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Connect with your Guided Pathways (GP) Advisor!

If you've chosen Gateway as your home campus, please see the information below to learn about preparing for and scheduling your advising appointment.

Contact Information

Phone: 203-285-2090
Fax:
203-285-2090 
Email: 
Location: N213

Office Hours

Summer Office Hours for June and July. 
June, 2024:
Monday & Friday: 8am-4:30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8am-6pm
 
July 2024:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 8am-6pm

Schedule an Advising Session

Your Guided Pathways (GP) advisor regularly reaches out to you through your student email with direct links to book an appointment on campus or virtually. To access your email account, log-in to myCTState and look for “View/Access College Email.” If you cannot find any emails from your advisor, please reach out to the Guided Pathways Advising main office.  

The Student Success Center at Gateway provides advisement to new and continuing CT State students. Academic advisors collaborate with faculty advisors and program coordinators to ensure students understand their academic path and can successfully enroll and complete their courses.

Identify what student type you are from the categories below. Please click on the appropriate student type to read more about preparing for and scheduling your advising appointment. Note: The advising requirements may be different for each student type.

New Student
I've never attended another college or university after receiving my high school diploma.

Students must first apply and be admitted to CT State before attending a New Student Advising and Registration session (NSAR). 

New student advising and registration (NSAR) sessions are designed to assist new students in understanding the academic world and to register for their first semester of courses at the college. During an NSAR session, you will receive: 

  • first semester advising 
  • assistance registering for courses 
  • a student success workshop 
  • a tutorial on how to use the electronic self-service tools 

 NSAR sessions last about 2 hours. You're encouraged to bring copies of your high school transcript, GED scores, SAT scores, and/or AP scores (if applicable). This will assist us in determining your placement into college level courses. Please note that prior to booking an NSAR session, you must first set-up your myCTState login. For instructions, refer to your acceptance email.  

Book a New Student Advising and Registration Session

To prepare for your NSAR session please complete the following:

  • Review your Acceptance email to CT State, which contains your Student ID# 
  • Compile any relevant documents to assist with your advising session, even if you already provided them to the office of Admissions, including SAT scores, AP scores, GED scores and your high school transcript. 
  • Apply for Financial Aid (or establish an alternate payment method) 
    Continuing Student
    I am currently enrolled and taking credit courses at CT State.

    Continuing students are encouraged to connect with their Guided Pathways advisor to prepare for registration, and their faculty advisor or program coordinator to learn more about their degree path. To guarantee time with your advisor, please schedule an appointment. Advisors can meet with you in-person, virtually, or over the phone. Same day service is not guaranteed without an appointment. 

    Who is my Guided Pathways Advisor?  
    Visit DegreeWorks by logging in to myCTState and select “Access Degree Works.” Your Guided Pathways Advisor will be listed at the top of the page. If you cannot locate your advisor, contact the Guided Pathways Advising main office.     

    How do I make an appointment with my Guided Pathways (GP) Advisor?  
    Your GP Advisor regularly reaches out to you through your student email with direct links to book an appointment on campus or virtually. To access your email account, log-in to myCTState and look for “View/Access College Email.” If you cannot find any emails from your advisor, please reach out to the Guided Pathways Advising main office.  

    Transfer Student
    I've attended another college or university, outside of the 12 community college campuses in Connecticut, after receiving my high school diploma.

    If you are transferring into CT State from a college outside of the CT State Community College system, you must complete a CT State Transfer Application and submit all official copies of your college transcripts to the office of admissions. Students must complete the admissions process and be accepted into the college before scheduling an advising appointment. Please note that prior to booking an NSAR session, students must first set-up your myCTState login. For instructions on setting up your myCTState login, refer to your acceptance email.  

    Book a Transfer Student Advising Appointment 

      Readmit Student
      I have attended one of the 12 community colleges in the past but have not been enrolled at one of the colleges for two or more years.

      Students who have not been enrolled at CT State or any of the CT community colleges for a period of 4 semesters or longer and have been readmitted to the college are encouraged to connect with the Student Success Center to meet with an advisor about their desired academic plans and next steps for registration.  

      Book a Readmit Student Advising Appointment

      Guest (Visiting) Student
      I'm not planning on graduating, just taking a few courses.

      If you are visiting from a campus outside of CT State or the CT State Community College system, you must complete a CT State transfer application and submit all official copies of your college transcripts to the office of admissions. Students must complete the admissions process and be accepted into the college before scheduling an advising appointment. Please note that prior to booking a session, you must first set-up your myCTState login. For instructions on setting up your myCTState login, refer to your acceptance email.  

      Book a Guest Student Advising Appointment 

            Meet the Team

            To find your Guided Pathways (GP) advisor, visit DegreeWorks by logging in to myCTState and selecting “Access Degree Works.” Your advisor will be listed at the top of the page. If you cannot locate your advisor, contact the GP Advising Office. 

            Christopher Amoako-Kwaw

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N213G

            Christopher was born and raised in the Bronx, NY and started his career in education as a 9th and 10th grade English teacher in Bridgeport, CT. Christopher moved into working with college students as an academic counselor for Post University’s main campus, where he worked for two years. Christopher received a bachelor's degree in English from Fairfield University and a master's degree in Education from Post University.

            Jana Brady

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N213B

            Jana holds an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Naugatuck Valley Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Master of Science in Geography from Louisiana State University. Jana returned to SCSU as a lecturer in the Department of Environment, Geography, and Marine Sciences teaching Geographic Information Systems and the Geography of Africa, while also serving as faculty advisor to the Geography, Environment, and Marine Sciences (GEMS) Club and leading students on international field experiences in Malaysia and South Africa.

            Wanda Daniels

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N213E

            Wanda Daniels is a higher education professional with more than fifteen years of service. During that time, she has supported first-generation, low income, and both traditional and non-traditional students in their efforts to navigate the college system and reach their career and personal goals. Wanda takes pride in being a self-starter, a creative thinker, and a problem solver. She has successfully built strong and collaborative relationships with colleagues, students, and community partners at Gateway. Wanda comes to the Student Success Center from the Admissions Department here at Gateway. She received a Master of Science in Business Administration and Leadership, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and an Associate of Science in Business Administration.

            Siobhan Davis

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N313D

            Siobhan Davis (pronounced Sha-von/Shiv-vaughn) graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Prior to joining Gateway, Siobhan worked in foster care and special education services. Siobhan is passionate about empowering individuals and building communities.

            Adrien Esdaile

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N217A

            Adrien Esdaile, a native of New Haven, has been a passionate staff member of PASS (Promoting Academically Successful Students) since she joined the Gateway advising team in August 2019. In addition to coordinating the PASS Program, Adrien has also taught a personal development course - IDS 114, which provides intervention strategies for students who have hit a bump in the road on their academic or career journeys. Adrien is passionate about guiding students to reach their full potential. As a first-generation student, Adrien fully understands the struggles and challenges and aims to provide support to prepare all students to make the most of their desired degree paths. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

            Natalie Fabian

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N313A

            Natalie Fabian is a higher education professional with nine years of experience guiding students through their academic and employment goals. Natalie has a passion for promoting intergenerational literacy and economic growth within communities by empowering students to challenge the status quo.

            Amanda Foley 

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N213L

            Amanda comes from Housatonic Community College where she worked as a level I Guided Pathways advisor. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in Elementary Education. Before joining the world of higher education, she previously worked as a fourth grade teacher in the Naugatuck Public School system. Amanda is excited to be back in New Haven where she once lived and volunteered as the artistic director of a nonprofit theater company working with school-aged children and adult mentors in the community!

            Robert Fraenza

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N213LL

            Robert graduated from Springfield College with a bachelor's degree in human services. Robert also graduated from Gateway Community College (GWCC) with an Associate of Science in Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling. Following his graduation from GWCC, Robert worked as a substance abuse counselor and most recently, worked on the Support Act grant project as a Network Specialist assessing CT’s substance abuse and mental health treatment services.

            Tom Gaudioso Jr.

            Guided Pathways Advisor II

            Email:
            Room:
            N217

            A New Haven native, Tom began his Gateway career in 2019 in the Workforce Development & Continuing Education department, where he managed the SNAP Employment & Training program before moving into his current role as Guided Pathways Advisor II in 2021. Tom is thrilled to have the opportunity to support students as they progress in their careers.

            Kristof Helmeczi

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N213C

            Kristof is a Gateway graduate near completion of a bachelor's degree in business management. He speaks fluent Hungarian and has experience with retention strategies to support first-generation, ESL and at-risk students, assisting with NSAR initiatives, and spearheading advising technology efforts. Kristof has been with Gateway since 2017 in a number of advising related roles.

            Jill Jemmott

            Guided Pathways Advisor II

            Email:
            Room:
            N213

            Jill is an academic support administrator with over 15 years of experience, including career development, retention, and academic advising. Her most recent role was as the Director of the Office of Student Academic Success at the University of Bridgeport. Jill is a third-year doctoral student at Vanderbilt University, with a research focus on transfer success for students in teach-out programs, guided by Tinto's framework of student departure and Pascarella's framework of social integration. She expects to complete her degree this December. Jill's professional goals align with her passion for student success. She aims to build relationships and add value to the Gateway Community College community and the Guided Pathways team to operationalize our vision for student persistence and success. Jill is from the Caribbean Island of Trinidad, and she lives in Hamden with her dog, Onyx, and her niece, Anisa.

            Linda Kessler

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N213J

            Linda is a higher education professional with over 10 years of experience working at the University of New Haven. She has worked with students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She holds graduate degrees in education and speech-language pathology and has most recently worked with students pursuing careers in allied health fields.

            Christina Martorelli

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N213M

            Christina received her master's degree in human services from Albertus Magnus College in 2019. Most recently, Christina worked at The WorkPlace, a non-profit organization in Bridgeport, CT where she assisted individuals in developing their educational and career plans. In addition to working one-on-one with individuals, Christina taught workshops on employment readiness, effective communication, and conflict management.

            Sandra Mastropetre

            Guided Pathways Advisor II

            Email:
            Room:
            N213

            Sandra Mastropetre is coming from a Guided Pathway Advisor I position in the Student Success Center at Gateway Community College. She has been at Gateway for over 6 years where she offers support to a diverse population of students including advising, SAP advising and through the CARE system. Sandra is passionate about helping students achieve their academic and career goals using a holistic approach. She also coordinates Gateway’s New Student Advising and Registration program (NSAR) providing new students with essential information and resources for academic and career success and connecting students to faculty. She collaborates with staff and faculty departments and attends conferences regularly to connect students with current updates and tools to assist in these important efforts. She is part of multiple committees including Registration Committee, High School Partnership Committee, NECHE, G2E, and the Diversity and Culture Committee within Staff Caucus. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a concentration in Marketing Communications from Quinnipiac University. Sandra is in her last semesters of her master’s degree at Quinnipiac University Online where she is on course to achieve a master's degree in Organizational Leadership in the School of Business in Spring of 2023.

            Bridget Mullally

            Guided Pathways Advisor II

            Email:
            Room:
            S214

            Bridget graduated from Southern CT State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and received her master’s degree from The University of Bridgeport in counseling. In 2011 Bridget began working at the University of Bridgeport in the Student Accessibility office. In 2013, Bridget started her career here at GCC in the Student Development office providing support for students struggling in developmental math and English classes. Most recently, Bridget served as Coordinator of First-Year Studies Student Services and additionally, as an NSAR advisor, achievement coach and SAP advisor. In this role, Bridget has focused her efforts on retention, managing CARE reports for all FYS students, providing counseling support, career/academic advisement and referral services. Bridget also teaches and coordinates the current First-year Experience course (soon to be CCS 101) and serves on the Advisory Council. Bridget has also been greatly involved with ATD and NECHE.

            Ashley Poitras

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            S214

            Ashley Poitras is an educator by trade and heart and enjoys helping students find success in their educational and professional lives. She received her Bachelor of Science in English Secondary Education from Southern Connecticut State University and has spent the past six years teaching in the Waterbury public schools. She is incredibly excited to join the CT State: Gateway community as a Guided Pathways advisor and looks forward to helping our students reach their goals!

            Alicia Thompson

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            S214A

            Alicia earned her Master of Science in Counselor Education and Student Development, and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Central Connecticut State University. Alicia previously worked at Naugatuck Valley Community College as a Program Coordinator for the GEAR UP program in the Bridge to College Department. Prior to that, she worked as an academic success advisor at University of New Haven where she taught the First Year Experience courses. While in graduate school, Alicia conducted her internship at Gateway Community College in the Student Success Center. Alicia is excited to be back on campus as a Guided Pathways Advisor I.

            Megan Wood

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N313B

            Megan attended SCSU for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, where she also worked in the Interdisciplinary Studies Office providing pre-advising to students. She has recently acquired her LCSW and was previously working at a community mental health agency. She is looking forward to getting back into working with students in an academic setting.

            Brandi Stalnecker

            Guided Pathways Advisor I

            Email:
            Room:
            N213A

            Brandi earned a master's degree in counseling for student development from Central Connecticut State University and has a passion for helping people who may not otherwise have access to education. Brandi has been working in higher education for over five years, most recently at Post University where she supported students at risk of academic dismissal and online students.