TRiO Holds 7th Annual Awards Ceremony
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s Student Support Services program (TRiO) honored student participants last month with an awards ceremony in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.
The event celebrated the success of 17 soon-to-be graduates and 48 students from the program who demonstrated academic excellence by posting cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.
The banquet also featured several special award presentations, including one for perseverance that was given to student Maurice Carter. TRiO Counselor Kim Waters said Carter had overcome numerous personal obstacles in order to pursue his educational goals.
Student Amy Travagiakis was presented an award for outstanding leadership. A TRiO tutor, Travagiakis graduated from PCC on Friday and will continue her education at East Carolina University.
Special awards were also presented to TRiO’s work-study and tutoring staffs and volunteers while Jamelle Moore, SSS Administrative Assistant, was recognized for her dedication and hard work this year as TRiO launched a new Educational Opportunity Center.
In addition to the awards presentation, the ceremony featured musical entertainment by PCC instructor Jeff Ramey and words of encouragement from Dr. Stephanie Rook, dean of the college’s Arts and Sciences Division.
PCC’s Student Support Services program is a federally-funded TRiO program that aims to help students improve their academic performance, stay in college, graduate and/or transfer from PCC to a four-year college or university.