Advising & Counseling

Central Lakes College has a team of experienced, professional, and energetic advisors who are committed to assist students with their educational goals. Advisors work with students in all phases of their college experience–from prospective students interested in learning more about Central Lakes College to graduates who need assistance with placement services.

Meet an Advisor

Schedule an Appointment
Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an Advisor to receive assistance. Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes and may be scheduled by contacting Central Lakes College at 218.855.8000 or via email at askclc@clcmn.edu

Walk-in Meetings
Students can meet with an advisor on a walk-in basis from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. These meetings are designed to last no more than 15 minutes per student.

jenniJennifer Brose
Director of Admissions

Professional Experience:
Prior to joining Central Lakes College, Jenni worked as Director of Student Services for Academy of Natural Therapy, Colorado. She also worked as lead advisor/recruiter at University of Phoenix, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Education:
Master of Arts, University of Phoenix; Bachelor of Science, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Leadership Focus:
Admissions Coordination, PSEO, and CIS Organization

joanJoan Jenkins
Academic and International Student Advisor

Professional Experience:
Joan has had the pleasure of assisting students from many different personal, professional, and educational backgrounds during my 25 years in higher education. In addition to being an Academic Advisor, Joan has served as an Admissions Specialist, Placement Director, International Student Coordinator, and Adjunct Business Instructor.

Education:
Master of Arts, College of Saint Scholastica, Bachelor of Science in Management, Bemidji State University, Business Administration (Finance Emphasis) Associate in Arts, Brainerd Community College

Leadership Focus:
International Students, AA Honors,Accounting, Administrative Assistant Business Management, Child Development, , Health Information Technology,  Horticulture, Floral Design, & Landscape Technology

Advice:
A quote from famous Canadian Philosopher, Wayne Gretzke “I skate to where the puck will be, not to where it has been.”

jillJill Albie
Academic Advisor

Professional Experience:
Prior to joining Central Lakes College, Jill worked as a Sales Manager for 18 years at Herberger’s Department Store. After joining Central Lakes College, she recruited underrepresented, low-income, first generation students within Todd, Wadena, and Cass Counties for 2 years.

Education:
Bachelor of Science, University Studies-emphasis in Elementary Education/Special Education, expected graduation date May 2015, Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

Leadership Focus:
Agriculture AAS, Diesel Technology, Heavy Equipment Operations Management, Machine Tool Technology, Medical Assisting, Robotics, Viticulture, Staples Learning Commons &  Associate in Arts  Degree

Favorite Quote:
“Be the reason someone smiles today” unknown


andresAndres Freeman

Recruiter

Professional Experience:
Prior to joining Central Lakes College, Andres worked as the Lead Residential Advisor for Itasca Community College’s Upward Bound program

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management, ITT Technical Institute

Leadership Focus:
Admissions, Campus Tours, Recruiting, & Future planning

Favorite Quote:
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” –Michael Jordan

debDeb Norlin
Director of Placement Services & Academic Advisor

Professional Experience:
Deb has 20+ years of experience working with college students. She served as an Admission Representative, Assistant Director of Admission, Director of Alumni Relations and Coordinator for Off Campus Degree Programs at Southwest Minnesota State University before joining the CLC team!

Education:
Master of Science in Educational Administration, Mankato State University; Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education, Southwest State University

Leadership Focus:
Transfer, Career & Placement Services, Engineering, Graphic Design, Photographic Technology & Videography

DSC_0057Rose Tretter
Academic Advisor

Professional Experience:
A seasoned employee of Central Lakes College, Rose worked previously in Health Care Administration. Rose also worked as an Associate Registrar at a private Christian Preparatory School and Two Year College.

Education:
Associate of Arts, Brainerd Community College, Brainerd Bachelor of Science, College of St Scholastica, Duluth

Leadership Focus:
Associate Degree Nursing, CNA, Dental Assisting, Medical Assistant, & Practical Nursing

Favorite Quote:
Don’t compare your life with others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

danDan Davidson
Academic Advisor

Professional Experience:
Dan provides excellent service and support in the development of confident, independent, and successful learners in his over 20+ years of experience in the Admissions and Academic Advising roles he has held at Central Lakes College.

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Bemidji State University Certifications: Master Resilience Trainer, University of Pennsylvania Emergency Manager in the State of Minnesota Professional

Leadership Focus:
Associate in Arts Degree, Admissions

Interests:
Dan represents his school and community with The Mission Continues in partnership with Target Corporation assisting with community service projects

DSC_0029Janet Gontarek
Academic Advisor
 
Professional Experience:
+15 years of experience working college students.  Worked at Hennepin Technical College (Information Specialist).   Also, before coming to Central Lakes College I worked for Northland College as an Advisor/Recruiter.  At Central Lakes College I have previously been the CIS Enrollment Coordinator/Advisor.  
 
Education:
Bachelor of Science, St. Cloud State University.
 
Leadership focus:
Automotive Technology, Criminal Justice, Marine & Small Engine, Natural Resources, Welding, and Career Fair Events.
 
Favorite Quote:
People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, ~ But they will always remember how you made them feel.

 

meglassesApril15Rebecca (Becky) Best
Education and Employment Advisor
Rural Information Technology Alliance (RITA)

Professional Experience:
Extensive experience in higher education and over 25 years of service at Central Lakes College. Worked as adjunct faculty, in customized training and continuing education as a trainer and as an account representative, and as an academic administrator for 18 plus years managing a variety of academic programs and initiatives. Numerous leadership roles in community and economic development, including past board chair of Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Education:
Master of Arts in Management, College of St. Scholastica, Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Journalism, Business and Marketing Minor, St. Cloud State University, Blandin Community Leadership Program Alumni.

Leadership Focus:
Every student in a CLC IT program is provided with ongoing, one-on-one support from an Education and Employment Advisor from the time the student enrolls, until the student finds employment in the IT field.

The Rural Information Technology Alliance is a Department of Labor grant funded consortium of four colleges with a goal of training qualified IT workers to meet the needs of employers in rural areas. As a result of the grant Central Lakes College is enhancing and adding to IT course curriculum and providing comprehensive student support services.

A favorite quote:
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

T ToppTambera Topp
Education and Employment Advisor
Rural Information Technology Alliance (RITA)

Professional Experience:
Prior to joining Central Lakes College, Tambera held roles as an Admissions Representative and a Financial Aid Advisor at the Minnesota School of Business.

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Business Administration, Minnesota School of Business

Leadership Focus:
Computer and Information Sciences

The Rural Information Technology Alliance is a Department of Labor grant funded consortium of four colleges with a goal of training qualified IT workers to meet the needs of employers in rural areas. As a result of the grant Central Lakes College is enhancing and adding to IT course curriculum and providing comprehensive student support services.

Favorite Quote:
You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.  Don’t make money your goal.  Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.
-Maya Angelou