Academic Advising


Academic Advising


Academic Advisors, Academic Advising Specialists and Counselors are available twelve months per year during normal college hours of business, Monday through Friday. They here to answer questions about deciding on a major and the courses that lead to completing a degree in that major. 

Academic Advising Specialist: assist students with educational planning, 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, 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.

             Monday to Friday     8:00 am to 5:00 pm

On campus Academic advising will be *unavailable* the following dates:

April 13 - 16  --College Holiday Break

May 29         --Memorial Day

July 4           --Independence Day holiday

June 30        --New Student Orientation


Spring Semester 2017 academic advising:

Registration for classes for the MAY MINI AND SUMMER SESSION starts APRIL 1 with open academic advising hours on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary during academic advising hours.  

Registration for classes for the FALL SEMESTER  2017 starts on Saturday, June 24th. 

Students are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and see an advisor for academic planning assistance. Students should see an advisor PRIOR to registration opening! 


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 academic advisor will be with you soon.                          

To leave a message, select the "Question/Message" icon on the left side of the screen. An academic advisor will reply within one business day.                            

The Chat Live for online advising is available according to the below schedule.  Hours are subject to change.                          

      Online Advising Hours  

      Monday through Friday:    9 am until 12 noon  &  5:30 pm until 8:30 pm

      Saturday:                              8 am  until 12 noon  

Online academic advising hours vary during college holidays. 


Online Academic Advising will be unavailable on the following dates:

April 14 - 16  --College Holiday Break

May 29         --Memorial Day

July 4           --Independence Day holiday


If you have any problems with the Chat Live or Leaving a message, please feel free to contact a member of the academic advising staff listed below.  


Campus Tours

Campus Tours must be arranged in advance by appointment.  Please contact Julie Aaronson (979-532-6455) or Johnnie Svatek (979-532-6431) at the Wharton Campus to schedule a campus tour.  Please contact Tracy Stripling (281- 239-1526) at the Richmond Campus or Sugar Land Campus to schedule a tour.


Counselors and Academic Advisors by Campus:

 Richmond Campus

Ashlyn Williams, B.A.

    Part Time Academic Advisor 281-239-1593

Beverley Marks, M.A.,,L.P.C.

    Counselor 281-239-1527                           

Tracy Stripling, B.A.

    Recruiter/Part Time Academic Advisor 281-239-1526


Sugar Land Campus

Mervat Mickael, B.D.S.

    Academic Advising Specialist 281-243-8413

Vershonda Williams, M.B.A.

    Academic Advisor  281-243-8414


Wharton Campus

Catherine Shoppa, M.Ed.

    Part time Academic Advisor 979-532-6918

Courtney Bolin, BBA

    Academic Advising Specialist  979-532-6935

Patti Lawlor,M.Ed.,L.P.C.

    Counselor 979-532-6441

Johnnie Svatek, BBA

    Recruiter/Academic Advisor 979-532-6431



Sara Fira, B.A.

  G.P.S. Coordinator/Online Academic Advisor

Lisa Gabriel, M.Ed.

  Part time Online Academic Advisor


Susan Denman-Briones, M.S., L.P.C.-S

Director of Academic Advising and Counseling 281-243-8422



Study Skills Information

The following links are resources for students:
Note Taking                          

Study Skills

Test taking

Time Management


Paying and Budgeting for College and Beyond   Use Texas Reality Check to help you match careers and earning potential                         Options for money to help pay for college


College Entrance Exams            

www.actstudent.orgNational ACT: information and registration. SAT and CLEP tests: information, test taking tips, and registration. Free Practice tests and test preparation tips for ACT, NET, and more. practice questions for ACT, CLEP, GED and others. test preparation for SAT, ACT and GRE. free study guides for ACT and others.

Learning Express Library through Fort Bend County Library (must use your FBCL card to access). Free tutorials for ACT as well as many helpful learning resources:


Helpful Information

Understanding "Holds" in Online Service Accounts


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):                          

1.            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.                          

2.            Must satisfactorily complete all coursework in the developmental sequence at the point of placement before enrolling in college level courses in those disciplines.                          

3.            Must enroll in a student success course (PSYC 1300 and/or NCBI) if TSIA placement results indicate need for college readiness courses                          

4.            Cannot enroll in courses where college-readiness has not been met.

5.            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.                          

6.            Cannot graduate from an associate degree program or from a level two certificate program.


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