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Advising Center

Zalika Landrum, Ed.D.
Associate Dean of Student Services

Meet with an Advisor Today

Our academic advisors are highly trained professionals who can guide you from your first day as a student to graduation. We encourage you to get to know your advisor and to take advantage of the wide range of services he or she can provide. Students can make an appointment with an academic advisor in two ways:                        
  1. Log into GradesFirst, a web-based student support tool, here. Unfamiliar with GradesFirst? Watch this short video on how to use it to make an appointment.
  2. Contact the Advising Office to set up an appointment to meet with your Academic Advisor. Contact information is in the right column of this page.
See our helpful advising tips on how to get the most out of your advising appointment. You should meet with your Advisor at least once each semester, more often if needed.                        

See your Advisor if you are:

  • Struggling with your current classes; help is available
  • Unsure about your education or career goals and options
  • Unsure if your academic plan (go to>Academics>View My Enrollment History to see your current academic plan) is aligned with your goals
  • Planning to transfer to a 4-year institution
  • Confused about your academic progress or degree requirements
  • Trying to use credits earned at a non-CCC college or university toward your graduation requirements
  • Looking for an academic plan to help guide you term-by-term and to help you easily register
  • Wanting to get involved in clubs and activities on campus
  • If you have a question about academics, services available to you, or anything else

We can help. Come see us!

Advisors will help you to clarify your education and career goals, create an academic plan, and explore options for a major or career. They will assist with problem-solving, explain academic and financial aid holds, and help with readmission (Satisfactory Academic Progress or SAP), withdrawals, and other academic questions or transactions.                        

Services provided by the Advising Office

  • Student Orientation - important information all students need to know (especially for new students)
  • Academic, career and transfer advising - guidance each student needs to succeed
  • Creating an academic plan - your personal term-by-term plan to earn your degree or certificate
  • Registration for classes - so you know which classes you need and what sequence to meet your graduation requirements
  • Processing transfer credits - credits earned at a non-CCC institution that can be used toward program completion
  • Explanation and processing of academic and financial aid holds - Satisfactory Academic Progress or SAP
  • Grading policies - information about issues affecting grades
  • Referrals to campus and community resources
  • Wellness Center referrals
  • Degree audit - review of courses completed toward graduation




Faculty & Staff

Advisor Phone Email
Jerome Balfour (773) 602-5089
Rolando Chacon (773) 602-5147
Brianna Dark (773) 602-5160
Deborah Easley (Dawson Technical Institute) (773) 451-3631
Warren Edwards (773) 602-5119 ​​​​
Alvin Hill (773) 602-5124
Richard Liggons (773) 602-5114
Tunisha Potter (773) 602-5155
Patricia Ramos (773) 602-5122
Norman Scales (773) 602-5080
Kay Trotter (773) 602-5117
Marie Williams (773) 602-5104

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Contact Information

(773) 602-5111
(773) 602-5120
6343 S. Halsted Street
Building W, Room 240
Chicago, IL 60621
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Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday: CLOSED
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​Other Resources


Transfer Resources                           

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Appeal My Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Academic Standing (AS) Holds​                        

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements for Skills Students                         ​​