Students can now access in-person academic advisement services at most locations of Truckee Meadows Community College.
“The students really like that they can walk in and talk to an advisor at the site where they have most of their classes,” said Natalie Brown, PhD, Program Director of Academic Advisement, Transfer Center and International Student Advisement.
On the Dandini Campus, Academic Advisement is located in the Red Mountain Building, room 111, and hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with a few evenings available for late or night appointments.
Appointments and walk-in visits are now available at three of the other TMCC centers each week of the semester, including:
- Meadowood Center: Mondays from 12:30-4 p.m.
- William N. Pennington Health Science Center: Tuesdays from 12:30-4 p.m.
- Applied Technology Center: Tuesdays from 12:30-4 p.m.
“The advising takes place in the main lobby areas so we can be as visible and accessible to students as possible,” Dr. Brown said. “Anything we can do at the main Dandini campus, we can do at the other sites.”
Among the services offered are:
- Quick-advising questions
- Investigating majors
- Graduation planning
- Transfer planning to the University of Nevada, Reno, or other colleges and universities
“We started the outreach at the Applied Technology Center because some of the students only take classes at that site, and it was so successful that we continued it at the other centers,” Brown said.
Academic advisement also complements the greater number of general education courses now offered at Meadowood.
“And at Pennington Health Science Center, we meet with health science majors with questions about prerequisites and other questions about graduation,” Brown said.
Overall, the advisors decided that being available at convenient times and places was a main priority for them.
“We’re trying to be as accessible as possible to students, so even if they can’t make it to the other sites, students can call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well,” she said. “With the quick advisor, we can answer basic advising questions throughout the day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. We’re emailing back students all day long and are trying to get them as quick of an answer as possible.”
Another priority in the department has been making sure that students get advice to help them graduate most efficiently, spending the time and money required without any extra.
“We want to make sure that students are on track with their degree programs, to be aware of requirements, and to also know of services and workshops that would be good, applicable resources for them,” Brown said. “We’re here to help as much as we can.”
Early to mid-semester is a good time for students to stop in for advisement.
“Right now is the most open time for advisement, before the end of the semester,” she said. “It’s good to plan early, or plan ahead.”