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Advising and Counseling Services Procedure - 50.03.04

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Academic Advising

At Howard Community College (HCC), advisors provide students with information and recommendations regarding academic planning, including areas of study, course selection, academic concerns, academic standing, graduation, and transfer preparation.  Additionally, advisors perform initial graduation clearance.  Students in selected programs, or with selected enrollment statuses, are assigned to specific faculty or staff advisors based on their area of study, academic goal, cohort, and other factors.  All other students are assigned to the office of admissions and advising.  Regardless of advisor assignment, academic advising is available year round to all students through the office of admissions and advising. 

Students are responsible for fulfilling the requirements of their area of study for the catalog year that applies to them.  Students may pursue more than one area of study if that serves their career and academic goals.  First-time, degree-seeking students are required to complete college composition and the appropriate college-level mathematics course within the first 24 college-level credit hours. First-time, degree-seeking students who place into the developmental mathematics or English sequence must complete an appropriate college level mathematics or English course the subsequent semester following the completion of the highest level developmental mathematics or English course.  Students who do not meet the pre-requisite requirements for their chosen area of study will be advised to enroll in a broad associate degree such as, General Studies for Certificate Students, in order to accurately plan for degree completion.

It is the student’s responsibility to meet with an advisor at least once per term.  Students may access information regarding their area of study, advisor assignment, and applicable catalog year through self-service: student planning.   Additional advising information may be accessed by each student on the college’s advising website and in appropriate college publications.

Transfer Advising

Transfer advising is essential for all students planning to matriculate to other colleges or universities.  From their initial enrollment at HCC until the completion of their studies, students are strongly advised to seek assistance with the transfer process.  In order to ensure a successful transfer, it is each student’s responsibility to meet with an academic advisor at least once per term.  Students are also strongly encouraged to meet, whenever possible, with transfer representatives from the institutions to which they plan to transfer.  In addition to transfer advising, students are encouraged to use the college resources available and participate in the many transfer activities held on campus such as transfer fairs, information sessions and a variety of transfer and scholarship seminars.  Transfer information is also available for students with specific concerns or interests, such as athletes, students with disabilities, and international students.

Career Counseling

Career counseling, career assessments, and life planning services are available to any student, prospective student, or alumnus to assist them with deciding on a college learning program or career field of interest, preparing to enter the job market, or considering a career change.  The college offers a wide variety of services that help students focus on their values, interests, skills, and personality traits.  These services include career counseling, special topics workshops, career assessments, job assistance services, and co-op and internship experiences.  The resource library is open to the public and provides a library of job and career materials, including printed resources, videotapes, computerized self-assessments, and a computer lab with career software and access to the internet.

Job Assistance Services

Job assistance services and information are available to students, alumni, and community members.  Available resources include online postings of current job openings in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, job-hunting reference material, and the career center webpage with links to many job/career websites.  Job fairs are held on campus and are open to the community.  Regularly scheduled visits by job recruiters from a variety of job fields also occur.

Personal Counseling

Short-term individual counseling and crisis intervention are available to registered credit HCC students who are struggling with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationships, substance abuse, adjustment to college, eating concerns, stress and time management, test anxiety, self-esteem, and sexual assault.  Students are eligible for personal counseling services during the summer if they are either enrolled in classes during the time that services are provided or they have been enrolled in the previous spring semester or are registered for the upcoming fall semester.  Confidential personal counseling services are free for HCC credit students on an appointment basis and during crisis walk-in hours.  Educational resources on a wide range of mental health issues are also available, along with information and referral to community programs and services.

Cooperative Education (Co-ops)/Internships

Co-ops and internships are work experiences directly related to a student’s area of study or career interests, and are available for students to develop professional skills and greater knowledge of the world of work while still in college.  By participating in co-ops or internships, a student has the advantage of graduating with both academic preparation and practical experience.  To participate in these work experience programs, a student must have completed at least 12 college credits and be in good academic standing.  An interested student should schedule an appointment with counseling and career services to discuss co-op and internship options and requirements.

Effective Date:  12/13/19

President's Office Use:  VPSS/VPAA - CAT

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