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Counseling Center

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Germanna Counseling Centers provides a comprehensive program of support services to promote student access, retention, achievement, and personal and social skill development. These services include assessment , new student workshops, orientation classes, academic advising, counseling, support to students with disabilities, support groups, career development, transfer planning and student activities.

A professional counseling staff is available to assist students in solving problems which may interfere with their academic progress at Germanna. The Counseling Centers at each campus are open Monday through Friday. Students may make appointments with a specific counselor or walk in and be seen by the first available counselor. Evening appointments are available on a limited basis.

Our Services

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SAILS: Early Alert

Student Assistance and Intervention for Learning Success (SAILS): Early Alert is a program of intervention and follow-up for students identified as having academic difficulties early in the semester. The program provides feedback from instructors and advisors to help students investigate and implement student support services and other recommended actions that will help them succeed.

View SAILS: Early Alert Information

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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is required for all new Germanna Community College students. Orientation provides new students with the essential information needed to get started and be a successful student.

Attend New Student Orientation

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At Risk For Students

Learn to be an effective observer and listener. Your positive influence may help a fellow student in distress. Create a New Account in the Sign In (or sign-in with existing account) Use the enrollment key below Enrollment Key for Students: gcc423 “Launch” the training

Visit At Risk For Students Webpage

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How to study more effectively

How to Study More Effectively Great Career Exploration Tool Note: Hearing Impaired Students can view videos at the GCC Counseling Center.

Watch How to Study Video


Veterans Mentor Program

The Germanna Community College (GCC) Veterans Mentor Program has been established to impact positively the lives of Germanna’s student veterans by providing them access to supportive role models on a one-to-one basis.

Learn More About Veterans Mentor Program

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Virginia Education Wizard

Let the Wizard help you choose a career, get the information you need to pursue your career, find the college that is right for you, pay for college, transfer from a community college to a university, and get answers to your questions about your future.

View Virginia Education Wizard Website

Student Development Classes

An SDV course is required in all degree programs and must be taken during a student’s first 16 credit hours. SDV 100 (College Success Skills) is designed to assist students in developing and practicing skills and strategies which promote a successful college experience. The course is developed by the counseling staff. Other SDV curriculum choices focus on career, personal, skilled leadership development and may be substituted for SDV 100.


Sometimes college students may be confronted with new and perplexing situations which create pressures and anxieties that require professional assistance. The counselors are trained to give individual help on a strictly confidential basis. Appropriate referrals are made when necessary. 

Support Groups

The counselors provide group counseling experiences for students when there is interest and when this type of experience is considered beneficial. Contact the Counseling Center if you are interested in initiating and/or participating in a support group.