Elizabeth Cipres

Elizabeth Cipres

Dean, Counseling Services


Irvine Valley College

Irvine, CA USA


Your work ethic will speak for itself and others will help you along the way. Be open to mentors and seek professionals in your selected field.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I got into the EOPS program at my community college and I made friends.
An EOPS peer counselor told me I had enough units to transfer and she helped me with my CSUF application.
At CSU Fullerton, I got a part-time job doing student outreach. I became very familiar with the campus and support services.
Upon graduation from CSUF, I was hired as a full-time outreach specialist. This was my first full-time job with benefits and I got my first business card.
I got my first community college position as a Transfer Center Director at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.
I decided to pursue a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of La Verne.
Applied, interviewed, and accepted my first dean position at Monterey Peninsula College on the Central Coast.
Accepted my third dean position at Irvine Valley College and I made my way back to Orange County. I was a dean in three community college districts and I increased my earning potential each time.

Education

High School
Westminster High School
Bachelor
Human Services, General
California State University, Fullerton
Graduate
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
California State University, Fullerton
Doctorate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
University of La Verne

Career

Dean, Counseling Services

I supervise all counselors, do student conduct and Title IX investigations.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Law
Helping People

Day to Day

Every day is different, from program development to progressive discipline. The days are long but are also very rewarding, especially when someone takes the time to let you know that you made a difference to them.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Having a good mentor throughout your career is very beneficial. Use your talents and recognize your skills that can be improved then ask for assistance or find a mentor.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I recommend that you get a job in the industry and always do above and beyond your supervisor's expectations. Your work ethic will speak for itself and others will help you along the way. Be open to mentors and seek professionals in your selected field.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Human Services, General
graduate
Graduate
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
doctorate
Doctorate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"Counselors do not make much money."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student