Career Planning and Advising Centers

The Career Planning and Advising Centers guide students as they answer the fundamental question, "Why are you here?" Career Planning assists students with clarifying their career goals, choosing the PPCC educational program that fits their needs best, and mapping their path for the chosen course of study. Once the course of study is selected, students are helped to choose the appropriate classes that will meet their goals. Advising is required for new students in degree or certificate programs, and is strongly recommended for all other students. Career Planning and Advising services are available at all PPCC campuses. First semester advising is done in the Career Planning and Advising centers; advising for continuing students is done by the student’s assigned faculty advisor (with services provided by Career Planning and Advising if the faculty advisor is not available). The following services are provided at the centers:

  • Career counseling (individual and group) to help with decision-making, goal setting, and choosing a college course of study
  • Career assessments to match personal characteristics with occupational options
  • Explanation of basic skills (placement test) results, and assistance in selecting classes to resolve any academic deficiencies
  • Help in choosing and registering for classes for the first semester of enrollment
  • Information on course sequence and prerequisites
  • Help in adding or dropping classes
  • Assignment of a faculty advisor for guidance in future semesters
  • Assistance with changing a course of study or faculty advisor
  • Advising on classes when a faculty advisor is not available
  • Employment services to help students market themselves and find a job