Academic Advising

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Academic Advising

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 the One Stop Enrollment Center. 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.

We hope you have a successful semester!

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One Stop Enrollment Center


Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Meet Our Staff

    Shelly Armstrong

    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 Science & Business 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 grandchildren.

    Shelly Armstrong

    Lauri Byrnes

    Administrative Assistant

    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.

    Lauri Byrnes

    Anne Erickson

    Academic Counselor

    Anne joined the Academic and Transfer Advising team in summer 2022 as an Academic Counselor serving students in all academic programs with advising specialty in dual-enrollment. 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.

    Lyndsay Isham-Morton

    Director of Advising and Coaching

    Lyndsay was named Director of Academic and Transfer Advising in October 2022 and assumed leadership of Academic Coaching in August 2023 after serving as both an Academic Counselor and Student Advising Coordinator at BCC. She provides leadership and oversight of academic and transfer advising and academic coaching and partners with faculty and staff to continuously improve the support 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.

    Lyndsay Isham-Morton

    Sean Reagan

    Academic Counselor: Allied Health

    Sean serves as an Academic Counselor working 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 his family.

    Sean Reagan

    Geoff Tabor

    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!

    Geoff Tabor

    Tammy Westlake

    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 other interests.

    Tammy Westlake

Students receiving guidance at the One Stop Center at BCC.

Advising and 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 and Transfer Advising team will contact you to schedule an appointment. Prior to your advising and registration appointment, please watch the videos below in preparation. We look forward to working with you!

Academic Advising Syllabus

Download and Complete BCC's Academic Advising Syllabus (PDF)

Common Questions

  • How do I register for classes?

    If you are new to BCC and completed all of the application requirements and FAFSA, complete the New Student Appointment Request (above) or call the One Stop Enrollment Center at 413-499-4660 to schedule a New Student Advising appointment.

    If you are a re-admit student (you have previously taken courses at BCC), re-apply to BCC, complete your FAFSA, and call the One Stop Enrollment Center at 413-499-4660 to schedule an advising appointment.

  • Who is my academic advisor?
    1. Log into MyBCC.
    2. Find the Advisors Card in the MyBCC portal. Use the Discover More button if the Advisors Card is not loaded on your landing page.
    3. The Advisors Card will display the name of your assigned academic advisor.
  • How do I drop and/or add a class?

    During the Add/Drop period (the first week of classes), you are able to add or drop classes.

    Visit 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 account.

  • How do I change my program of study?

    Visit the One Stop Enrollment Center to meet with an academic advisor who will review the new program requirements and complete the appropriate paperwork.

  • Have my credits transferred from another college/university?

    When completing the application process, you are required to submit your official transcripts to the BCC Admissions Office.

    Only courses completed at a regionally accredited institution with a "C" or better will transfer to BCC.

    For questions, contact the One Stop Enrollment Center at 413-499-4660.

  • How do I withdraw from a course/the College?

    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 the One Stop Enrollment Center who will complete the College withdrawal form with you.

  • How do I register for classes for the next semester?
    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.
  • How do I request a change in academic advisor?

    Please contact the One Stop Enrollment Center to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to complete a Change of Advisor application.