Advising and Student Success Center

Welcome to the Advising & Student Success Center

Our PurposeHelpful RemindersLAUNCHDegreeWorksEarly AlertFESP Workshops
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The Advising and Student Success Center is dedicated to encouraging, assisting, and supporting all students, through their decision-making and critical thinking, to achieve their maximum academic, career, and personal development. The college provides a number of services that are geared towards helping students meet these objectives. The Advising and Student Success Center assists students in navigating Housatonic and enabling them to achieve success.


Our Purpose

Successful students are those who plan. Planning requires that students understand the requirements of their specific program of study, know what their short and long-term goals are, and are aware of campus resources. The Advising and Student Success Center along with faculty advisors, are available to all students to help them succeed in their academic work.

Location: Lafayette Hall L112
The Advising and Student Success Office will be open Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm
Student Walk in hours are from 8:30am – 4:30pm.
Evening Appointments Available Upon Request. Email
Phone: 203-332-5097

Helpful Reminders

Continuing students are encouraged to see their faculty advisors early in the registration period to discuss program requirements and the appropriate sequence of courses to take during their stay at HCC.

Continuing students are strongly encouraged to print and bring a copy of Degree Works to their advising session.

For the winter intersession and spring semester, early advising and registration begins in November.

For the summer session and fall semester, early advising and registration begins in April.

Faculty advisors are not available during the summer months or during holiday intersession. Summer months include June, July, and August. Holiday intersession includes spring break and winter intersession.

Advisors are available to all students on a walk-in basis and by appointment. During peak advising periods, students are welcome in the Advising and Student Success Center on a walk-in basis when faculty advisors are not available.


Each semester, new students that have completed the Accuplacer placement test will schedule a mandatory Launch Group Advising session. During the advising session, students will:

  • Learn how to navigate the college website
  • Learn about degree and certificate programs offered
  • Identify career options
  • Build schedules from course offerings based upon placement test, AP, or SAT scores
  • Learn how to register for classes online
  • Learn about Degree Works to check academic progress and program requirements
  • Learn important terminology such as prerequisite, co-requisite, parallel, Satisfactory Academic Progress, and cumulative GPA
  • Identify faculty advisors and understand the importance of creating a working relationship with them
  • Identify campus resources and departments such as advising, career services, Center for Academic Progress (CAP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), TEAS testing, counseling, Family Economic Security Program (FESP), financial aid, HCC Foundation, and tutorial services.

For LAUNCH questions or concerns please contact: Jeanine Gibson, .


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HCC ClassroomHousatonic Community College is committed to the success of its students by providing an environment conducive to teaching and learning. To ensure that students take full advantage of their educational opportunities & resources, we encourage the use of our Early Alert System. This allows faculty to be proactive, supportive, and involved in facilitating the academic components of student retention through early detection and intervention of students who are facing academic challenges.

The goals of the Early Alert program are:

  • To proactively catch, connect with and retain struggling students early
  • To coordinate services collaboratively amongst faculty and staff intervening with clear success plans and recommendations for student persistence
  • To Empower and encourage students to engage with appropriate persons in an effort to build campus connections
  • To use student data to identify barriers and work towards implementing intentional resources in and outside of the classroom

Some of the most common reasons for submitting a student to the Early Alert System include:

  • Excessive absences and/or tardiness
  • Needs tutoring
  • Has low test and/or quiz scores
  • Not completing homework


  • The Early Alert System works best when used early! Submissions to the system within the first 3-4 weeks are most likely to result in a successful outcome for your students. Initial contact should always be made by Instructors as changes in academic performance are identified more readily and accurately. Let your student know the nature of your concern prior to submitting them to the Early Alert System
  • It helps to include a description of the Early Alert System in your syllabus
  • What happens after a referral is submitted?
    Faculty will receive an automated message confirming that the submission has been received. The student will be assigned an advisor who will make two attempts via phone and email to contact the student. The advisor will then inform the Professor by email of their interaction.

    The Early Alert system is now closed for this semester.