C100 Classes

Counseling 100 is primarily a class offered at our 11 area high schools.  Counseling 100 is taught by Saddleback College Counselors.  Counseling 100 is a 14 week course.  Counseling 100 counselors work with high school  seniors to support them as they begin their transition into college.

Dates: January 2022 to May 2022


UNITS: 1.5


This class is designed for high school seniors transitioning into higher education. The C100 class teaches strategies for creating academic and personal success. This course provides an overview of higher education and college life. This class is intended to prepare students for subsequent Counseling courses related to academic, career, and personal success.

Students successfully completing Counseling 100 will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various student services available on campus as well as locate various departments.
  •  Analyze their placement test results based upon completion of Matriculation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to utilize MySite, College email, CANVAS and College website.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of educational terminology, policies and requirements.
  •  Analyze realistic decision making strategies for academic and personal goals.
  • Differentiate between the various educational options available.
  • Analyze and evaluate subsequent Counseling courses which align with their academic and personal goals.



Deborah Chau

M.S., CSU Dominguez - Counseling
B.A., UCLA - Political Science

Deborah Chau has had the pleasure of working at Saddleback College since 2018. Prior to working at Saddleback College, she worked in the UCLA Undergraduate Admission office for 10 years, where she oversaw their transfer application review process. In 2018, after completing her Masters of Science in Counseling from CSU Dominguez Hills, she was able to change careers and work as a counselor and professor, here at Saddleback College. She has also had the opportunity to work at Chaffey College, in their general counseling department, and Orange Coast College, in their transfer center. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, crafting, traveling, and trying new restaurants. 

Alejandra G. Hurtado

M.S., California State University, Long Beach- Counseling 
B.S., Psychology- California State University, Fullerton
A.A., Psychology - Santiago Canyon College 

Alejandra joined the Saddleback College counseling team in 2016 with fourteen years of experience working with community college students from diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about student success both in and out of the classroom.  She is a student-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused counselor who seeks to promote and assist community college students through their higher educational journey by helping to remove barriers. She is bi-cultural and bi-lingual (English/Spanish). She has extensive financial aid knowledge and expertise. She enjoys teaching and working with students on their academic, career and personal development goals.  Alejandra teaches Counseling 100, 1, & 150

Marisa Perez-Amorde

M.S., California State University, Fullerton – Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis
B.A., Loyola Marymount University – Psychology and Spanish

Marisa currently serves as an Adjunct Counselor and Counseling 100 Instructor at Saddleback College where she works with students concurrently enrolled in college and high school, those working towards an associate’s degree and those planning to transfer to a university. She also serves students at Santa Ana College, School of Continuing Education, in the areas of English as a Second Language, High School Diploma or GED, and career technical certificates. Prior to her service within community colleges, she worked at Cal State Fullerton for 8 years, most recently as a career counselor.

Cassandra Terrazas

M.A., University of La Verne- Educational Counseling
B.A., Concordia University Irvine- Behavioral Science
A.A., Santa Ana College- Liberal Arts

 Professor Terrazas provides academic, personal, and career counseling to students pursuing goals towards certificates, degrees, and transfer. Her passion for counseling stems from being a first generation college student and having amazing counselors who guided her along this educational journey. Now she strives to be that supportive mentor for the students she works with. She specializes in working with our local feeder high school teaching Counseling 100 courses and preparing incoming freshman for college success. In her free time, Cassandra enjoys doing DIY projects, watching comedy movies, and trying foods from different countries.

Taylor Tirona

MSW, Portland State University - Social Work
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles - International Development Studies
IGETC Certification, MiraCosta College

Taylor Tirona has worked in California Community Colleges for over 9 years. As a former community college student, he has first-hand knowledge of the student experience, processes, and support services. Taylor takes a holistic approach when working with students and understands that college success can be directly impacted by the successful integration of the personal, academic, and professional aspects of our lives. In addition to his counseling work, Taylor has experience developing programs to support students experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, and food insecurity.