Counseling

Who We Are

Counseling’s primary goal is to provide academic support services necessary for students to succeed at the College of Alameda. Counselors are an integral part of the education process, recognizing the needs of each student with whom they come into contact. Counselors provide current and valid information, using many resources, so that students are prepared to investigate alternatives, establish priorities, and develop an Educational Plan.

Our Services

The Counseling Department offers a wide range of professional counseling services for enrolled and prospective students, including:

  • Educational planning for degrees
  • Occupational certificates
  • Transfer to four year colleges/universities
  • Evaluation of California Community College transcripts for graduation and transfer, classes and workshops
  • e-Counseling ( this should link to the e-counseling website: http://alameda.peralta.edu/counseling/e-counseling/ ) services for online students only
  • Clearance of pre-requisite and matriculation holds.

FAQs

The Counseling Department is located in Building A (Administration). Counselors are available from 8am to 6:30pm on Mondays, 8am to 4:30pm Tuesday through Friday. The office phone number is (510) 748-2209.

Students can meet with counselors for same-day or scheduled appointments. Please note that same-day appointments are on a first-come, first-serve basis and scheduled appointments are very limited. Students enrolled in online courses only can submit their questions via e-Counseling after reviewing the FAQs.

Counselors are not assigned to students. We recommend that students find a counselor they connect with and continue to meet with that one counselor rather than seeing multiple counselors.

Our counselors are committed to assisting you and providing professional and exceptional student services!

A prerequisite is a condition of enrollment that you are required to meet in order to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program. A prerequisite course must be completed with a satisfactory grade, “C” grade or higher or a “P” (passing) grade.

If you are trying to enroll in a course that has a prerequisite, you must meet that prerequisite before you will be allowed to enroll in the class. If you completed the prerequisite course outside of the Peralta District, bring a copy of your transcript (can be unofficial copy) from the outside institution and meet with a counselor. You can also download the Prerequisite Clearance Request Form (https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B7JLIGmeem1fYjUxNzY1MDItMThmYy00ZmU1LTkwNmUtY WIzMjY3ODY4ODVi) and fax or email it in. Please note: you must attach copies of your transcript and/or supporting documentation to the Request Form.

*If you have not completed a prerequisite course and would like to challenge the prerequisite submit the Petition for Prerequisite-Corerequisite Challenge Form (http://web.peralta.edu/admissions/files/2011/07/Petition-for-Pre-Requisite-Challenge-form-11-6-14.pdf). Complete the petition, attach any documentation you have, and submit it to the Admissions and Records Office. The petition will then be submitted to the Department Chair for their review. Your challenge will be resolved within five (5) working days. If your petition is approved, you will remain in the class. If it is denied, you will be notified and dis-enrolled from the class.

The College may accept lower-division units earned from accredited colleges or universities. Please bring an unofficial copy of your previous college units and meet with a counselor for more review.

Fall and Spring semesters are 18 weeks long.  Summer session is 6 weeks.

A full-time student enrolls in 12 or more units during a regular semester. A part-time student can enroll in as little as 1/2 unit to as many as 11 units

Counseling

Fall 2015 & Spring 2016:

Monday 8:00am- 6:30pm

Tuesday- Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm

Fall 2015 & Spring 2016:

Monday 8:00am- 6:30pm

Tuesday- Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm

NOTE: Counseling may stop accepting students 1 hour before the Welcome Center closes . Please call (510) 748-2209 for details.