Advising Centers


The Advising Centers provide integrated academic and career services to students. Through collaborative teaching and learning, the advising process empowers our diverse student populations to explore and navigate their academic and career pathways. Our teams are committed to providing quality academic advising services and information about available resources to support students in achieving their desired goal, whether that be the completion of a certificate and/or Associate degree and support their transition to a four-year institution or the workforce.

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Out of an abundance of caution, Palo Alto College and the entire Alamo Colleges District have made temporary changes to the way we provide instruction and operate in light of the concerns related to the coronavirus. Our teams are ready to provide assistance remotely. Please contact them via phone or email to get started.

Starting Aug. 31, Academic Advising will have "Remote Drop-in Hours" via Zoom every Monday from 1-5 p.m. Click on tabs below for respective Zoom links.


BOLD (Business Opportunities Leadership Demand Occupations) Advising Center

The BOLD Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in business, landscape, logistics, and other career and technical education degrees and certificates.

Phone: 210-486-3366

Remote Drop-in Hours
Monday: 1–5 p.m.


Carmen Velasquez-Avila
Advising Team Lead

College Tip: Do something today that your future self will thank you for

Mako Ivory
Advising Team Support Specialist

College Tip: You cannot “wing-it”, plan adequate study time for every class.


Christina Barrera
Certified Advisor

College Tip: Make today the perfect day to be AWESOME!

  • Agriculture Science
  • Basic Nursery & Landscape Operations
  • Business Administration (Q-Z)
  • Cosmetology Operator (A-M)
  • Cosmetology Esthetician
  • Floral Design Technician
  • International Logistics Management
  • Landscape & Horticulture Scienc
  • Landscape & Turfgrass Equipment Tech
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics Management
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Purchasing Clerk
  • Small/Organic Farmer
  • Transportation Management
  • Turf & Landscape Irrigation
  • Turfgrass & Golf Course Management
  • Warehouse Management

Selso Casares
Certified Advisor

College Tip: Never be afraid to ask questions at Palo Alto College, we are here to help you succeed.

  • Business Administration (L-P)
  • Business Management (A-N)
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entry-Level Energy Technician
  • Entry-Level Supervision Certificate
  • Industrial Technology – Instrumentation Specialization Industrial Technology – Manufacturing Specialization
  • International Business
  • Leadership Certificate
  • Liberal Arts (N-Z)
  • Marketing Certificate
  • Process Technology Specialization
  • Production Technician Specialization
  • Oil and Gas Process Technology Specialization*
  • Oil and Gas Production Technician Specialization*

Elena Olivo
Certified Advisor

College Tip: The start of your journey is full of unknowns, the middle of it is hard work, the end of it is gratification.  

  • Administration Assistant, A.A.S.
  • Administrative Assistant Certificate
  • Bill and Account Collector Certificate
  • Business Administration (A-K)
  • Data Entry Technician Certificate
  • General Office Certificate
    Health Care Administrator (ALL)
  • Secretarial Assistant Certificate
  • Virtual Administrative Assistant

Rafael Sayago
Certified Advisor

College Tip: In college as in life, a positive approach will lend strength to challenging days. 

  • Administration Level 1 Certificate
  • Business Management (O-Z)
  • Cosmetology Operator (N-Z)
  • Cosmetology Operator Level 2 Certificate
  • Enterprise Innovation Level 1 Certificate
  • Entry-Level Supervision Level 2 Certificate
  • Global Business Management Level 1 Certificate
  • Leadership Level 1 Certificate
  • Liberal Arts (A-M)
  • Marketing Level 1 Certificate
  • Viticulture and Enology Specialization
SEED (Service Education Empowerment Diversity) Advising Center

The SEED Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in education, criminal justice, kinesiology, fine and performing arts, communications, psychology, and social work.

Phone: 210-486-3131

Remote Drop-in Hours
Monday: 1–5 p.m.


Nidia Lopez
Advising Team Lead

College Tip: Be present, ask questions, take notes and study!


Elizabeth Garcia
Advising Team Support Specialist

College Tip: It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop!


Nora Arredondo
Certified Advisor


College Tip: Sometimes in life we fail, but never give up, that is where our greatest lessons are found.

  • Art
  • Criminal Justice Forensics*
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Digital Art
  • Digital Arts & Media
  • Journalism (Mass Communications)
  • Public Relations/Advertising
  • Radio & TV Broadcast Journalism
  • Speech Communication

Aracely Bowling
Certified Advisor


College Tip: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” 
- Winnie the Pooh

  • Criminal Justice
  • Education: EC-6 Generalist
  • Journalism (Mass Communications)

Mandy Martinez
Certified Advisor


College Tip: "When there is no struggle, there is no strength; the most effective way to do it, is to do it!"

  • English/Fine Arts
  • English
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Kinesiology
  • Mexican-American Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Spanish

David Mancha
Certified Advisor

College Tip: Always strive to do your best, and never be afraid to ask questions!

  • Education: 8-12 Specialist
  • Education: 7-12 Specialist
  • Education: EC-6 Generalist
  • English/Fine Arts English
  • History
  • Kinesiology

Amanda Morales
Certified Advisor

College Tip: “There are dreamers and there are planners; the planners make their dreams come true.”

-Edwin Louis Cole

  • Drama
  • Journalism (Mass Communications)
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations/Advertising
  • Radio & TV Broadcast Journalism
  • Speech Communication
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advising Center

The STEM Advising Center assists students who are studying programs in the science, technology, engineering, and math areas.

Phone: 210-486-3660

Remote Drop-in Hours
Monday: 1–5 p.m.


Maria Diaz-Viesca
Advising Team Leader

College Tip: Follow your dreams. It may be a tough journey but it will be worth it in the end.   

Nancy Gonzales
Advising Team Support Specialist

College Tip: Always back up your assignments to a spare flash drive when our technology gets a little glitchy.  

Danielle E. Medina
Certified Advisor

College Tip: Get involved on campus- Join a college club, sport, community service, volunteer for a campus event, etc. Don’t be afraid to be active on campus.  

  • Biology/Pre-Professional (Biomedical Sciences & Dental Hygiene)  
  • Pre-Nursing

Jennifer Huebenthal
Certified Advisor

College Tips: Invest in yourself and your dreams, your worth it!

  • Pre-Nursing

Shawn Melendes
Certified Advisor

College Tip: Try to soak in as much information as possible and use the resources that are available to you.

  • Computer Science (All computer majors)
  • Mathematics

Adam Rodriguez
Certified Advisor

College Tip: College can be difficult mentally, physically, and emotionally. You will face new challenges and will start to question things that you previously knew. Do not fear these changes; rather embrace them! Change is the only way we can become better people and create a better future. Understand that you are not alone in this journey. Seek advice from those that have been in your same situation and that are here to help you succeed.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geology
  • Nutrition

Malorie Vallejo
Certified Advisor

College Tip: Always believe in yourself, and you will be unstoppable.

  • Veterinary Technology

Jose Vega
Certified Advisor

College Tip: Little by little will soon become a lot.

  • Biology/Pre-Professional
  • Engineering (Civil, Computer, Electrical, & Mechanical)
Veterans Affairs

The Office of Veterans Affairs assists students who are receiving VA benefits or Hazelwood Exemptions. Your assigned advisor will assist you with processing your benefits, developing a degree plan, registering for courses, completing a financial aid appeal, exploring careers, and researching transfer opportunities.

Remote Drop-in Hours
Monday: 1–5 p.m.


Vince Bosquez, Senior Coordinator for Veterans Affairs
Central Texas College (AA), University of Texas San Antonio (BA), and National University (MBA)
College Tip: The expert in the field was once a beginner—don’t give up!


Flor Arambula, Certified Advisor
Palo Alto College (AA), Texas A&M University San Antonio (BAAS)
College Tip: Remember WHY you started your journey when things get tough.


Eloisa Cordova, Certified Advisor
St. Mary's University (BA), University of Texas at San Antonio (pursuing M.Ed)
College Tip: Follow your dreams and know that you are paving the way for others too!


Laurie Medina, Senior Advisor/Certifying Official
Northwest Vista College (AA/AAS), Grand Canyon University (BA), Texas A&M University Commerce (pursuing MS)
College Tip: It is never too late to achieve your educational goals. 


Disability Support Services

Cindy Morgan
Sr. Coordinator - Student Success

College Tip: Be your own advocate!

Advising FAQs

What is (Remote) Academic Advising?

Academic and career advising are a series of ongoing and intentional conversations among students, faculty, and staff that establish a pathway to the realization of educational, career, and life goals. Each student is assigned a certified advisor who will assist in developing a degree plan, registering for courses, completing a financial aid appeal, exploring careers, and researching transfer opportunities.

Remote advising provides the same quality advising service virtually via Zoom. To schedule a virtual advising session, you will still request an advising appointment through AlamoNAVIGATE. Your advisor will send you a message with a link to log into your appointment via Zoom. You are not required to create a Zoom account, nor are you required to download the Zoom app to your personal device (phone, tablet, or computer) to use the link.

What is not considered Academic Advising?
  • Advisors do not provide mental health counseling, but will make referrals, when necessary.
  • Advisors will not register you for your classes.
  • Advisors will not choose your career or your classes for you.
How am I assigned an advisor?

An advisor will be assigned to once you have enrolled for classes for the semester. The advisor assigned to you is dependent on your degree plan or program of study.

How do I schedule an appointment to meet with my advisor?

All students can schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor through AlamoNAVIGATE via their ACES portal. Appointment times fill quickly; please plan accordingly.

Appointments are scheduled for 30-45 minute periods and must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Same-day appointments are not available. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact your advisor via phone or email to reschedule as soon as possible. Arrive on time (in person or remotely) and check-in at the Advising Center. If you arrive 5 minutes or later for an appointment, you will be asked to reschedule. Bring all necessary documents (i.e. your Progress Report) and a valid photo ID to your appointment.

Need help? View this Step by Step Guide to schedule an appointment in AlamoNAVIGATE.

Can an advisor assist me via email?

Your assigned academic advisor is available to answer questions submitted from your ACES student email. In emails to advisors, please include your first name, last name, and student Banner ID number, as well as a detailed description of what you need. Your advisor will return your message as soon as possible on a first-come, first-served basis. Keep in mind that your advisor may take up to 24-48 business hours to respond, so please be patient. If a question is of high importance or requires more time, we recommend you set up an appointment with your assigned advisor though AlamoNAVIGATE via ACES portal.

What are some advising best practices?

To have a productive meeting with your advisor, please consider the following:

  • Create a reminder on your phone or in your planner with your appointment date and time.

  • Prepare for your meeting by creating a list of topics you want to discuss, such as classes to take, transfer planning, graduation planning, goal setting, and any additional concerns regarding your educational and career goals.

  • Meet with your assigned academic advisor every semester to ensure you stay on track. Meet with them early to avoid any issues with registering for future classes once registration begins.

  • Create an advising folder to keep yourself organized with advising-related materials [Example: degree plan, schedule plans, notes from advising meetings] and keep it updated.

  • Check your ACES student email regularly, as this is how your assigned academic advisor will communicate with you. Keep in mind that any emails sent from your personal email may get caught in our SPAM folder, and we will be unable to see them.

  • Personal accountability – It is important that you review your grades and GPS degree plan in ACES at the end of each term.


Contact Information

Michael Ximenez
Director of Advising

Brenda Espinoza 
Administrative Services Specialist

Phone: 210-486-3300

Summer Hours (June-July)

Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.

Regular Hours (Aug.–May)

Monday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
First Saturdays of the month: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.