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Academic Advising/Counseling​

Students enrolling in Glen Oaks Community College for the first time in the 15/Fall semester or later will be assigned an advisor to work with them personally to achieve their goals. All students who attend Glen Oaks will benefit greatly from working with a professional in our Academic Advising unit to insure that they have developed a clear academic plan and are on track for reaching their goals.  Our Advisors and Counselors are available to provide accurate, up to date course information and will assist students in developing a schedule that will take into account all of their responsibilities both in, and out of college.  Career guidance is also available. Advisors and Counselors are also prepared to assist students who need additional support to reach appropriate community resources.

Students entering Glen Oaks with the intent to transfer must consult with a Glen Oaks Advisor in planning their educational program. Through academic advising, students receive assistance with class selection, transfer information, graduation requirements, and career information. This process enables students to make better decisions to meet individual goals.

New students are required to either take the Compass assessment or provide documentation of having achieved the minimum required score on the ACT or the SAT1 assessment. Assessment results will be interpreted by Advisors and used to help in selecting courses.

Students will benefit by working with Advisors/Counselors in the following areas:

  • Academic Planning
  • Campus Resource Referral
  • Career Counseling
  • Course Selection
  • Dropping/Adding Classes
  • Certificate Degree Requirements
  • Program of Study Exploration
  • Registration
  • Goal Setting

Some student populations such as dual enrolled and high school guest students, international students, special populations students, students with disabilities, and veterans may be required to meet with an Advisor or Counselor in order to receive special services.

Curriculum guides for degrees and certificates are available in the Student Services Office and here on the website.  These guides will be helpful as students make progress towards their academic goals, but should not be considered a substitute for personal contact with an Advisor or Counselor.

Virtual Advising

“Virtual Advising” is a new service offered through Glen Oak’s Advising department.  Virtual Advising is a way for potential or currently enrolled eligible students to meet with an advisor through Zoom Room technology if they are off campus and unable to do so in person.

For more information contact Karen Webber at  or by phone 269.294.4241 or toll free 1.888.994.7819.

Disability Support Services

Glen Oaks Community College is very serious about providing access and accommodations for students with disabilities. For detailed information about services for students with disabilities, and the requirements for receiving these services click here.

Career Counseling

The goal of career counseling is to help students choose an initial career or help make a career change. Our Career Counselor provides individual counseling is available to enable students to take control of their lives, to give them support in transition, and to explore their own needs and goals in a search for greater fulfillment.  In addition, assistance with resume writing and interviewing techniques are also available. Glen Oaks counselors will help students free of charge. 

Career Counseling is open to all current and former GOCC students.  Our Academic Advisors/Counselors can provide the following services:

  • Career Assessment
  • Career Planning
  • Job Search Techniques
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Major and Career Exploration
  • Resume Writing