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Get the most out of your TCC experience with Pathways Advising

Do you have college and career goals? It's so important for you to connect with an advisor as soon as possible in order to meet your goals and complete your program on time. Working with an academic advisor can help you stay on track and make informed decisions about your future. They can also connect you to opportunities and resources across campus.

Our mission: Academic Advising at Tacoma Community College is a personalized and equitable process that supports students helping explore and attain their personal, educational and career goals.

Our vision: Advising at Tacoma Community College is the hub of student connections by engaging with students where they are.  Advisors help foster confidence and agility in navigating the educational system while partnering with students to inspire a community within a community.

Our values: Kindness, learning, empathy, reliability, efficiency, connection


Explore your options

Still trying to map out your future? Meet with an academic advisor or counselor to discuss academic and career opportunities. Or, you may know what degree you want to earn at TCC, but need help understanding what classes to take and when. We can help you chart the right course.


Plan for the future

When you’re ready to take the next step to transfer to a four-year college or university, contact us for help with a smooth transition. We can also help you plan for a new career, or help you advance in your current career with one of our 29 professional/technical certificate programs.


Incoming transfer students

If you’re transferring coursework to TCC from another college, please submit your official transcripts for evaluation. This helps your advisor recommend the right classes for you. Need to submit an unofficial transcript? Email:


Find Your Passion

TCC offers nearly 60 two-year degrees and certificates, and four Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. Browse through the degree pathways here at TCC and find out more about how to reach your academic and career goals.

Connect with your own pathways advisor by selecting an area that interest you in the section below.

image of student taking notesBusiness, Paralegal, and Technology

Degree pathways include: Accounting, Business Transfer, Business Applied Science, Networking & Cybersecurity, Paralegal, Applied Management Bachelors, and IT Bachelors.

Image of a female art student creating a sculptureCreative Arts, Literature, and Communication

Degree pathways include: Undecided, Associate of Arts Direct Transfer, Associates in General Studies, Art, Communications, Interdisciplinary Writing, Literature, Music, Spanish, and World Languages.

A student working in the early learning centerEducation, Social & Behavioral Sciences

Degree pathways include: Anthropology, Education, Early Childhood Education, History, Human Services, Chemical Dependency, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.


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Degree pathways include: Allied Health, Community Health Bachelors, DMS (Ultrasound), EMT, Health Information Technology, Health Information Management Bachelors, Invasive Cardio Therapy, Nursing, Pre-Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Paramedic, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Medical Billing, Medical Scribe, Pre-Medicine (includes Pre-Dental, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Vet).

Two students wear goggles and examine a measuring instrumentScience, Engineering, and Mathematics

Degree pathways include: Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Biology, Chemistry, Chemical and Bioengineering, Computer Science, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Computer & Electrical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability/Science, Earth Science, Math, Materials Science, and Manufacturing Physics.

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Transfer to University of Washington Tacoma

This pathway includes a direct transfer to the University of Washington Tacoma with assistance from the TCC-to-UWT Transfer Advisor.

Undecided on a Major or Area of Study?

Consider utilizing the resources at TCC's Career Center!

If applicable, you may connect with one of the specialized advisors located below. For general inquiries, please email: advising@tacomacc.edu

Steve Fontana

Director of Advising


Email: sfontana@tacomacc.edu


Veteran and Military-Affiliated Advisor

Rick Souza

Advises service members, military veterans, and their families

Email: rsouza@tacomacc.edu

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Gig Harbor Advising

Melody Griggs

Advises all students attending TCC's Gig Harbor Campus

Email: mgriggs@tacomacc.edu



Summer Quarter Academic Advising Hours

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
8AM - 5:30PM

Building 7, Advising Center

In-Person Drop-In Advising

Building 7, Advising Center

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

9AM - 10:30AM
2:30PM - 4PM

Online Drop-In Advising

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

9AM - 10:30AM
2:30PM - 4PM

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To dial by phone, please call 253-215-8782 and then enter Meeting ID:

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Contact Information

Email: advising@tacomacc.edu

If emailing, please be sure to include: your full name, your Student ID/ctcLink ID Number, and the program or area of study that you are interested in so we can best assist you.

Monday - Thursday
8AM - 5:30PM

Building 7, Advising Center

Phone: 253-566-6091