Mission College Counseling Services

The primary goal of the Counseling Department is to provide opportunities for students to clarify values and goals, to make decisions, to develop self-confidence, self-direction and self-esteem. 
Several Counseling services and courses are offered to provide these opportunities.

Academic Counseling

  • Academic counseling begins with educational goal-setting; exploring educational options and opportunities; evaluating educational backgrounds, and providing the student with  clear, concise and up-to-date educational information of all types.
  • Counselors are trained in all fields and are able to assist the student who is still undecided about his/her major. However, each counselor has special expertise in certain areas. This way a student who already knows his field of study can get up to the minute information about his major or career choice. To choose your counselor by area of expertise, please visit the counseling center, or explore our Counseling Faculty page.

Transfer Counseling

  • Transfer counseling provides students with valuable information on admissions requirements and procedures; appropriate sequencing of classes, and support in making informed decisions about their transfer options.
  • Mission College offers Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG - guaranteed admission to participating universities), and the campus has a Transfer Center to support students in researching potential transfer institutions.

Career Counseling

  • Career counseling provides the student with an opportunity for clarification and integration of career and educational goals; the study of careers and lifestyles;  vocational and career testing, and presentation of resource speakers
  • Counselors also provide courses and one-to-one career counseling.  Mission College also has a Career Center to support students in researching potential career options.

Personal Counseling

  • Personal counseling is provided to students who need and seek assistance in resolving personal issues that interfere with school. These problems can include:
    • dealing with death, illness, divorce
    • problems with parents, spouses or significant others
    • dealing with feelings that arise because of lack of financial or emotional support
    • stress management and coping skills
    • improving self esteem
    • overcoming test anxiety
  • Personal counseling is provided on a walk-in basis or by appointment.

Crisis Counseling

  • As part of our mission to provide personal counseling, crisis counseling is provided to assist students in acute emotional distress and for students in personal crisis who require immediate attention.  For assistance with a student in crisis call (408) 855-5555.
For situations when a student is a potential danger to self or others, call 911.