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Career Services Faculty:

Chris Karl
Advisor, Senior
(970) 339-6436

Student Success Center
Greeley Campus, CCTR 160
Greeley, CO 80632

Educational/Professional Background: I have a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State, and a Masters in Counseling from UNC. I worked at Social Services for 14 years as a caseworker with teens and as a child protection supervisor. For the last 8 years I worked at North Range Behavioral Health as a clinical counselor. North Range had a contract with Aims to provide counseling to students for a few hours a week, and I did that for four semesters.

Area of specialty: My focus has been on clinical conditions, mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral issues, and family counseling. My specific focus has been on resolving trauma.

Personal philosophy on advising: I believe everyone has a calling/blueprint for their lives, and teasing out the specifics requires time, patience, and risk. Events and circumstances can obscure the plan (spilled coffee on the blueprint), and my job will entail identifying the hindrances, providing lots of information, and helping clarify the goals and steps students need to take to accomplish their goals.

Eileen McGaughey
Advisor, Senior
(970) 339-6508

Educational/Professional Background: I graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Sciences & Physical Education.
I bring over 10 years’ experience in advising, career counseling, and case management within a Workforce Center.

Area of Specialty: As an advisor with Aims Community College, I bring an additional layer of “real life” workforce development education, including assisting students in taking their next steps in their program of study and enabling them to become successful in their academic life and life after school with achievement of their academic and career goals. I am able to provide information on Workforce Centers, navigation of their resources, and training and employment programs.

Personal Philosophy on Advising: As a career counselor, I ask students, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” or “What is your dream career?” Through the process of career development, the light bulb goes on and the “ah ha” moment happens when students realize what they want to be when they “grow up.” Then, with defined career goals, assisting with completing an educational plan, advising, mentoring and an employment plan, students complete their program of study and achieve their goals. It is so motivating and gratifying to see the fulfillment of students’ goals and attainment of their “dream careers”.

Kara Tripician
Advisor, Senior
(970) 339-3306

Student Services
Loveland Campus
Loveland, CO 80537

Background: I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Couples and Family Therapy. Before joining Aims, I had a private counseling practice serving couples, families and children in play therapy. I have also worked in K-12 education for five years. Prior to that, I earned two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Medical Technology and one in Microbiology, and I worked as a Medical Technologist and Microbiologist for 7 years.

Area of Specialty: I am an Admissions and Academic Advisor on the Loveland Campus. I look forward to meeting you!

Advising Philosophy: My advising philosophy is to partner with and empower students as they navigate their way toward their academic and career goals. I am committed to listening to the students, and providing support, information and tools the students need in order to take ownership of their journey and make informed choices.

Mary Tucker
Advisor, Senior
(303) 857-4022 Ext. 43

Student Services
Fort Lupton Campus
Fort Lupton, CO 80621

Educational/Professional Background: I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. My M.S. is in Counselor Education. Both of these degrees are from Southern Illinois University. Before coming to Aims, I worked at UNM in their Admissions Department.

Area of specialty: I have been with Aims for approximately 13 1/2 years. I work at the Ft. Lupton Campus. I am the Academic and Financial Aid Advisor for this campus. I also do the Career Counseling and I am in charge of Assessment.

Personal philosophy on advising: I believe advising is very important for the student. Hopefully we help the student make the right choices. Advising should be a partnership between the Advisor and student. An Advisor is also a teacher. I want to help the student learn to use the tools available to them.