Counseling and Advising

Uploaded by PCCvideos on 20.08.2010

Narrator: PCC students who work with academic advisors and counselors are more
likely to continue with school and to achieve academic and career success. Please let your
students know that working with us will significantly improve their chances for success. Here are
Kathleen Bradach, Bryan Hull, and Roger Frank to tell you a little more about the support
that we offer. Kathleen: My name is Kathleen Bradach, and I m an advisor at PCC. On a typical
day I help students with a range of issues and problems. Just like today, I met with
a student who had never seen an advisor before and was having problems, and he needed to
register for one more class to be considered full time for school. It seems simple, but
it wasn t. Because he tried to register online for a class, the computer said he lacked the
necessary prerequisite. And this happens a lot to students, especially the ones who transfer
in with credits. He thought he could use a course he d taken at another college to meet
the prerequisite, but in order to do that he had to have his transcript evaluated, and
he didn t know how to have that done. So I helped him with that. To make matters worse,
the class had already started, so he had to get permission from the teacher to register
for the class. So, even though there were a lot of issues there, we resolved it, and
he was pretty happy. Bryan: There was a returning student in my Writing 115 class. She turned
in great essays and said very interesting things in class. In many ways she was a model
student, but when we were taking a practice exam, I noticed that she was writing virtually
nothing at all. She was literally sweating and seemed really agitated in her seat. So
after the class left, she stayed after. I asked her if perhaps she had test taking anxiety.
She said, well, maybe. And so I told her about the workshops the counseling department offers.
If she had been one of a couple students in that class exhibiting the same kind of symptoms,
I probably would have had someone from the counseling department come over and talk with
them. I think the counseling department, whether it s workshops in time management or study
skills, offers a great resource for our students. Roger: I m Roger Frank. I m a counselor here
at Sylvania. My typical day varies a great deal. Generally, counselors see students with
personal problems, career issues, learning challenges, and study skills difficulties,
just to name a few. I think the students who worry me the most are those who are severely
depressed or sometimes suicidal. I remember one young woman who was referred to me by
one of our writing instructors. She had written a paper in that teacher s class suggesting
a deep despondency and sense of hopelessness. The instructor referred her to me, and when
she got to my office, I learned that she had just lost her mother to cancer. She felt that
she had to make it through the term and pass all her classes, because she was on financial
aid and feared disqualification. I explained how the grieving process could negatively
affect her academics and how she could work with financial aid. I also gave her the names
of therapists in the community who specialize in grief counseling. Another component of
what we do is career counseling. Often we see students who sample classes to get an
idea of what they want to do vocationally. I had one student who accumulated almost 70
credits, mostly in business, but had no real career direction. We did some career testing
which indicated interest in both business and social science. Then through the use of
some values inventories, he decided that managing a non-profit agency would be a meaningful
career goal. After that, we were able to construct a clear academic plan, and his motivation
and enthusiasm for school increased dramatically. Narrator: Helping students succeed at PCC
is our mission. So please, don t miss any opportunity to send your students to an advisor
or counselor. Their success may depend on it.