Mission and Philosophy

National Labor College strives to make higher education a viable choice for working adults. Returning adults face many challenges and the academic advising program at NLC is designed to ensure that students get the level of support they need at all stages of the program: from the inquiry and admissions stage, through the completion of degree requirements, and on to graduation.

Admissions Counselors are assigned to every new applicant and will assist students through the admissions process.

Academic Advisors work with new, current, and re-admitting students to develop a degree completion plan that includes which courses will satisfy remaining degree requirements. Academic Advisors can answer questions about degree and certificate programs and refer students to a variety of resources that will enable them to achieve their goals.

Faculty Advisors provide guidance and mentoring in their area of study. They work closely with students, monitor their progress in the program, and assist with development and completion of the final Capstone Project. Faculty Advisors also provide students with career guidance and opportunities for professional development.

Since NLC is primarily a distance learning institution, the majority of advising is done over the phone, through emails, and via the Orientation and Advising Course online. However, we welcome any opportunity to meet with students face-to-face and encourage students to schedule an appointment.

OOAA-1000 Online Orientation and Academic Advising (non-credit)

Every applicant is automatically enrolled in this self-paced online orientation which provides new students and applicants with an overview of NLC’s institutional policies, programs, and academic requirements. Students will complete a short questionnaire to test their ability to access resources and locate important information. In addition to reading the FAQ, students can communicate directly with advisors via the “Ask and Advisor” online discussion forum. There is no additional charge for this course and no credit is awarded; however, new and returning students are expected to complete the Online Orientation Students in the School of Labor Studies will complete two brief questionnaires prior to registering for classes. This course will be available to all students throughout their NLC experience.

Map to Graduation

Graduation map

This is a graphic representation of how you reach the required 120 credits to graduate. Contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

Academic Advisors

Dominique Johnson, MBA

Dominique joined the advising team in January 2013 after working in admissions at NLC since March 2011. She previously worked at the headquarters of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) in Washington, DC. Before working in the labor movement, Dominique learned the higher education ropes while working at Arizona State University and Durham Technical Community College for a combined total of six years. She earned her Bachelor’s in business and public administration from Arizona State University and recently completed her MBA in project management from Columbia Southern University. Dominique’s favorite color is red, so NLC’s school colors are a perfect fit for this proud member of The Newspaper Guild-CWA Local 32035.

Phone: 301-431-5421
Email: djohnson@nlc.edu