Student Life Skills (SLS)

Why take a Student Life Skills course?

Enrolling in a Student Life Skills course can increase your chance of success in college and in your career. You’ll gain valuable leadership experience, time management and study skills, and a better understanding about your strengths that will help you succeed in the workplace.

A study by Columbia University researchers showed that students who took SLS courses had a better chance of earning a credential, persevering through their studies and transferring to a university.

What is Service Learning at TCC?

At TCC, Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of enriched student learning, civic responsibility and measureable community impact.

As an integral part of all Dynamics of Leadership Development (SLS 2261) classes, students are required to complete a project of their choosing that fits within the Service Learning criteria. Students can work with any established TCC community partner or an outside organization of their choice. At the end of the semester, the service hours devoted to the project are added to the student’s TCC transcript.

Service Learning encourages a life-long community involvement and engages students in conscious, intentional, and critical thinking. It also provides students with a variety of other collaborative learning opportunities to:

  • Explore professional fields and enhance leadership skills
  • Network with professionals and perhaps connect students to future jobs
  • Improve confidence and self-esteem

Courses Available


SLS 1301- Career Planning

Course Code: SLS 1301

This 1-credit elective course is ideal for those preparing to enter the workforce. Career Planning (SLS1301) is an 8-week course that focuses on the career planning process, cover letters, mock interviews and more. 

SLS 1510- College Success

Course Code: SLS 1510

Designed to help first-year students transition smoothly into college, this 3-credit class focuses on college resources, college policies and procedures, goal-setting, personal responsibility, health and wellness, meta-majors, career selections and more.

This is a General Education Requirement for the A.A. degree. (Grade of C or better is required.)

SLS 2261-Dynamics of Leadership Development

Course Code: SLS 2261

We live in a competitive world and leadership skills are a must for success. This 3-credit class is an opportunity to explore your leadership potential and discover what skills you can maximize for your success.

This is a General Education Requirement for the A.A. degree. (Grade of C or better is required.)


SLS Faculty

Bryan Hooper | Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Christine Barrilleaux | Professor

Shakonda Diggs | Assistant Professor

Nancy Donovan | Associate Professor

Robin Haggins | Associate Professor 

Leslie Harper | Associate Professor

Patrick McDermott | Associate Professor

Melissa Scalzi | Assistant Professor