Barnes, Kathy

Director of Advising and Career Services

Entry Advising LDC 116

I look forward to assisting you in your advising and/or financial aid process whether it be in assisting you in your academic planning or educating you on resources to fund your coursework at WCC. I work closely with students in planning appropriate course selection in program completion, academic success plans, Reinstatement Petitions and/or Excess Credit Petitions, scholarship assistance and referrals to others on campus or off campus community resources. There will also be times that I will refer students to other specialty advisors in Entry & Advising due to different advisors having expertise in certain advising areas.  Also, as the Director for Advising and Career Services I want all students to know that students need not only good advising, but student survival jobs and/or career positions as they prepare to graduate from Whatcom. Our Career Center Team of staff is available to serve you. Please contact Entry & Advising for hours that a staff member is available to assist you.

The Career Center provides services in resume writing, career and educational advising, career exploration, resources, and job postings within Whatcom County, as well as throughout Washington state.  The email for the Career Center is  Also, to keep updated on the Whatcom Community College Career and Advising blog site visit: for updated daily and weekly postings important your college success, educational and career planning, and so much more!

To schedule an appointment, please call 383-3080 or 383-3058. Please bring all of your advising records with you to your appointment. Such as copies of all unofficial transcripts, degree audit (available for student access on OASIS) and a print out of your current schedule if you are enrolled at Whatcom, placement test scores (degree plans can only be done if have you have your placement results in English and math) and any advising worksheets. Also, if you received a referral letter from the Financial Aid Office, please bring this letter with you and/or a print out of your Financial Aid Portal messages. This will save both of us time in an appointment. Thank you! I look forward to working with you.

Note: The priority deadline for early financial aid awarding at WCC is March 15th. Apply every academic year and remember that it can take 2-3 months to fully process your financial aid award at WCC. Complete the free FAFSA application online at: and then follow your financial aid file completion by monitoring the WCC Financial Aid Student Portal. Also, if you are looking for scholarships check out the WCC Foundation scholarships and website for state scholarships.



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