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April 10, 2012
 
Halifax Community College PRIDE Program inducts class
 
WELDON, N.C. – The Preparing Men for Intellectual, Academic & Educational Success (PRIDE) of Halifax Male Mentoring Program hosted its annual induction ceremony at The Centre at Halifax Community College (HCC) on April 3. This was the first year for inducting Roanoke Valley Early College (RVEC) students into the program. Some 67 men were inducted—14 of them were students from RVEC.

The keynote speakers for the event included HCC graduates who are PRIDE members. Howard Bethany ’08, Cameron Moody ’05 and ’10, Stacy Phipps ’10 and Antonio Squire ’08 spoke to the inductees. Each touched on elements of the program and how it had benefited them to belong to the organization. They also encouraged inductees to have goals and a vision for their lives.

Inductees included:
  • Daniel Adams
  • Unique Allah
  • Brandon Artis
  • Deryck Bennett
  • Jacobi Bennett
  • Gerald Bowser
  • James Burgess
  • Glenn Carter
  • Antwuan Childs
  • Boston Claiborne
  • Andrew Custis
  • Glen Debrow
  • Brandon Edwards
  • Darrian Epperson
  • Bass Eugene
  • Timothy Gainey
  • Jajuan Garland
  • Graham Garrett
  • Daquez Harrell
  • Carlos Harris
  • Wayne Harrison
  • Trevis Hawkins
  • Curtis Hicks
  • Dominic Hockaday
  • Melvin Ivey
  • Christopher Jones
  • Marquis Jones
  • Bryan Joyner
  • Avens Langston
  • Gregory Luter
  • Derek Manley
  • Clemonts Marquie
  • Maceo McCray
  • Arrington Micah
  • Dominique Mills
  • Trequan Minggia
  • Demarko Minor
  • Brandon Montgomery
  • Antwaine Moody
  • Dunston Mo'Qwion
  • Chester Newsome
  • Trace Oglesby
  • Raylon Parker
  • Ka'Juan Pearson
  • James Peters
  • Patrick Phillips
  • Ron Pierce
  • Kezionne Pittman
  • James Ponton
  • Carson Rawles
  • Darius Robertson
  • Delmore Robinson
  • Terel Robinson
  • Kyrian Scott
  • John Smith
  • Christopher Solomon
  • Joshua Stansbury
  • Devin Sykes
  • Michael Taylor
  • Corde Wade
  • Khevon Weaver
  • Carl Whitaker
  • Frank Wilkins
  • Kelcey Williams
  • Sylvester Wilson
  • Alton Yellorday
  • Mosheh Yisah'el

Along with being inducted into PRIDE, several men were recognized for their scholarship, and Men of Distinction (MOD) status for many was also recognized. MOD is a special recognition component of the PRIDE of Halifax Male Mentoring program and represents the highest level of achievement for participants. The MOD is reserved for men who have demonstrated excellence in academic performance, personal growth, academic improvement and professional development. It is also awarded for other noteworthy acts that serve the welfare of others including personal, social and community endeavors.

Select members were also recognized as part of the Grooming Exceptional Men (GEMs) Program, which recognizes men who uphold high standards of personal and professional presentation of themselves through dress, attitude and behavior. GEMs eligibility also includes personal health, hygiene and respect for others.

PRIDE fosters one-on-one partnerships between students and learning coaches as well as with faculty, staff and administrators. There are two professional development components. A student development component provides opportunities for men to participate in paid, on-campus and community-based internships, college and business visits, and professional conferences. A faculty development component provides financial support and training opportunities designed to enhance teaching and learning effectiveness strategies.

Services include academic advising, financial aid counseling, tutorial assistance, peer/career mentoring, cultural/educational enrichment and assistance with transferring to four-year colleges and universities, among others.

Since 2008, HCC has been awarded funding through the Office of Secondary Education’s Predominantly Black Institutions Program federal grant to establish and manage the “Freedom to Learn Initiative” (FLI). The grant was made possible by the U.S. Department of Education.

FLI is an academic and student success initiative. The program, now operating under the name of the PRIDE of Halifax Male Mentoring Program, is designed to increase academic performance, retention, graduation/transfer rates and to decrease student drop-out rates. For more details, visit http://halifaxcc.edu/flinew/.
 
Halifax Community College PRIDE Program inducts class
Photo cutline: The Preparing Men for Intellectual, Academic & Educational Success (PRIDE) of Halifax Male Mentoring Program hosted its annual induction ceremony at The Centre at Halifax Community College on April 3. This was the first year for inducting Roanoke Valley Early College students into the program.
 
 
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