Success Coaching

Start strong and meet with a success coach! We're here to help you take charge of your own education by empowering you with the skills and tools you'll need to reach your academic, personal, and professional success.

Let's Do This!

You're not alone on your academic journey. As a Contra Costa College Scholar, you have access to academic, personal, and professional support through our STEM Student Success Coaches, counselor(s), faculty, and staff. Success coaches are here to help you better understand your own needs, interests, and strengths as you move forward with your academic journey.

What can I talk about with a success coach?

Meeting with a coach might be right for you if you want to:

  • Reflect and build clarity on your goals or improvements you want to make

  • Set goals, design an action plan, and measure progress with support

  • Establish new habits and make them stick

  • Have a better sense of your priorities and how to strike balance among your commitments

  • Better follow your weekly schedule and/or daily to do-list

  • Sharpen your focus and concentration and increase your productivity

  • Work through procrastination and harness your motivators

  • Learn about resources on campus that can support your goals and growth


Q. Who can benefit from meeting with a Student Success Coach?

  1. Anyone! While all students who arrive at Contra Costa College are capable of success, very few arrive knowing how to take their skills and experience and apply it to the classroom. A success coach can help you identify your strengths and give you recommendations on areas of improvement. There is also a wealth of resources available to you on campus that you may not be aware of or know how to access. A success coach can point you in the right direction!

Q. What is the difference between a Success Coach and a Tutor?

  1. While a tutor is a content-expert, a Student Success Coach helps with the broader skills that are relevant to overall academic success. This can include time management, organization, managing test anxiety, staying motivated, and many others. A Student Success Coach may recommend that a student also meets with a tutor if they are struggling with course content.

Q. How often do I have to meet with my Student Success Coach?

  1. You and your coach will work together to put together a schedule that is mutually beneficial. Some students meet with coaches weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Other students many only need one meeting at the beginning of the semester, or before beginning finals, to help them get organized.

Q. How are a Success Coach and a Counselor different?

  1. Success coaches are not academic advisors and cannot answer questions about academic policy, course selection, or progress to degree. Success coaches are also not mental health professionals, and coaching is not therapy or counseling. For more information on academic counseling or wellness counseling, visit the Counseling Department.


  • Appointments are 30 minutes, and can be a one-time session or an ongoing check-in with the same coach.
  • Ongoing sessions are recommended; together we can chart your progress over time.


Ysrael Condori

Phone: 510.215.4815

Schedule time with Ysrael


Elleanor Pangilinan

Phone: 510.592.7556

Schedule time with Elleanor


Nancy Barba

Phone: 510.215.4815