Alex Hilert
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Emma Preston
Thursdays: 7:20 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Ray Villareal
Thursdays & Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Project EMPOWER: A Student Assistance Program

What is Project EMPOWER?

EMPOWER is a joint initiative between WJCC and the College of William & Mary. The office is staffed by graduate level students from the College who are studying counseling. While the program aims to help students at risk for alcohol and substance abuse, we also meet with students who have high levels of stressors in their lives due to personal, social, family, academic or behavior problems. Our door is open to anyone who just needs to talk.  

How are students referred to Project EMPOWER?

Students can be referred by faculty, staff, parents, classmates or themselves. Referral slips are available on the Project EMPOWER office door (Room 252), and in the EMPOWER mailbox in the staff mailroom. Referrals can be returned to Room 252 during office hours or slipped under the door. They can also be placed in a sealed envelope in the EMPOWER mailbox. Referrals are confidential. WALK-INS ARE ALSO WELCOME!

Note: Meeting with the Project EMPOWER student counselors is voluntary, but we can guarantee that we will meet with all referred students at least once.

The EMPOWER interns adhere to the same guidelines of confidentiality as counselors and do not disclose information discussed in meetings, except harm to self or others. 

Who are the Project EMPOWER student counselors and when are they available?

“Help is down the hall!”