Meet your Academic Advisors

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Dr. Mitch Mitchell, Director

B.S., Business Administration, Elizabeth City State University
M.A., Communications, Regent University
Ph.D., Education, Capella University

Thoughts on Advising and Career Coaching

“I assist students to successfully navigate college and beyond. Advising is a shared responsibility, where I guide, advise and support students on how to make comprehensive decisions about their future. My job supports my passion by enabling me to: purposefully engage students, individually assess their needs and desires, and equip them with the tools they need to succeed and accomplish their desired goals.”

Dr. Mitch Mitchell

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Michael Olson, Academic Advisor

AAOT, Umpqua Community College
B.S., Psychology, Southern Oregon University

Thoughts on Advising

“I really enjoy my job as an Academic Advisor. I get to see students grow during their time at UCC. My role is to support each student in as many ways as I can. I want students to see their potential as a person and student. My hope is that the students will see how each one of them is unique and that they have the ability to persevere and succeed in college!”

Michael Olson

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Jasen Lynch, Academic Advisor

AAOT, Umpqua Community College

Thoughts on Advising

"Far too often we limit ourselves and our potential to succeed. My absolute favorite part of Academic Advising is helping students realize that their dreams are achievable; giving them the tools to empower themselves, and craft their own personal journey to success. Everyone’s college experience is vastly different, and it’s vital that every student creates a plan that works for them. It’s also important that they enjoy the journey, and not fixate on the end goal.”

Jasen Lynch

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Danna-May Blommer, Career Coach

A.A.S., Management, Umpqua Community College
B.S., Integrative Studies, Eastern Oregon University
Current Master’s Degree Student, Western Governors University

Thoughts on Advising and Career Coaching

“The most rewarding things to me are helping student be more, find more, and do more. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student start their future, overcome obstacles, and be successful. I tell students it is okay to not know what they want to do, and that they have options and resources to help them find the path they want to take. I get to be that someone who is here to help them align their educational and career goals."

Danna-May Blommer

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Les Rogers, Director, TOP

Master of Public Administration and B.A., Economics
California State University Stanislaus
A.A. Liberal Studies, Columbia College
Credentialed Teacher in Oregon and California

Thoughts on Advising

“I have dedicated my life to helping people attain their educational goals. I love working for TRiO and helping people fund and achieve their educational dreams. My favorite time of the year is scholarship awarding season, when all the hard work maintaining grades and applying to scholarships is rewarded with funding. I look forward to welcoming you to the TRiO-TOP community at UCC.”

Les Rogers

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Jennifer Driskill, Academic Advisor, TOP

AAOT, Umpqua Community College
B.S., Psychology, Southern Oregon University

Thoughts on Advising

“I love that my journey has taken me full circle and brought me back to where it all began. I love the interaction and relationships I am building with students. I look forward to guiding students through their own journey while empowering them by reminding them how resilient, strong and capable they are. Each student is unique and my goal is to treat each one with empathy, sensitivity, and awareness.”

Jennifer Driskill

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Danielle Haskett, Accessibility Services Coordinator

AAOT, Umpqua Community College
B.S., Business Management & Marketing, University of Oregon
M.Ed., Special Education, Grand Canyon University

Thoughts on Advising

“I am passionate about being a UCC alumni and employee. My goal is to assist students in any way that I can to achieve their educational and life goals! I enjoy getting to know our students and guiding them through the process of college. I inform you decide!”

Danielle Haskett