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TRiO EOC Staff Thank Community Partners

Pitt Community College’s TRiO Educational Opportunity Center showed its appreciation to community partners March 14. Some of those on hand for the event included, left to right: Andre Gay, Sara Singleton (PCC Director of Off Campus Programs), Dr. LaTonya Nixon (PCC TRiO Works Director), Stephanie Posey (PCC HR Assistant for Benefits), Elisa Brown (Pitt County Health Department), Christy Jones (PCC TRIO:EOC Coordinator), Diane Thomas, (Edgecombe County NC Works), Jeffrey Joyner (Pathways ), Davinda Culder (City of Greenville Re-Entry Program), Dionne Dockery (Pitt County Health Department), Hope Melvin (Pitt County Health Department) and Joyce Jones (STRIVE Director).

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s TRiO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) held a luncheon on campus March 14 to show appreciation to community partners.

According to PCC TRiO Works Director LaTonya Nixon, the individuals celebrated during the event are responsible for referring students to EOC from their respective agencies and helping them prepare for post-secondary education. The partnering agencies, many of which host PCC TRiO staff members, include NC Works (Pitt and Edgecombe counties), Pitt County Department of Social Services, STRIVE, Pitt County Schools, local housing authorities and the Pitt County Health Department.

“The theme of our event was: ‘Thanks for all you do; TRiO works because of you,’” Nixon said, adding that many of the honorees serve on the PCC President’s Diversity Team, which is comprised of representatives from various community agencies and organizations that support the college's programming.

During the luncheon, Pitt and Edgecombe NC Works offices were recognized as “TRiO: EOC Partner of the Year.” Neil Andrews directs NC Works in Pitt County, while Diane Thomas is the director of NC Works in Edgecombe County.

Chevonne Sharp, director of the Transition Center at Pitt Academy, received special recognition for her support of the TRiO: EOC program. Nixon said seven of Sharp’s students have been assisted through EOC and are currently enrolled at PCC.

Perhaps the highlight of the luncheon was a student testimonial from a Pitt County resident who shared how PCC TRiO: EOC Outreach Specialist Vanessa Williams assisted her with paperwork needed to enroll at the college. She said Williams also helped her mother and father, and all three are now PCC students.


03/30/2016