Counseling Explained

Community colleges are distinguished by the personal
attention given to students and the quality of guidance and
counseling services provided. Counseling is an essential
part of WCC, designed to complement and facilitate the
instructional program and to aid students in academic, career,
and personal planning.

Counselors provide services for helping each student:

  • Analyze aptitudes and interests and learn decision-making
    processes related to academic
    and career planning.
  • Determine the best educational program for achieving a
    chosen career.
  • Select courses and college activities to maximize the
    student’s opportunities and potential.
  • Develop a student educational plan that encompasses
    both the course work and supplemental needs of the
  • Plan a transfer program which leads to acceptance with
    junior standing at an upper division college or university,
    if such is the choice.
  • Resolve personal problems which are of such a nature that
    a college counselor can be of professional assistance.
Individual Counseling

Every student is strongly
encouraged to see a counselor
at least twice each semester
to confer on matters pertaining to satisfactory adjustment to
college life and progress toward educational/
career goals.
Since accurate information about program requirements and
course prerequisites is essential for planning courses of study,
counselors serve as valuable resource people in helping select
appropriate courses. Pre-transfer students are urged to consult
with counselors
and with the catalogs of the institutions they
wish to attend in order to be certain they fulfill all lower division
general requirements and specific major requirements of the
upper division colleges of their choice.

Counseling also offers a variety of services and resources
designed to aid students in choosing, changing, or confirming
career goals and taking appropriate steps to reach those
goals. Students are advised to make their vocational plans or
to select the school to which they wish to transfer as early as possible in their college career. Frequent changes of program
or changes in vocational objectives may delay graduation or
interfere with successful transfer to other collegiate institutions.
Responsibility for meeting these requirements
rests entirely
on the student.

WCC has counselors available at WCC in Woodland and
Colusa County. Students are encouraged to use the counselors’
expertise as they progress through their programs.

Group Counseling / Orientation

WCC provides
several types of orientation
programs: registration briefing
sessions, self-paced orientation courses, career and college
planning courses (Counseling 10, 15R, 15AR, 15BR, 45,
and 25).
WCC counselors provide essential information concerning
college graduation and transfer requirements, rules and
regulations, and registration procedures for WCC programs.