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:
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 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
2522 Kwina Rd. Bellingham, WA 98226
Center for Student Success, Bldg 17,
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.
Shoshaunee is a descendant of the Tulalip and Tlingit and Haida tribes. She earned her Associate of Arts and Science- General Direct Transfer from NWIC in 2013 and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts- CARE and plans to graduate June 2019. Currently, Shoshaunee serves as the First Year Experience Advisor, advising students within their first 45 credits of college.
Julia Orloff is a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Native Environmental Science program at Northwest Indian College. She recently completed a Post-Graduate certificate in Academic Leadership through the Fielding Graduate University focused on women in STEM and initiatives in higher education, specifically at TCUs. She has a degree in Electro-Mechanical Technology. Julia is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County. Currently, Julia serves as the Native Environmental Science Advisor and is a member of the National Advising Organization – NACADA. In her spare time, Julia enjoys showcasing her talent through traditional arts. Julia is an Aleut tribal member.
Career counseling is available for students in the following areas:
State Licensure Requirements for the Associate of Technical Arts in Chemical Dependency
State Licensure for ATA Chemical Dependency Link