Advising Center

   Programs of Study

     Certificate Programs
     Associate in Applied Science Degrees
     Associate in Occupational Tech Degrees
     Associate in Science/Art Degrees
     Allied Health Linkage Programs

     Difference between AAS/AS/Certificate

   COMPASS Placement Test
     Do you need it?
     Study Test

   Transfer Guide
      Transfer to a 4 year public college
      Transfer to a 4 year private college
      Transferring out of state

   Advising Center Staff

     MaLea Milstead
     Phone: 256-331-5297
     B.S., University of Alabama

     Melanie Thompson
     Phone: 256-331-5375
     B.S., University of West Alabama
     M of Ed., University of Tennessee

     Adam Goodman
     Phone: 256-331-5218
     B.S., University of North Alabama
     M.A., University of North Alabama

     Brittany Jones
     Phone: 256-331-5243
     B.A., Auburn University at Montgomery

     Tara Branscome
     Phone: 256-331-5248
     B.S.W., University of North Alabama
     M.S.W., University of Alabama

     Ed Carter
     Phone: 256-331-5277
     B.S., Alabama A&M

The purpose of the Advising Center is to provide knowledgeable assistance to ensure students achieve their academic goals. Every student is assigned an advisor based on their program of study. These assignments are designed to help create a mentoring relationship to develop degree completion plans, resolve academic concerns, and serve as a liaison between faculty and staff. The Advising Center assists the students in understanding college policies and by connecting students to campus resources available.


Shoals Campus - Building 127 (Please sign in at the window and have a a seat in the Lobby. The window is monitored by cameras.)

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday     8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Contact Information

Phone   256-331-5221

Roles and Responsibilities of the Advisor

*Advise students about academic requirements for their degree plan and the selection of courses.
*Maintain contact with assigned advisees regarding registration, advising sessions, academic status, and other necessary college information.
*In appropriate situations be a student liaison.
*Monitor and work with advisee to resolve academic concerns.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Student

*Schedule and attend all advising appointments.
*Currently enrolled student need to see their assigned advisor (View Office Hours)
*Participate in the advising process.
*Be prepared to discuss your goals and educational plans.
*Compile a list of questions concerning your educational plans to be discussed with your advisor.
*Ultimately, you are responsible for making your own decisions regarding your education. Transfer students should create a transfer guide agreement.
*If your ACT score is below 20 in Math or English, please schedule the COMPASS Test before meeting with your advisor.

All new freshmen are currently being assigned an advisor. Transfer and transient students are also encouraged to make use of the Advising Center.