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International Academic Counseling

Welcome to the Office of International Student Services at Cerritos College. Our International Academic Counselors are here to help you reach your academic and professional goals! They provide comprehensive counseling services including: academic, career, vocational, transfer, and personal counseling. Our counselors are knowledgeable on immigration regulations and will help you stay in status every semester until you reach your educational goal. Please take a moment to get familiar with our general education patterns, the majors and certificates that we offer, and our college catalog by following the links below. Schedule an appointment to see an International Academic Counselor to create your educational plan!  


Dora Macias

My name is Dora Macias. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Chicano Studies from California State University-Fullerton and a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling from California State University-Dominguez Hills.

I began working for Cerritos College as a Student Hourly and then as a Classified Employee while I was taking classes towards my Associate’s Degree. After completing my Bachelor’s degree and then my Master’s, I was hired as a part-time Counselor with CalWORKs and then later became a full time CalWORKs Counselor. I left CalWORKs to become a full time Counselor for the Office of International Student Services. I retired in 2011 but returned in 2013 to continue working part-time with my international students.

I am inspired by my students on a daily basis. They take risks to attend college and I consider it my privilege and responsibility to provide the best information possible so they can make life changing decisions to better their lives. I am passionate about working with students because I know that Counselors have the power to make or break their dreams when  counseling and advising them. I work every day to help them discover and realize that through education they have the opportunity to change their lives.

Joanna Alvarado

My name is Joanna Alvarado. I received my Bachelor’s Degree  in Psychology from California State University-Los Angeles in 2012 and I received my Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Loyola Marymount University in 2015.

Cerritos College has been like a home to me since I first became a student in 2007. Since then, I have worked in several departments on campus as a student worker, my experience led me to a position in the CalWORKs Program as a Special Populations Coordinator in 2014, and two years after I became a CalWORKs Counselor. As a CalWORKs Counselor, I became passionate about student involvement, scholarships, and student support services.

Now, I have the opportunity to also work as a Counselor with students in the Office of International Student Services (OISS). Cerritos College has various resources on campus that facilitate the college experience, I am thrilled to be able to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for higher education! I look forward to working with my students in accomplishing their educational goals! 

For Online or Phone Appointments, Call (562) 860-2451 ext.2133

For Online or Phone Appointments, Call (562) 860-2451 ext.2133








Please call the Office of International Student Services to make an appointment with an International Academic Counselor. We strongly encourage our international students to arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and make sure to sign-in at the front desk.

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