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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.

Advising Staff is available during normal college hours of business, Monday through Friday.


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.

Online Advising Hours           

 Monday through Friday:    9 am until 11 am   and  5 pm until 8 pm


Saturday:  8 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

Understanding "Holds" in Online Service Accounts


Students who do not meet the Texas Success Initiative Assessment standard created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Education Statute (applying to all public institutions of higher education in Texas):

1.            Must enroll continuously in college readiness classes (excluding summer sessions and mini terms) directly related to the section(s) of the test where the score in reading, writing or math does not meet the college readiness standards. The student must continue enrolling in the college readiness class each semester until they are college ready in all areas. Students must give priority in course selection to the corresponding college readiness class. Students who are not college ready in reading, writing, and math are required to enroll in college readiness classes immediately upon enrolling at WCJC if the student seeks enrollment in college credit courses that lead to an associate, level two certificate or baccalaureate degree.

2.            Must satisfactorily complete all coursework in the developmental sequence at the point of placement before enrolling in college level courses in those disciplines.

3.            Must enroll in a student success course (PSYC 1300 and/or NCBI) if TSI placement results indicate need for college readiness courses

4.            Cannot enroll in courses where college-readiness has not been met.

5.            Must meet with an academic advisor as part of mandatory advising/TSI remediation advisement until the college readiness courses are satisfied by either satisfying the TSIA by retesting in the area they did not meet the standard or completing the college readiness sequence with a grade of A,B, or C.

6.            Cannot graduate from an associate degree program or from a level two certificate program.


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


  • Mental Health.gov U.S. Department of Health and Human Services resource page regarding mental health and available help.


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, BA, MA,L.P.C.

Tracy Stripling, BA
Recruiter (Bilingual)/Part time Academic Advisor

Ashlyn Williams, BA
Part time Academic Advisor


Sugar Land Campus

Vershonda Williams, BBA, MBA
Academic Advisor

Mervat Mickael, BDS
Academic Advising Specialist


Wharton Campus

Courtney Bolin, BBA
Academic Advising Specialist

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

Catherine Shoppa, BA, MEd
Academic Advisor

Johnnie Svatek, BBA
Recruiter/Academic Advisor

Julie Aaronson, BEd
Manager of Student Recruitment



Sara Fira, BA
G.P.S. Coordinator/Online Academic Advisor

Lisa Gabriel, BA, MS
Part time Online Academic Advisor


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


Only for use during the in person orientation


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