Academic advising

Academic Advising

Benefits of advising
Academic advising is an important part of your educational and academic success. You should meet with your assigned advisor each semester to ensure that you are taking the correct courses for your major or program. Other benefits of advising include:

  • learning about other majors and programs certificates offered at NVCC
  • setting goals for school and your career
  • preparing to transfer for your bachelor’s degree
  • receiving tips on how to succeed academically, in and out of the classroom
  • accessing helpful resources, on and off campus.

Find your advisor
Your advisor is assigned to you according to your major. Most advisors will see you in their office by appointment. If you aren't sure who your advisor is:

  • Log on to myCommNet 
  • Click for instructions on how to find your advisor in myCommNet click for instructions or watch this video
  • Check the list of advisors for those linked to your major.
  • Stop by to see us in the Center for Academic Planning & Student Success (CAPSS) in Kinney Hall, Room K520.
  • Email us

Video: how to find your advisor

How to Find Your Advisor

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Before meeting with your advisor

Make the most of your time with your advisor

  • Come prepared: be on time, bring a list of questions, review the course catalog prior to your appointment. 
  • Share your goals (career, transfer, personal) and consider outside commitments that may interfere with your courses.
  • Be an active participant: follow up on recommendations, keep forms for future sessions, ask for clarification if you don't understand something and be open to advice.
  • Contact us soon!
Tips for educational planning

Tips for educational planning

Fall and summer registration begins in April. Spring registration begins in October.

  • Meet with your advisor 2-4 weeks before registration starts.
  • Check the catalog (for students enrolled prior to Fall 2015) for course requirements in your major and a list of prerequisites for each course.
  • Use the academic calendar to note important dates in the semester.
  • Plan your course schedule by filling out a Course Selection Worksheet.
  • Check on your progress towards graduation by logging into Degree Works through my.commnet.  (For students entering programs in Fall 2015 and later)
  • Check out the video on how to run a degree evaluation to see if you are ready to graduate. (For students entering programs prior to Fall 2015)
  • Apply for graduation early in your final semester.
Career planning

Career Planning

Choosing a career, planning your career development and increasing your job satisfaction is an ongoing process. As you pursue your goals, speaking with a trained counselor can help.

Career planning is a decision-making process that involves:
  • understanding your interests, needs and values 
  • discovering what you want to do 
  • exploring what opportunities are available 
  • developing a plan of action.

If you are ready to start planning your career, you can: make an appointment to speak with a counselor. consider exploring your career options by taking one of several interest inventories such as O*Net Interest Profiler and discussing them with your Counselor or Academic Advisor. Visit the Center for Job Placement and College Opportunities in Room L524 on the 5th Floor next to the Library or give them a call at 203-575-8158. Check out this extensive list of Career Resources, which includes helpful tools such as job search engines, internship databases and resume guides.

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