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Center for Student Success

The mission of the Center for Student Success is to support enrolled students in the successful completion of their programs and courses by providing enhanced resources and guidance. The center provides endless opportunities to assist students during their educational journeys at the College. In addition to offering services such as academic mentoring and coaching, the center also offers counseling services. Counseling services are available to help current students resolve personal, family, and school-related issues. We offer confidential, professional assistance to help you solve problems, promote your emotional well-being, and support your successful academic achievement.

What services are available through the center?

The center helps students achieve their full potential by offering: 

  • Academic success mentoring/coaching
  • Strategies for test-taking, studying, and anxiety reduction 
  • Accommodations for students with disabilities
  • Promoting student engagement
  • Student advocacy

Whenever a problem or issue is negatively affecting you – whether it’s at home or at college or a combination of both – help is available from the College. Counseling services provide help with a broad range of life issues including, but not limited to:

  • Stress
  • Mental health concerns including depression & anxiety
  • Relationship or family difficulties
  • Parenting issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance use concerns
  • Financial concerns
  • Difficulty adjusting to change
  • Intimate partner violence

These services are for students only.

Who is the director?

Cindy Butler, Director of the Center for Student SuccessCindy Butler is an RN and a diploma graduate of the College. These facts make her particularly qualified to assist students who may need additional help succeeding in their preparation to practice nursing and allied health.

In addition to graduating from Sentara College, Cindy also received a BSN from Western Governor's University.

Prior to her current role she was the Program Coordinator for the Nursing Care Partner Course and then the Team Coordinator of Student Services.

How do I get an appointment?

Appointments can be made by calling Cindy directly at 757-388-2857. You may also email her at or send her a message through Google Chat.

Is this service confidential?

Absolutely. Any discussion you have with the director is confidential. No information about you or what you have discussed will be released to anyone without your written consent, except as required by state or federal law.