Academic Advising

Register for the right courses, build your schedule and review your academic plan.

Important: All services offered in online format only.

All advising, counseling, transfer, student retention (academic coaching, probation, suspension, Fresh Start, PASS), and displaced workers programs (WIOA, TAA, VOC REHAB) services can be accessed online using the following features:

  • Email
  • Google Voice (calls with individual advisors/counselors)
  • WebEx (individual connection with advisors/counselors and faculty via Insight)

We are still here to assist you with registering for the right courses, building a balanced schedule and reviewing your academic plan. If you are undecided, we want to connect with you online about your interests and future plans.  For these reasons, we welcome your questions and/or concerns via the listed academic advising options.

Academic Advising Options

Virtual Registration Sessions

Ready to register for fall classes? Join us for virtual registration, where you can meet with an advisor, pick classes and sign up for classes quickly and easily.

Virtual registration advising is open to continuing students only.  New students should attend New Student Orientation

Pre-registration is required for the day you choose. You will receive a link to access via email and then you may “drop in” between the designated event times. Most appointments take 20-30 minutes and will be taken in the order of arrival on the day of the event. If an advisor is not available when you enter the registration session, you will be placed in a waiting room until the next advisor is available.

  • Thursday, July 22 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. via Webex
  • Tuesday, July 27 from 3–5 p.m. via Webex
  • Thursday, July 29, from 1- 3 p.m. via Webex

If you have any questions, please email Michelle Nickerson .

Individual Appointments

Individual appointments are focused on more complex advising and/or personal issues. You can schedule an individual online advising appointment by accessing Insight (Webex) via your myCommNet student account or filling out the contact form.

Please note that you are requesting an appointment, the request is not a confirmation. Please wait until you hear from a staff member and receive a confirmation before preparing for the phone appointment, virtual appointment or coming to the college.

Fall 2021

For continuing, returning, veteran and incoming transfer students

General Studies and Liberal Arts and Sciences AA/AS

Faculty advising available using Insight (while classes are in session)
Faculty advisors from General Studies and Liberal Arts and Sciences AA/AS degree programs are available by appointment, both on-campus and online through Webex. You can sign-up for an appointment by logging into your myCommNet account and clicking on “Insight for Students”. Please see view the quick YouTube instructional video for more information.

Additional Advising Options for Program-Specific Majors

Program Coordinators, Department Chairs and Faculty Advisors (while classes are in session)
In addition to the above options, you can also contact your program coordinator, department chair or faculty advisor by scheduling an individual appointment through email.  See the directory for contact information.

Let’s Chat

Receive answers online to simple, basic advising questions
For your convenience, you can submit questions to our online chat feature.  Click on the Let’s Chat box on this page.

Useful Resources

Your Academic Progress is Available in Degree Works

Use Degree Works to quickly see your progress toward completing a degree or certificate program and provide answers to “What if” scenarios, such as “What if I change my major to the CSCU Pathway Transfer: Business Studies, A.A. because I plan to transfer to Central, Eastern, Southern or Western.” Degree Works produces reports that list the courses you need to take to complete your program. Learn about  Degree Works.

Assess Your Values, Skills and Interests

Use the Focus 2 self-assessment tool to help you choose your area of study and future career.  If you wish to discuss your results, please email Director of Career Services Julie Greene.

Hours and Contact Information

Please contact us with any questions or if you need assistance.

Hours (Online Only)
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

860-512-3320 (voicemails being retrieved and follow-up calls being made)

General Email for All Advisors


Venica Blythe, MEd Teaching and Learning (Educational Assistant)
Awa Diop, MS Candidate  (Educational Assistant)
Brenda Geitz, EdM Teacher Leadership (Academic Advisor)
Maria Koistinen, MSW (Educational Assistant)
Gina Marchesani, MEd (Educational Assistant)
Michelle Nickerson, MS Counseling (Academic Advisor)
Wanda Reyes-Dawes, MS Counseling (Counselor)
Beverly Schott, MS Reading Education/6th Year Certificate (Educational Assistant)

PASS Program Staff

Elisa Eaton, BA Russian Studies/Fine Arts (Educational Assistant)
Jennifer Natoli, MS Bio-Behavioral Science (Educational Assistant)