How Counseling Works


How Counseling Works

Counselors are available throughout the year to assist you with your educational goals.  You can meet with a counselor on a scheduled appointment once the semester starts or on a drop-in basis during registration period. It is very important that you feel comfortable and confident while working with your counselor, so please do not hesitate to change your counselor to someone who you can connect with.

In order to avoid a lengthy wait during peak registration periods, schedule appointments early in the semester if possible. To plan for fall semester, make an appointment during spring starting in March. To plan for spring, make an appointment in September or early October.

How Drop-in Counseling Works? A Scheduled Appointment
  • Appropriate for informational quick questions, unit overload petitions,  short term academic planning or emergency problem solving.
  • Offered on a first-come, first -served basis.
  • Sessions are up to 15 minutes long.
  • Meet with whichever counselor is available at the time.

 

  • Scheduled in advanced, either on line, in person, or by phone.
  • Appropriate for long term educational planning, clarifying your academic goals, reviewing your readiness for graduation and/or transfer, dealing with probation or dismissal questions, addressing personal issues which are affecting your academic performance.
  • 30-minute appointment (or longer as needed).
  • Can be made with a specific counselor of your choice.
HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM COUNSELING
Student Responsibilities Counselor Responsibilities
  • Attend scheduled appointments and provide complete and accurate information.
  • Be prepared:
    • Bring a list of questions.
    • Bring a copy of prior educational plans and transcripts from other colleges.
    • Think about and make a list of possible interest courses and questions.
  • Follow through on counselor recommendations.
  • Follow up: Let us know how you are doing.
  • Keep scheduled appointments.
  • Provide accurate and specific information.
  • Develop and revise educational plans.
  • Help students learn to locate and use resources.
  • Listen and suggest options.
  • Assist students in making decisions.
  • Assist in navigating the transfer process.