Ryan Holloway joined the Piedmont Community College (PCC) Team in 2018. In his position as Academic Success Center Coordinator, Holloway has the ability to interact with students who are striving to earn a degree in an effort to open more doors for their future.
A fairly new employee, some students may wonder why Holloway is so familiar with the opportunities available to them at PCC. After a brief conversation, these same students learn that Holloway was in their shoes only a few years ago. In fact, he graduated from the College with his Associate in Arts degree in 2009. Continuing his studies, Holloway transferred to Ashford University in Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2012.
“As a former student I directly benefited from the hard work and selfless dedication of the Student Development and the Academic Success Center (ASC) staff,” shares Holloway. Now he has the opportunity to offer these same services and enthusiasm to current and future PCC students.
PCC’s Academic Success Center offers walk-in tutoring services in a variety of subjects, including math, reading & writing, and computers. The center also works with students on:
• Make-Up Testing
• Free Printing (don’t forget to bring your paper)
• Free Academic & Personal Development Seminars
• Peer Tutoring opportunities
Holloway encourages students to utilize the ASC and to also be involved while in school. In fact, when he was a student, Holloway was President of Minority Males Mentoring program, Treasurer of Phi Beta Lambda Business organization, involved with the TRiO programs, and served as a peer tutor.
“Being involved allows students to discover their passions and strengths,” Holloway notes. “It’s a resume` builder, as well. Freshman year is not too soon to be thinking about positioning yourself for future employment.”
Holloway also believes that in many situations, busier students, in addition to being well-rounded, also perform better in the classroom. “This will vary by student, of course, but more free time does not always equal better grades. Being involved will require some organization and time management on the part of the student and that’s a good thing.”
“We are fortunate to have a former Pacer assisting in the Academic Success Center. The space provides a positive work space for students where they can study, receive tutoring, and work on their class assignments,” comments Shelly Stone-Moye, Vice President, Student Development and Holloway’s supervisor. “Ryan is familiar with how valuable the Academic Success Center is to student success.”
When asked about what attracted him to the coordinator position, Holloway said, “I always wanted to be on the front lines making an impact on the lives of students who remind me of myself.”
Holloway invites current PCC students to utilize the ASC in Building K on PCC’s Caswell County Campus. “I hope students will stop by to get assistance, work on classwork, as well as ask me questions about my PCC experience. I’m here to help them reach their potential and maybe learning about my time as a Pacer will inspire them to get involved.
Photo: Ryan Holloway