The primary goal of the Counseling Center is to provide opportunities for students to clarify values and goals, to make decisions, to develop self-confidence, self-direction and self-esteem. Programs and services are offered to provide these opportunities:
Academic counseling begins with educational goal-setting, exploring educational options and opportunities, evaluating educational background, and providing the student with clear, concise and up-to-date educational information of all types. Each of our counselors is trained in all fields and is able to assist the student who is still undecided about his/her major. However, each counselor has special expertise in certain areas. This way a student who already knows his field of study can get up to the minute information about his major/career choice. To choose your counselor by area of expertise, please check out this Web site or visit the counseling center.
Transfer counseling provides students with valuable information on admissions requirements and procedures. Counselors assist students in appropriately sequencing their classes and provide support in making informed decisions about their transfer options. Mission offers Transfer Admission Agreements (TAA- guaranteed admission to participating universities). La Mision Program is specifically designed for transferring Latino students and for those students interested in building their English and study skills. Mission College also has a Career/Transfer Center to support students in researching potential careers and transfer institutions.
Career counseling provides the student with an opportunity for clarification and integration of career and educational goals, study of careers and lifestyles, vocational and career testing, and presentation of resource speakers. One special career counseling event is our now famous Spring job fair. Counselors also provide courses and one-to-one career counseling.
Personal counseling is provided to students who need and seek assistance in resolving personal issues that interfere with school. These problems can include dealing with death, illness, divorce, problems with parents, spouses or significant others. Problems can also include dealing with feelings that arise because of lack of financial or emotional support. In addition, help with improving self esteem, overcoming fear of math, tests, or public speaking is offered through counseling and courses.