Your Guide to Advising

Top Four Ways Advising and Career Services Can Help

  1. Help you select and register for courses that will be most applicable to your academic interests and career goals.
  2. Assist with course planning to ensure you graduate on time.
  3. Develop, clarify, and modify your academic goals.
  4. Connect you with campus and community resources and opportunities.

Advisor and Student Expectations

A productive advising session is dependent on a mutual partnership between you and your academic advisor. Please review these guidelines on how you can make the most out of your appointments. 

  • Assume responsibility and ownership of education.
  • Be prepared to discuss goals and educational plans.
  • Review the Seattle Central Website or the Academic Catalog to understand the campus community and academic policies and procedures.
  • Meet with your academic advisor(s) regularly.
  • Discuss academic concerns with faculty and academic advisor.
  • Ask for assistance or questions when in doubt.
  • Be accountable for all college communication.
  • Review, track, and evaluate academic progress as noted in your Education plans.
  • Communicate academic progress with friends and family within your comfort zone.
  • Acknowledge a student’s shared college experience, while maintaining student individuality.
  • Help students with the decision-making process in the selection of courses, majors, and areas of study.
  • Provide students with our attention, understanding and commitment.
  • Utilize theory and practice to assist student development.
  • Create an environment of trust and mutual respect.
  • Help students identify and work towards goal attainment through effective curriculum planning.
  • Help students assume responsibility and ownership of their education.
  • Help students articulate the importance and utility of reaching their academic goals at Seattle Central and beyond.
  • Understand and communicate Seattle Central requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Identify campus programs, resources, and opportunities.
  • Make appropriate referrals when necessary.
  • Maintain student confidentiality and FERPA rights
  • Help students find balance between personal and professional goals.
  • Advocate for both performance and mastery learning.

Information for Parents and Guardians

By law (FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), college institutions need approval from students to release any information to their parents.

Students should review the FERPA Guidelines for Confidentiality of Student Information, then complete thee FERPA Release form should they desire to provide someone other than themselves access to their records. Submit the completed form to Registration.

Message from Our Director

Image of Seattle Central's Director of Academic and Career Programs

I am honored and privileged to lead a team of dedicated advising, career, and Seattle Promise professionals at Seattle Central. I have nearly 20 years of student services experience, beginning in admissions and career services. I am a proud graduate of the University of Southern California, Capella University, and Humboldt State University.

Like many of you, I am a first-generation graduate and transfer student from the community college system. So, I understand how significant this academic pursuit is for you and your family. And I know that our team is excited to collaborate with you by providing knowledge and access to resources that will help you persist and reach your academic goals.

Here at Seattle Central, our team is dedicated to your academic, personal, social, and professional success. Go Tigers!


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Dr. Eric J. Greer
Director of Advising and Career Services
Seattle Central College