Your Edmonds CC Academic Advising Team

Academic advisors at Edmonds Community College assist students with fulfilling their educational goals. Once you’ve selected a program of study, you should make an appointment to meet with your faculty advisor.

Meet Your Academic Advisors

Director of Academic Advising and Orientation: Heidi Farani

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Child Development and K-8 Education, Western Washington University; Master of Education, Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education, Western Washington University

Before Edmonds CC? Advising and Tutorial and Academic Skills Center at WWU

Why do you like advising? I love to see people learning how to meet their goals. I am inspired by the obstacles that people can overcome and I believe that anything is possible. There is often more than one path that will lead where we want to go and each person should feel empowered to make their own choice. It is important to me, as an advisor, that students know their options.

Best advice for students: Let your struggles be your motivation for being better, not an excuse for holding you back. The only thing that can hold you back, is you.

Ask her about: her film and stage acting experiences

Or ask her about: her favorite hobbies of soap and candle making!

425.640.1834 | heidi.farani@edcc.edu

Advisor: Allison Paytosh

Advising specialties: Aligned with academic departments under the Health and Human Services Division, as well as Accounting, Business Information Technology, Business Management, and Construction Management.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Marietta College, OH; Master of Arts, Psychology, Marietta College, OH

Before Edmonds CC? Worked as a Student Retention Specialist with AmeriCorps in TRiO Student Support Services at Edmonds CC.

Why do you like advising? I get to work with students! And, help them to achieve their educational goals.

Best advice for students: Don't be afraid to ask questions! Ask for help when needed. And, seek out the many great resources available to you on the college campus. These basic pieces of advice will help you succeed in your academics, feel confident about your college experience and help you plan for future life endeavors.

One more piece of advice: "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

425.640.1027 | allison.paytosh@edcc.edu

Susanna YiuAdvisor: Susana Yiu

Advising specialties: Aligned with academic departments under the Business Division, as well as Allied Health, Computer Information Systems, Engineering Technology, and Visual Communications.

Education: Bachelor of Science, Human Development, Binghamton University; Master of Arts in Social Science, Student Affairs and Diversity concentration, Binghamton University

Before Edmonds CC? I worked as a Program Specialist in the Assessment Center at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

Why Edmonds CC? I enjoy working with students and help them achieve their educational and career goals.

Best advice for students: Think about what classes you need to take and plan your schedule early. Know your exact registration date and time. There are probably many students want to get into the same class as you do. Be prepared and register for classes at your registration time. Be proactive and take advantage of all the free resources on campus.

Ask her about: her experience driving through a rainbow

Or ask her about: her trip to San Juan Islands

425.640.1479 | susana.yiu@edcc.edu