KEAS Counseling
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KEAS Program

KEAS Counseling

The KEAS Counselors are available to assist KEAS students in creating an education plan that will help each student reach their educational goals. Our counselors work with students to find a balance between their academic, professional, and personal lives so that they can better manage their time and work towards academic success. Our counselors are responsible for providing KEAS Program students with the following benefits: 

  • Counselors will help you develop an education plan
  • Provide you with the guidance on what classes you need to take to transfer or graduate
  • Inform you of special programs and resources on campus

The KEAS Counselors also offers Drop-In Counseling to all KEAS students. Drop-In Counseling is on a first come, first served basis based on counselor's availability. Counselors are only able to address questions with each Drop-In sessions lasting up to a maximum of 15 minutes. Drop-In counseling does not count towards the KEAS Program requirement of 2 counseling sessions per semester.

 

KEAS Program

Christopher Hurd

churd@elcamino.edu
310-660-3593 ext. 3817

Mon: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tues: 8:30 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.
Wed: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thur: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Title: Counselor

How many years have you been employed at El Camino College?
July 2016

Where did you get your BS/BA degree?
I received my AA in Liberal Arts from Santa Monica College. I then transferred to University of California, Los Angeles where I received a BA in Sociology

Where did you get your Master’s degree?
I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University

Where did you work before coming to El Camino College?
Prior to coming to El Camino College I spent nearly a decade in K-12 mostly as a College Counselor and High School Administrator. Most recently before joining El Camino College, I was the Director of Programs for Southern California at an educational nonprofit named CollegeSpring.

Why did you choose this career?
Counseling really chose me more so than me choosing it. While attending Santa Monica College, my experiences with my counselors there had a profound impact on my life trajectory. Their encouragement as well as their willingness to consistently challenge me to push harder and strive to be better really made me want more for myself. That experience has driven me to want to provide that same sort of support for our students as I know what kind of impact it can have.

What advice do you have for students to be successful?
Embrace the struggle. The focus needs to be on reaching the ultimate goal, if it takes a day, a week, multiple years, it is worth the effort. Education is a contact sport so you cannot be a passive participant and be successful. You must go out and take it. Take advantage of the resources. Advocate for yourself as no one should have more interest in your success than you.

 

KEAS Program

Robert Williams

rowilliams@elcamino.edu
310-660-3593 ext. 3819

Mon: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tues: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wed: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thurs: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Title: Counselor      

How many years have you been employed at El Camino College? 
I began working at ECC in 2015.  In this time, I have counseled in the First Year Experience program (FYE) and in Student Equity.

Where did you get your BS/BA degree?
I completed 4 years of my undergraduate education at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as a Music/Women Studies major and finished at Argosy University 20 years later with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology.

Where did you get your Master’s degree?
I earned my Masters of Science in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in College Counseling/Student Services at the California State University Northridge (CSUN). 

Where did you work before coming to El Camino College?
I began my career in education in 1994 at the high school level.  I worked as a Special Education classroom aide and ultimately became a teacher.  After moving to the post-secondary setting, I worked as an Equity Program Coordinator at two separate college campuses:  Glendale Community College and Los Angeles Valley College. 

Why did you choose this career?
This career chose me.

What advice do you have for students to be successful?
Students should know that in order to be successful they must love themselves and their community equally.

 

KEAS Program

Masiel Calderon

mcalderon@elcamino.edu
310-660-3593 ext. 3822

Mon: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tues: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thurs: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Title: Adjunct Counselor

How many years have you been employed at El Camino College?
I have had the opportunity to work for El Camino as an Adjunct Counselor for almost two years. I was also a student at El Camino and during that time I worked as a student worker on campus.

Where did you get your BS/BA degree?
I received my B.A. degree from California State University, Long Beach and majored in Latino Studies.

Where did you get your Master’s degree?
I received my M.S.  in counseling from California State University, Long Beach

Where did you work before coming to El Camino College?
Before coming to El Camino, I had the opportunity to work for United Friends of the Children, a Non-Profit organization as a College Counselor. The program I worked for was the College Readiness Program, where I worked with middle and high school foster youth in and around Los Angeles County.

Why did you choose this career?
I chose this career, because I love helping students navigate through their academic goals.  I am also passionate about making sure students receive what they need to be successful while at the community college and beyond.

What advice do you have for students to be successful?
I believe that joining a program on campus is key to having success as a college student. Especially if you are new to the campus, having the support of a group will definitely make a difference. I also like to tell students to be proactive about their education, and to make sure to get involved any way they can.

 

KEAS Program

Brandi Marsh

bmarsh@elcamino.edu
310-660-3593 ext. 7855

Mon: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wed: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title: Adjunct Counselor

How many years have you been employed at El Camino College?
It has been about two year since I started my counseling journey at El Camino College. In such a short amount of time, I've had the privilege working in Counseling, Student Services; working with; Basic Skills, Outreach and School Relations, and Student Equity.

 Where did you get your BS/BA degree?
I received my Bachelor Arts Degree (B.A.) at California State University, Long Beach

 Where did you get your Master’s degree?
I received my Masters of Science Degree(M.S.) at California State University, Long Beach.

 Where did you work before coming to El Camino College?
Prior to working at El Camino College; I also had the privilege to work at El Camino College, Compton Center. I worked as Program Specialist, TRIO Upward Bound program for five years and the ladder two years at the Compton Center, as Specialist and Coordinator of Works Study for CalWORKs Program.

 Why did you choose this career?
I choose to work in the field of education and counseling; due to my passion and relentless drive to want to see students reach their potential. 

What advice do you have for students to be successful?
Also seek out resources and supportive services and never give up on you! Regardless of their starting point; I am a firm believer in the saying, “it is not how you start, but how you finish!”