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Advising at TSTC

Advising

TSTC believes advising is essential to student success, therefore, the College supports student progress with designated advisors.  

New Student Advising

All new students are encouraged to contact a Recruitment Specialist to begin the advising process prior to or upon completing the admissions requirements.  The Recruitment Specialist acts a guide for new students to make sure all admission requirements are met and students are enrolled in their first semester of classes at TSTC. 

The Advisement Center

The Advisement Center at TSTC Harlingen was created to assist returning students and current students needing advisement, encouragement, and direction.  For returning students, The Advisement Center can assist students in completing the admissions requirements and aid students in finding a program that matches their interest.  In order to aid students, The Advisement Center has specialized advisors for Allied Health majors, technical students, and those students pursuing an academic degree.

The Advisement Center works in conjunction with the Program Advisors to make sure that students are on the right track and are successfully completing the academic requirements for graduation.  The Advisement Center can also refer students to support services on campus that can assist the student in pursuing their degree.  The Advisement Center provides advising assistance for the following:

  • Career assessment and major selection;
  • Degree planning;
  • Referrals to counselors, faculty advisors, and other support services on campus.

Students are welcome to visit with an Advisor at any point during the semester for assistance.

Program Advisors

Students pursuing a technical degree, either a Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree, will be assigned to a program advisor.  Program advisors are faculty members within the student’s major that can provide assistance with the following:

  • Entrance requirements for the program (if applicable);
  • Degree planning;
  • Course scheduling assistance;
  • Referrals to counselors and other support services on campus.

Students will meet with the program advisor each semester to make sure that the student is meeting all of the requirements to successfully graduate from the program. 

Academic Advisors

Students pursuing an academic degree, either the Academic Core or an Associate of Science degree, will be assigned to an academic advisor.  Academic advisors are faculty members within the student’s major that can provide assistance with the following:

  • Degree planning;
  • Course scheduling assistance;
  • Referrals to counselors and other support services on campus.

Students will meet with the academic advisor each semester to make sure that the student is meeting all of the requirements to successfully complete the Academic Core or graduate with an Associate of Science degree.

Other Types of Advising

The Career Services Department provides assistance to students and alumni with applications, resumes, interviewing, job search, career counseling, and developing professionalism in the work place.

The Office of Counseling and Testing provides services for students: who are undecided in their career choice, who are struggling with their courses, or that are finding personal problems are getting in the way of their success.

Financial Aid advisors can provide information about the types of financial aid available and how to apply.

Support Services provides and maintains an efficient and quality support services program by providing special populations students with a network of services to make the attainment of their educational goals accessible, including accommodations for students with disabilities, child care services, referrals to community agencies, counseling, tutoring, workshops and seminars for the targeted qualified disabled, single parent, non-traditional, and educationally or economically disadvantaged student.











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