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Office of First Year Experience

Welcome to El Centro College! We are so excited about your future here with us! The Office of First Year Experience and Retention Services wants to Connect with all first time in college students. It is our goal to help you learn tools and skills to become a successful college graduate.

The Office of First Year Experience and Retention Services aims to support student learning by actively partnering with and engaging students in the educational process. With the help of your personal Academic Advisor, by the end of the first year you will:
  • Create short term goals
  • Gather information and make decisions regarding your academic and employment goals
  • Identify student resources and know when and how to use them
  • Identify methods to be successful in courses 


  • Is this your first time in college?
  • Did you recently graduate high school or complete a GED?
  • Are you in your first or second semester here at ECC?
It is important for you, the student, to connect with an Academic Advisor to learn about El Centro College, our resources, and Degree Plans.

Meet your Advisor

Find your academic advisor based upon the first initial of your last name:

  • Alissa Luthe A-D
  • Roberto Cruz: E-I
  • Garry Johnson: J-N
  • Lucy Torres: O-S
  • Larry Macklin T-Z