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New Student Advising

The mission of the Academic Advising and Counseling Center is empowering students for academic and personal success.

House Bill (HB) 2895, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, requires Texas public community, technical and state colleges, universities, and heal-related institutions to create mental health services web page easily accessible from their main website by December 1, 2017

 

The Advising and Counseling Center provides students with a quality, learning-centered experience that enables them to establish and fulfill their educational and career goals. By facilitating an effective decision making process regarding educational, transfer and career goals, advisors promote appropriate course selection and assist students with referrals to internal and external resources and support services. A staff of full-time Academic and Career Advisors representing diverse educational and professional backgrounds is available to provide this service.

Academic and Career Advising

Academic and Career services are designed to assist students in achieving academic and personal success through informed decision making and academic planning. We are dedicated to assisting students in obtaining their educational objectives while attending Grayson College. Below are our specialized services which are designed to meet the individual needs of our students.

Educational Planning

Success Coaches help new students understand the steps for success at Grayson College:                                                   

  • Degree Requirements
  • Course Selection
  • Transfer Advising

Deciding a Major

Career Services are available to assist students with career planning.

Your Success Coach will assist you in developing a personal educational plan that integrates your academic, career, and personal goals. You will learn the curriculum requirements for your major and the process for selecting courses, including understanding pre-and co-requisites as well as the sequence in which courses may be taken. If you are planning to transfer and have decided on your major and transfer institution, Academic Advisors can help you understand the transfer requirements. They can also provide you with general information about the college, policies and procedures, and your student rights and responsibilities.

Advisors/Success Coaches Help You:

  • Obtain information about placement testing, courses of study available at Grayson, and the appropriate scheduling procedures
  • Determine exemptions from assessment requirements Students must present proof of exemption at the time of registration: - Associate's or Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution. - College credit hours from a private or an out-of-state public institution with grades of A, B, or C in approved courses in all three skill areas. - Eligible test scores indicated below:

    • SAT: Before 3-5-2016 1070 Composite, 500 Critical Reading, Verbal, & 500 Math. 
      After 3-5-2016 480 EBRW and 530 Math

    • ACT: 23 Composite, 19 English, & 19 Math

    • TAKS: (11th Grade): 2200 ELA, 2200 Math, & 3 or 4 Essay

    • STAAR: English III Level 2 (Score of 2000 writing and/or in reading) & Algebra II Level 2 (Score of 4000)

    • VETERANS: DD 214 Form

           
           All test scores expire 5 years after the test date. 
      

  • Select classes for Grayson associate's degree and certificate programs.
  • Understand Grayson's graduation requirements.
  • By providing a transfer guide that will identify appropriate Grayson coursework to be completed prior to transferring to a four-year university.
  • Understand college policies procedures - student rights and responsibilities
  • Seek the appropriate college resources

While the ultimate responsibility for decision-making rests with the student, success coaches are a valuable support for students' effective educational and career planning.

Please download our Academic Advising Syllabus for further information about resources available to you: Advising Syllabus

Advisement is offered during the semester prior to registration, registration period, and schedule change period.

Academic Advising services are offered on a walk-in basis or by appointment. The success coach for your major is listed in your MyViking Student Portal.

Main Campus Hours

Academic and Career Advising Services 6101 Grayson Drive - Denison, TX 75020 903.463.8695 Located in Student Services in the Administrative Services Building

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  July - May           

 

 

  

 Monday & Tuesday             
 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.                     
 Wednesday - Friday    
 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  Summer Hours

  June - July 5th

 Monday & Tuesday             
 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 Wednesday
 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 Thursday
 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 Friday
 Closed

   

South Campus Advising: Contact 903.415.2503 to schedule an appointment.
   

Success Coaches and Counselors

You can now schedule an appointment with the Success Coach for your pathway or be seen on a walk-in basis. Click on your Success Coach for their appointment calendar. Appointments are available from February through June and from September through November. Students are seen on a first come, first served, walk-in basis during peak registration months.

Lewanda Diaz
diazl@grayson.edu
903-415-2518

 

Success Coach/Advisor for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics

Lisa Lippe
lippel@grayson.edu
903-415-2531

 

Success Coach/Advisor for Arts & Humanities

Nancy Luthe
luthen@grayson.edu
903-463-8699

 

Pamela Polk
polkp@grayson.edu
903-463-8689

 

Success Coach/Advisor for Business & Entrepreneurship

 



Director of Student Support Services

Valerie Ray
rayval@grayson.edu
903-415-2613

 

Success Coach/Advisor for Science & Technology

Claudia Smithart
smithartc@grayson.edu
903-463-8694

 

Success Coach/Advisor for Public Service
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Becki Rathfon
rathfonb@grayson.edu
903-415-2623

 

Success Coach/Advisor for Health Sciences

Kolton Hall
hallk@grayson.edu
903-415-2504

 

Success Coach/Advisor for South Campus Programs
 

Barbara Malone
maloneb@grayson.edu       
903-463-8730

Advising and Counseling Center Director, Licensed Professional Counselor and Career Specialist whose services include career and assessment assistance, providing career advising, guidance, and testing for those who need assistance in career decision making.

 

Grayson College Advising Policy

Grayson College strongly encourages all students, regardless of academic skill level, to seek individual academic advising prior to each registration.

The following students are required to receive academic advising:

  • Students who are entering GC for the first time.
  • Students who have not met skills assessment requirements.
  • Students who are enrolled in developmental courses.
  • Students who are on academic probation and/or who are returning from academic and/or financial aid probation.
  • Students who desire to change an academic major, certificate program, or transfer institution.
  • Students who are military veterans eligible for veterans’ benefits.
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