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College Catalog: Student Development Services: Advising and Counseling Services

The primary purpose of the academic advising program is to assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are compatible with their life goals. Academic advising is a process by which a student and an advisor jointly explore curricular options and limitations with respect to the student’s personal and academic needs, abilities, interests, and career/ life plans. It should result in the student’s developing toward independence and ultimately maximizing his/her educational benefits. The process includes the exploration of life goals, the exploration of career/ educational goals, the selection of curriculum, the selection of courses, and the scheduling of classes. New students are advised by a counselor or an academic advisor who interprets their placement test scores and discusses the various programs available at the College. Academic advising of returning students is performed by members of the teaching faculty. Students should consult this program advisor before each registration and are encouraged to confer with them frequently regarding academic matters. A listing of programs and advisors is available on the PDCCC web site, under the “Academics” tab.

Career, educational, vocational, and personal counseling is available both on an individual and group basis to assist persons with clarifying their values, developing effective decision-making skills, and setting appropriate life/career goals. Services include:

  • Interpret placement test scores and assisting the curriculum student in completing his/ her class schedule.
  • Assist students in developing skills in making intelligent decisions regarding vocational, educational, and personal/social plans (these skills complement classroom instruction and are designed to help persons know more about themselves, their strengths, and the world of work).
  • Provide referral services to institutional and community resources based on student needs.
  • Assist and promote with the student activities program.
  • Orient new students to the College and the educational process.
  • Promote use of the Virginia Education Wizard at www.VaWizard.org. The Wizard provides information on careers, planning for college, paying for college, and transfer options to a 4-year institution.

Personal and confidential assistance provided by a counselor can often help students:

  • Cope effectively with situations which confront them;
  • Make decisions regarding various life concerns and plans; and
  • Gain greater self-awareness.

Students needed more extensive assistance will be referred to an appropriate resource.