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Nov. 22, 2013
Student Support Services finds TRIO Model successful in academic advising
WELDON, N.C. – On Nov. 7-8, Halifax Community College's (HCC) Student Support Services (SSS) held advising sessions for early registration. Some 78 students received assistance during the sessions.

SSS Director Sherida Gholston credits the TRIO Model with the great success that she has seen over the last funding period in the areas of student persistence, academic standing and graduation rates. SSS serves up to 250 students enrolled at HCC and the TRIO Model is used for advising those students.

"We meet the students where they are," said Gholston. "We provide a holistic approach to advising including academic challenges, organization and time management, and financial aid and money management, and much more."

Gholston added that the SSS staff received positive responses from the November advising sessions, which included comments from surveys. Students indicated that this mode of advising was extremely helpful. They also reported that they liked being able to have an alternate setting in which to be advised.

Braxton Forbes-Epps, a second-year Associate in Arts student at HCC, said, "The SSS advising session was helpful to me because I had an idea of what I wanted to take, but after sitting down with a SSS adviser, I got the answers I was looking for by the breakdown of my program evaluation sheet so that I could fully understand what courses I needed to take next semester and in the future."

Ernest Medley, a second-year Associate in General Education (pre-nursing) student at HCC, said, "The advising session by SSS was beneficial in my course selection for the spring semester. They assisted me in selecting courses so I can be prepared in hopes of entrance into the RN [nursing] program. Reviewing the tracking sheet and my program evaluation made things simple during this process."

SSS became primarily responsible for advising HCC’s students last year. Since that time, advising numbers have doubled.

The model starts with promoting and marketing services to students.

Then, initial advising meetings are held. This process consists of: completing academic advancement plans, reviewing degree completion plans, discussing financial literacy, and assessing tutorial needs.

Next, a student follow up occurs after three weeks including phone calls, classroom visits and follow up with instructors.

Then, mid-semester advising occurs including viewing mid-semester reports and getting student feedback.

Lastly, an end-of-semester advising session occurs that includes student evaluations and early registration.

The SSS team consists of advisors who have been trained in the National Academic Advising Association principles, http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/. For more information on HCC’s SSS team and services, contact:
  • Director Sherida Gholston, 252-536-7229
  • Tutorial Services Specialist Howard Epps, 252-536-7204
  • Professional Tutor Juanita Alston, 252-536-6367
  • Professional Tutor Crissy Garner, 252-536-7208
  • Professional Tutor/Mentor Terry Jones, 252-536-6359

Halifax Community College’s Student Support Services held advising sessions on Nov. 7 and 8. Some 78 students attended the sessions and received assistance. (Photo by Jaime DiLauro, Roanoke Valley Early College PR & Marketing intern)
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Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239