Advising - Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology


Advising at BFIT

Advising at BFIT is coordinated out of the Department of Student Affairs by the Director of Student Success, along with the Learning Specialist, and two Success Coaches.   Upon arrival, each student is assigned an advisor who will support the academic career of the student from the transition to college through graduation. Advising is the active process between a student and advisor to continually work towards, create, and establish a successful academic career.  While advising meetings may initially be geared towards creating and finalizing academic schedules, advising also addresses goal setting, time management, study skills, and personal growth and development.

A mutual relationship between student and advisor can be an integral part of a successful college experience and help translate skills and knowledge to the work force. At BFIT our advising program offers our students support through assessment of strengths and challenges, review of academic progress, help with registration for future semesters, and suggestions for career preparation and success.  Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to discuss both challenges and successes. Meetings will facilitate clarification of educational and personal goals, resolve or mediate challenges, and assist in obtaining referrals to outside services.

Advising Cohorts: Who do I contact?

Shawn Ayala, Director of Student Success, 617-588-1352

Automotive Technology (Certificate, Associate), Automotive Management (BS)



Michael Felix, Student Success Coach, 617-588-1354

Computer Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Biomedical Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology (AS, BS), Technology and Business Management



Charles Lai, Student Success Coach, 617-588-1360

Practical Electricity, Electrical Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology (AS, BS), Construction Management



Sally Heckel, Learning Specialist, 617-588-1378

HVAC-R, Opticianry



Advising Expectations
Making a Schedule
Drop/Withdraw from a Course