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Counseling Services

Some students enter college knowing exactly what major and career they want to pursue. Others are facing challenges such as changing occupations or jobs. But most students come to college not knowing what they want to pursue in life, let alone what major to enter or how to pick a major. It's okay. We're here to help.

We are here to assist with career exploration and development and to help you clarify your major and career goals. Choosing a major and career is a very important decision that affects your educational planning and determines the classes you take.  You must get started with your major and career exploration early. Below are some resources to help you get started with your career exploration:

The Counseling Department offers many classes to help you succeed. 

GUIDE-010 Transfer Success (1.0 unit) Students study the requirements and processes for transferring to 4-year colleges or universities including college selection, transfer requirements, major and general education preparation, and admission procedures and deadlines. 

GUIDE-085 Blueprint for Success (1.0 unit) Students will study how to develop self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-confidence, and increase personal effectiveness in school, and life. 

GUIDE-087 College Study Techniques (3.0 units)Students learn study skill techniques and strategies to build confidence as a college student including identifying individual learning styles, effective study habits, and reducing test anxiety. Students identify personal and educational values and create a plan for college success. 

GUIDE-096 Career/Life Planning (3.0 units) This class aids students with their career and major selection by identifying personal characteristics, interests, abilities, goals, values, and lifestyle preferences, and relating these personal characteristics to the world of work. 

GUIDE-097  Orientation to College (1.0 unit) Students develop the skills necessary to access information for college success, including goal setting, the identification of college facilities and resources, the understanding of policies, programs, course offerings, and services. Students will also learn about certificate programs, general education requirements for transfer and graduation, as well as the registration process, and basic educational planning). This course will introduce students to the academic skills necessary for becoming a successful college student.

**Please refer to the College Catalog or Counseling Department for more information on these courses.

Additional career/financial resources are available for you to research independently.  Counselors would say students using these sites are being proactive or taking responsibility for their own future!

Need Financial Assistance to pay for college? 
FAFSA - Financial Aid

Do you have transcripts from another country that needs to be evaluated?
International Transcript Evaluation

Need to find a college that offers a specific course online?
California Virtual Campus

Thinking about going into Dentistry?
American Dental Education Association

Considering Medical School and its costs?
Association of American Medical Schools

Questions about the Pharmacy program? 
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Do you have questions about the California Teaching Credentials Program?
California Teaching/Credentials

Are you looking for Veterinary Medical Colleges? 
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Questions about going into Health Science Majors?
Health Sciences Majors

Uncertain what college offers the major that you want in California? 
California Colleges

Willing to go farther to pursue your career?
U.S. Colleges & Universities

Drop-Ins are 10 - 15 minutes sessions for the following:

Assessment Results/Review - To understand your assessment results and to get help with English/ESL and Math class selection.

Brief Questions

Course Repeat - To repeat a class you have received a W, D, F, or NP, you must get a Course Repeat Form from a counselor and register for the class with Admissions & Records. You will only need to obtain a course repeat form if you are repeating the course for the second time. Note: Due to new policies, students may only repeat a course two times (3rd attempt).

Excess Unit Form - To register for more than 18 units during the Fall or Spring semester, or more than 7 units during the summer session, you must meet with a counselor to obtain approval for an Excess Unit Form and register for the class with Admissions & Records.

Prerequisites and/or Co-requisite Overrides* If you would like to sign up for a class that has the prerequisite(s) that you have already met at another college or in other ways, you must provide documentation (i.e. transcript) to the counselor showing that you met the prerequisite(s). You can drop-in to see a counselor or you can submit a Prerequisite Form to clear you to register for that desired class. 

Appointments are scheduled appointments for 30 - 60 minutes with a counselor for the following:

  • Career Counseling
  • Educational Planning
  • Graduation Petition (degree and/or certificate)
  • General Ed & Transfer Requirements
  • Transcript Evaluation
  • Academic Counseling for Probation/Dismissal
  • Financial Aid Petition
  • Personal Counseling

If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, we may need to reschedule.

To avoid rescheduling your appointment, follow these tips:

  • Please try and log on to the Zoom link at least 5 to 10 minutes before to make sure there are no issues logging in and have enough time to have all your questions are answered.
  • If you request a "Phone Call", please be available at the time of your appointment.
    Make sure you have updated your email and phone number if it has changed. 
  • *Remember to answer any unknown or private numbers during your appointment time (and/or remove the blocking feature from your phone) to avoid missing the counselor's call.*

Please complete the Dual-Enrollment Online Orientation if you are a high school student enrolling in a college-level course through Dual-Enrollment.

How Do I Meet With A Counselor?
There are two ways to see a General Counselor: By Drop-In Advisement or By Appointment.

How do you know if your question/concern can be addressed during drop-in? 
The information below should help you identify if you should visit a counselor during drop-in or schedule an appointment. 

Drop-In Counseling is on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on the number of students waiting to see a counselor, the hours may be cut off before the posted closing hours. To ensure being seen by a counselor, you should arrive at least one hour before the posted end time.

(Due to COVID-19, we will be going virtually until further notice. See drop Drop-In times on the upper right-hand corner above. Drop-in is intended for a 5-10 minute brief question. 
Counseling Appointments are the best way to see a counselor:

  • 30-minutes counseling session
  • .Intended for more involved issues and questions.
  • Must be scheduled in advance. (Best to see a counselor during non-peak registration time.)  
  • Scheduled by calling the Counseling Department at 
  • *Note:If you have transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine for advisory purposes) from other colleges, please have them ready for the counseling appointment. 
*Important: If you have transcripts from other colleges on file with our Admissions & Records, please let the Counseling Department Front Desk Personnel know when you make the appointment.

Want Priority Registration? Got A Student Education Plan? Due to the Student Success statewide Initiative, all students must have a current Student Education Plan (SEP). 
New or continuing students who have never developed a Student Education Plan (SEP) and/or attended an orientation session must attend a workshop before creating a SEP. 
If you are a continuing student, or have completed an AA/AS degree or higher, and have developed an Education Plan, but it is out of date or needs revising, please schedule an appointment with a counselor. 

New and continuing students who completed less than 100-degree applicable units, are in good standing, and have completed the assessment, orientation and educational plan will receive a registration appointment during the first week of registration. 

contact us at 408-288-3750 or email us at

If you receive an e-mail stating you are on Probation 1, Probation 2, or Dismissal, please read the following:

We are committed to helping you succeed in college and achieve your educational goals. To get back on track take the following actions before our next registration period. 

                                              Probation 1 

  1. Complete ONE of the following:
    1. Attend a CAMPUS POLICY Workshop. Workshops for Spring 2022 will be held online via Zoom or in-person at the College. E-mail to sign up for a workshop.  An e-mail message will be sent to you the day before your workshop with the Zoom link or meeting location on-campus.
    2. Complete the Understanding Probation workshop online on Canvas. E-mail to gain access to the online workshop.

  2. E-mail to set up a meeting with a counselor to go over your academic history, your current academic standing, and to develop an Educational Plan. Bring the dismissal e-mail with you to your scheduled counseling appointment

                                             Probation 2

E-mailsjcc.counseling@sjcc.eduto set up a meeting with a counselor to go over your academic history, your current academic standing, and to develop an Educational Plan. Bring the dismissal e-mail with you to your scheduled counseling appointment. 


  1. Complete aSTUDENT SUCCESS workshop. Once you have identified the workshop you can attend, e-mail: to sign-up to attend. 

  2. E-mailsjcc.counseling@sjcc.eduto set up a meeting with a counselor to go over your academic history, your current academic standing, and to develop an Educational Plan. Bring the dismissal e-mail with you to your scheduled counseling appointment.

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