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“If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
— Henry David Thoreau

Are you ready for college? How can you develop better study habits? How do you decide what to do with your life? Can you learn skills that will help you cope better with all the choices you have to make?

Human Development courses at El Centro College are designed to prepare and equip you with the foundation that you’ll need to succeed in your college studies, your career and your life.

Your counselor or advisor may recommend HDEV courses as a part of your college plan. Check with the college you plan to attend for its policy on taking HDEV classes.

You can benefit tremendously from the knowledge gained in classes where caring professors integrate coping and planning skills with the ability to think critically and solve problems beyond the classroom.

Whether you come to community college for technical training, to improve job skills or as part of a transfer plan to a four-year institution, Human Development classes at the colleges of DCCCD can give you the foundation you’ll need for success.

See what some of our former students say about their experience in HDEV classes.

Human Development Topics

Human Development provides theoretical and practical foundations in human growth and development and skills for college success, as well as applications for decision-making in your career and personal life.

HDEV courses are organized around a variety of topics:

  • Learning and study skills
  • Educational, career and life planning strategies for success
  • Career exploration and planning
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Personal and social growth
  • Emotional understanding and control
  • Human relations skills
  • Organizational strategies
  • Conflict resolution
  • Proactively building a successful and healthy life

What Does All That Really Mean?

HDEV course topics can help you to formulate answers to difficult questions, such as:

  • How can I learn to study better and make better grades?
  • What major and career will fit my personality and my passions?
  • How can I learn to problem-solve using creative and critical thinking?
  • How can I learn to build better interpersonal relationships?
  • How can I break bad habits and form positive new ones?
  • How can I be seen as smart and successful?
  • What can I proactively do to become a better student and person?

Check our catalog for a full listing of our Human Development courses (coded as HDEV).

Our Faculty Talk About Why the Study of Human Development Is Important

Our Human Development instructors hold a deep conviction that ordinary people can create purposeful and extraordinary lives by learning specific life and career skills.

“My role as an instructor is to help to kindle a flame for learning inside of each student I have the honor of serving. I also hope to never lose track of the fact that the student is my employer, the person I am there to serve.” — H. Steven Carter, adjunct HDEV faculty and senior program development specialist, El Centro College

“If you can believe it, you can achieve it. I enjoy seeing my students succeed in their educational goals.” — Lisa Theriot, adjunct HDEV faculty and interim executive dean, Communications, Mathematics, Developmental Studies and Teacher Preparation Division, El Centro College

“Everywhere I go, everywhere I’ve been, there are people. Interaction begins when any two people meet; relationships begin then and change every year, day by day. Adjusting to these changes is what life is all about, and the better adjustments allow for a fuller, richer life.” — Charlie Morgan, adjunct HDEV faculty and counselor, El Centro College