Academic Advising

Academic advisors are a student's educational partner. They help WCTC students understand the college's programs, policies and procedures, and they provide tools and resources needed to be successful. Students are encouraged to maintain an ongoing relationship with their academic advisor and check in with them each semester.

Whether you have questions about how to apply, application deadlines, grade requirements, transferring to another institution or how to drop a class, academic advisors are eager to help.

Academic advisors are assigned to students based on a particular program of study:

Meet your Advisor

Kristi Cellitti

Kristi Cellitti

Contact Information

Direct line: 262.691.5274
To schedule an appointment: 262.691.5400

Education

BA, Spanish, University of Minnesota
MS, Educational Psychology-Community Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

On Being an Academic Advisor

College is such a unique experience. You have the opportunity to choose what you want to study and set your schedule. I was a first-generation college student and attended a large university. I had to learn very quickly where my classes were, where to pay the tuition bills, how to select classes, register, apply for financial aid, where I could get additional help with my papers, etc. The size of the college does not matter, but being able to navigate through the system is crucial to student success. I learned about the resources available and my key point people on campus. My goal is to help students have a successful college experience by providing the tools that are needed to thrive at WCTC. I am your key point person and cheerleader as you work your way through your program.

Advice/Tips to Students

Don't be afraid to ask questions! There really are no stupid questions. If you don't know who to ask, start with me. I can answer many of your questions and direct you to the appropriate resource.

Dena Constantineau

Dena Constantineau

Contact Information:

Direct line: 262.691.5203
To schedule an appointment: 262.691.5400

Education

BA, Sociology & Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, Administrative Leadership: Adult & Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

On Being an Academic Advisor

As an academic advisor, I enjoy the opportunity to support students through their journeys of self-improvement and professional development. Attending college can be a life changing experience, and with that it can also be overwhelming. I like that my role allows me to help students to better understand the school and the education process, and hopefully in that, ease some of the nerves associated with it. Finally, I enjoy getting to meet so many diverse people. I am continuously learning from students and that keeps it exciting for me!

Advice/Tips to Students

The best advice that I could give a student would be to get out of your comfort zone. The college experience is not only about learning technical skills, but also about developing as a person. Take advantage of leadership opportunities, service learning, international education trips, social activities, and your peer network. Ultimately, it will help to make you a well-rounded professional.

Jessica Rolon

Jessica Rolon

Contact Information

Direct line: 262.691.5596
To schedule an appointment: 262.691.5400

Education

BA, Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

On Being an Academic Advisor

As a college student I was very involved in leadership positions, and this sparked a desire to work with students in their first year transition into college. Being a first generation minority college student, I remembered all the questions that I had and how lost I became as I started my journey. I was very appreciative of the help I received and in return wanted to help others.

Advice/Tips to Students

Get involved! By doing so, you'll find lots of hidden talents and interests you might not have known you had. Getting involved early helps you gain experiences that will enhance your resume; making you more marketable. Student clubs and organizations help you gain experience in event planning, fundraising and shows off great leadership skills.

Rahsaan Dunn

Rahsaan Dunn

Contact Information

Direct line: 262.691.5545
To schedule an appointment: 262.691.5400

Education

BS, Business Administration, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
MS, Education, Adult Education, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

On Being an Academic Advisor

I have always been a people person and knew that I wanted to work with people since I was young. As I advanced my education, I realized the importance of giving back and building up the community around me. Since then, I've wanted to provide others with the same access to education that will help them reach their goals in life while enjoying the college experience.

Advice/Tips to Students

The best thing I could say to a student is to take advantage of the resources that the campus offers you. You are preparing to go out and compete in the world and you want to have as much information on your side as possible. I also say that students must hit the ground running; that may include getting involved with campus organizations, getting to know your instructors and academic advisor, researching your program field and spending additional time on campus getting help.

Beth Felch

Beth Felch

Contact Information

Direct line: 262.691.5023
To schedule an appointment: 262.691.5400

Education

BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MS, Educational Psychology-Community Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

On Being an Academic Advisor

I really enjoyed my college career and want to help create a positive college experience for students. Seeing students develop confidence in their abilities in the classroom and as professionals in their field has always been exciting for me. I have always been interested in getting to know each student's individual story so I can best help them accomplish their educational and career goals.

Advice/Tips to Students

Become a college student, not just a person taking classes. Get involved with WCTC, your classmates and the Waukesha community. Make an impact on those around you. Find your strengths and do your best. When it comes to education, you will get out of it what you put into it.

Lauri Fialkowski

Lauri Fialkowski

Contact Information

Direct line: 262.691.5201
To schedule an appointment: 262.691.5400

Education

BA, Professional Communication, Alverno College
MA, Adult Education/Instructional Design, Alverno College

On Being an Academic Advisor

I love working with students to help them become their best selves and to guide them in their journey towards getting a degree and/or a job they will really love. I started my higher education career in admissions counseling and really enjoyed it. I wanted to transition to academic advising as I wanted to be more involved on the academic side with students, and I wanted to extend the time I got to work with them.

Advice/Tips to Students

The best advice that I can give to students is to check out the job you want to do before you base your college career on it. It is so important to go out and do informational interviews, job shadowing, and to really research your career choice to make sure it will be a good fit.

Jon Koch

Jon Koch

Contact Information

Direct line: 262.691.5255
To schedule an appointment: 262.691.5400

Education

BA, Communications, UW-Stevens Point
MS, Business Administration, University of Phoenix

On Being an Academic Advisor

There is direct relationship between one’s level of education and quality of life. For many students, attaining a college degree can change their life, but such an accomplishment can change the lives of those around them as well. As an Academic Advisor, I am given the opportunity to participate in the life changing process of education and to support students as they work towards obtaining life goals. My goal as an Academic Advisor is to help students navigate the college experience, which at times can be stressful, but most importantly, I want to help build the bridge to their graduation.

Advice/Tips to Students

Never be afraid to ask for help! College is challenging and asking questions is part of the learning process. Get involved with student and professional groups, so that you can apply your learning and build a strong academic resume. Finally, remember to reflect on why you are here, what you hope to accomplish and use those reasons to build a success plan with your Advisor.

Angela Rodriguez

Angela Rodriguez

Contact Information

Direct line: 262.691.5339
To schedule an appointment: 262.691.5400

Education

BBA, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
MS, School Business Management ,University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

On Being an Academic Advisor

I was a first generation college student and had many challenges going through the experience. The support I received from advisors and instructors in college made a huge difference for my success. This lead to my passion for education and the opportunities it can open to all people, regardless of background. I enjoy working with students to help them through the process of achieving their goals and dreams. It is very rewarding to work with students who use their unique skills to create transformational change for themselves and families.

Advice/Tips to Students

Balancing school with everyday life can be very challenging. It is important to focus on your goals and celebrate successes. When you encounter challenges or successes, see your academic advisor to help guide you and provide appropriate resource information. Communication with instructors and other staff will be crucial to your success here and in life. Remember: "You (your character, skills, knowledge, experience, wisdom, beliefs, integrity, personal power) are your most valuable "asset" in life...so keep learning, improving, and becoming even more valuable to yourself and others." Constandse, R., & Scott, R.

Gloria Saunders

Gloria Saunders

Contact Information

Direct line: 262.691.5039
To schedule an appointment: 262.691.5400

Education

BA, Sociology, Alverno College
MS, Administrative Leadership: Adult and Continuing Education Leadership, University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee

On Being an Academic Advisor

As an academic advisor, I want to ensure students get a well-rounded advising experience as I help them navigate through the opportunities and challenges of fulfilling their education and career-related goals. When I was a freshman in college, faculty advising was the resource used by students. Although helpful, it did not encompass all of the information that a student needed in order to transition into college. As a first-generation college student with little support, I had a work-study job to help pay for some college costs. It was the work-study position as an admissions telecounselor that led me to transition into the field of academic advising.

Advice/Tips to Students

You are your own best advocate! You must take responsibility of your education for the outcome to be successful. Be proactive, utilize resources, accept personal accountability for your actions, and be sure to follow an educational plan that is realistic for you.