A Letter to Students from Your VVC Counselors
Did you know…
- Counselors interact with all departments – what affects each of them, affects us in our mission to serve students
- Counselors guide students into taking the proper courses based on assessment scores, evaluation of previous college coursework (transcript evaluation), selected major and career or personal goals – if you tell one counselor that you want to major in Business at Cal State and tell another counselor that you want to major in Psychology at UC, you will receive different information.
- Counselors take care of the specific needs of various student populations – ESL (English as a Second Language), Veterans, Athletes, Nursing Students and Students with Disabilities
- Counselors inform and encourage students to utilize campus resources (Writing Center, Math Lab, Tutoring, Library, Campus Clubs, EOP&S, ACCESS, Puente, FYE, CalWORKS)
- Counselors educate students on campus policies and procedures. We assist with academic holds, prerequisite challenges, late add and late withdrawal petitions and academic renewal
- Counselors inspire students who might only be considering a class or two to pursue one or more certificates, an Associate Degree or even to transfer
- The Counseling Department articulates course equivalencies with both public and private four-year colleges and universities to promote a smooth transition for our transfer students
- Counselors teach Guidance Courses to promote student success:
- Guidance 50 (College Success), Guidance 51 (College Orientation), Guidance 55 (Building Math Confidence), Guidance 56 (Self-esteem), Guidance 100 (Career and Life Planning), Guidance 101 (First Year Experience), Guidance 105 (Personal and Career Success), Guidance 107 (Learning Strategies)
- Counselors present New Student Orientations based off student need (online orientations available via WebAdvisor) and ESL Orientations
- Counselors offer workshops on majors, resume writing, internships/scholarships, AB540 and more
- Counselors actively participate on campus committees (Graduation, Catalog, Curriculum, Environmental Health and Safety, Senate, Budget)
- Counselors handle crisis intervention – we are not therapists but we are here to listen to your concerns and will recommend campus or community resources when appropriate
To schedule an appointment with a generalist counselor, stop by Bldg. 55 or call 245-4271 ext. 2296 or ext. 2531. Please spell your last name and pronounce your phone number clearly. The best time to meet with a counselor is in the middle of the fall and spring semesters. If you are part of EOP&S, ACCESS, Puente, FYE or CalWORKS, please contact a counselor from your program.
Be prepared for your appointment by bringing your most recent education plan, transcripts from other colleges and any other important documentation. If you can’t keep your appointment, please call and cancel so someone else may be seen.
We look forward to meeting with you!
In a FALL 2009 RamPage article, a student expressed frustration with the Counseling and Admissions and Records Departments. Student Services takes concerns such as this very seriously and does its best to rectify the situation whenever possible. Regarding the issue addressed in the article concerning the transferability of VVC courses please note the following: courses numbered below 50 do not count toward the Associate Degree and do not transfer, courses numbered 50 -99 do count toward the Associate Degree, courses numbered 100 and above do count toward the Associate Degree and do transfer to the Cal State system. Most of those courses also transfer to the UC system. This information is located in the course descriptions published in both the class schedule and in the college catalog.