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April 24, 2012
HCC Student Support Services BEACON Program holds Annual Awards Banquet
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) Student Support Services (SSS) BEACON Program staff held an annual awards banquet on April 20. The event highlighted program accomplishments. HCC Quality Enhancement Plan Director Josephine Reid and HCC Admissions Officer Antonio Squire were the keynote speakers.

Reid and Squire are alumni of HCC. Both praised SSS for the services that the program provides for students. They also noted how SSS helped them deal with issues in and out of the classroom. Each encouraged attendees to overcome obstacles and get the help they may need in order to be successful.

The SSS Program at HCC serves 250 students. It provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with college requirements and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education.

Services provided include tutorial services, personal counseling/mentoring/advising, 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 since 1977.

Peer and professional tutors, faculty volunteer tutors, mentors and mentees were presented awards during the ceremony. Graduates were also recognized with a framed poem. Advertising and Graphic Design students displayed art during the event.
Josephine Reid Antonio Squire
Pictured are speakers, left, Josephine Reid and Antonio Squire
Halifax Community College’s Mission
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, templem@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

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