Assessment, Orientation, and Counseling are services provided to students by the Counseling Department as part of a process called matriculation. This is a state-mandated partnership for student success between the college and its students. The college provides services to students to help them achieve their educational goals, while students do their part in striving to succeed.
Assessment consists of testing in English, English as a Second Language, mathematics, and reading to help students determine the level of courses they should take.
Orientation provides information to students about enrollment procedures, programs of study, student services, and college resources and facilities. All first time college freshmen are required to complete orientation. During the orientation you will learn about your Rights and Responsibilities.
Counseling helps students achieve their educational goals. Once testing and orientation is complete, students develop their one semester Student Educational Plan (SEP) with the help of a counselor, identifying courses they should take according to their goals, background, and assessment results.
If you are a new student taking 6 or more units, and have not completed Guidance 45 you should take this class during your first semester. It will give you the tools you need to succeed in your educational endeavors.