Academic Advising

Academic Advising focuses on the development of students. The purpose is to assist students in achieving their academic, career, and personal goals while at the College.

Students are encouraged to consult with their assigned Academic Advisor about any academic or personal problems. Their advisor can help them explore their aspirations, attitudes, and interests. Services include vocational guidance, career information, and assistance with academic and study problems.

Academic Advisors are located within the Student Services Department at the Central Campus and at our other campuses (schedules vary). Academic Advising assistance is also available on a drop-in basis but it is highly recommended to schedule an appointment. Services are also available at the outreach centers and in the evenings on a limited schedule.

Students can schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor in Starfish.

For more information about Academic Advising call (608) 757-7668.

Advising, Registration and Orientation Sessions (ARO)

All new students will are required to attend an Advising, Registration, and Orientation (ARO) session prior to registering in courses. During the ARO sessions, students will learn more about policies and procedures at Blackhawk Technical College, receive assistance with technology, meet with an advisor and financial aid specialist and register for courses.

In the first semester after attending an ARO session, students will be required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor to create an individualized Master Academic Plan (MAP). Students are encouraged to work closely with their assigned Academic Advisor to create a plan that will help them reach their goals.

Pathway Checkpoint

Pathway Checkpoint sessions occur during the first week of registration each semester. These sessions are optional but provide students with an opportunity to meet with an advisor and check their progress toward their degree. Students are required to bring a copy of their unofficial transcript and Master Academic Plan (MAP) to the Pathway Checkpoint. Advisors will verify that students are on track to graduation and assist with registration.