Advising - How Advising/Counseling Works

New students generally see faculty counselor advisors to help them get started with their first quarter. Once a student is actually taking classes (now considered a "current student"), they are assigned a faculty advisor. Faculty advisors (instructional faculty) have some expertise or connection to the student's intended program of study.

Providers of Advising and Counseling at Pierce College

  • Instructional faculty advisors (aka: tenured professors) teach a full load of classes and advise only students assigned to them. Instructional faculty advisors have some expertise or connection to a student's major or field of study. Current students must work with their assigned instructional faculty advisor during the registration cycle. Students must also see their instructional faculty advisor to get their Registration Access Code.
  • Faculty counselor advisors (FCAs) teach classes, but primarily advise and counsel students. New students generally see FCAs. Current students may see FCAs for additional help with issues related to academics, transferring to a four year university, and career exploration/counseling issues, such as choosing a major, self-exploration, professional development, etc.
  • Faculty counselors (FCs) are licensed mental health counselors, and provide short-term help for students experiencing personal difficulties.

Types of Counseling

  • Academic Counseling Knowing how to study, take class notes, and prepare for tests are challenges many students face. While not formally related to the subject areas they may be studying, it is common to struggle to find balance between various life demands of work, family and school. Still others need assistance in determining what is keeping them from realizing their full potential. No matter what the challenges are, the faculty counselor advisors are here to assist in finding that balance and addressing the issues that may block a student from reaching their academic and career goals.
  • Career Counseling Pierce College's faculty counselor advisors are skilled at administering and interpreting a range of career assessments. Many students find the experience very helpful. Contact the Welcome Center at Pierce Fort Steilacoom or the Advising Center at Pierce Puyallup for more information and to make an appointment with a faculty counselor advisor.
  • Personal Counseling Life happens inside and outside the classroom. Sometimes this can cause problems for students in either or both spheres. Faculty counselors can help students sort through their difficulties and figure out what they can do to improve their situations. This might be learning about resources on - or off-campus, identifying how one's strengths can be put to use, or just having someone to talk to.

In an effort to address the variety of needs of all its students (personal, emotional, and academic), Pierce College provides mental health services to enrolled students at each college (Fort Steilacoom, Puyallup, and off-site locations). Counseling services are free to enrolled students.

To find out more about these services, go to the Counseling home page.

Hours of Operation

M-Th: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
F: 8 a.m. - Noon

* Hours may vary the first week of quarter and between quarters

Advising - Fort Steilacoom
253-964-6705

Advising - Puyallup
253-840-8431