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'Back to Success' Counseling Program

Welcome!  We are glad you chose to access some useful resources for student success.  We want to assist you in getting back into good academic standing.  

Please click on the following documents to help you achieve a successful spring semester: 

Attention: The winter 2014 'Back to Success' Program ended on February 13th.  If you did not attend a BTS session, you are NOT blocked from enrolling or attending spring classes.

If you received an email in January, inviting you to a BTS session, due to the fact that you were placed on academic and/or progress probation last fall, you are encouraged to see a counselor as soon as possible to discuss your educational goals. 

You may call the Counseling Department at 310-434-4210 to schedule an appointment with any SMC counselor. 

The purpose of the 'Back to Success' counseling session is to provide you with valuable information necessary for college success. Your session will be led by an SMC counselor who will be available to answer any questions regarding your classes and your probation status. You will have the opportunity to connect with other students and discuss any issues related to reaching your educational goals at Santa Monica College.

Here is what one student said about her BTS session:

"When I was placed on academic probation for poor grades, I had to attend a BTS session with an SMC Counselor.  In that session, he stressed the importance of my college transcripts.  He let me know that it is never too late to change; that I could make up those blemishes (F's) on my transcripts.  From that point, I was motivated.  I began to work harder, change my study habits, and I just believed that I could be a better student. It wasn't easy.  I started from the bottom and just worked my way up."

Is this an individual counseling appointment? 

No, the format of the appointment is a small group counseling session. Each session has no more than 15 students.

When is the session?

The BTS program is offered ONLY during the summer and winter sessions. There are three sessions available per day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You will find the specific times and dates when you enter the scheduling page below.

Where is the session? 

All of the sessions are located in the General Counseling & Transfer Services Center, Room 124A (the Conference Room). The Counseling Center is located next to the Bursar’s Office and directly across from the Liberal Arts building. If you have trouble finding room 124A, ask the front desk staff to direct you to the room.

How many sessions am I required to attend?  How long is the session? 

You are required to attend ONLY ONE, two-hour session.

If I attended a BTS session last semester, do I need to come this one too?

You do NOT have to attend another session.  It is your choice.  Though, you may hear new information that you may find useful for next semester.  We will check attendance lists from the previous semester if you decide not to attend a BTS session.

What do I bring to the session? You will need to bring a writing utensil.

What if I am late to my scheduled session? 

The doors will close 10 minutes after the start of the session. If you are 10 or more minutes late, you will have to reschedule your appointment for another date.

Steps to Schedule a Session: Please Read Carefully!

You may reserve a space for a ‘Back To Success’ Counseling Session by linking to the site below OR by logging in to Corsair Connect.  Once you are in the Corsair Connect system, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Log-in to the Corsair Connect system.
  • Step 2: Click on 'Back to Success' from the 'SMC Quick Links' menu on the left side of the screen.
  • Step 3: Choose a date and time from the list of available sessions.  Write down the date & time in your calendar and attend the session.

Click here to Schedule 'Back To Success' Counseling Session.

If you are having trouble signing up for a session on-line, you may call 310-434-4803 and leave a message. Please be patient with us, it could be up to 24 hours before you receive a call back from a Counseling Department staff member.

Remember, we are here to assist you in any way we can. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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