Advising & Counseling

University Transfer

More and more students are discovering the best place to begin a bachelor’s degree is at a community college. At HCC, you can take many of the freshman and sophomore courses you’ll find at universities everywhere, including art, social, physical, and life sciences, music, literature, writing and much more. So why not start close to home and at a fraction of the cost?

First two years at HCC

With this plan, you’ll start here as a freshman, earn a two-year degree, then transfer to a four-year school as a junior. You can take as little or as much time as you need to complete your freshman and sophomore courses.

Start your transfer degree today:

  1. Apply for admission to HCC
    • Applying for admission is free and just takes a few minutes.
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study.
    Start with foundation classes
    For your first term, take the reading, writing, and math classes recommended by your placement tests.
  2. Make a two-year plan During your first term, start working on the steps in your 2-year plan. Meet with your HCC Advisor

Questions about transferring?

Undecided about how long you’ll be in school. What to choose as a major? Which degree to pick? That’s okay. Here is where to get help:

Ask your future school

An advisor at your future school will know which classes will transfer, what major to choose, and what paperwork to fill out. Many schools visit HCC throughout the year so you can ask questions in person – See Transferring to a Four Year page.
Advising HCC’s advisors help match your academic goals with HCC’s programs and degrees.

I'm Graduating! What's next?

There are a number of transfer opportunities for HCC graduates. Some are general transfer procedures while other programs guide you directly to a degree program at a four-year college or university, you can view the options below.


HCC Transfer Advising

TAP Advising (Matthew Dunne)
Transfer Advising (Randy Sanders)

Events/Presentations/Slideshows

Northeast Publics

Articulation Agreements

CSCU Transfer Tickets

Please click here for information regarding transfer tickets

Connecticut 4 Year State Institutions

Central Connecticut State University
Charter Oak State College
Eastern Connecticut State University:

Southern Connecticut State University: Western Connecticut State University
University of Connecticut

Connecticut 4 Year Private Institutions

Fairfield University
Post University
Sacred Heart University

Quinnipiac University
University of Bridgeport

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s)

Alabama State University
Morgan State University
North Carolina A&T
Howard University
North Carolina Central University
University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

Out of State Institutions

Becker College Virtual Information Sessions
Campus Compact Southern New England
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Concordia College
Husson University
Lesley University College of Art & Design
Roger Williams University
Savannah College Of Art & Design
Syracuse University
University of New Haven
The College of New Jersey
UMaine


Personal Support Resources

Walk-in Services for Mental Health

LifeBridge Community Services

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday ... 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday ... 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Optimus Health Center

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday ... 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday ... 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Southwest Community Health Center

  • Welcomes walk-in visits for patients who are sick and need to be seen immediately. Hours vary by location. To reduce wait time, click on the link to schedule an appointment.

Online Mental Health Resources

Students seeking information and/or resources in the areas of health, mental health, and wellness will find these listed websites helpful. Be sure to check out their free online depression and anxiety screenings. 

Community Resources

HCC has a list of resources that you might find useful. If you need assistance with food or shelter, the following items might be helpful to you.

Crisis Support

If you or someone you know might be at risk of substance abuse or suicide, please check out our resource page.

Counseling and Wellness Center Online Care Report

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Counseling and Wellness Center Staff


Counseling & Wellness Center Phone Number: 203-332-5285


Lisa Slade, Director of Counseling and Wellness
Room LH-B229, 203-332-5017

Indira Reddy, Counselor
Room LH-B232, 203-332-5039

Marilyn A. Albrecht, Counselor | Title IX Investigator | Gender Equity Coordinator
Room LH-B233, 203-332-8521

Linda Wolfson, Counselor
Room LH-B230, 203-332-5181


Accessibility Services


Marilyn Wehr: Accessibility Services Coordinator | Counselor
Room LH L115B, 203-332-5018


Optimus Behavioral Health


Annette Tirado: Walk-in & Appointments on Thursdays 8AM-4PM
Room LH L117, 203-332-8537


Campus Emergency? Call Public Safety.


Lafayette Hall Room LH A105 and Beacon Hall Room BH 110
Phone: 203-332-5025 or Press ** (star key twice)

CARE Report

Student in Computer Lab

What are Care Reports?

The Care Report can be used by students, faculty and staff to "report" students who are exhibiting issues or behavior that are causing concern. This includes:

  • Emotional/mental health concerns
  • Aberrant or altered behavior
  • Personal needs, e.g., food/clothing/transportation/housing
  • College student success needs, e.g., Achievement Coaching
  • Reports of sexual assault, stalking, or intimate partner violence

There are often signs that a student is in distress. For instance, is someone you know...

  • Experiencing a decline in academic performance?
  • Demonstrating disruptive or disturbing behavior?
  • Showing dramatic changes in appearance, personal hygiene, behavior, or weight?
  • Having problems at home, with classes or work?
  • Making disturbing comments in conversation, email, letters, social media postings, or papers?
  • Sad, anxious, or experiencing dramatic mood shifts?
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs?
  • Isolating themselves socially?
  • Acting paranoid or suspicious?
  • Frequently angry or easily frustrated?
  • Struggling with health problems?
  • If you know someone who is exhibiting any of the behaviors listed above, you can make a difference by filing a Care Report. 

    Click Here to Access the Care Report

    IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY and/or there is a potential threat to you or someone else dial 911 or call Campus Security at (203) 332-5025.

    Early Alert

    HCC ClassroomHousatonic Community College is committed to the success of its students by providing an environment conducive to teaching and learning. To ensure that students take full advantage of their academic opportunities & resources, we encourage the use of our Early Alert System. Early Alert submissions are academic in nature. The earliest use of this system allows faculty to be proactive, supportive, and involved in facilitating the academic components of student retention through early detection and intervention of students who are facing academic challenges.

    The goals of the Early Alert program are:

    • To proactively catch, connect with and retain students who are academically struggling early
    • To coordinate services collaboratively amongst faculty and staff intervening with clear success plans and recommendations for student persistence
    • To Empower and encourage students to engage with appropriate persons in an effort to build campus connections
    • To use student data to identify barriers and work towards implementing intentional resources in and outside of the classroom

    Some of the most common reasons for submitting a student to the Early Alert System include:

    • Excessive absences and/or tardiness (after the add/drop period has passed)
    • Needs tutoring
    • Has low test and/or quiz scores
    • Not completing homework

    Suggestions

    • The Early Alert System works best when used early! Submissions to the system are open for the first 3-4 weeks only. The earliest submissions results in a successful outcomes. . Initial contact should always be made by Instructors as changes in academic performance are identified more readily and accurately. Let your student know the nature of your concern prior to submitting them to the Early Alert System
    • It helps to include a description of the Early Alert System in your syllabus
    • What happens after a referral is submitted?
      Faculty will receive an automated message confirming that the submission has been received. The student will be assigned an advisor who will make two attempts via phone and email to contact the student. The advisor will then inform the Professor by email of their interaction.

      The early alert period has ended for this semester. It will return next semester.

    LAUNCH: New Student Advising

    New Students seeking Advising will first have to complete the mandatory online orientation before scheduling their Academic Planning planning session for the next semester. The Orientation is broken down into three sections and takes no more than 2 hours to complete. You will not be able to save your work in the middle of a section and will therefore need to fully complete at least one section at a time. Consequently, it is very important that you arrange for enough time on your calendar to get through the orientation in its entirety. Once the online Orientation is complete, an Advising Staff Member will reach out to you to schedule an Advising Session based upon your completion of the ACCUPLACER placement test and/or SAT scores.

    New Student Orientation and Advising Outcomes:

    • Learn how to navigate the college website
    • Learn about degree and certificate programs offered
    • Identify career options
    • Build schedules from course offerings based upon placement test, AP, or SAT scores
    • Learn how to register for classes online
    • Learn about Degree Works to check academic progress and program requirements
    • Learn important terminology such as prerequisite, co-requisite, parallel, Satisfactory Academic Progress, and cumulative GPA
    • Identify faculty advisors and understand the importance of creating a working relationship with them
    • Identify campus resources and departments such as advising, career services, Center for Academic Progress (CAP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), TEAS testing, counseling, Family Economic Security Program (FESP), financial aid, HCC Foundation, and tutorial services.

    From the Housatonic Community College website:

    Log into myCommNet using your student Banner ID and Password

    Choose the Student Tab

    Click on Student Self Service

    Select Student Records

    Select Student Degree Evaluation

    Select the present term

    Select What if Analysis

    Select Entry Term (term you first enrolled)

    Select the Program of Study (Major you want evaluated)

    Select First Major (the same program)

    Select Generate Request

    Select General Requirements (not Detail)

    Generate request then Submit and Print

    To select another Program of Study/Major – Click on What If Analysis at the bottom of the page. Areas designated as MET are completed. Areas NOT MET need to be completed.

    1. Go to the HCC websit.

    2. Click on Registration Resources

    3. Look for the heading REGISTRATION

    4. Click Here to Register Online You will need to have your banner id number and your password to proceed from here.

    5. Log onto MyCommNet using your banner id and enter your password

    6. Click the “Student” tab

    7. Click Student /Academic Records

    8. Click Registration & Payment

    9. Click on select a term and choose FALL 2017

    10. Click on Register (add/drop) classes

    11. You will need the four digit CRN number for each course you want to register for

    12. Enter the four digit CRN number into each box correctly then select submit to register Payment is due at time of registration. You can use your credit or financial aid to complete your registration Any mistakes or changes to your registration cannot be done online they must be done in person.

    Log into myCommnet.edu using your student Banner ID and Password

    Choose!the!Student!Tab

    Click on Student Self Service

    Click on Student Records

    Click on Student Information

    Select Current Term

    Your Primary Advisor is shown here. Return to home page of website.

    Click onto Directories to locate Primary Advisor’s contact information.

    Set up an appointment for advisement. Advising months are: April for the Summer/Fall registration periods and November for the Spring. Please seek advisement from your faculty advisor during these advising months.

    Rules to Live By

    Rule #1

    Read Your Catalog

    You must be a good consumer of your college education. Ignorance of the rules is no excuse.

    Rule #2

    Follow Your Degree Plan

    Without a plan you have no direction and with no direction you cannot reach your goal.

    Rule #3

    Meet With Your Advisor Every Semester

    Careful planning is key to academic success. You do not have to go it alone. Ask your advisor. Don’t know who your advisor is or having trouble finding your advisor? Come to LH- A111. We will help you.

    Rule #4

    You Must Meet All Prerequisite Requirements

    A prerequisite is a required course that you must complete. 
    For example: ENG* E101 (Composition) is a “prerequisite” to ENG* E102 (Literature and Composition). You cannot take ENG* 102 until you complete ENG* 101.

    Rule #5

    You Cannot Be In Two Places At The Same Time

    Be aware of the days and times each class begins and ends. Even a cross over of 10 minutes is physically impossible. Watch your times.

    Rule #6

    Not All Courses Are Offered Every Semester

    Work with your Faculty Advisor on long range planning to determine when you will complete courses required in your program.

    Rule #7

    Get The CRN # Right

    The CRN # is the course’s identity. It is a four digit number at the beginning of each course listed in the schedule. Get it wrong and you are in the wrong class. Period.

    Rule #8

    Go To Class, Study, and Do Your Homework

    Rule #9

    Ask For Help When You Need It

    If you don’t ask, we can’t help you.

    Rule #10

    Follow These Rules

    Follow the rules to be successful in your academic endeavors.

    Welcome to the Housatonic Community College Counseling Center

    Counseling Center Hours: 

    Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Counseling Center is to assist students in being successful at Housatonic Community College.

    Counselors help identify personal, academic and social barriers that may prevent students from succeeding.  They represent a safe haven for the students, a place where confidential information can be exchanged.

    The goal of the counselors, who are trained professionals, is to help students benefit from an experience at HCC that will prepare them for employment in their field of study, or to continue their education at a four year college or university.

    We're Here to Help

    The counselors at HCC strive to help you achieve academic success, feel comfortable at Housatonic, develop educational and career plans and help you understand yourself and others.  The ultimate goal is for you, the student, to direct your own life and feel responsible for yourself and your actions.

    Sometimes students want to just sit down and talk about personal or non-academic concerns. The counselors are here to listen.  They recognize that many students are trying to balance work, school and family responsibilities along with personal needs.  They understand that overwhelming pressure can build; therefore, they offer you a friendly ear in a confidential setting.  Referrals to outside agencies are made when necessary.

    Personal Adjustment Counseling

    Seek personal counseling if you feel:

    • Overwhelmed and ready to quit
    • Undecided about educational and career choices
    • Upset over relationships
    • Tense, anxious, inadequate, puzzled or depressed
    • Confused about sex, alcohol or drugs
    • Concerned about weight, food or exercise issues
    • Upset about a traumatic event
    • Confused about gender or sexual identity

    Counselors can help you:

    • Develop a clear sense of your options
    • Reduce anxiety
    • Make educational and career life plans
    • Increase self-confidence and self-esteem
    • Cope with stress
    • Find resources to help you with your academic performance
    • Balance social life, school and work
    • Get along better with others

    Academic Advising

    The Counseling Center provides academic advising by appointment and by walk-in. Faculty advisors are available in all academic departments.

    If you experience an academic problem, come to the Counseling Center and discuss your options with a Counselor.   Counselors are available to discuss a variety of academic issues such as: academic probation, academic suspension, and graduation requirements.

    If your career plans change and you are thinking of changing your academic program, change of program forms are available in the Counseling Center.  They are also available on the HCC website.  Also, if you have not attended for two years and your GPA is below 2.0, you can request the Fresh Start Option.  

    Visit the Counseling Center for more information.

    Career Counseling

    Located in Lafayette Hall in room A108, the career counselor can help students succeed in many ways. Career goals can help students plan their college programs to assure they have the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Counselors can also help students with transfer information to four-year institutions. Some of the services include:

    • Assistance with establishing career goals. 
    • Maintaining the bulletin board of job postings for students, directly outside suite A108.    
    • Assisting with resume writing and cover letters. 
    • Assisting students with the Strong Inventory Survey Questionnaire to explore educational goals. 

    The Career/Transfer reference library is located in room A108-b. The library offers students additional resources including college catalogs, background literature on careers, etc. Career/Transfer Workshops are held  throughout the year and give students additional information to help make their career and transfer choices. 

    The Counseling Center also offers workshops

    Professional Counselors facilitate the following workshops:

    • Test anxiety 
    • Math anxiety
    • Study skills
    • Time management
    • Stress management
    • Orientation to college and/or universities

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT

    Edwin Chapman, MSW,  L.C.S.W., Counselor

    (203) 332-5036

    Indira Reddy, Ed.D. LCPC  

    (203)332-5039 

    Marilyn Wehr, MS, LPC, Counselor
    MWehr@hcc,commnet.edu
    (203)332-5042 

    Linda Wolfson Ph.D., P/T Counselor

    (203) 332-5181

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    900 Lafayette Boulevard
    Bridgeport, CT   06604

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