Academic 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

Kelly Bahen

Advisor, TRIO Program

Office W117

218-879-0806

kbahen@fdltcc.edu

Courtney Edwards

Courtney Edwards

Advisor, TRIO Program

Office W115

218-879-0872

courtneyedwards@fdltcc.edu

Kate Meisner

Kate Meisner

Student Support Specialist

Office 135

218-879-0835

kathryn.meisner@fdltcc.edu

Nancy Olsen

Nancy Olsen

Advisor & Disability Services Coordinator

Office 134

218-879-0864

nancy.olsen@fdltcc.edu

Damien Paulson - Coordinator of Placement and CITS

Damien Paulson

Advisor/CITS Coordinator

Office 133

218-879-0795

dpaulson@fdltcc.edu

Faculty Program Coordinators

Govinda Budrow

Govinda Budrow

Child Development

Office 241

218-879-0720

govinda.budrow@fdltcc.edu

michelle goose - american indian studies program director

Michelle Goose

American Indian Studies

Office 114

218-879-0700

michelle.goose@fdltcc.edu

Don Jarvinen

Don Jarvinen

Human Services

Office 219

218-879-0836

jarvinen@fdltcc.edu

Wade Lamirande - FDLTCC Law Enforcement

Wade Lamirande

Law Enforcement

Office CC205

218-879-0807

wlamirande@fdltcc.edu

Kevin Maki, Electrical Utility Technology Program Coordinator, BSEE, University of MN Masters Organizational Management

Kevin Maki

Electric Utility Technology

Office W214

218-879-0891

klmaki@fdltcc.edu

David McDonald, Multimedia Production Program Coordinator, M.A. Mass Communication

David McDonald

Multimedia Production

david.mcdonald@fdltcc.edu

Jozef Miketin, Business Program Coordinator

Jozef Miketin

Business Finance

Office 114

218-879-0700

jozef.miketin@fdltcc.edu

Sterling Rathsack - Art Program Coordinator

Sterling Rathsack

Fine Arts

Office W212

218-879-0881

srathsack@fdltcc.edu

Carl Sack - GIS Faculty and Program Coordinator

Carl Sack

Geographic Information Systems

Office W222

218-879-0718

carl.sack@fdltcc.edu

Elsa Ring

Nursing

CC107

218-879-0727

elsa.ring@fdltcc.edu

Laura Sylvester

Laura Sylvester

Fitness and Health

Office CC002

218-879-0822

lsylvester@fdltcc.edu

Sara Montgomery Elementary Education Program Coordinator

Sara Montgomery

Elementary Education

Office 241

218-879-0859

smontgomery@fdltcc.edu

Jay Sandal

Jay Sandal

Environmental Science

Office 214

218-879-0867

jsandal@fdltcc.edu

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

Testimonials

I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.

I chose FDLTCC for a fresh start in life. It had been two years since I graduated High School and I wanted more than just working a 9-5. I was living in Florida at the time, and I had an opportunity to travel the world doing what I love playing the game of basketball.

FDLTCC offered me a supportive environment I couldn't pass up, everyone and everything here at school is trying to help you succeed, from the programs, to the faculty, to the resources.