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Student Advising & Counseling

Published or Revised June 21, 2022

Students and alumni are assisted in achieving appropriate career goals, increasing personal satisfaction and self-esteem, improving interpersonal and social relationships, and obtaining more from available education and job opportunities by the PJC Advising / Counseling Department. Services provided by the department include:

Students may drop-in Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to see a counselor or advisor or email for online assistance.

Paris Campus

Alford Center
Phone: 903-782-0426
FAX: 903-782-0333
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Greenville Center

Phone: 903-454-9333 (Call for an appointment.)

Sulphur Springs Center

Phone: 903-885-1232 (Call for an appointment.)

Students may consult a counselor or advisor from the Advising / Counseling Center at any time regarding academic concerns. All students, regardless of their academic status, are encouraged to seek academic advising as early on in the semester as possible to plan their schedules and discuss their academic progress. Each Schedule of Classes contains information about early advising and registration opportunities. Seeking advice in a timely manner will help students avoid such problems as non-transferable courses and delays in graduation.

What You Can Expect

The Advising / Counseling Center offers students several academic advising services. Academic Advisors help students:

  • Obtain career assessment testing.
  • Choose a major or change a major.
  • Learn about job opportunities in the major.
  • Develop decision making skills.

Academic Advisors also help students:

  • Learn about PJC services and programs.
  • Identify college procedures.
  • Obtain information about majors, programs and degree requirements.
  • Plan course schedules to meet personal needs and program requirements.
  • Understand the TSI test results and appropriate course placement.
  • Identify PJC courses that meet degree requirements at four-year institutions.
  • Solve scheduling difficulties or problems.
  • Learn about course prerequisites.
  • Understand about adding or dropping courses.
  • Obtain degree plans.
  • Learn about transfer procedures.
  • Assist students each semester in monitoring their degree plans.
  • Select appropriate science course.
  • Obtain tutoring services for a successful academic experience.

Special Populations

The Connect Program, designed for special populations, provides textbook loans, childcare funding assistance, toolkit vouchers, and certification exam vouchers to qualified students. To be considered for this program, a student must have a declared workforce education major. Special population categories include the following:

  • Students with disabilities
  • Students training for a non-traditional major for their gender
  • Students with limited English proficiency
  • Students who are:
    • economically disadvantaged;
    • single parents;
    • homeless;
    • aged out of foster care; or
    • out of workforce

To obtain an application for the Connect Program, students may go to the Advising Office located in the Alford Center on the Paris campus or call 903-782-0426. Greenville students may go to the main office or call 903-454-9333, and Sulphur Springs students may go to the main office or call 903-885-1232.