Academic Advising

Guided Pathways Advising at Housatonic Community College

Mission and Vision

All community college students, from initial registration to completion, are supported by Guided Pathways (GP) Advisors to establish academic and career goals, receive proactive and individualized academic and holistic supports that result in the timely and equitable completion of credentials that lead to employment, transfer, and family sustainable wages.

Guided Pathways Advising is a dynamic student-centered holistic approach grounded in student development and learning. GP Advisors align advising practices with the diverse and unique needs of each individual student in their caseload. GP Advisors advise, advocate, mentor, support, and coach their caseload to reach their individual goals.

Structure of GP Advising:

  • Upon registration all students (new and continuing) are assigned to a GP Advisor based on their program or area of study.
  • GP Advising does not replace faculty advising. Students are encouraged to connect with their Faculty Advisor based on their program of study and together they support you in reaching your academic, transfer, and career goals. You will be able to identify your faculty advisor if you log into MyCommNet and click into DegreeWorks. Your assigned advisor(s) will be listed at the top of the page or contact the advising office.

How can my GP Advisor help me?

  • Develop your academic and career goals
  • Support and collaborate with your faculty/program advisor
  • Help you achieve your academic and career goals
  • Encourage involvement with campus activities
  • Introduce you to community resources both on and off campus
  • Help you connect with academic support services such tutoring and study skills
  • Empower you to become a self-advocate
  • Develop effective decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Discuss transfer opportunities

Advising Checklist by Student Type

Identify what student type you are from the categories below. Please click on the appropriate student type to read more about preparing for and scheduling your Advising appointment. Note: The advising requirements may be different for each student type.

New College Student

New Students

(first time in any college)


Continuing Students

Continuing Students

(currently enrolled)


Transfer Students

Transfer Students

(plan to graduate from HCC)


Visiting Student

Visiting Students

(no plans to graduate, just taking a couple courses)


Readmit Student

Readmit Students

(reapplying to HCC after 2+ years)


Prospective Student

Prospective Students

(Interested in attending HCC & have not applied.)


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