Welcome to Academic Advising!
Academic Advising is an ongoing learning process in which you partner with an academic
advisor. Each student enrolled in an academic program is assigned an advisor, either
a faculty advisor familiar with your academic program or a professional advisor based
in Academic and Transfer Advising. Your advisor will work with you each semester to
develop and/or modify an academic plan so you achieve your academic goals in the time
frame that best complements your life.
Contact us to schedule an appointment with an Academic and Transfer Advising team
We hope you have a successful semester!
Send an email
One Stop Enollment Center
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Student Advising Coordinator
Shelly provides leadership for our early alert/progress report system working to identify
students needing additional support in the early weeks of the semester. She also works
with students on academic probation to create a plan to return to good academic standing.
While able to advise any of the programs at BCC, Shelly specializes in Business, Criminal
Justice, and Human Services and serves as the liaison for the STEM and Allied Health
Division. Shelly has a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Social
Work and Masters in Education from MCLA. She has previously served as BCC's College
and Career Navigator and Academic Counselor. She is a mother to five adult children,
and in her spare time enjoys walking her two rottweilers and spending time with her
Lauri Byrnes is the first point of contact for students, and she coordinates the day-to-day
functions of Academic and Transfer Advising. Her previous experience at BCC in the
Enrollment Services and Financial Aid Offices ensures Lauri is well-versed in many
of the One Stop functions. She is able to triage a number of initial advising inquiries
and schedule appointments as appropriate. Lauri is a BCC alum graduating in 2017 with
an Associate's Degree in Human Services. She went on to receive an Associate of Applied
Science in Occupational Therapy from Maria College. Lauri uses this degree when volunteering
in an equine therapy program working with children and adults. She lives here in the
Berkshires and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and pets as much as possible.
Anne joined the Academic and Transfer Advising team in summer 2022, with advising
specialty in dual-enrollment and education. She is the advising liaison to the Humanities,
Behavioral, and Social Science Division. Anne taught college English and Student Success
courses for several decades. Firmly believing in lifelong learning, after earning
degrees in English (BA degree from Fairfield University, MA and PhD from Purdue),
she attained additional graduate degrees in Education (Curriculum), Public Administration,
Public Communications and Higher Education Student Services. She relocated to the
Berkshires from southern Jersey, and has also called Indiana, Connecticut and Cape
Cod home. In her spare time, she enjoys cross-stitching and mysteries, and watching
her six amazing children and husband create theater.
Director of Academic and Transfer Advising
Lyndsay assumed the role of Interim Director in August 2021 after serving as both
an Academic Counselor and Student Advising Coordinator at BCC. She was named the Director
of Academic and Transfer Advising in October 2022. She provides leadership and oversight
of academic and transfer advising and partners with faculty and staff to continuously
improve the services we offer. Well-versed in BCC's advising software, Lyndsay offers
workshops for faculty, staff, and students on how to make the most of our technology.
As a first-generation college student, she loves helping students understand how to
navigate their college experience and make the most of their time at BCC. Lyndsay
earned her BA in Political Science from William Smith College and her MA in counseling
from Johnson State College. Originally from Vermont, she now lives in Pittsfield with
her family and is at home on the sidelines of the softball field watching her girls
play the sport they love.
Academic Counselor: Allied Health
Sean works primarily with students in our pre-Nursing, pre-LPN, and Allied Health
programs. He assists students in understanding the admission requirements for these
specialized programs and helps to create academic plans to prepare students for matriculation.
Well-versed in the Massachusetts community college setting, Sean taught English for
many years at Holyoke Community College. Early in his career at HCC, he served an
Academic Advisor assisting students with academic planning, choosing and selecting
majors, and developing student success skills. He has also worked as a Freelance Writer
for a number of local and national magazines and newspapers. Sean holds a BA from
St. Michael's College, a JD from Western New England University of Law, and an MFA
from Goddard College. Originally from Vermont, Sean now lives in the Berkshires with
Coordinator of Transfer Affairs and Articulation
Geoff guides students through the process of transferring to four-year colleges/universities.
He also collaborates with transfer institutions to ensure BCC's credits will be accepted
upon transfer. Geoff serves as the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Advisor; PTK is the International
Honor Society for two-year colleges. He also advises students in the Psychology program
and is an Adjunct Faculty in Psychology. Geoff earned his Bachelor of Science in Social
Work from the University of Dayton and his Master of Science in Higher Education Administration
from Miami University. He has worked in higher education in a variety of capacities
for over 35 years and is a passionate Ohio State fan — Go Bucks!
Nursing Advising and Enrollment Coordinator
Tammy coordinates advising for nursing students and oversees the matriculation processes
for all of BCC's nursing programs. In this capacity, she collaborates a great deal
with the Nursing Division and also maintains a caseload of advisees, specifically
bridge students (LPN to ADN candidates). She has worked at BCC since 2012 and previously
served as a part-time academic advisor, full-time academic counselor, and an adjunct
faculty member teaching BCC 101, a student success seminar. Prior to joining BCC,
she worked at Le Moyne College in several capacities including academic advisor, co-director
of global education, coordinator of academic initiatives and instructor of a first
year seminar course for undeclared students. She previously worked as a graduate assistant
student advisor in the School of Education and co-instructor of the Education Freshman
Forum at Syracuse University. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications
with a minor in Health Science from the State University of New York at Potsdam, a
teaching credential in Cross-Cultural Languages and Academic Development (CLAD) at
California State University San Marcos and a master's degree in Higher Education Administration
from Syracuse University. She resides in Dalton with her husband, two teenage sons,
and their Great Pyrenees dog. Her greatest passion is spending time with her family
and being a taxi-mom for her boys as they keep her quite busy with their sports and
Advising & Registration Appointment Request
New to BCC or returning after some time away? Complete the form below to request an
appointment with an advisor. A member of the Academic & Transfer Advising team will
contact to you schedule an appointment. Prior to your advising and registration appointment,
please watch the videos below in preparation. We look forward to working with you!
Fall 2023 Readmit Student Advising & Registration begins April 10, 2023.
Fall 2023 New Student Advising & Registration begins May 1, 2023.
Academic Advising Syllabus
Download and Complete BCC's Academic Advising Syllabus (PDF)
If you are new to BCC and completed all of the application requirements and FAFSA, complete the New Student Appointment Request (above) or call Academic and Transfer
Advising at 413-236-1620 to schedule a New Student Registration appointment.
If you are a re-admit student (you have previously taken courses at BCC), re-apply to BCC, complete your FAFSA, and call Academic andTransfer Advising at 413-236-1620 to schedule a registration
- Log into MyBCC.
- Find the Advisors Card in the MyBCC portal. Use the Discover More button if the Advisors
Card is not loaded on your landing page.
- The Advisors Card will display the name of your assigned academic advisor.
During the Add/Drop period (the first week of classes), you are able to add or drop
Visit Academic and Transfer Advising in the One Stop Enrollment Center to meet with
an academic advisor who will assist you with the add/drop process.
You may also add and drop courses during the Add/Drop period in your Self-Service
Visit Academic and Transfer Advising in the One Stop Enrollment Center to meet with
an academic advisor who will review the new program and its requirements and then
complete the appropriate paperwork.
When completing the application process, you are required to submit your official
transcripts to the Admissions Office.
Only courses you have completed at a regionally accredited institution with a "C"
or better will transfer to BCC.
For questions, contact Academic and Transfer Advising at 413-236-1620.
After the Add/Drop period (the first week of classes), we move into the withdrawal
period. Students may withdraw from a course or the College. Students will receive
a W, WP or WF on their transcript based on the point in the semester they withdraw.
Students who withdraw from courses should contact the Student Financial Services to
discuss the impact the withdrawal will have on the bill and financial aid status.
From a Course
You need to complete an Add/Drop form and receive permission from both your class
instructor and assigned academic advisor to withdraw from a course. The completed
Add/Drop form and permissions must be submitted to the Registrar's Office.
From the College
You should meet with an academic advisor in Academic and Transfer Advising who will
complete the College withdrawal form with you.
You should meet with your assigned academic advisor before Priority Registration to
plan the courses you need for the coming semester. On the first day of Priority Registration,
you may register for classes through your Self-Service account.
Please contact Academic and Transfer Advising to schedule an appointment to complete
a Change of Advisor application.
Academic and Transfer Advising celebrates Global Advising Week May 1 – 5, 2023
Academic and Transfer Advising celebrates Global Advising Week from May 1 – May 5,
2023. Advising at BCC takes shape in many forms: Have you worked with a faculty or
staff member who has answered a question for you, helped you select your classes,
assisted you with coursework, helped you navigate online resources, etc.? If so, you've
been advised! Let's take a moment to celebrate the different ways faculty and staff
support students. Stay tuned for details!
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