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Elizabeth Cipres

Elizabeth Cipres

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."

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Elizabeth's work combines: Education, Law, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Dean, Counseling Services

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

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Westminster High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Human Services, General

    California State University, Fullerton

  • Graduate Degree

    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

    California State University, Fullerton

  • Doctorate

    Educational Leadership and Administration, General

    University of La Verne

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Dean, Counseling Services:

Bachelor's Degree: Human Services, General

Graduate Degree: Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

Doctorate: Educational Leadership and Administration, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I got into the EOPS program at my community college and I made friends.

  • 2.

    An EOPS peer counselor told me I had enough units to transfer and she helped me with my CSUF application.

  • 3.

    At CSU Fullerton, I got a part-time job doing student outreach. I became very familiar with the campus and support services.

  • 4.

    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.

  • 5.

    I got my first community college position as a Transfer Center Director at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.

  • 6.

    I decided to pursue a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of La Verne.

  • 7.

    Applied, interviewed, and accepted my first dean position at Monterey Peninsula College on the Central Coast.

  • 8.

    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.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Friends:

    Counselors do not make much money.

  • How I responded:

    You can make a very good living providing counseling services and it is a skill that applies to a variety of professions.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I did not have anyone to ask if I was going in the right direction. When I first entered college I was not even sure I should be there. I felt isolated and unprepared the first semester.