Student Support Services
celebrated at HCC
Halifax Community College Student Support
Services (SSS) BEACON Program staff held an awards banquet
on April 28. The event highlighted program accomplishments.
The Honorable Judge Brenda Branch, Chief District Court
Judge for Halifax County, was the keynote speaker.
“You have taken the
first step or two or three, but it is not going to be easy,”
said Branch. “There are things you need to do…You are going
to need to prepare yourself to be yourself.”
Branch encouraged students to pay
attention to what they are doing in life and not to compare
themselves with others. She noted that students need to try
to be whatever they need to be in life and to avoid taking
shortcuts that could lead them in the wrong direction.
Branch also warned that students need to check their
attitudes and to set priorities for themselves.
“You’re going to have to compete for
jobs,” Branch added. She said that there are “no excuses”
for students not to succeed. There are resources to help
with any situation, she explained. Networking was another
pointer that she shared with students. “Step up out of your
comfort zone and be all you’re designed to be,” she
Branch also shared some tips about what
successful people do including the need to reject rejection,
to see that failure is an isolated incident, and to realize
that success is a process and it takes time.
“Find your own self…Know what your
passion is…Learn what you’re good at and stay focused,”
added Branch. “Be successful. Be all you can be.”
The SSS Program at HCC serves more than
250 students. It provides opportunities for academic
development, assists students with basic college
requirements and serves to motivate students toward the
successful completion of their post-secondary education.
Services provided include tutoring,
personal counseling/mentoring, college transfer advising and
college visitations, cultural enrichment, laptop loan
program, video/book loan program, and grant aid.
TRIO programs have a history closely
linked with the administrative programs begun in the 1960’s.
They have sought to provide educational and economic
opportunities to those unable to afford them. The Upward
Bound program was the first of the programs introduced in
response to the Johnson administration’s War on Poverty.
Subsequent programs such as Talent Search and Student
Support Services soon followed and were authorized through
higher education amendments. The term “TRIO” was coined to
refer to the three initial programs. HCC’s SSS program was
among the first such programs established and has had
continuous funding from the U.S. Department of Education
Peer and professional tutors, faculty volunteer tutors,
mentors and mentees were presented awards during the
ceremony. Graduates were also recognized with a framed poem.
The Honorable Judge Brenda Branch, above, was the
keynote speaker at the Student Support Services
Awards Banquet, April 28 on the HCC campus.