Counseling and Advising
Welcome to the IVCC Counseling Center, where we are committed to helping you succeed!
At our Center, we want to ensure your success in academics as well as in life. To this end, we provide comprehensive services to enhance the educational learning environment and address the diverse needs of all students at IVCC. Services that are provided include academic advisement and planning, career and personal counseling, and transfer services. Our experienced counselors are available year round to provide the latter services and to assist you in attaining your goals.
We welcome you to visit this site again and again! It serves as a tremendous resource for you to gain access to information that you will find helpful as you navigate your way through the IVCC experience. If you can't find the answers you need here, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone, e-mail, or by stopping in to visit us.
We wish you much success in all your endeavors. Please keep in mind that our focus is all about your success!
Counselors at IVCC strive for your optimum learning experience in college.
Our comprehensive services are designed to:
EDUCATE you about requirements, policies and procedures related to degree programs at IVCC and the transfer process toward a baccalaureate degree at 4-year institutions;
ADVOCATE for your success through collaborative efforts and student support resources;
EMPOWER you to make good decisions and accept responsibility for your academic plan.
“Academic Advising is a collaborative educational process whereby you and the counselor are partners in ensuring your academic success, and outlining the steps for achievement of your personal, academic, and career goals” (Nutt, 2005). Beginning with admission to the college and continuing each semester, we encourage you to consult with a counselor each semester to schedule your courses. We will assist with:
- Program review
- Course sequences
- Semester schedules
Counselors are available to facilitate the exploration of your educational goals by:
- Introducing degree guide sheets & electronic resources
- Learning strategies for success
- Exploring major fields of study
- Understanding general education requirements
- Mapping the path, time-line, expense and personal resources needed to meet your goal
IVCC Counselors can help you to explore and clarify your understanding of personal qualities that influence your career choice. Counselors are available to aid in the career decision-making process and to select educational programs related to a chosen career direction. Counselors assist with:
- Exploring options and opportunities in the career fields
- Identifying your personal interests, skills and abilities
- Matching an educational plan with your career interests
- Encouraging personal growth and development through education
Career information is located in the Career Services Office.
On occasion an unexpected incident can cause personal feelings of doubt, depression, pain, and loss. The IVCC Personal Counseling Assistance Program (P-CAP) provides confidential and professional counseling assistance to enrolled students in emergency situations. Counselors are professionally trained in mental health, personal development and relationship issues and can provide immediate, short-term assistance. Referrals may be made to community agencies, medical services or public assistance for continued services. IVCC does not provide long-term counseling services.
Transfer resources at IVCC are key to an effective transfer. For a seamless transfer, consult a Counselor for selecting the courses appropriate for your major field of study and transferable to your chosen baccalaureate degree-granting institution.
- Debbie Burch, Part-time Counselor
- Valery Calvetti, Part-time Counselor
- Gary Sonnenberg, Part-time Counselor
- Wendi Harmon, Part-time Counselor
- Jack Immel, Part-time Counselor
- Missy Killian, Counselor
- Meg Kowalczyk, Part-time Counselor
- Jim Moskalewicz, Counselor
- Renee Prine, Counselor
- Jane Sack, Counselor
- Karen Stachowiak, Part-time Counselor
- Kate Young, Part-time Counselor