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Academic Advising, Career and Counseling Services

Academic Advising


Academic Advisors and Counselors are available twelve months per year to assist students with educational planning, reviewing degree plans, choosing a field of study, selecting a four year college for transfer and understanding transfer plans.

Online Academic Advising

Welcome to Online Academic Advising.

To get started:

Please select the "Chat live" icon on the left side of the screen. An academic advisor will be with you soon.

To leave a message, select the "Question/Message" icon on the left side of the screen.  An academic advisor will reply within one business day.  

The Chat Live for online advising is available according to the below schedule.  Hours are subject to change.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:00 am until 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

Tuesday from 8:00 am until 9:30 am and 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm

 Friday from 8:00 am until 12 noon

If you have any problems with the Chat Live or Leaving a message, please feel free to contact a member of the academic advising staff listed below.

Helpful Information

Frequently Asked Questions 

Understanding "Holds" in Online Service Accounts

Counseling Services

WCJC's Licensed Professional Counselors provides brief counseling and referrals for a variety of student concerns to WCJC students. These concerns may include: stress, test anxiety, family or relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, dealing with academic pressures, and other personal or college related issues. The counselors are trained professionals who can respond to students’ in an objective and nonjudgmental manner. The counseling relationship is unique in that it provides an environment in which a student can speak freely, privately and confidentially within the limits of the law.

Students who need on-going, therapeutic counseling or those cases where concerns are beyond the scope of the WCJC counseling services are referred to an outside agency or professional resource in the community. All costs incurred by those referrals are the students responsibilities.

Counseling Resources and Referral Information:

The following resources provide useful information and tools. They can be accessed any time day or night especially when a professional counselor is not available.

For in-person assistance or referrals see your WCJC Campus Counselor.

  • Click Mental Health Screening to access Fort Bend area referral sources as well as free online screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, general anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol abuse. 

  • At United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast , use a searchable database of area-wide community resources for a variety of contacts including mental health, disability, housing, medical, and legal services. 

  • Texas Dept. of Assistive and Rehabilitation Resources  is a state organization that assists people with disabilities and families with children who have developmental delays to pursue independent and productive lives.  Contact DARS for more specific information as to how they may assist a student in college. 

  • ULifeline.com and HalfofUs.com are online resources for college students that can help you to learn more about what to do if you or your friends are struggling with mental health issues. 

  • United Way Helpline -- 713-957-4357 or 1-800-833-5948 

  • Crisis Intervention -- 713-468-5463  

  • Texana Mental Health Services for Fort Bend, Wharton, Austin, Colorado, and Matagorda counties -- 1-800-633-5686 

  • http://www.methodisthealth.com/fbcommunitysupport

Career Planning

Assistance with identifying career options is available through individual sessions with a Counselor.  Research your career and college options from home through our website under Online Career Resources.  You can research career and educational options through Career Coach.  In addition, WCJC students can also use  a comprehensive career planning tool over the Internet from any location (school, library, work, or home). You will need to get a logon password by visiting your campus counselor. 

Job information in the “Blue Book of Jobs” can be found at the following campus locations: Bay City (lobby), Richmond (lobby), Sugar Land (Brazos Hall reception), and Wharton (Pioneer Student Center top floor lobby).

Employers who wish to provide job opportunities to WCJC students and alumni, please contact Cindy Kocian, Vocational Support Coordinator, cindyk@wcjc.edu or 979-532-6483.

Study Skills Information

The following links are resources for students:

Note Taking

Study SkillsTest taking

Time Management

Counselors and Academic Advisors by Campus:

Richmond Campus

Beverley Marks,MA,L.P.C.

Tracy Stripling
Recruiter (Bilingual)/Academic Advisor

Vershonda Williams,MBA
Academic Advisor-part-time

Sugar Land Campus

Kristen Cartwright, MPA
Academic Advisor


Wharton Campus

Patti Lawlor,M.Ed.,L.P.C.

Catherine Shoppa
Academic Advisor

Johnnie Svatek
Recruiter/Academic Advisor

Patty Gaona,M.Ed.
Disability Services Coordinator

Julie Aaronson
Manager of Student Recruitment



Susan Denman-Briones, M.S., L.P.C.-S
Director of Academic Advising and Counseling



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