Advising and Counselling
The Career Advising and Counselling department aims to assist students in identifying and fulfilling their true potential. The department also aims to ultimately, through its programmes increase student’s retention and to fully equip the students for the global labour market.
The College is served by two Guidance Counsellors and a Chaplain, who offer individual and group counseling services. The Counselling Programme is aimed at promoting the social, emotional, and general well being of students. A Peer Counselling Programme trains students in offering support to their colleagues. The Guidance Counsellors also conduct Personal Development Seminars for first year students.
- To respond to crisis situation which may affect the student’s academic progress
- To promote the social, emotional and general wellbeing of students
- To develop and implement counselling programmes, which will provide a climate in which students may derive maximum benefit from the larger college programmes.
- Staff Development
- Clubs and Societies
- Community Programme
- College Clinic
- Campus Counsellors
- Time Management
- Study Skills
- Financing Education
- Life/Career Skills
- Family Life Education
- Parent Consultation
- Professional Consultation
- Individual Counselling
- Group Counselling
- Welfare Assistance
- Education Funding Assistance
- Public Forums
- Accommodation Assistance
- Referrals to other helping Agencies
Personal and Professional Development Seminars envisioned as a tool to prepare our students at a holistic level thus giving them a competitive edge. This is a one semester course offered both semesters for the academic year. This course is offered to only first year students who are timetabled to attend these sessions. At the completion of the sessions students are required to hand in a portfolio as the method of assessment.
The following areas are covered in these Personal and Professional Development Seminars:
- Introduction to College life
- Goal setting
- Learning Styles
- Oral communication – Public speaking
- Personality Blocks
- Etiquette and Ethics
- How to succeed in the corporate world
- Job seeking skills
- Keys to success
- Table Manners
- Wardrobe grooming and deportment
- Career Advising
- Individual and Group Counselling
- Counselling in Career Guidance
- Disseminating Career Information
- Experiential Learning – Internship
- Psychometric assessment
- Personality assessment
- Career education (resume, and cover letter)
- On campus recruiting
- Job listing – resume referrals
- Mock interviewing
- Internet and web-based services
- Assessment skills review
- Coaching, Consultation and Supervision
- Career Portfolio
The College and Career Counselling department through its programme is currently working on establishing a mentorship programme to assist students in identifying and fulfilling their true potential.
Student Campus Counselling
The department currently has a Student Campus counselling training programme to further assist students experiencing difficulties whilst pursuing their education. Student counsellors are assigned badges and referred to as Campus Counsellors.
The department provides supportive services in this experiential learning exercise.
The programme was conceived by the U.S. government as a means of providing a cultural experience for full time students attending Excelsior Community College. The jobs are primarily in the hospitality field at country resorts and ranches throughout the U.S.