Here to Help: Advisors, Counselors and Coaches Pave the Way to Success

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A student’s journey through higher education is full of unknowns, but the path to success is made easier with a guide – or several! Blue Ridge Community College provides multiple avenues for assistance to all students from academic excellence to personal challenges. Each counselor and coach serves a different purpose in the college.

Every student is assigned a counselor or success coach and an academic advisor; by logging into Watermark, students can see their assigned guides. Additionally, career coaches serve the needs of students in local high schools as they prepare for next steps in life.

Academic Advisors

Many students are familiar with the role of the academic advisor, who helps students navigate their academic journey, providing guidance on course selection, degree requirements, and overall educational goals. These advisors support students in planning their academic path to ensure timely graduation and alignment with career aspirations.

Counselors

Student Services Counselors connect students with academic resources, help them with their school performance, and assist with personal issues that may be hindering their abilities. 

Essentially, they come alongside students to remove any potential barriers and ensure the student’s success at Blue Ridge.

The counselors use online scheduling platform Calend.ly to book meetings; walk-in meetings are also available.

College transfer students receive first semester advising in the one stop while other programs are assigned a faculty advisor. After the first semester transfer students are assigned a faculty advisor to assist with support.

Success Coaches

Success Coaches, who serve adult learners ages 25 and older, focus solely on what each individual student needs to be successful in their time at Blue Ridge. Success Coaches help students connect with needed resources across the campus. Together the Success Coach and student figure out what barriers they may have to face to complete their degree and then come up with different solutions on how to overcome those barriers.

Success coaches also serve as a conduit to connect students with resources available to them in the community, which helps students address various crises, like food or housing insecurity.

Career Coaches

At Blue Ridge, career coaches serve the high school population who either are currently taking college courses at Blue Ridge or are interested in doing so. They also work with students to help create post-secondary plans for any school, including Blue Ridge.

Career coaches spend much of their time in local high schools, advising them about college classes they can take in high school and their college options and plans after high school. 

Blue Ridge has created an intentional support structure to help students of any age with any barrier to their success. Students are encouraged to login to Watermark and find their assigned counselor or success coach. For tutoring services, students can visit the Student Success Center or sign up for tutoring at www.blueridge.edu/success. Additionally, the One Stop is always available to answer any questions and help make connections; call (828) 694-1800 or (828) 883-2520.