When counselor Phil Crabill began working for Santiago Canyon College in 2007, he felt as if he were coming home as he was a member of the college’s first graduating class in 2000.
“I was the first person in my family to go to college so my graduation was a big deal,” he recalls.
From SCC, he transferred to Cal State Fullerton where he earned a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in counseling. Later, he completed an Ed.D. in counseling psychology at Argosy University.
“I always knew I wanted to teach and counsel at the college level, but didn’t know it would be so rewarding,” he says.
In 2007, Crabill was hired as a part-time counselor for SCC Career Technical Education (CTE) for the grant-funded program, “CTE Teach.” In 2009, he became a part-time program coordinator and assisted with the Middle School Exploration Program. His primary role was to design and deliver career exploration curricula to students in six middle schools in the Orange Unified School District.
In 2011, he turned his attention to counseling STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students through the Title V-Hispanic Serving Institutions grant program. His mission was to increase student retention and success in core major courses as well as prerequisite courses within the biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics disciplines. He also continued to grow partnerships with local feeder high schools and help high school seniors in the application and matriculation process. In addition, he facilitated STEM-related workshops, including the Pre-Medical Workshop, Education Planning 101 and Careers in Engineering.
In 2013, Crabill was selected as a full-time general counselor/instructor. He is excited to have this opportunity.
“I was a student here; it has always felt like my college home. It is where my own education turned around and got on track. I want to help students not make the same mistakes I did,” he says.
He is enthusiastic about helping all students plan their future. In particular, he has risen to the challenge of serving as a student veteran counselor. It is work that he says he is proud to do to help those who have served and sacrificed for their country. He says he has a lot to learn about veteran benefits and mental health issues that veterans face.
“I am dedicated to student success. You never really know who that shining star student is going to be so you give your very best to every student and hope for the best outcome. I am grateful to my colleagues and am happy to work in this great community college environment,” he says.