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 2023 to May 2023 


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 working with students on their academic, career and personal development goals.  

Elisa Manese 

M.S., National University – Educational Counseling
B.S., San Diego State University - Kinesiology
A.A., Grossmont College - General Studies 

Elisa Manese joined the Saddleback College team in Fall 2019 and serves both as an adjunct counselor as well as a Counseling 100 instructor for our high school feeder schools. Her professional background began in 1999 as a high school counselor, and later as a high school assistant principal and district-level administrator.  She began her community college career at Santa Ana College in 2006. She has always felt a special connection with community college students, especially given that she began her college journey as a community college student! In addition, Elisa has a passion for bridging high school students over to the college environment.   

Hochin Moon 

M.S., University of La Verne – Educational Counseling 
B.S., California State University, Fullerton – Child & Adolescent Development

Hochin has 17 years of community college experience serving students from diverse backgrounds. She joined Saddleback College in 2015 as a part-time Counselor in the Extended Opportunities Programs & Services (EOPS) Department at Saddleback College and is now a part of the General Counseling Department. She also works as a part-time Counselor at Fullerton College where she has worked in the General Counseling Department as well as the International Student Center. Prior to becoming a Counselor, she worked at Fullerton College and then at Saddleback College for 10 years working closely in the Articulation Office.  

Orlantha Nin

Ed.D., California State University, Fullerton - Community College Leadership
M.Ed., Azusa Pacific University - College Counseling & Student Development
B.A., California State University, Long Beach - Psychology

Orlantha Nin started as a part-time counselor at Saddleback College in fall 2000.  She has worked in various counseling and coordinator roles in the Transfer Center, General Counseling, EOPS/CARE, Teacher Preparation, CLASE, and the Honors Program.  In 2012, she became a full-time counselor and Transfer Center Coordinator.  She is currently a counselor in the EOPS/CARE program and a Counseling 100 instructor.  Orlantha is proud to make her career in a community college because of the opportunities it brings to anyone seeking to better themselves through education.  She works with students to help them develop their potential and remove barriers through education and empowerment. Prior to beginning her tenure at Saddleback College, Orlantha worked in student activities and coordinated the student orientation services at Cal Poly Pomona, she was later a career counselor at Cal State Long Beach and a corporate trainer for Freedom Communications.  When she is not at Saddleback College, Orlantha enjoys spending time with her family, playing pickleball, watching movies, or experimenting with new recipes. 

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. 

Brooke Sauter 

M.S., University of La Verne – Educational Counseling 
B.A., California State University Fullerton – Liberal Studies 
A.A., Saddleback College – Liberal Arts & Sciences 

Brooke has been an adjunct counselor working within Generalist Counseling and Veterans Counseling since 2017 at Saddleback College. Prior to this Brooke worked within multiple departments in Student Services at Saddleback College for 15 years. Whether Brooke is counseling students, facilitating workshops, or teaching a class; her approach with students is that of respect and compassion to create a partnership with students that encourages a proactive student-focused approach toward each individual educational, personal, and career goal(s). Additionally, Brooke currently serves at the Veterans Student Council Advisor, teaches Counseling courses, and provides Saddleback College counseling services at our local high schools and on campus. 

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 freshmen 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.