Advising

ADVISING MISSION STATEMENT

Northwest Indian College Advisors offer holistic and student-centered guidance, empowering students with practical knowledge and skills to support cultural identity, academic success, self-determination, and personal growth.

What We Do:

Academic advising is provided to students by:

  • Advisors in the Center for Student Success
  • Faculty Advisors in the academic program in which the faculty member teaches, or by
  • Site Managers at our instructional sites.

The academic advisor will work with students to enroll for courses and provide the necessary information to ensure adequate course selection for the student’s intended program of study. Advisors offer assistance to students in understanding degree requirements, planning schedules, and monitoring satisfactory academic progress.  Students should schedule appointments with their advisor to verify that courses they have selected apply to their degree program prior to quarterly registration. While appointments are not mandatory, they are strongly recommended, especially during busy registration times before the start of each quarter. Drop-in advising is always available to students on a first come, first serve basis.

Faculty Advisors

Faculty Advisors guide students toward accomplishing their academic and professional goals related to their particular areas of study. The role of the Faculty Advisor complements and extends the relationship of student and teacher beyond the classroom. Faculty members share your passion for a subject and the advising relationship provides you with an opportunity to draw on their experience, expertise and professional relationship to your particular academic discipline.  Faculty advisors work with students to create innovative educational plans, to access internships and to develop research opportunities so that you succeed beyond the classroom.

Students who have earned 45 or more college level credits need to select a faculty advisor for more specific degree mentoring and advising for the remainder of their degree.  Use this form to select a faculty advisor:

Faculty Advisors Commitment Form – Lummi Campus ONLY

Please make an appointment or stop in to see a Student Services Advisor to discuss the selection of a Faculty Advisor.
 

Advising Center Hours

Lummi Campus
8am-5pm M-F
2522 Kwina Rd. Bellingham, WA 98226
Center for Student Success, Bldg 17,
Phone: 360-392-4335,
Email: Advisors@nwic.edu
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When to Talk to an Advisor?
Transfers, Testing & Placement
Internships

First Quarter Student?

Important Student Links & Resources

How to Prepare for an Advising Meeting?
Student Educational Plan
Advising Confidentiality

Disability Services

Meet Your Academic Advisors

Michael McDaniel
Academic Advisor

Michael is a descendant of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He earned his BA in American Indian Studies at UW-Milwaukee and his MA in English/American Indian Studies at Cornell University. Currently, Michael serves as an Academic Advisor with an interest in advising second-year students as they transition toward their academic and professional goals.

Chrystal Battle
FYE/1st Generation Advisor
Julia Orloff
Native Environmental Science Advisor

Site Campus Advisor (Contact Information)

Swinomish
Gaylene Gobert (Site Manager)
Phone: (360) 255-4435
Email: ggobert@nwic.edu

Tulalip
Collete Kieth (Site Manager)
Phone: (360) 594-4094
Email: ckeith@nwic.edu 

Nisqually
Jenny Serpa (Site Manager)
Phone: (360) 456-5221, ext 1184
Email: jlserpa@nwic.edu

Muckleshoot
Johnathan Tomhave (Site Manager)
Phone: 360-255-4433
Email: jtomhave@nwic.edu

Port Gamble/S’Klallam
Francine Swift (Site Manager)
Phone: (360) 297-6215
Email: fswift@nwic.edu

Nez Perce
Angela Picard (Site Manager)
Phone: (208) 621-4605
Email: apicard1@nwic.edu

Forms

Career Services

Career Services Webpage

Career counseling is available for students in the following areas:

  • Explore career interests and opportunities
  • Learn interviewing, cover letter writing, resume writing  and job search skills
  • Networking and preparing for career fairs

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