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Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, MN

Academic AdvisingAcademic advising is an integral part of student success at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. All students have opportunities to discuss educational, career, and personal goals with college counselors and advisors. Advising services include course selection assistance, transfer information, and academic goal setting. Academic advisors are located in the student services office area, and faculty advisors are located in faculty office areas.

Students are encouraged to either drop-in during regular office hours or arrange an appointment with an academic advisor prior to course registration each semester and when preparing for graduation.

Academic advising is free and open to all current and prospective students.


Student Services Advisors
Kelly Bahen, Advisor, TRIO Program Office W117 218-879-0806
Courtney Edwards-Johnston, Advisor, TRIO Program Office W115 218-879-0872
Kate Meisner, Student Support Specialist Office 135 218-879-0835
Nancy Olsen, Advisor & Disability Services Coordinator Office 134 218-879-0864
Damien Paulson, Advisor/CITS Coordinator Office 133 218-879-0795
Faculty Program Coordinators
Govinda Budrow (Child Development) Office 241 218-879-0720
Michelle Goose (American Indian Studies) Office 114 218-879-0700
Don Jarvinen (Human Services) Office 219 218-879-0836
Wade Lamirande (Law Enforcement) Office CC205 218-879-0807
Kevin Maki (Electric Utility Technology) Office W214 218-879-0891
David McDonald (Multimedia Production)
Jozef Miketin (Business Finance) Office 114 218-879-0700
Sara Montgomery (Elementary Education) Office 241 218-879-0859
Sterling Rathsack (Fine Arts) Office W212 218-879-0881
Carl Sack (Geographic Information Systems) Office W222 218-879-0718
Jay Sandal (Environmental Science) Office 214 218-879-0867
Andrea Simek (Nursing) Office CC204 218-879-0791
Laura Sylvester (Fitness and Health) Office CC002 218-879-0822


Advising / Counseling Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Advising for classes is by walk-in or appointment.

Objectives of Student Advisement at FDLTCC
Advisor assistance is designed to:
Help students formulate academic goals and understand degree requirements.
Work with students on developing academic plans for degree.
Assist students in selecting appropriate classes and reviewing degree audit reports (DARS)
Connect students with campus and community resources, as needed.

What Do Our Advisors/Program Coordinators Do in an Advising Session?
Assist students with questions about how to meet degree requirements
Assist students pursuing an associate of arts degree or other degrees, diplomas or certificates
Assist student who are undecided on a major

What Is a Degree Audit Report (DARS) and How Do I Access the Report?
The Degree Audit Report is a computerized listing of degree requirements and required courses that a student must take to earn a specific degree at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Students can access their DARS report by doing the following: Log in to your eServices account here. When logged in, click on “Grades and Transcripts” to print your Interactive Degree Audit Report. Students can verify their major/program and determine what classes they need to meet graduation requirements.

What is a Program Planner?
Students need to take required courses for specific programs at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and a program planner is a one-page handout which shows course and degree requirement information.

Where Can I Find My Program Planner?
Go to the Program Planner page here. You will find all of the Program Planner checklists that contain course requirements for the the degrees and certificates that are offered at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

When can I register online for classes? How do I register online for my classes?
Students can register online by accessing your student account on the Student eServices page located here. When logged in, click on “Courses and Registration” to start the registration process. You will need your student identification number and a password to login. See our Records Office staff if you have problems logging in.

NOTE: Before students register online for courses, it is always helpful for students to see an advisor or program director to discuss courses needed for a degree. Talking to an advisor or program director will help students prepare for current and future registration.

What Are Some Suggestion to Help Me in the Advising Process?

  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures
  • Become familiar with how to read a class schedule
  • Learn how to schedule classes that meet degree requirements as outlined on a Program Planner
  • Know where to find Program Planners on the college website
  • Clarify personal values and goals
  • Actively participate in the advising and decision-making process
  • Prepare a list of questions or concerns before each advising visit
  • Follow through on suggested actions, resources, or referrals from your advisor/program director
  • Keep a personal record of academic progress and classes taken toward a major.
  • Know how to print and read a DARS report.
  • Accept responsibility for academic decisions and performance
  • Know about transfer and utilize the Transfer Information webpage on a regular basis. The transfer webpage is located here.
  • What are some roles of an academic advisor?
  • Communicate the college’s curriculum, program requirements, policies, and procedures
  • Encourage and guide students to define and develop realistic educational goals
  • Assist students with planning courses consistent with their abilities and interests
  • Listen carefully to questions, concerns, and confusions
  • Match students’ needs with available resources and make referrals
  • Monitor students’ academic progress