New students meet with an advisor after they apply for Admissions, complete the New Student Guide, watch a series of videos, and fill out the online Intake Card. The Intake Card generates a call by our staff to each new student to make an appointment with an advisor. New students will be able to go over detailed information with an advisor about their academic and career goals, creating an education plan or program map, and have an understanding of life balance while in college.
Providers of Advising at Pierce College
Student Success Coaches conduct most of the new student advising appointments and serve as the initial advisor for many students. They will assist with development of an educational plan or program map and provide referrals to campus and community resources.
Faculty Counselor Advisors (FCAs) teach classes, but primarily advise and work with students related to academic difficulties, transferring to a four-year university, and career exploration/counseling issues, such as choosing a major, self-exploration, professional development, etc. They also teach a portion of COLLG 110 (College Success) each quarter.
Faculty Mentor Advisors teach a full load of classes and advise students assigned to them. Instructional faculty mentor advisors have some expertise or connection to a student's major or field of study.