Guided Pathways Advising at Norwalk Community College

Mission and Vision

Guided Pathways Advising (GPA) is a dynamic student-centered holistic approach grounded in student development and learning. GP Advisors align advising practices with the diverse and unique needs of each individual student in their caseload. GP Advisors advise, advocate, mentor, support, and coach their caseload to reach their individual goals.

All community college students, from initial registration to completion, are supported by Guided Pathways (GP) Advisors to establish academic and career goals, receive proactive and individualized academic and holistic supports that result in the timely and equitable completion of credentials that lead to employment, transfer, and family sustainable wages.

Structure of GP Advising

Upon registration all students (new and continuing) are assigned to a GP Advisor based on their program or area of study. GP Advising does not replace faculty advising. Students are encouraged to connect with their Faculty Advisor based on their program of study and together they support you in reaching your academic, transfer, and career goals. You will be able to identify your Guided Pathways Advisor if you log into MyCommNet and click into DegreeWorks. Your assigned advisor(s) will be listed at the top of the page or contact the advising office.

How can my GP Advisor help me?

Develop your academic and career goals and discuss transfer opportunities Help you achieve your academic and career goals
Support and collaborate with your faculty/program advisor Introduce you to community resources both on and off campus
Develop effective decision-making and problem-solving skills Empower you to become a self-advocate
Encourage involvement with campus activities Help you connect with academic support services such tutoring and study skills

Check List:

  • I have applied and I am accepted.
  • Schedule a PAW Workshop here
  • I have completed my FAFSA and/or plan to set up payment plan with the business office.

Check List:

Check List:

  • DegreeWorks – Review your progress towards the completion of your degree.
  • Prepare a list of courses to consider for next semester.
  • Questions to discuss with your Academic Advisor.
  • Schedule an appointment with a GP Advisor here

Check List:

  • I am returning after 2+ years
  • I have reapplied with the Admissions Office and I have been accepted
  • I have completed my FAFSA and/or plan to set up a payment plan

Check List:

Check List:

  • I am only here for a very brief time and I do not plan to graduate
  • I know which courses I would like to take
  • I can present an unofficial copy of my transcript