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Academic Advising


Advising Overview

Academic Advisors at Moraine Park Technical College are your primary resource regarding academic planning and related issues, program specific requirements, and goal setting.  Advisors can answer your questions, and assist you with planning and problem-solving to help you get the most from your education.  Your advisor is your “campus connection” to resources available to you as long as you are in attendance at MPTC.

Advising Mission Statement

Academic advising at Moraine Park Technical College provides proactive, respectful and supportive interactions in a safe, secure environment which meet students’ academic and developmental needs.

Advising Partnership

Academic advising is a partnership of shared responsibility between the advisor and advisee.  Although the advisors at Moraine Park are here to help you succeed, you as the student are ultimately responsible for the choices you make in college.

Academic Advisors

Erin AndersonLaurie Kuehn Marisa ArnesonMarisa Arneson Carmen BonlenderCarmen Bonlender
Julie BosveldJulie Bosveld Ronaldo CordeiroRonaldo Cordeiro Nathan EvrardNathan Evrard
Renee FischerRenee Fischer Sherry HackbarthSherry Hackbarth Kristin KozlowskiKristin Koslowski
Robin KranzRobin Kranz Laurie KuehnLaurie Kuehn

Student Responsibilities

  • Contact your advisor.  Seek his/her advice early and often and don’t hesitate to ask questions.
  • Be prepared for advisor meetings.  Write down your questions ahead of time, and bring all pertinent materials to the meeting.
  • Be an active participant in your educational plan.    Seek out resources that will assist you in making academic/career decisions.
  • Be aware of pre-requisites and program specific requirements.  Discuss with your advisor how pre-requisites will affect the sequence of your courses.   Research requirements specific to your major and plan in accordance to those requirements.
  • Familiarize yourself with college policies and procedures.  If you don’t understand something, or need clarification, ask questions.
  • Observe academic deadlines.  Know when to register and when to drop or add classes, and set up an appointment with your advisor well in advance of these deadlines.
  • Notify the college of changes with personal information.  Name, address, and phone number changes should be reported immediately so you will continue to receive important mailings and notifications from the college.
  • Check your college assigned email regularly.  Important messages and reminders from your advisor will most likely be sent through email.
  • Learn how to navigate the myMPTC portal.  College information and resources are at your fingertips through the use of the portal.
  • Keep your own records.  Keep track of your progress by following your academic planner, and organize all college materials and important documents so they are easily accessible.
  • Understand financial aid policies.  Learn about academic performance standards, and how your performance in the classroom can affect your funding.
  • Be an active student.  Attend class regularly and turn in assignments on time.
  • Check your grades by reviewing your unofficial transcript.  Your unofficial transcript can be viewed via myMPTC under the Student Tools section on the Student tab.  Click here for information regarding the grading structure and definitions.
  • Keep your advisor informed.  Update your advisor regarding your academic progress, course selection, academic /career goals, and any issues that may interfere with your learning or prevent you from attending class.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Be available for meetings and questions.  You may schedule an appointment or attend an open advising session.
  • Connect you with available resources.  Campus resources are available to you just for being a student at MPTC without an additional cost.
  • Assist in course selection and long-term academic planning.  You should meet or connect with your advisor before registering each semester to ensure you’re making appropriate course selections.
  • Discuss program information and graduation requirements.  Each program is different in terms of requirements.  Let us help you plan accordingly.
  • Demonstrate how to navigate and utilize myMPTC.  Become a more independent student by learning how to use resources available on the portal.
  • Be a responsive listener and refer you to appropriate support services within the college when necessary.  We care about you and want you to be successful.  Let us be your listening ear.
  • Discuss with you your academic performance.   If things seem difficult at any point, talk to your advisor as soon as possible. There are many opportunities available for assistance.
  • Perform degree evaluations in preparation for graduation.  A degree evaluation will reveal any missing requirements needed to graduate.
  • Clarify college policies and procedures.   Have questions?  Let us explain.