Johnston Community College’s TRiO program has honored six students.
JCC recognized the following students for leadership, academic excellence and dedication to educational success: Candace Lee of Four Oaks, Maria Aleman of Smithfield, Keith Lee of Pine Level, Hillary Sudbury of Clayton and Angela Ellis of Four Oaks. George Haywood of Smithfield received the TRiO spirit award.
Speakers for the awards program were Stephanie Cassidy, a JCC graduate pursuing her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and current JCC student Mario Hobbs.
Cassidy hopes to eventually earn her doctorate in psychology. She credits TRiO with laying a solid foundation for her educational success.
“Becoming a part of TRiO is such an important part of my success today,” she said. “TRiO allowed me to meet so many people and create an excellent support group. I was also able to consider my current educational opportunities because of the help and guidance I received at TRiO.”
At JCC, Hobbs is vice president of the Student Government Association, president of the National Society of Leadership and Success and a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Also, he is treasurer of the N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association.
After graduation in May, Hobbs plans to transfer to East Carolina to study economics.
“I am so thankful for the support of the staff and fellow students in TRiO,” Hobbs said. “TRiO was a stepping stone for me and has helped make me the person I am today.”
At JCC, TRiO is a federally-funded program offered through the college’s Student Support Services department. The program offers counseling, tutoring, study-skills workshops, financial-aid planning and college-transfer assistance to eligible students. Currently, the Student Support Services department serves approximately 160 students, most of whom are first-generation, low-income college students.
Currently, 85 percent of TRiO students are in good academic standing with the college. Forty-four percent of TRiO students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.