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Our counselors can assist you with

  • Choosing classes to reach your academic goal, such as earning a degree or certificate or transferring to a university
  • Creating an educational plan
  • Finding resources on campus, such as tutoring or other academic assistance
  • Exploring career options
  • And more!

Make an Appointment!

While we're operating under restrictions related to COVID-19 for the 2021 fall quarter, you can still speak with one of our counselors by phone, email or Zoom video. To schedule an appointment, please send an email to outreach@deanza.edu or use our online scheduler.



Meet the MC2 Team

Erick Aragon, M.S.Ed. – Faculty Director

Erick HeadshotErick was born and raised in Southern California. He is a proud alumnus of the California Community College system, graduating from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA. Erick transferred to San Diego State University and received his Bachelor of Arts in history with an emphasis in Asian American studies.

Erick continued his education at Northern Illinois University, where he received his Master of Science in counseling, specializing in clinical mental health counseling and career development.

He is currently pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership at San Francisco State University, focusing on identity development of men of color in post-secondary education.Erick came to De Anza College in 2013 and has served in various roles, such as counselor/instructor in Initiatives to Maximize Positive Academic Achievement and Cultural Thriving Focusing on Asian American and Pacific Islander (IMPACT AAPI), Math Performance Success Program (MPS), and First Year Experience (FYE)/Summer Bridge. Prior to coming to De Anza College, Erick served a counselor/instructor at Laney College in Oakland CA.

Jesus Ruelas, M.A. – Counselor

Jesus RuelasJesus is a first-generation college graduate, born and raised in San Jose. Growing up, education was not a priority. Jesus felt fortunate to have graduated high school. In 2011, Jesus enrolled at De Anza College and was part of the First Year Experience (FYE) program. He began his educational career as a peer adviser and tutor in the Student Success and Retention Services center, where he discovered he really enjoyed helping new students make a successful transition. 

Jesus was awarded the UC Santa Cruz Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award, which is given to students who have overcome adverse socioeconomic circumstances and demonstrated the commitment to assisting and improving the lives of others. He continued his work with students at UC Santa Cruz as a Peer Advisor for the Educational Opportunity Programs Office and intern for the Ethnic Resource Center. Jesus recently graduated with a combined major in sociology and Latin American and Latino studies. He feels fortunate to have had numerous opportunities to work in different Retention Support Services programs and most recently with the Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS) office at UC Santa Cruz. 

Jesus always strives to develop an atmosphere of acceptance when working with students. He believes that it is important to provide an open space where students can feel comfortable regardless of class, gender, sexuality or race. Jesus completed his Masters in Educational Counseling at San Jose State University in the Spring of 2019. 

Sheldon Fields, M.A. – Counselor

Sheldon FieldsSheldon was born and raised in Palo Alto. He graduated from Palo Alto High School and attended De Anza College. Sheldon was a First Year Experience Program (FYE) student and utilized the Math Performance Success Program (MPS) and received his AA degree in Liberal Arts for Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Sheldon transferred to San Francisco University to obtain his bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. After careful thought and consideration he decided to continue his education. Sheldon then transferred to San Jose State University to receive master's degree in Counselor's Education. Sheldon then worked as an academic advisor at UC Santa Cruz for two years and then worked in the same position for a year and half at De Anza College.

Sheldon seized an opportunity to join the MPS program which helped him pass Math 10 (Stats). Sheldon cherished the connection, dedication and teamwork that the MPS team fosters. He is happy to be a part of a growing community and eager to help and serve as a counselor for the Men fo Color Community.

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