian life and to college. The course will present and discuss various campus services and effective strategies useful for college success. These will include, but not be limited to, academic support services, goal setting, note-taking, memory techniques, time and money management, and accessing various service-related benefits. Students will also explore various physical, emotional and psychological reactions to wartime service, whether exposed to combat or not, and how these effect veterans’ civilian readjustment. There will be discussions of various coping mechanisms that will enable veterans to reconnect with loved ones and manage stress and anxiety related to the wartime experience. The course will explore the signs and symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and identify strategies to manage these symptoms. The course will enable students to identify community resources that may enable readjustment to civilian life. (CSU, AVC)

HD103 *CAREER PLANNING

1.5 units

24 hours total

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 099 and READ 099.

An action-oriented, intensive course designed to guide students in self-exploration and assessment of values, interests, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics relative to career selection. This course leads the student through the process of career planning. It includes self-assessment, self-esteem enhancement, http://www.avc.edu (661) 722-6300 Human Development 207 decision-making, goal-setting, job search strategy, resume writing, and interviewing skills. The primary objective is to lead students though a process that will enable them to make satisfying career choices. (AVC)

HD 105 *PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

3 units

3 hours weekly

Advisory: Completion of ENGL 101.

This course is designed to facilitate personal growth, interpersonal effectiveness and increased understanding of self and others. Focus is on self-exploration, learning to make choices, and developing coping strategies to enhance growth and development and maximize satisfaction in everyday life. Active personal involvement, group interaction, and self-study projects will be emphasized. (CSU, AVC)

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Foreign Transcript Evaluation

Antelope Valley College Requires:

  • The student must contact a listed foreign evaluation agency for an application.  Click here: NACES
  • The student must arrange a word-for-word translation to English of their foreign transcript (AVC does not provide this service)
  • An official evaluation from a listed foreign evaluation agency (evaluation must be sealed to be official)
  • AVC will only allow credit for lower division coursework

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Last updated: April 18, 2017