Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling

Our counselors can help guide and support you through your educational experience. Whether you are planning to earn an Associate Degree for Transfer and continue at a four-year university, complete a certificate for job training, want help deciding what career best fits you and how to prepare for it, or need short-term, mental health counseling, our counselors are here for you.

View or print a list of our Academic, Career and Personal Counselors.

We know that transitioning to college can be challenging. That’s why we require every new student to attend an online Career and Academic Planning (CAP) Session to help set you up for success.

During the CAP Session you will:

  • Identify your Interest Area/program of study
  • Receive tools and resources to help you consider your career choices so your educational and career goals will be easier to determine
  • Complete activities to prepare you for your first appointment with your counselor so you can begin creating your personalized MAP (My Academic Plan)

How to Start Your CAP Session

Login to your online Career and Academic Planning Session in Canvas. Then click on "CAP: Career and Academic Planning" on the Canvas Dashboard to start. NOTE: Before you start your Career and Academic Planning session, you must accept your Terms and Conditions in mySierra under "My Next Steps.

If you'd like to view this session on your smartphone, download the Sierra College App and click the Canvas tile to get started.

Questions About CAP?
Call Counseling at (916) 660-7400.

Meet with a counselor to make sure you’re on the right track to meet your academic and career goals. 

During your counseling session you can:

  • Explore your values, skills and interests to guide you to a career path that fits you
  • Create and/or revise your MAP (My Academic Plan) based on your college goals
  • Receive help with preparing for transfer to your planned four-year college or transition to your career
  • Determine the courses for completing your general education (GE) requirements and degree/certificate using DegreeWorks
  • Learn ways to prepare for your career field through job market research, informational interviews, and internships
  • Discuss/register for Personal Development courses

Additional Resources

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911.

Counselors can provide short-term personal counseling to students for mild to moderate personal life issues, family, or other social concerns that may impact academic success. Counselors may refer students to the CARE Team, Health Services, community mental health providers, and community resources for further assistance as needed.

Schedule a Personal Counseling Appointment

Mental health crisis counseling services can be accessed through the following local county resources:  

After hours and crisis mental health resources and services: 

  • Placer County Adult System of Care (916) 787-8860
  • Sacramento County Mental Health Access Team (916) 875-1055
  • Nevada County (530) 265-5811  

Free, Confidential, 24/7 Crisis and Support Lines:

  • Veterans Suicide Hotline: (800) 273-8255
  • LGBTIQ: (866) 488-7386 or
  • National Suicide Hotline: (800) 273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text COURAGE to 741-741

Contact Counseling

Rocklin Campus L 150

  • Phone: (916) 660-7400
  • Fax: (916) 630-4510
  • Summer Hours
    M-Th: 8:00am - 5:30pm

Nevada County Campus N1 216

  • Phone: (530) 274-5303
  • Fax: (530) 274-5336
  • Summer Hours
    M-Th: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Tahoe-Truckee Campus 105

  • Phone: (530) 550-2225
  • Fax: (530) 550-2229
  • Summer Hours
    M-Th: 9:00am - 5:00pm

    While we are remote, please leave a voice message and we will call you back as soon as possible.