Advising & Transfer Center
The goal of academic advising at Great Bay Community College is to assist students in creating academic plans that will help them achieve their educational goals with timely and financial efficiency.
Academic Advisor Responsibilities
1. Treat all students with dignity and respect and maintain the confidentiality of all meetings.
1. Regularly schedule and arrive on time for academic advising appointments.
2. Be accessible via phone, email, and by appointment, responding to students in a timely manner.
2. Be prepared for your appointment by utilizing the tools provided. Examples include catalogs, degree sheets, college websites and academic calendars.
3. Create and maintain an interactive environment encouraging mutual trust and open communication.
3. Communicate openly and honestly with your academic advisor regarding issues that affect your educational goals and academic performance.
4. Provide students with the information and resources to promote academic progress.
4. Use advising folder to maintain a file with relevant academic materials.
5. Stay informed of current and changing rules, regulations and program requirements.
5. Stay informed by regularly logging into SIS, Canvas and checking your college email.
6. Refer students to services relevant to their individual needs.
6. Follow through with your academic advisor’s recommendations and contact your advisor if anything changes.
7. Encourage students to take responsibility for their academic and personal choices.
7. Use your time effectively, ask for help when you need it and accept responsibility for your own actions.
The degree audit tool, GBCC DegreeWorks, allows students and advisors to track academic progress towards graduation.
What does DegreeWorks do?
- Shows what you have taken and what it counts for (in yellow)
- Shows what you are currently registered for (in blue)
- Shows what you still have left to complete (in red)
- Explore course options – description, required prerequisites and predicted schedule.
- Allows you to run a “What-If” Degree Evaluation for different majors
- Login to SIS
- Select Student
- Select Student Records
- Select GBCC Degree Works
Course Selection & Registration
Starting with your second semester you will meet with your program-specific advisor to select and then register for classes at the One Stop. For specific dates, please see the current College Catalog or contact the Advising & Transfer Center.
|Spring Semester||Beginning of November||End of January||Beginning of May|
|Fall Semester||End of March||End of August||Mid-December|
|Summer Semester||End of March||End of May||Mid-August|
Great Bay Community College Advisor Directory
In addition to the majors listed below, the Advising Center works with all new, returning Liberal Arts and Non-Matriculated students as well as PNSY Shipyard, and students seeking Transfer and Career Exploration.
Jenna Anand, 427-7771, 100G
Erica Brown, 427-7624, 100N
Maggie Duffy-Durkin, 427-7645, 100M
Deanna Friedman, 427-7627, 100L
Kathy Yazinka, 427-7648, 100K
|Accounting or Business Administration or Management and Marketing||Lynda Bonneauemail@example.com||427-7660||413|
|Advanced Composites Manufacturing (ACM)||Kurt Douglasfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7783||R128|
|American Studies||Dr. Rick Waltersemail@example.com||427-7670||419|
|Analytics and Practical Data Science||John Mannarinifirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7714||200B|
|Automotive Technology||Paul Giulianoemail@example.com||427-7740||100J|
|Biological Science||Dr. Leslie Barberfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7686||144C|
|Chemistry||Dr. Mike Gordonemail@example.com||427-7689||144A|
|Computer Numeric Control (CNC)||Kurt Douglasfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7660||R128|
|Computer Technologies or Software Development or Linux and Programming||Meg Prescottemail@example.com||427-7664||427|
|Criminal Justice or Homeland Security||Eric Kulbergfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7667||307|
|Cyber Security||Mike Harrisonemail@example.com||427-7672||409|
|Digital Media Communications||Dr. Annette Cohenfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7665||313|
|Early Childhood Education||Anita Frenchemail@example.com||427-7668||415|
|English||Dr. Rick Waltersfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7670||419|
|Dr. Emily Hinnovemail@example.com||427-7721||423|
|Engineering Science and Math||John Mannarinifirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7714||200B|
|Environmental Science||David Wilsonemail@example.com||427-7731||144|
|Fine Arts||Dr. Annette Cohenfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7665||313|
|Hospitality Management or Event & Planning Mgmt and Hotel/Restaurant Mgmt or Spa Mgmt||Dawn Comitoemail@example.com||427-7657||200C|
|Information Systems Technologies||Mike Harrisonfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7672||409|
|Liberal Arts/Pre-Nursing||Catherine Ciottiemail@example.com||427-7655||145B|
|Dr. Brett LeClairfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7687||144D|
|Dr. Barry Spracklinemail@example.com||427-7690||144B|
|Dr. Kim Williamsfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7688||144E|
|Liberal Arts/Pre-Veterinary Technology||Maggie Duffy-Durkinemail@example.com||427-7645||100M|
|Liberal Arts/Pre-Surgical Technology||Kathy Yazinkafirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7648||100K|
|Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Technology||Paul Giulianoemail@example.com||427-7740||100J|
|Nondestructive Testing||Kurt Douglasfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7660||R128|
|Nursing||Dr. Nancy DeSottoemail@example.com||427-7685||327|
|Dr. Dulcinea Kaufmanfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7680||305|
|Psychology||Dr. Aimee Huardemail@example.com||427-7673||401|
|Surgical Technology||Kristin Whitneyfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7691||304C|
|Teacher Preparation||Catherine Brophyemail@example.com||427-7694||417|
|Technical Studies||Maggie Duffy-Durkinfirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7645||100M|
|Veterinary Technology and Veterinary Practice Management||Dr. Deb Discheremail@example.com||427-7696||154E|
|International Students (Any Major)||Diana Vargafirstname.lastname@example.org||427-7626||210I|
Planning to Transfer?
The Great Bay Community College Advising and Transfer Center is your first stop.
- Our transfer advisors can help you with the process.
- In many cases we can help you transfer with less paperwork and no application fees.
- Receive advising from day one on how to transfer the largest number of credits to save time and money
Advising and Transfer Center
Transfer Agreements with Other Colleges and Universities
Here are just a few examples of our transfer agreements.
- Plymouth State University
- Keene State College
- UMASS Lowell
- Granite State College
- St. Joseph’s College
- Southern New Hampshire University
- University of New England
- New England College
- Endicott College
- Rivier University
- Maine College of Art
- Unity College
However, you can start at GBCC and go anywhere!
Here are just a few of the other colleges and universities where GBCC students have transferred.
- Cornell University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Northeastern University
- Berkley College of Music
- University of Hawaii
- Suffolk University
- Johnson and Wales
- UMASS Amherst
- UMASS Dartmouth
For more information on transferring within New Hampshire please visit:
- The New Hampshire Dual Admission Program
- Plymouth State University
- Keene State College
- Granite State College
- Southern New Hampshire University Dual Admission Program
*Contact the Advising and Transfer Center for more information.
Q: What’s the difference between full-time and part-time?
The basic breakdown is determined by the number of credits to take during a semester:
Full-time = 12+ credits/semester (usually 4+ classes)
Part-time = 6-11 credits/semester (usually 2-3 classes)
Less than part-time = 5 or fewer credits/semester (usually 1 class)
The decision to be a full-time student or a part-time student will impact your financial aid eligibility, your workload during the semester, and the amount of time it takes to complete your degree.
Q: How many classes should I take?
There are two major things to consider when deciding how many classes you should take each semester:
- Outside time/energy obligations. These are things like work, your commute, family responsibilities, hobbies, etc. How much time will these take and how much time do I have for college? There’s a great time/credit calculator (.xlsx)
- How quickly you want to complete your degree. If your goal is to complete your degree in two years and you plan to follow your program sheet as recommended to meet that goal—you will need to be able to make time sacrifices elsewhere to achieve this goal. College will need to be your first priority. This might mean less time to socialize or spend with your family. This might mean requesting fewer shifts at work. If you have numerous non-academic commitments and time is less of an issue, being a part time student might be a better fit.
Q: How do know if I’m in the right program or headed towards the right career?
It can be hard to make decisions regarding your entire future all up front and it’s important to know that you always can change your mind. Making the “right” decision upfront though will save you time and money in the long run. GBCC has an online tool called Career Coach which is a 6 or 60 question assessment that ties your interests and strengths to fields, majors, and prospective careers. Career Coach also ties the results to job listings in the area—so you can be sure the path you’re on will lead to employment.
Q: How do I change my program?
After you’ve explored the options in Career Coach, and ran a degree audit with DegreeWorks, you would complete a Change of Major Form. You cannot change your major into selective programs, listed on the second page of the change of major form.
Q: How can I figure out how to raise my GPA?
Retaking classes where you earned less than a C and getting a higher grade will increase your GPA. Please note whatever grade you received on your last attempt will be the permanent grade on your official transcript. We have a great online tool to calculate how best to increase your GPA (excel spreadsheet “GPA Calculator” should become a form on site). Check with Financial Aid to be sure your retake is covered.
“DegreeWorks let me easily see that changing my major to Business Administration wouldn’t set me back to graduate. It helped make the decision so much easier!” – John Smith