Personal Development - Counseling Department

About Personal Development Courses

Personal Development (PD) courses are taught by counselors with the aim of helping students adjust to college, choose a major and career, transfer to a university, and improve study or test-taking skills. These courses are worth from 0.5 unit to 3 units and some of them are transferable to the CSU system. We also have specialized courses, which can aid students in diagnosing a learning disability. Furthermore, we offer courses to aid learning disabled students in developing strategies for the successful completion of math classes or developing reading and writing skills.

Classes are taught with care and professionalism. Emphasis is placed on academic guidance, career development, motivation, self-esteem, personal assessment and the use of both on and off campus resources. Since the instructors are counselors, they can facilitate a student's use of the counseling department to continue, enhance or otherwise realize goals and objectives.

Now Online! Students also have the option of taking Personal Development classes on the web. See Personal Development Online or the College online course listing page for more information about these PD classes.

Most Personal Development are offered on a pass/no pass basis. To register for these classes, look for "PD - Personal Development" courses in the searchable online Class Schedule.

For more information on the following type of Personal Development classes:

Special Populations

Special student populations have specific concerns, issues and interests. The Counseling Department makes a commitment to address these concerns by offering course sections directed toward these special populations (underrepresented students, re-entry (older) students, deaf and hard of hearing students.)

Review the searchable online Class Schedule to find days and times these sections are offered.

For more information about personal development classes, please contact the Counseling Department at (510) 659-6110.

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