Joan Thomas

College Mapping Counselor

Highly passionate, creative and progressive college & career specialist. Recognized leader with over 30 years of marketing, sales, consulting and teaching experience with a talent for assisting clients in building confidence, achieving the highest goals and showcasing their talents.


College Mapping Founder: 2000 - present

Led clients through college application selection, process and acceptance.

Coached college graduates through interviewing, resume writing and job search.

Coached early-career clients through resume updates, job opportunities and career planning.

Tri Valley Regional Occupation Program Instructor & Advisor 2003- 2009

Award winning Instructor in Marketing & Economics of Business Ownership.

Developed world class winning DECA program, An Association of Marketing Students, to compete regionally, state and worldwide in business planning, market research, and business role playing.

Hewlett-Packard 1984-2000

Career spanning 17 years, including Consulting Manager, E-Commerce Business Manager, Recruiting and Development Manager, Senior Business Developer, Technical Consultant and Product Manager.

Educational Background:

UC Berkeley College Admission and Career Planning Certificate

San Jose State Designated Subject Credential

MBA Marketing, Golden Gate University

Bachelor of Science: Business Administration with Computer Science, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


HECA - Higher Education Consultants of America

WACAC - Western Association for College Admission Counselors

NACAC - National Association for College Admission Counselors

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