Academic Advising

Academic advising is a critical component to your college experience. Advising is an interactive process between you and your Student Success Navigator/Advisor (these terms are used interchangably at LWTech) to ensure student success through proactive support and guidance during your time at LWTech.

Student Success Navigators and Advisors will:

  • Work creatively to make a difference by empowering, mentoring, and helping students achieve their goals.
  • Accurately communicate program requirements, graduation information, student support resources on and off campus, college policies, and procedures.
  • Communicate with students during in-person appointments, phone, email, and other technologies that are available.
  • Listen to students concerns, respect their privacy, choices, values, and maintain confidentiality.
  • Work with students towards their academic and career goals by identifying strengths, weaknesses, and barriers that may hinder their ability to be successful.

Academic Advising

There are steps you must complete prior to meeting with an advisor to sign up for classes. Please review steps 1-4 below for details to ensure we are prepared to provide effective advising support.

Before Meeting With an Advisor

Prior to meeting with an advisor, students must have completed the following:

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Receive a Student ID number
  3. Determine English and Math placement

Placement Options

After your admission application has been processed and you have a Student Identification Number (SID), you will need math and english placement prior to meeting with an advisor.

There are multiple placement options including high school transcript or test scores, college transcripts, and LWTechโ€™s placement assessment.

  • Completion of the LWTech Placement Assessment
  • Unofficial or official college transcripts from another institution
  • Unofficial or official high school transcripts from the past two years
  • Unofficial or official test scores such as SAT, ACT, AP scores
  • Placement test scores from another WA community or technical college

Visit the Placement page to see which option works best for you.

Transferring Credits to LWTech

Please note that we can utilize unofficial transcripts for placement purposes but students must send official transcripts to the college to transfer in credits. Please allow at least three weeks for this process. More information available at LWTech.edu/Transfer.

Entry Codes

If you have not met with an advisor to provide placement or taken the LWTech Placement Assessment, you do not have information in our database that will allow you to sign up for classes. The database looks for placement information proving you meet the pre-requisite for classes. If it does not see this, it will ask for an "entry code" to override the pre-requisites. For this reason, you must meet with an advisor prior to signing up for classes.

All students must have placement for math and English on file. Advisors will not provide entry codes to students who do not have placement information on file.

Who is My Advisor?

Students are assigned an advisor by their program of study.

Who is My Advisor?

Faculty Advisors

In most programs, once a student has started their first quarter of classes, they will receive their continued advising from a Faculty Advisor in their program of study.

To find your Faculty Advisor contact information, visit your program of study webpage.

Still Exploring Programs of Study?

Consider attending a Career Choice Workshop. The Career Choice Workshop will help you understand the career choice process, identify your career interests, explore resources related to various career paths, learn about trends in the labor market, and locate educational programs aligned with your career goals. Unsure what to study at LWTech, attend the Career Choice Workshop and get started on the journey to your future career.

Visit the Employment Resource Center page for more information.

Once you decide on a program of study, you can declare your program at LWTech.edu/ChangeProgram.

Students Pursuing Nursing and Dental Hygiene pre-requisites, including Health Sciences AAS-T and Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP

The Advising Office does not assign an individual advisor or allow individual appointments to students enrolled in the Pre-Nursing DTA, Health Sciences AAS-T, or who are pursuing pre-requisites for the Nursing program or Dental Hygiene BAS program.

Special Populations Academic Advising

Some students are part of special population programs that provide academic advising. If you are interested in or are participating in one or more of these programs, please refer to the individual service pages for advisor and contact information:

Meeting With an Advisor

Now that you have applied for admission, have your Student ID Number, and have a form of placement, you are ready to meet with an advisor to register for classes.

Appointments

For new students, the preferred way to meet with an advisor is through a scheduled appointment. Appointments can be scheduled for 30-60 minutes. We offer virtual appointments Monday through Thursday. In person appointments are available on a limited basis on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

At an appointment, an advisor can discuss:

  • placement scores or unofficial transcripts
  • program requirements
  • create an academic plan with you
  • discuss resources to support you throughout your education
  • assist you with registering for classes
  • and more.

You can find directions for how to make an appointment with your Advisor on the Who is My Advisor page.

Drop-in Advising

Drop-in advising is a first-come, first-served time to meet with an available advisor without an appointment.

  • Drop-in is intended for students who have quick questions that take no longer than 15 minutes to answer.
  • Drop-in is the fastest way to reach an advisor.
  • Drop-in Advising is offered virtually through Zoom. Days, hours, and the link to access drop-in can be found at the bottom of the Advising webpage.

Advising Appointments

We offer virtual appointments Monday through Thursday. In person appointments are available on a limited basis on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. Advisors offer 30-60 minute appointments.

  • New students must have applied for admission, received a Student ID Number, and have placement to meet with an advisor.
  • Continuing students are encouraged to meet with their Faculty Advisor for advising assistance.

Making an Appointment

  1. Make an appointment on your own through Legend.
  2. Email Advising@lwtech.edu from your student email address to request an appointment. 
    • Include your name, student ID number, program of study, and general availability in the email.
    • We monitor this email Monday to Thursday. 
  3. Call the Advising office at (425) 739-8300.
    • Ensure you have your student ID number, program of study, and general availability.
    • If you reach our voicemail please leave your name, phone number, student ID number and we will call you back as soon as we can.
    • Consider emailing us instead for faster service.
    • Our phones are monitored Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  4.  Visit the Advising Office during our in-person office hours to make an appointment.
    • Our office is open to serve you in-person in West Building W207 with making an appointment during the following hours:
      • Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
      • Wednesdays: 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

Students Pursuing Nursing and Dental Hygiene

The Advising Office does not offer individual appointments to students enrolled in the Pre-Nursing DTA, Health Sciences AAS-T, or who are pursuing pre-requisites for the Nursing program or Dental Hygiene BAS program. Drop-in advising is open to students pursuing these programs.

Drop-in Advising

Drop-in advising is avaiable in-person and virtually. Drop-in hours are designed for questions that can be addressed in 15 minutes or less. They are first-come, first-served time advisor's are available without an appointment. Drop-in advising is the fastest way to connect to an advisor for any urgent questions or concerns.

Note: Students must have applied for admission, received a Student ID Number, and have placement to meet with an advisor.

See Drop-In Hours


Continuing Student Advising & Resources

You can see the classes that are required for your program of study by using the following resources:

  • College Catalog: Review your program of study in the College Catalog. The catalog details the required courses, which will show whether the sequence is recommended (flexible) or required. The courses listed in the catalog are expandable and will show you the pre-requisites that must be complete prior to taking the course. If you are confused by the program requirements, connect with your faculty advisor or the Advising Office for assistance.
  • Degree Audit:You can run a Degree Audit to see which courses you have completed towards your program of study and which ones you still have left. This is a helpful tool to determine how much progress you've made towards completion and to plan for what you should take in the future.

You can see the classes that are offered, including the days and times, by using the following resources:

  • Class Schedule: The Class Schedule will show you all classes that are offered any given quarter. This tool is useful to see all options, however, it does not tell you which classes are full and which ones are still available.
  • Schedule Planner: The Schedule Planner will show you only the available course options. If a class is full or cancelled, it will not appear. This tool also shows how many remaining spots are available in the class. This tool is useful for planning and registration purposes.

Continuing students who know what they need to register for can use the following resources to register for classes:

  • Schedule Planner: The Schedule Planner will show you only the available course options. If a class is full or cancelled, it will not appear. This tool also shows how many remaining spots are available in the class. This tool is useful for planning and registration purposes.
  • Email: If you have trouble registering on your own, you can email registration@lwtech.edu from your student email address with the classes you are trying to register for. Include the class name, item number, and quarter you are registering for (ex: ENGL&101, item #: 1234, Winter 2021).

When a class is full, you can add yourself to a waitlist for the class. If enrolled students drop the class, students from the waitlist are automatically registered for the class. The waitlist is open and active through the day before the quarter. As of the first day of the quarter, the waitlist is no longer active and students must contact the instructor for permission to join a class or find an alternative class.

  • Adding yourself to a waitlist: If you are interested in joining a class that is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist for the class through the student toolbox.
  • Checking your waitlist status: You can check your waitlist status or remove yourself from a waitlist through the student toolbox.
  • Contacting the Instructor: Students who are on a waitlist are encouraged to contact the instructor teaching the class to see if they can be added to the class on or after the first day of the quarter. You must do this from your student email address. You can find the instructor's contact information in the LWTech Directory. If the instructor is not listed in the directory, please email Advising@LWTech.edu for assistance.
  • Permission to Join Class from the Waitlist: If you contact the instructor and they provide permission for you to join the class from the waitlist, you should forward the email with permission to Registration@lwtech,edu from your student email with a request for them to add you to the class., including the quarter, class name, and item number (ex: Summer 2021, ENGL&101 item 1234).

Sometimes students need assistance with their PIN or are asked for an "entry code:"

  • PINS: PINS, or Personal Identification Numbers, are the "password" associated with your student account for registration purposes. The PIN defaults to your birthdate in the MMDDYY format. Your PIN is used in combination with your Student ID Number to log-in to the Student Toolbox.
    • If you need your PIN reset, please contact the Enrollment Services Office at registration@lwtech.edu from your student email address.
      • If you are a returning student who has not attended LWTech in 1 year or more, you must reapply for admission to generate a new PIN.
  • Entry Codes: Entry codes are typically needed when the system does not see the pre-requisite for a class on file.
    • If you have not met with an advisor to provide placement or taken the LWTech Placement Assessment, you do not have information in our database that will allow you to sign up for classes. 
    • All students must have placement for math and English on file. Advisors will not provide entry codes to students who do not have placement information on file. 
    • If you believe you do have math and English placement information on file and still need an entry code, please complete the following steps:
    • Email advising@lwtech.edu from your student email address
    • Include which class you are trying to register for (ENGL&101, Item# 1234, Winter 2021)
    • Tell us how you meet the pre-requisite.
    • If you have not submitted transcripts or placement scores from another college and are using those to prove you meet a pre-requisite, please attach those documents to your email for faster service.

Continuing students can receive advising assistance through their faculty advisor or their academic advisor.

Faculty Advisors

Academic Advisors

Students Pursuing Nursing and Dental Hygiene pre-requisites, including Health Sciences AAS-T and Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP

  • The Advising Office does not assign an individual advisor or allow individual appointments to students enrolled in the Pre-Nursing DTA, Health Sciences AAS-T, or who are pursuing pre-requisites for the Nursing program or Dental Hygiene BAS program.
  • Nursing: visit LWTech.edu/NursingAdvising for advising options.
  • Dental Hygiene: visit LWTech.edu/DentalAdvising for advising options.

Special Populations Academic Advising

Drop-in Advising

Drop-in advising during Fall quarter is in-person and virtual (via Zoom or phone). Drop-in hours are designed for questions that can be addressed in 15 minutes or less. They are first-come, first-served time advisor's are available without an appointment. Drop-in advising is the fastest way to connect to an advisor for any urgent questions or concerns.

Note: Students must have applied for admission, received a Student ID Number, and have placement to meet with an advisor.

Drop-In Hours


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