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Student Navigation Center Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Have an academic advising question? 

Associate Director of the Navigation Center
Scott Wilkes
Phone:  850.769.1551 ext. 6014
Location:  Student Union East Room 208

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Academic Advising

Welcome to the Student Navigation Center! The Navigation Center is located on the second floor of Student Union East (SUE) on the Panama City Campus.  Each student has an assigned Pathway Navigator based on the student's academic pathway.  Check below to find out more about each pathway, the Pathway Navigator assigned to that pathway and to sign up for your Pathway Orientation.   If you are undecided about which pathway is best for you,   use Career Coach to discover majors and in-demand careers  based on your interests.

How to Schedule a Pathway Orientation and/or advising Session

Pathway Navigators

Business, Industry, Technology, & Manufacturing

This pathway includes degrees in the following areas: Accounting/Accounting Applications/Accounting Technology, Alternative Energy, Architecture, Business Administration/Business Administration and Management, Business Specialist, CNC Machinist, Composite Fabrication and Testing, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Culinary/Chef, Digital Media/Multimedia Video and Web Production, Economics for Business, Engineering Technology/Building Construction, Entrepreneurship, Health Administration (Information, and Science), Hospitality and Tourism Management, Logistics and Transportation, Network Systems/Network Server Administration, Organizational Management, Rapid Prototyping, Recreation (Leisure Services Management, Natural Resources, Therapeutic, Program), Software and Database Developer, Technology Management, Unmanned Vehicle Systems Operations.

Pathway Navigators

Jordan Hale


Location: Charles Hilton Center  Room 104

Check Out My Pathway Navigator Page

Valerie Simmons

850.769.1551 ext. 5863

Location: SUE  Room 203

Check Out My Pathway Navigator Page

Health Sciences

This pathway includes degrees in the following areas: Certified Nursing Assistant, Central Sterile Processing Technologist, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting,  Nursing (BSN, Practical, Registered, Registered Nurse First Assistant), Nutrition/Food/Exercise Science, Physical Therapist Assistant,  Radiography, Respiratory Care, Sonography/Diagnostic Medical, Surgical First Assistant, Surgical Services.

Pathway Navigators

Alyssa Evans

850.769.1551 ext. 3311

Location:  SUE Room 207

Check Out My Pathway Navigator Page

Rachel Hibbard

850.769.1551 ext. 3835

Location: SUE Room 207

Check Out My Pathway Navigator Page

Humanities, Arts, Design, & Communication

This pathway includes degrees in the following areas: Advertising/Public Relations,  Art, English, Entertainment/Theatre Technology, Stage Technology, Spanish Language, Journalism, Music, Radio/Television Broadcasting, Speech, Theatre.

Pathway Navigator

Cindy Penny

850.769.1551 ext. 3268

Location: SUE Room 205

Check Out My Pathway Navigator Page

Public Safety

This pathway includes degrees in the following areas: Criminology/Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Technology, Corrections, Crossover from Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement Officer, Emergency Medical Services/Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Firefighting, Fire Science Technology, Law Enforcement.

Pathway Navigator

Beth Wall

850.769.1551 ext. 5612

Location: North Bay Campus -PSEOC Building 110

Check Out My Pathway Navigator Page

Social, Behavioral Sciences, & Education

This pathway includes degrees in the following areas: Anthropology/Archaeology,  Economics,  Education (Early Childhood Education,   Elementary Education, English, Mathematics, Health, Physical, Social Studies, Spanish Language, Special Education), Florida Childcare Professional, History,  Legal Studies, Philosophy,  Political Science,  Psychology, Religion,  Science Education (Earth/Space, Biology, Chemistry, Middle School, Science, Physics), Social Work, Sociology.

Pathway Navigator

Will Archer

850.769.1551 ext. 4023

Location: SUE Room 204

Check Out My Pathway Navigator Page

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

This pathway includes degrees in the following areas: Biology/Marine Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Sciences,  Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Computer, Electrical, Civil, etc.), Entomology, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Geology, Mathematics, Medical Related (Dental Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Sports Medicine/Athletic Trainer, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy), Physics.

Pathway Navigator

Emma Leb

850.769.1551 ext. 3472

Location: SUE Room 206

Check Out My Pathway Navigator Page

Academic Advising

We can’t wait to tell you about all the opportunities available at Gulf Coast State College! Did you know that academic advising is one of the keys to your success at GCSC? Our Pathway Navigators will give you the personal attention you deserve and help you explore your interests and career options. Step into a brighter future at Gulf Coast where you will learn the skills and gain the knowledge required for a successful and fulfilling career.

As a new student at Gulf Coast State College, you will meet with a Pathway Navigator to develop your academic plan.  For in-person appointments, face masks are strongly recommended inside all college facilities to ensure the health and safety of the entire college community.  Your Pathway Navigator will help you plan your first semester as you transition to college life.

During your first semester, you will be assigned to a faculty advisor according to your selected major or area of study. Your faculty advisor will work with you to complete your degree plan so that you know all the necessary requirements to graduate.

Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.