Academic Advisors, Academic Advising Specialists, and Counselors are available twelve months per year during normal college hours of business, Monday through Friday. They are available to answer questions about deciding on a major and the courses that lead to completing a degree in that major.
Primary Advising Requirement
All First Time In College Students (FTIC) MUST meet with a member of the academic advising staff or their vocational department (if they are pursuing a certificate or AAS degree) prior to their first registration to satisfy the WCJC primary advising requirement. Face-to-face sessions with an academic advisor are preferred for FTIC students but online chat sessions with an academic advising staff member are also available. Please go to the PRIMARY ADVISING PAGE for details
Professional WCJC Academic Advising Staff Members
Academic Advising Specialist: assist students with reviewing degree plans, selecting a four year college for transfer and understanding transfer plans.
Academic Advisors: assist students with educational planning, discussing academic counseling related topics (test taking skills, study skills), career testing and exploration, reviewing degree plans, choosing a field of study, selecting a four year college for transfer and understanding transfer plans.
Counselors: assist students with personal counseling concerns (anxiety, depression, relationship issues, etc.), discussing academic counseling related topics (test taking skills, study skills),educational planning, career testing and exploration, career counseling, reviewing degree plans, choosing a field of study, selecting a four year college for transfer, understanding transfer plans,and may assist with disability services.
2018-2019 Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Appointments are not necessary to meet with an academic advisor or academic advising specialist. Please contact a staff member from the list below to inquire about availability outside of regular office hours.
Students are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and see an academic advisor for academic planning assistance now. Students should see an academic advisor or academic advising specialist PRIOR to registration for the spring 2019 semester beginning on Thursday, November 1st.
On campus Academic advising will be *unavailable* the following dates:
October 5: Meeting
October 19: Meeting (Online academic advising available in the evening)
October 26: Fall Break
November 21 to November 25: Thanksgiving Holiday
December 17 to January 2: Winter Break
Online Academic Advising
Welcome to Online Academic Advising.
To get started:
Please select the "Chat live" icon on the left side of the screen. An online academic advisor will be with you soon.
To leave a message, select the "Question/Message" icon on the left side of the screen. An online academic advisor will reply within one business day.
The Chat Live for online academic advising is available according to the below schedule. Hours are subject to change.
Online Advising Hours
Monday through Friday: 9 am until 2:00 pm and 3: 30 pm until 8:30 pm
Saturday: 8 am until 12 noon
Online academic advising hours vary during college holidays.
If you have any problems with the Chat Live or Leaving a message, please contact a member of the academic advising staff listed below.
Campus Tours must be arranged in advance by appointment.
Please contact Julie Aaronson (979-532-6455) or Johnnie Svatek (979-532-6431) to schedule a campus tour at the Wharton Campus
Please contact Ruby Grace (281-239-1526) to schedule a campus tour at the Richmond Campus or Sugar Land Campus.
Counselors and Academic Advisors by Campus
Ashlyn Williams, B.A.
Part Time Academic Advisor 281-239-1593 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruby Grace, B.A.
Recruiter/Academic Advisor 281-239-1526 email@example.com
Beverley Marks, M.A.,,L.P.C.
Counselor 281-239-1527 BeverleyM@wcjc.edu
Sugar Land Campus
Mervat Mickael, B.D.S.
Academic Advising Specialist 281-243-8413 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vershonda Williams, M.B.A.
Academic Advisor 281-243-8414 email@example.com
Catherine Shoppa, M.Ed.
Academic Advisor 979-532-6918 firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha Perez, B.A.
Academic Advising Specialist 979-532-6935 email@example.com
Patti Lawlor, M.Ed.,L.P.C.
Part Time Counselor 979-532-6441 PatriciL@wcjc.edu
Johnnie Svatek, BBA
Recruiter/Academic Advisor 979-532-6431 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmie Flanagin, PhD
Coordinator of Financial Aid 979-532-6384 email@example.com
Sara Fira, B.A.
G.P.S. Coordinator/Online Academic Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Gabriel, M.Ed.
Part time Online Academic Advisor Gabriell@wcjc.edu
Courtney Bolin, B.B.A.
Part time Online Academic Advisor email@example.com
Susan Denman-Briones, M.S., L.P.C.-S
Director of Academic Advising and Counseling 281-243-8422 susanD@wcjc.edu
Study Skills Information
The following links are resources for students:
- Study Math: http://www.collegeatlas.org/math-study-tips.html
- Study History: http://homeworktips.about.com/od/historyhomework/a/terms.htm
- Study English: http://www.how-to-study.com/
- Study Science: http://science.psu.edu/advising/success/learningscience.html/
- Multiple choice tests
- Essay exams: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/essay-exams/
- True/false tests
- Test anxiety
- Many free applications (APPS) for academic planners are available
Paying and Budgeting for College and Beyond
http://www.texasrealitycheck.com Use Texas Reality Check to help you match careers and earning potential
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college Options for money to help pay for college
Financial Literacy (budgeting, credit, debt management, saving and investing, resources)
Texas Success Initiative Enrollment Information
Students who do not meet the Texas Success Initiative Assessment standard created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Education Statute (applying to all public institutions of higher education in Texas):
- Must enroll continuously in college readiness classes (excluding summer sessions and mini terms) directly related to the section(s) of the test where the score in reading, writing or math does not meet the college readiness standards. The student must continue enrolling in the college readiness class each semester until they are college ready in all areas. Students must give priority in course selection to the corresponding college readiness class. Students who are not college ready in reading, writing, and math are required to enroll in college readiness classes immediately upon enrolling at WCJC if the student seeks enrollment in college credit courses that lead to an associate, level two certificate or baccalaureate degree.
- Must satisfactorily complete all coursework in the developmental sequence at the point of placement before enrolling in college level courses in those disciplines.
- Cannot enroll in courses where college-readiness has not been met.
- Must meet with an academic advisor as part of mandatory advising/TSI remediation advisement until the college readiness courses are satisfied by either satisfying the TSIA by retesting in the area they did not meet the standard or completing the college readiness sequence with a grade of A,B, or C.
- Cannot graduate from an associate degree program or from a level two certificate program.