Teacher TRAC Counselors Page

The Teacher TRAC Counseling Team is dedicated to assisting students in developing transitional skills to help them achieve success in their academic, career and life goals in an inclusive environment that embraces the diversity of our students and community.

To make an appointment, call us at: (562) 860-2451 Ext. 2212

 Elementary Education & Secondary Education Counselors:

 {Multiple Subject & Single Subject Credentials}

  • Chris Sugiyama
    • Education: B.A. in Sociology {UCLA}; M.A. in Education {CSUDH}.
    • Classes Taught: COUN 101A; COUN 200

      Background: Chris has more that 30 years of experience in academic counseling and is a dedicated counselor, contributing not only to the Teacher TRAC program, but also to campus-wide and on-line counseling. She is a Coro Foundation and Educational Policy Fellowship Program fellow and has been honored by the Vice President of Student Services with a STAR award. Chris Sugiyama is an excellent resource for Teacher TRAC students; please seek her assistance; she is an invaluable resource! 
  • Francesca Bello
    • Education: A.A. in Business Administration (Cerritos College); B.S. in Human Services (CSUF); M.S. in Educational Counseling (University of La Verne)
    • Classes Taught: COUN 101A; COUN 101B; COUN 200

      Background: Francesca is a Cerritos College graduate and has 15 years of experience working at Cerritos College in departments such as Counseling, Admissions and Records, CalWORKs and Student Support Services. Along with Elementary & Secondary Non Stem Teacher TRAC students, Francesca also works with CTE students and those who are majoring in Business and Technology. Francesca is dedicated to assisting students in achieving their educational goals and is looking forward to meeting with you.
  • Claudia Quilizapa
    • Education: A.A. in English (Cerritos College), A.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Literature and Languages (Cerritos College), B.A. in Comparative Literature (UCLA), M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development (Azusa Pacific University).
    • Classes Taught: COUN 101A; COUN 101B; COUN 200

      Background: Claudia began her higher education journey at Cerritos College before transferring to earn her Bachelor’s degree. She has worked in higher education since 2007 and has experience in Admissions & Records, Athletic Eligibility, and Counseling. She was hired at Cerritos College in 2016 as a Full-time Counselor and works with all majors. Claudia is a proud Falcon and passionate about helping students reach their personal and academic goals.

 Secondary Education Counselors

 {Single Subject Credential - Math & Science}

  • Rocio Casillas
    • Education: B.A. in Psychology {USC}; M.A. in Counseling {Loyola Marymount University}
    • Classes Taught: COUN 101A; COUN 101B; COUN 10; COUN 200

      Background: Rocio has been counseling at the Community College level since 2000. She worked at Santa Monica College, Fullerton College and Santa Ana College before getting hired at Cerritos College in 2003. She serves as the Project HOPE, SEM and Health Occupations Counselor. In addition, she works with the President’s Middle College Scholars Program and teaches Counseling courses. As a first generation college student and a former community college student her goal is to help students navigate the higher education system so that they too may reach their goals and dreams.

 Career Technical Education (CTE) Counselors

 {Designated & Single Subject Credentials}

  • Rigoberto Castro
    • Education: A.S. in Mathematics (ECC); B.A. in Speech Communication (CSULB); M.S. in Counseling (CSULB)
    • Classes Taught: COUN 101A; COUN 200

      Background: Rigo has been counseling at the Community College level since 2008. After completing his education, he worked as a part-time counselor at Santa Ana College and Rio Hondo College. In 2013 he started working at Cerritos College as an adjunct counselor and was hired full-time in 2014. He is the Lead Technology Majors Counselor and the Co-Counselor for the Teacher TRAC – Careers in Technical Education Program (CTE). Along with these duties Rigo teaches Counseling 200 in the First Year Experience Program and Counseling 101A, an extended Orientation to class.


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