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Counseling & Advising Center


The Career Resource Center is an important part of the services offered in the Counseling Center. Numerous materials for the exploration of career and educational options are located in the Center.

Students are encouraged to begin a career search early in their college years. Career changes often occur as a student’s college experience unfolds. Career Counselors invite students to utilize all of the available resources.


Confusion and conflict can be normal consequences of college life-and of life after college. Life Management Skills classes are offered to provide effective problem-solving skills. Examples of topics covered are stress and coping, anxiety, depression, fears, shyness, crisis resolutions, family and marital communication, and other issues.

The objectives of personal counseling cover three areas: (1) to help students understand themselves and learn new ways of solving their problems; (2) to offer support to new and returning students; and (3) to help reduce anxiety and to show students ways of coping with a crisis.


The Counseling Center staff serves as academic advisor to all developmental students and students with undeclared majors. Individual advising is provided to help students assess educational/vocational skills, priorities, program choices, options and alternatives necessary to facilitate human growth and development as well as to enhance the overall educational process. A variety of procedures and assessment devices is utilized.


No matter what your ethnic or racial group, you will find in the Counseling Center counselors and advisors who are sensitive to your background or culture.


Study skills and tutoring are an important part of the Counseling Center program. Good study skills are necessary for good academic performance. Students may request assistance in study skills from the Counseling Center staff.
Some of the resources in the Study Skills
Laboratory include: Handouts on specific areas of weakness in study habits
- Video tapes on test taking strategies
‒ Tutoring


Bluefield State is an approved testing center for the American College Testing Program (ACT), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), COMPASS, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)and the National League for Nursing (NLN). Information concerning registration and administration of these examinations can be obtained from the Counseling Center.

Registration information for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) is also available.

The Counseling Center offers free proctoring for currently enrolled students who must take correspondence, licensure and certification exams.


Counseling personnel are located in Conley Hall on the Bluefield campus. They offer a caring and confidential environment for career counseling, for developing good study skills, and for helping students with their personal problems. The services and programs of the Center are designed to enable students to find within themselves the skills to learn new ways of solving their problems.

College students, of whatever age or background, are changing individuals engaged in a series of intellectual, social, and personal learning experiences. Changing and learning, then, are the substance of the student’s environment.

Such an environment can quite naturally and inevitably lead to confusion and conflict. It is not unusual for a student to experience uncertainty about career choices, academic performance, and personal issues. Counselors are available from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for students who wish to drop in and discuss personal issues. Appointments can be made by calling the Counseling Center. All services are free and confidential.

Counseling services are free and confidential

Drop by or call for an appointment
Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday

305 Conley Hall
Fax: 304-327-4551

Counseling Center Staff

Dr. Cravor Jones, Director
Ms. Terry Thompson, Academic Advisor/Campus Manager
Ms. Rebecca Martin, Administrative Associate