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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


Rhonda B. Strickland

Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President, Administrative Services

Calendar   Year Hired 2005
Category   Staff

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2129

Location Icon  A126

Education and Credentials

B.A.-North Carolina State University
Notary Public, State of North Carolina


Surkeithus A. Thomas

Accounts Receivable Technician/Cashier

Calendar   Year Hired 1996

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2125

Location Icon  A123

Education and Credentials

A.A.S.-Piedmont Community College 
Notary Public, State of North Carolina 

Mary K. Towell

NC Pre-K Teacher

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2565

Location Icon  H

Education and Credentials


Elizabeth M. Townsend

Director, Public Information and Marketing

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2104

Location Icon  A115

Education and Credentials

B.S. - Elon University
M.A. - Framingham State College
Certificate of Non-Profit Management - Duke University


Merlette B. Walker

Instructor, Office/Medical Office Administration

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2171

Location Icon  E229G

Education and Credentials

A.A.-Louisburg College 
B.S.-Averett College 


Lori L. Watlington

Director, Allied Health Programs and Scholarships, Workforce Development

Calendar   Year Hired 2006

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 694-8080

Location Icon  K216

Education and Credentials

A.A.S.-Danville Community College 
B.B.A.-Averett University 
Notary Public, State of North Carolina 


Kin Watlington

Instructor/Program Coordinator, Agribusiness

Calendar   Year Hired 2018

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 694-8090

Location Icon  P101

Education and Credentials

B.S., North Carolina State University
M.S.A., North Carolina State University
M.S., North Carolina State University
National Board Certified


Nancy H. Watts

Administrative Assistant to the Dean, Health Sciences and Human Services

Calendar   Year Hired 1996
Category   Staff

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2214

Location Icon  L106

Education and Credentials

A.A.S.-Piedmont Community College 
Notary Public, State of North Carolina 


Jimmie T. Whitfield


Calendar   Year Hired 2019

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 322-2117

Location Icon  A 122

Education and Credentials

AAS, Piedmont Community College
BS, Elon University

Lisa Wiley

Information Technology Help Desk Technician

Calendar   Year Hired 2020

Telephone Number Icon  (336) 694-8043

Location Icon  P106/E106

Education and Credentials

A.S. - Piedmont Community College

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