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SDV 100: College Success Skills (1 cr.) — Assists students in transition to college. Provides overviews of College policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other College resources available to students. May include English and math placement testing. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Required for graduation. Should be taken within first 16 credits at GCC. Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 101: Orientation to (Specific Discipline) (1 cr.) — Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college and to the discipline in which they are enrolled. Covers topics such as services at the college including the learning resources center; counseling, and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; and topical areas which are applicable to the student’s particular discipline At GCC, the following topics are offered: Allied Health, Online Learning, Early Childhood Education, and for Military Veterans. Course may substitute for SDV 100 requirement. Lecture 1-3 hour per week.

SDV 104: Study Skills (1 cr.) — Assists students in planning strategies to overcome nonproductive study habits and in implementing positive study behaviors. Includes management, memory improvement, note taking, and test taking. Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 106: Preparation for Employment (1 cr.) — Provides experience in resume writing, preparation of applications, letters of application, and successfully preparing for and completing the job interview. Assists students in identifying their marketable skills and aptitudes. Develops strategies for successful employment search. Assists students in understanding effective human relations techniques and communication skills in job search. Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 107: Career Education (1 cr.) — Surveys career options available to students. Stresses career development and assists in the understanding of self in the world of work. Assists students in applying decision-making to career choice. Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 108: College Survival Skills (1-3 cr.) — Provides an orientation to the college. Introduces study skills, career and life planning. Offers an opportunity to engage in activities aimed at self-discovery. Emphasizes development of “coping skills” such as listening, interpersonal relations, competence, and improved self-concept. Recommended for students enrolled in developmental courses. Lecture 1-3 hours per week.

SDV 110 - Orientation to Teaching As a Profession (3 cr.) — Introduces students to a career in teaching and education by allowing students to experience the components of the learner, the school environment and the classroom-teaching environment. Utilizes the Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow/Teacher Cadet curriculum. Students participate in a 15-hour student teaching internship in a classroom at one of the levels between Kindergarten and grade 9. Lecture 3 hours per week.

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