The college counseling staff provides assistance to each student in planning an academic program of studies for graduation, for transfer or for personal interest. The rapid changes in requirements and prerequisites for institutions and careers make continuing guidance a necessary part of students' academic lives. All students are encouraged to define educational objectives and plan how to achieve them.
To qualify for a priority registration date, students need to complete all the steps of the matriculation process: Orientation, Assessment, and Counseling to develop an Education Plan. To schedule an appointment for any of these steps, please call (760) 384-6219.
Counselors can also provide students with special counseling and guidance in matters pertaining to adjustment to college, help in improving study skills and career planning.
Meet with a Counselor
To set up an appointment to meet with a counselor either in person or by telephone, please call:
(760) 384-6219 at Ridgecrest/Indian Wells Valley
(760) 379-5501 at Lake Isabella/Kern River Valley
(661) 258-8644 at Edwards AFB/East Kern
(760) 872-1565 at ESCC Bishop
(760) 934-2875 at ESCC Mammoth Lakes
(760) 384-6219 for Online students
Counseling Office Hours (2nd floor, Rm. 224, Ridgecrest/IWV campus)
Monday–Thursday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 12:00noon
Contact a Counselor Online
You can contact a counselor directly via our online email contact form:
The Transfer Center is available to assist students in making their transition to a four-year college/university a successful one. Among the many services available to students are CSU/UC application workshops, on-campus visits by university representatives, visits to university campuses, articulation information, and agreements with colleges/universities, as well as information on the California Articulation Numbering System (CAN). At the Centers, this information can be acquired from the counselor/counselor technician. For more Information go to the Transfer Center page.
Career Planning/Placement Services
Career Planning/Placement Services assist individuals in making career decisions. These services, located in the Transfer Center, are open to all students and visitors from the community and include computerized career information and search programs, a career information library, occupational interest inventories, individual counseling and classes in career planning. Job placement and advisory services are provided to students, graduates and former students for off-campus part-time, full-time, temporary, permanent or summer employment opportunities. Materials relating to job seeking skills, interview and resume writing techniques, and current employment opportunities outside the Indian Wells Valley are also available.
At the Eastern Sierra Center location in Bishop, the Career Planning Center offers similar services. Additional services include periodic information programs and assessment services. The Center's staff will also be able to assist you with information concerning the many financial aid programs available to Cerro Coso students.
Please contact the staff at your extension office to determine the availability of career counseling activities available to you.
The goal of the Counseling department at Cerro Coso Community College is to facilitate student development in areas of basic skills, career and academic planning and completion, and transfer preparedness to four-year institutions. The counseling staff is committed to providing quality services and meeting the changing needs of our diverse student populations at all sites by continued involvement in college-wide activities, outreach programs in the community, and implementing new strategies that focus on increasing student retention and success.