Academic Advising

Academic Advisors are here to help you successfully navigate through your college experience.  Our mission is to provide you with relevant and timely information that will enable you to reach your educational goals.  

Meet the WCJC Advising Team 


Connect with an Academic Advisor through any of the following ways: 

Virtual "Drop In" Hours:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 - 10:00 AM; No appointment needed!  Click Here to Drop In.  

Virtual Appointment:  Schedule a virtual appointment to meet with an advisor.   (If this is your first time in college, see the note below for "First Time in College Students" before making an appointment.)

In Person Appointment:  Schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor in person by selecting the preferred campus below.  (If this is your first time in college, see the note below for "First Time in College Students" before making an appointment.)

Richmond Campus
Sugar Land Campus
Wharton Campus

Online Chat: Click on the "Live Chat" icon on the bottom right-hand side of this screen.

Chat Hours:  
Monday:  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday:  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM; 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday:  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM; 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Email or Phone: Contact an academic advisor directly via phone or email using the contact info below. You may also send questions or concerns to academicadvising@wcjc.edu.


First Time In College Students:  Before scheduling an appointment with an academic advisor, please follow the process outlined on the Primary Advising page.  A "first time in college" student is someone who is entering college for the first time, including those who may have previously taken dual credit courses.  Current dual credit students, students transferring from a different school, or students who are enrolled at another school, are not considered to be "first time in college".

Review these Tips for Successful Online Learning

How to Meet with an Advisor

Virtual "Drop In" Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 - 10:00 AM; No appointment needed!  Click Here to Drop In.

Virtual Appointment: Monday-Friday.  Click Here to schedule an appointment.

In Person Appointment:  Schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor in person by selecting the preferred campus below.  

Richmond Campus
Sugar Land Campus
Wharton Campus

Online Chat:  Click on the "Live Chat" icon on the bottom right-hand side of this screen to chat with an advisor.

Chat Hours:  
Monday:  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday:  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM; 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday:  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM; 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Email or phone: Contact an academic advisor directly via phone or email using the contact info below. You may also send questions or concerns to academicadvising@wcjc.edu.

Academic Advisors by Campus

Susan Denman-Briones, MS, LPC-S

Director of Academic Advising and Counseling

susand@wcjc.edu; 281-243-8422

  

Wharton Campus

Catherine Shoppa, MEd

Academic Advisor - Wharton

shoppac@wcjc.edu; 979-532-6918

 

Samantha Cannell, BS

Academic Advising Specialist - Wharton

cannells@wcjc.edu; 979-532-6935

 

Sara Fira, BA

GPS Coordinator / Online Academic Advisor - Wharton

firas@wcjc.edu; 979-532-6457

 

Kay Gardner, MA

Counselor - Wharton

gardnerk@wcjc.edu; 979-532-6441

 

Johnnie Svatek, BBA

Recruiter / Academic Advisor - Wharton

svatekj@wcjc.edu; 979-532-6431

 

Sugar Land Campus

Vershonda Williams, MBA

Academic Advisor - Sugar Land

williamsv@wcjc.edu; 281-243-8414

 

Mervat Mickael, BDS

Academic Advising Specialist - Sugar Land

mickaelm@wcjc.edu; 281-243-8413

 

Richmond Campus

Anjolaoluwa Coker, MS

Academic Advisor (part time) - Richmond

cokera@wcjc.edu; 281-239-1593

 

Ayesha Kadri, MA, LPC

Counselor - Richmond

kadria@wcjc.edu; 281-239-1672

 

Ruby Riley, MA

Recruiter / Academic Advisor - Richmond

rileyr@wcjc.edu; 281-239-1526

 

Online

Courtney Bolin, BBA

Online Academic Advisor (part time)

bolinc@wcjc.edu

 

Lisa Gabriel, MEd

Online Academic Advisor (part time)

gabriell@wcjc.edu

Academic Advisors by Major

Art, Humanities, Communications, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Pre-Allied Health (non-nursing) Majors

Samantha Cannell, BA

cannells@wcjc.edu; 979-532-6935

 

Business Majors

Vershonda Williams, MBA

williamsv@wcjc.edu; 281-243-8414

 

Education and Computer Science Majors

Anjolaoluwa Coker, MS

cokera@wcjc.edu; 281-239-1593

 

General Studies (Last Names A-L) Majors

Catherine Shoppa, MEd

shoppac@wcjc.edu; 979-532-6918

 

General Studies (Last Names M-Z) Majors

Sara Fira, BA

firas@wcjc.edu; 979-532-6457

 

Math and Science Majors

Mervat Mickael, BDS

mickaelm@wcjc.edu; 281-243-8413

  

Pre-Nursing Majors (Last Names A-K)

Kay Gardner, MA

gardnerk@wcjc.edu; 979-532-6441

 

Pre-Nursing Majors (Last Names L-Z)

Ayesha Kadri, MA

kadria@wcjc.edu; 281-239-1527

 

Dual Credit 

Natalie Stavinoha

natalies@wcjc.edu; 979-532-6964

Events and Workshops

How to Select a College Major 
Thursday, Feb 18 - 1:00 PM - Virtual Presentation Room
Big Decisions: Declaring Your Major, Picking a Career: It's not always easy to select a major, much less chose a career path. Let us help. This session will cover things you should ask yourself when thinking about a major and career. We'll review career assessment available to you, goal setting and decision making strategies.  

Getting to Know Your Academic Map
Tuesday, Feb 23 - 12:00 PM - Virtual Presentation Room
Learn how to access your academic map for academic success.  This session will cover recommended semester credit hours, transfer guides and transfer pathway electives. 

Navigating a Degree Evaluation
Wednesday, Mar 3 - 12:00 PM - Virtual Presentation Room 
Wondering how to see what courses you need for your degree?  See how close you are to graduation. This session will review your  degree evaluation process including how to run and read a degree evaluation.   

Decision, Decisions, Decisions
Thursday, Mar 11 - 12:00 PM - Virtual Presentation Room 
Making decisions about your academic pathway can be tough.  Decisions such as repeating courses,  changing your major, or whether to drop a class, can be difficult choices to make on your own.  Therefore, this session provides advise and tips that will help you make the best decision for your academic success.

Next Step:  Register or Transfer - What's It Going to Be?
Thursday, Apr 8 - 12:00 PM - Virtual Presentation Room 
Thinking about what to register for next semester and transfer plans?  Need help navigating Schedule Planner? This session will cover prepping for your next semester, transfer requirements, and using Schedule Planner.

What's Next?  Academic Q&A 
Thursday, Apr 15 - 12:00 PM - Virtual Presentation Room 
Not sure what next steps to follow once this semester is over with?  Join us for a 'live' Q&A session focusing on your next semester, registration, transferring, and other student success areas.

Prepping for Finals Week
Thursday, Apr 29 - 12:00 PM - Virtual Presentation Room
Finals Week is almost here.  Prepare to be successful.  Topics will include final exam specific learning skills, time management, and overall wellness for your best test. 

Primary Advising for New Students

All new, first-time-in-college students must complete a Primary Advising Session prior to registering for classes.

Students that are currently dual credit, transfer, or transient students are not required to complete Primary Advising.

Primary Advising can be completed in two easy steps:

Step 1: View your Primary Advising Intro Session (~30 minutes). This session should only be completed once a student has completed all of their Admissions Checklist requirements.

Step 2: Based on your TSI status, choose an option below:

For additional questions or queries, contact an advisor via email or online chat.

Advising Syllabi for Students

Each syllabus below was designed to help you navigate the advising process. Each has a checklist for students to follow based on how many hours they have completed in college.

Advising Syllabus: New Students - 0-15 credit hours completed

Advising Syllabus: 16-30 hours completed

Advising Syllabus: 31-45 hours completed

Advising Syllabus: 46-60 hours completed

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