Adam Mitchell

Despite being hugely outnumbered, counselors at PCC are helping students transfer to California public Universities at some of the highest rates in the state.

Mary Nurrenbern/Courier Edward Martinez, counselor discusses the counseling services at PCC on Feb. 11.
Mary Nurrenbern / Courier
Edward Martinez, counselor discusses the counseling services at PCC on Feb. 11.

PCC ranked fourth in the state from 2011 to 2012, for transfers of students to all public California universities, and the academic counselors provide a variety of services aiming to help students have the best chance at academic success, officials said.

According to Interim Associate Dean of Admissions and Records Dina Chase, in the 2011-12 academic year the college transferred a total of 1,834 students to both the University of California and the California State University, with 609 transferring to UC and 1,225 to CSU.

Edward Martinez, a counselor and former president of the Academic Senate, is kept busy counseling students. “I see an average of 11 to 12 students per day for scheduled appointments, but when we do drop-in services it can go up to 30,” Martinez said.

According to Martinez there are only 17 full-time counselors, and a handful of additional part-time employees dealing with over 26,000 students.

“There is no shortage of students,” said Martinez, “Sixty to 70 percent of [PCC] students declare the interest to transfer.”

The counseling services offered aim to provide the student with an individual plan for educational success. With many different specialty transfer programs also available, there are options for everyone interested in transferring, officials said.

Specialty programs such as Chicanos/Latinos Advancing in the Values of Education, Rights of Passage in Education, Fast Track, and the Scholars program, can benefit students in a number of different ways. According to the PCC website, students must meet all requirements necessary and maintain their status in these programs, and in doing so they can receive added benefits such as guaranteed admission.

According to Martinez, with such a high demand for transfers the counselors are also heading out onto campus more often to spend time in the division offices, offering more specialized and individualized help that is needed during the transfer process.

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