Advising and Counseling

Schedule an Advising Appointment

It is very important to meet with your advisor or counselor each semester. Bring your Degree Audit Reporting (DARS) when meeting with your advisor or counselor.

Schedule your advising appointment or call the Advising Office Front Desk at 507-285-7260 for scheduling assistance. This is an online tool that will make scheduling your appointment easy, just log in with your STAR ID and password.

Need help with your Appeal Paperwork? Use the online scheduling tool, AdvisorVue, call us at 507-285-7260, or stop by SS 133 to get assistance.

NOTE: New students contact the Welcome and One Stop Center at 507-285-7557 to schedule an orientation session.


Academic Advising and College Counseling

Every student has an academic advisor or counselor, who is here to support students in their educational growth and guide them through program requirements. Your assigned counselor or advisor appears on your schedule and on your Degree Audit Report (DARS). Students should work closely with their academic advisor or counselor so that educational goals are met. It is very important to meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester to ensure that you receive ongoing advice regarding satisfactory academic and career progress.  Students who have concerns that cannot be addressed by their assigned advisor are always welcome to meet with a counselor.

Express Advising

Advisors and counselors have drop-in availability posted on their schedule in AdvisorVue.

If you don’t see drop-in times posted, please schedule an appointment with them.

Drop-in times are for assistance with these items below and take a relatively short amount of time (10 minutes):

  • Questions about Accuplacer test scores and appropriate classes
  • Permission for Accuplacer retest
  • Questions about Drop/Add/Withdraw
  • Financial Aid consortium agreement approval
  • Request to take more than 19 credits
  • Basic questions about special admission programs (not long-term planning)
  • Course swap (changing sections)
  • Questions about e-Forms
  • Registration dates
  • Questions about e-Services or D2L Brightspace log-in

Appointments (30 minutes) for any of the following reasons:

  • First-Year Experience (FYEX) visits
  • Long-term academic planning/in-depth special admission planning
  • Transfer planning
  • In-Depth Degree Audit Reporting (DARS) information
  • Academic or Financial Aid appeal planning
  • Academic difficulties or concerns
  • Semester registration
  • International transcript discussion

Additional Services (available through online appointment scheduling):

  • Personal counseling
  • Career counseling
  • Veterans services
  • International student services
  • Student-Athletes academic advisor
  • Student Emergency Fund assistance


Advising and Counseling Department has two locations.

  • Heintz Center H1434 (Career and Technical Advisors)
  • Main Campus
    • SS133 (Advisors/Counselors, Veterans/International student services)
    • SS 130 (Paula Carlsen, RCTC/Winona State University Academic Advisor)


RCTC Advisors

RCTC's Dale AmyDale Amy

Atrium M1104J | | 507-285-7332

Academic pathways and programs: Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist, Clinical Neurophysiology Technology, Emergency Medical Technology, Emergency Medicine Paramedic, Histology Technician, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Radiography



Paula Carlsen

SS 130 | | 507-535-3791

Academic pathways and programs: Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Bioinformatics Foundations, Biology Transfer Pathway, Chemistry Transfer Pathway, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science Transfer Pathway, Early Childhood Care and Education, Human Services Specialist, Human Services Technician, Information Technology, Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway, and Psychology Transfer Pathway


Jennifer Dahle

SS 136 | | 507-280-3535

Academic pathways and programs: Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Practical Nursing, and Surgical Technology



Othelmo da Silva

M1004E | | 507-285-7566

Veterans and International Students

Academic pathways and programs: Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway, Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement – Skills, and Law Enforcement Transfer Pathway


Anna Hanson

SS 175 | | 507-292-5198

Assistant Director Disability Support Services; Disability Services Advisor




Brooke Kosok

SS 140 | | 507-285-7160

Academic pathways and programs: Post-Secondary Enrollment Option




Nancy Nixa

SS 141 || 507-280-3515


Kerry Schad

SS 143 | | 507-285-7272

Academic pathways and programs: Administrative Office Professional, Automotive Technician, Cancer Registry Management, Carpentry, Coding Specialist, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Technology, Executive Office Professional, Facility and Services Technology, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Office Professional, Veterinary Technician, and Welding Technology


Nate Smith

SS 138 | | 507-280-5005

Academic pathways and programs: Accounting Clerk, Accounting Transfer Pathway, Aviation Pilot, Business Administration, Business Analysis, Business Management, Business Management – Hospitality, Business Management – Marketing, Business Transfer Pathway, Digital Marketing Specialist, Liberal Arts and Sciences (A-H)


RCTC's Deb VangDeb Vang

SS 137 | | 507-529-2786

Academic pathways and programs: Coaching, Engineering Broad Field, Environmental Science, Personal Trainer/Group Fitness, Health Sciences Broad Field, Individualized Studies, Laboratory Science, Liberal Arts and Sciences (O-Z), Natural Science, Science Foundations A, Science Foundations B, and Sport Management


Emily Yang

SS 142 | | 507-280-3120

Academic pathways and programs: Art Transfer Pathway, Communication Studies, Communication Studies Transfer Pathway, Graphic Design, History Transfer Pathway, Liberal Arts and Sciences (I-N), Mass Communication, Mass Communication Transfer Pathway, Music Creative Technologies, Music Technology, Photography, Sociology Transfer Pathway, Web Design, and Workplace Communication