Academic Advising


Mission Statement

To foster collaborative student-advisor relationships centered on developing and defining personal, academic, and career goals, and introducing appropriate resources to achieve those goals.


  • Provide access to professional academic advisors that demonstrate care and respect.
  • Collaborate with students to create academic plans that reflect their personal, academic, and career goals.
  • Provide information related to campus and community resources as appropriate to the individual student.




How to Prepare for your FYE Appointment
Advisors will:
  • Understand and effectively communicate curriculum and program requirements.
  • Assist students in selecting courses based on personal, educational, and career goals.
  • Explain institutional academic policies and procedures.
  • Provide information related to college and community resources.
  • Be reasonably accessible to students through scheduled in person appointments, drop in, phone calls, and/or e-mails.
  • Actively listen to student’s concerns and respect their decisions.
  • Discuss academic performance with students, and how that performance relates to success
  • Maintain confidentiality according to established standards.
  • Collaborate with students in the creation and regular updating of academic plans.
When meeting with an advisor, students should:
  • Be prepared to discuss goals and educational plans.
  • Be open regarding needs and goals.
  • Engage in learning about campus policies, procedures, and resources.
  • Ask questions to clarify any information that is not understood.
  • Be open and willing to consider professional recommendations.
  • Accept responsibility for personal, academic, and career decisions.
  • Follow an individualized academic plan that supports the completion of academic goals.
  • Review academic plan periodically and keep advisor apprised of any changes.
  • Keep scheduled appointments or give ample notice to reschedule.
  • Inform advisor of any academic challenges and difficulties experienced early.

Office Hours

Regular Hours

8:00am - 6:00pm
Tue - Thu
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 2:00pm

Mondays - Thursdays: Appointment Options include In-Person, Google Meeting and Telephone

Fridays: Appointment Options include Google Meeting and Telephone (No in-person available)

Summer Hours

7:00am - 6:00pm
Tue - Thu
7:00am - 5:00pm

Contact Information

(815) 835-6354

Staff Listing

Aldridge, Mandy  M.Academic Advisor/Veteran Representative/PDSO815-835-6 390
or ext. 390
1E09mandy.m.aldridge@ svcc.edu
Benson, Celina  R.ECE Academic Advisor / Outreach Coordinator815-835-6 301
or ext. 301
1F29celina.benson@ svcc.edu
Cox, Eann  E.Academic Advisor and Career Specialist815-835-6 358
or ext. 358
1Eeann.e.cox@ svcc.edu
Forsberg, Amy  Y.Academic Advisor / Retention Specialist815-835-6 307
or ext. 307
1E17amy.y.forsberg@ svcc.edu
Hooker, Jennifer  J.Mental Health and Academic Counselor/Assistant Professor I815-835-6 271
or ext. 271
1E17jennifer.j.hooker@ svcc.edu
Kern-Lyons, Valerie  L.Professor, Mental Health and Academic Counselor815-835-6 204
or ext. 204
1E13valerie.kernlyons@ svcc.edu
Sisson, Mackenzie  M.Peer Mentor Lead Facilitatormackenzie.sisson@ svcc.edu
Wilkin, Jessica  C.Academic Advisor and Transfer Specialist815-835-6 348
or ext. 348
1E15jessica.c.wilkin@ svcc.edu