Academic Advising

Advisement at JCC

The academic advising process at Jamestown Community College assists students in developing and implementing educational plans that are compatible with their life goals and which lead to student success and completion. Advisement provides a connecting and caring experience for students while emphasizing the importance of student responsibility in the process.

Your career community

At JCC, every student is part of a career community. Career communities are clusters of academic majors that share similar coursework or career opportunities, where you’ll have the opportunity to interact with faculty from multiple academic areas, connect with like-minded peers, and engage in organized events. Events may include speakers, employer panels, on-campus activities, and engagement opportunities within the local community.

Your advisors

Advisors assist students with academic, career, and transfer planning, and are available to all JCC students.

  • Students with declared majors are assigned to faculty advisors from those academic disciplines, and are also connected to a community advisor for additional support.
  • Undeclared students work with community advisors, who assist them in exploring and choosing a career pathway.
Faculty advisors support you by:
  • Assisting students with academic planning
  • Facilitating course registration
  • Facilitating discussions regarding career and transfer
  • Connecting students to academic and career services (Accessibility, Learning Centers, Career Services)
  • Participating in events sponsored by the career community
Community advisors support you by:
  • Acting as a single point-of-contact from acceptance through graduation
  • Providing career counseling and acts as primary advisor for undecided students
  • Assisting students with personal obstacles that can impede success
  • Assisting students in transfer planning process 
  • Acting as a generalist advisor in the absence of faculty
  • Teaching students how to use JCC technology
  • Facilitating course registration
  • Connecting students to on- and off-campus supports as needed (e.g. mental health counseling, health insurance navigator, food pantries, etc.)
  • Participating in events sponsored by the career community

Your responsibilities

While your advisors are responsible to support and guide you through your academic journey, you are in the driver’s seat! At JCC, students are responsible to become self-sufficient in academic and career planning through consultation with faculty advisors.

Through the advisement process, you will learn to:
  • Create academic and career plans
  • Based on plans, select and self-register for courses
  • Continually monitor progress toward plans using Banner and Degree Works
  • Connect to educational resources which support achieving plans
  • If plans need to be adjusted, seek assistance from appropriate resources
  • Plan early and on an ongoing basis for a smooth transition to a transfer institution or the workforce
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