Welcome to Counseling!
The Counseling Department serves a diverse student population with academic, career, transfer, and personal counseling needs. The counseling faculty and staff are committed to empower and educate students on how to achieve their academic goals by developing a comprehensive student education plan and referrals to campus and community resources.
Counselors can help you with:
- Developing a Comprehensive Student Education Plan using DegreeWorks
- Interpretation of English and Math Placement
- Transfer Planning
- Career Planning
- Personal Counseling
- Campus and Community Referrals
- Academic/Progress Probation Counseling
- Student Success Strategies
Prior to scheduling your appointment, official external transcripts from all colleges/universities attended must be on file with Admissions and Records including military transcript, AP, CLEP, and IB scores. The Counseling Department also welcomes phone appointments. In order to schedule a phone appointment, students are required to submit an Authorization to Release Information Form which allows a counselor to disclose student information over the phone.
The student is required to submit the form every year in order to continue to receive counseling services via phone/email. Below is a list of counseling services that require an appointment:
- New Student Education Plan for a Certificate, Associate Degree and/or Transfer
- Applying for a Certificate and/or Associate Degree using external transcripts
- University Application Review
- Transfer Planning
- Applying for Excessive Course Attempts
- Applying for Academic Renewal using external transcripts
- Career Exploration
Counseling drop-ins are available without an appointment. Students are taken on a first come, first serve basis. Drop-ins are designed to answer quick questions not exceeding 10 minutes. Students are encouraged to contact the Counseling Department the day they wish to come in for drop-in hours. Below is a list of drop-in counseling services:
- Student Education Plan Update. This means you would like to update your current plan in DegreeWorks.
- Abbreviated Student Education Plan (1st semester plan)
- Applying for a Certificate and/or Associate Degree with no external transcripts
- Evaluation for a Certificate and/or Associate Degree with no external transcripts
- Applying for an Academic Renewal with no external transcripts
- Prerequisite Appeal
- Provisional Prerequisite Clearance
- Discuss Probation Status
- Requesting Excess Units
- Discuss Pass/No Pass option
- Priority Registration and/or California Community Promise Grant Appeal
- Apply for Reinstatement as a Dismissed Student
The Counseling Department also welcomes online counseling services. Currently, online counseling is available to Hancock students only. An admission application must be completed prior to receiving online counseling services. The email must include the student's ID number (H#). The response time will depend on the volume of emails. Most questions will be responded to within three business days. Online counseling is only available during fall and spring semesters. Online counseling requires students to submit an Authorization to Release Information Form which allows a counselor to disclose student information over email. The student is required to submit the form every year in order to continue to receive counseling services via phone/email. Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locations and Hours
Santa Maria Campus
Building A, 1st Floor Student Services
1-805-922-6966 ext. 3293
Lompoc Valley Center
(805) 735-3366 ext. 5374
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.