Academic Advising

Mission Statement

The mission of COTC Academic Advising is to provide guidance to students in the development, implementation and achievement of their educational goals.

  • We provide accurate and timely information regarding academic programs and college policies and procedures
  • We offer guidance to enable students to make informed decisions
  • We connect students to college and community resources
  • We are friendly, accessible and supportive

What is academic advising?

Advising is a shared responsibility between the student and advisor.  Your advisor provides guidance on developing meaningful academic and career goals, understanding degree requirements and navigating your college experience.  Your advisor is committed to your personal and academic success and will assist you in achieving your goals.

Advisors are knowledgeable about academic programs, college policies and procedures, degree requirements and campus resources.  Your advisor will help answer questions and refer you to appropriate resources as needed.  Advisors assist with goal-setting, academic planning, course registration and more! 

COTC requires all new and returning students to meet with their assigned academic advisor during their first semester of enrollment or re-enrollment. 

Why should I meet with my advisor?

  • Set educational and career goals
  • Evaluate progress towards educational goals and develop an individual academic plan
  • Check progress toward completing admission requirements to competitive, selective programs
  • Discuss academic concerns or performance
  • Discuss transfer credit and applicability to your program
  • Ask questions about COTC policies and procedures
  • Request referrals to campus and community resources
  • Explore opportunities to shorten your degree pathway
  • Schedule courses for upcoming semesters
  • Discuss schedule changes, including withdrawals
  • Ask about how to use Student Assistance
  • How to be Successful in an Online Course

Who is my advisor?

Academic advisors are available at each campus location.  At the start of your first semester, you will be assigned to an advisor based upon your campus location, veteran/military status and program.  You can view your advisor and their contact information by clicking on “Advising” in Student Planning

How do I see my advisor?

Schedule an appointment. Appointments are required so that you can have individual time with your assigned Advisor. To make an appointment, contact your academic advisor directly or contact The Gateway front desk to be directed to your advisor.

  • Remember to have the following for each advising appointment:
  • Photo ID 
  • List of any questions or concerns you want to discuss

Where do I go to find important dates and deadlines, including when I can register for classes?

Important dates and deadlines are listed on the academic calendar to help students know when semesters and terms begin and end, as well as when the college is closed for holidays and breaks. 

Additional important registration dates help students know when they can register for classes.




Ira D. Chapman
Academic Advisor
Advises students in the following programs with last names A-J: Health Services Technology and Health Programs
Phone: 740.755.7277

Maddie Fleckenstein
Academic Advisor
Advises students in the following programs with last names K-Z: Health Services Technology and Health Programs
Phone: 740.755.7749

Charlene Ross 
Academic Advisor/Lead Veteran Academic Advisor
Advises students in the following programs: Accounting, Business, Engineering, IT,  and Digital Media Design 
Phone: 740.755.7667 

Amanda Snider
Assistant Director of Advising and Retention
Advises students in the following programs: Associate of Technical Studies, Associate of Science with a Concentration in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Science, Human Services, Law Enforcement, Peace Officer Basic Training, and Social Work
Phone: 740.755.7665   

Jennifer Abraham 
Director of Advising and Retention
Advises students in the following programs: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary
Phone: 740.755.7325



Jessie Wohlford
Academic Advisor
Advises students in: All Programs
Phone: 740.755.7460



Kathleen McNeil
Academic Advisor
Advises students in: All programs
Phone: 740.755.7411



Academic Advisor
Advises students in: All programs