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Here's How to Reach Us

You can peak 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.


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!

Meet the MC2 Team!

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Erick Aragon, M.S.Ed.


More About Erick

Erick 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 including counselor and 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.

Long Phan

Long Phan, M.A. 



More About Long

I grew up not too far from here in Richmond, California. I enjoy hiking, bouldering, snowboarding, and traveling. When I'm not doing those things, I love watching sports. I'm a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors.

Growing up, I was not the best student, I graduated from high school with a 1.0 GPA. I decided to attend my local community college because success to me meant to get an education.

With the support of my counselor, I was able to transfer to the University of California, Santa Barbara where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology. After completing my undergraduate degree, I decided I wanted to attend graduate school at San José State, where I earned a master's degree in Educational Counseling.

I'm really passionate about helping people of color achieve their goals. If I can do it, you can too.

Jesus Ruelas

Jesus Ruelas, 


More About Jesus

Jesus 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 enjoyed helping new students make a successful transition.

Jesus was awarded the UC Santa Cruz Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award for students who overcome disadvantages and demonstrate a commitment to assisting others. At UC Santa Cruz, he majored in sociology and Latin American and Latino studies, while working as a Peer Adviser for the Educational Opportunity Programs Office and intern for the Ethnic Resource Center. He also worked in Retention Support Services and Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students at UC Santa Cruz. He later earned his master's in Educational Counseling at San Jose State University in 2019.

Jesus emphasizes 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. 

Alan Palmer

Alan Palmer, M.S. 

Mental Health and Wellness Counselor


More About Alan

Alan is a clinical intern with the De Anza College Mental Health and Wellness Center. A former community college student, he's available to provide MC2 students with tips and techniques to handle academic and early adulthood responsibilities.

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