Full-time counselors are on campus and here to help

Letter to the editor

Full-time licensed professional counselors (LPCs) have been part of the WCC landscape for many years and have a multifaceted skill set providing counseling services to students on a regular basis. All LPCs in Counseling and Career Planning, the Student Resource & Women’s Center and divisional counselors strive to provide the very best wellness care, assisting students to meet their academic needs.

Since 1988, LPCs have been recognized in the state of Michigan as mental health clinicians through the counselor licensure law and are regulated by federal and state laws that define our scope of practice. At WCC we are also trained in confidential reporting, participate in Psychological Emergency Procedure (PEP or At-Risk Team) assisting students in crisis, and we will play a primary role in the upcoming Behavioral Intervention Team.

All counselors at WCC are committed to assisting students in achieving academic and personal success. We understand that life gets complicated at times and various issues can impact students’ academic success. Full-time WCC counselors are available to meet with students on an individual basis to provide personal counseling services for a variety of concerns. From time to time, counselors make appropriate community referrals to best suit student needs.


Mission of the college

Our college strives to make a positive difference in people’s lives through accessible and excellent educational programs and services.

  • We provide a caring, open-door teaching and learning environment.
  • We provide excellent teaching, counseling and support services.
  • We reach out to people who have limited income or other barriers to success.
  • We enable people to progress in their academic and career pursuits.
  • We work in partnership with the communities we serve.


We are all in support of the college’s mission statement. We attempt to serve our students using the outlying principles listed above. We hope that your academic semester is off to a good start. Please know that we are here to support you.


Pat Taylor, LPC, dean of support services and student advocacy
John Rinke, LPC, director of student support services
Debra Guerrero, LPC, director of learning support  services
Liz Orbits, LPC, manager of the Student Resource & Women’s Center and International Student Center
Kim Groce, LPC, divisional counselor
Sue Travis, LPC, divisional counselor
Jim Bauer, LPC, counselor


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