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Teacher TRAC Counseling Team

Rigoberto Castro, Francesca Bello, Chris Sugiyama, Rocio Casillas, & Claudia Quilizapa

Special Note: Spring 2020 Counseling Appointments are only being done through Virtual Counseling. Please visit the Counseling HomePage to do virtual drop-in, online counseling for quick questions, or to schedule a virtual appointment.

  • Chris Sugiyama
    Elementary & Secondary (Non STEM) Education Counselor
    {Multiple Subject & Single Subject Credentials}

    • Education: B.A. in Sociology {UCLA}; M.A. in Education {CSUDH}.

    • 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
    Elementary & Secondary (Non STEM) Education Counselor
    {Multiple Subject & Single Subject Credentials}

    • Education: A.A. in Business Administration (Cerritos College); B.S. in Human Services (CSUF); M.S. in Educational Counseling (University of La Verne)

    • 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
    Elementary & Secondary (Non STEM) Education Counselor
    {Multiple Subject & Single Subject Credentials}

    • 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).

    • 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.
  • Rocio Casillas
    Early Childhood Education (ECE) & Secondary STEM Counselor
    {Certificate / Degree - ECE or Single Subject Credential - Math & Science}

    • Education: B.A. in Psychology {USC}; M.A. in Counseling {Loyola Marymount University}

    • 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.
  • Rigoberto Castro
    Career Technical Education (CTE) Counselor
    {Designated & Single Subject Credentials}

    • Education: A.S. in Mathematics (ECC); B.A. in Speech Communication (CSULB); M.S. in Counseling (CSULB)

    • 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. 

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

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