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Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

The Educational Opportunity Center program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. To achieve this mission, EOC counselors assist with preparing applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers. The EOC serves eleven counties in North Carolina: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Vance and Warren.

Student Support Services (SSS)

The purpose of SSS is to improve the academic and life skills of  our participants  through educational opportunities. Our staff facilitate personal enrichment by providing the following services: Counseling, Academic Tutoring, College Transfer and Financial Aid Assistance, Seminars, Cultural Enrichment and Equipment Loan.

The goals of the SSS Program are:
  • To increase college retention and graduation rates for eligible students.
  • To increase the transfer rate of eligible students from 2 year to 4 year institutions.
  • To foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities. For more information call (336) 599-1181.

All TRIO Programs services are FREE of charge!


Articles for category Staff


Samantha G. Aaron

Director, TRiO Programs

Calendar   Year Hired 2018

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2280

Location Icon  G 208

Education and Credentials

BA, Siena Heights University
MA, Michigan State University


Heather R. Albert

Director/Instructor, EMS and Fire Programs

Calendar   Year Hired 2017

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 694-8052

Location Icon  K219 or P108

Education and Credentials

A.A.-American Intercontinental University
B.S.-American Intercontinental University


Richard H. Albright

First Year Experience (FYE) Coordinator for Student Support Programs / Student Success Counselor / Mentor

Calendar   Year Hired 2019

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2220

Location Icon  B108

Education and Credentials

AA - Miami Dade Community College
BA - NC A&T State University
MEd - NC A&T State University

Shawne Armstrong

Director, Human Resources

Calendar   Year Hired 2020

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2120

Location Icon  A112

Education and Credentials

B.A. - West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.B.A. - West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.S. - National Defense University

Graduate Certificate Human Resources - Purdue University Global


Alicia E. Ashley

Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President, Continuing Education/Internal Records Coordinator

Calendar   Year Hired 2004

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2113

Location Icon  A129

Education and Credentials

A.A.S.-Piedmont Community College


Lynn C. Bailey

Administrative Assistant, TRiO/Educational Opportunity Center

Calendar   Year Hired 2012

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2132

Location Icon  Educational Opportunity Center

Education and Credentials

A.A.S.-Piedmont Community College


Bret Barbee

Desktop Support II

Calendar   Year Hired 2019

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2264

Location Icon  E106

Education and Credentials


Mary Jo Bartlett

Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President, Student Development

Calendar   Year Hired 2003

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2166

Location Icon  E145

Education and Credentials

A.A.S.-Piedmont Community College


Vanessa L. Bass

Reference Librarian

Calendar   Year Hired 2001

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2127

Location Icon  H212

Education and Credentials

B.A.-Meredith College
M.L.S.-North Carolina Central University
M.Ed-University of Phoenix


Jody B. Blackwell

Dean, Workforce Development

Calendar   Year Hired 2009

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 599-6622

Location Icon  Business Development Entrepreneurship Center, Main St. Roxboro

Education and Credentials

B.S.-East Carolina University

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