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TRIO Spring Student Conference

The  Importance  of  NOW

Why is this current moment so important? Do we realize that what we do NOW affects our dreams and goals for the FUTURE? It is important that we seize our NOW! The past is history and cannot be changed. The future is uncertain and out of our control. However, each moment we currently stand inside allows us the chance to choose hope, do work, make plans, learn, and grow. This ultimately means that what we do NOW determines what we have the right to claim LATER.

We are excited to invite you to register for our TRIO Spring Student Conference and experience passionate, energizing, and engaging sessions that will uphold this theme: The Importance of NOW!

  • There will be an energizing keynote talk, 2 impactful sessions, lunch, a panel conversation and DOOR PRIZES!!
  • Registration will be open for TRIO TS Students in CCS from Feb 1 – Feb 15 (Registration fee is waived for CCS TRIO TS students!)
  • Registration will be open for all others interested in attending from February 15 and close March 31st
  • Place: Cleveland Community College, 137 South Post Rd, Shelby NC
  • Date and Time: Saturday, April 20th, 10 am-3p m (Registration is from 9:30-9:55 am)
  • Registration fee: Only $20 per attendee (including adults/chaperones)

Meet  the  presenters 
 

Kevin Kollock

Keynote Speaker & Presenter

Session Title:

Your Moment is NOW!

 

Presenter Session Summary:

Most students have goals to get the big car, the big house, and the big paycheck. However, these goals quickly turn into pipe dreams as they graduate from high school. Most students begin to realize a little too late that all the goals they had for themselves demanded effort in the moment to make them a reality. We will look at how students can become more responsible with their current moments so all their  dreams ultimately do become a reality. Come join us as we equip our students to not only dream but achieve their dreams!

 

Presenter BIO:

Kevin Kollock is a professional motivator and coach. He has over 20 years of experience in education, mental health services, and special needs resources. Currently, Mr. Kollock is a Success Coach with the TRIO Talent Search Program, helping students progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. He is passionate about helping individuals of all ages and cultures flourish into the very best version of themselves. He attended The College of NJ, receiving a Bachelor of Psychology. Mr. Kollock then completed his graduate work at Liberty University, attaining a Masters Degree in Human Services with a focus in Marriage and Family Counseling. He currently resides in Boiling Springs, NC with his wife of 18 years and his three children, Kevin Jr., Chase, and Rosie.

Chad Beam

Presenter

Session Title:

Confronted w/ the Fierce Urgency of NOW!

 

Presenter Session Summary:

If the person you are now could have a conversation with the person you wish to be in twenty years, how might that conversation go? The person you will be in twenty years is counting upon the person you are now; thus, it is incumbent upon you to accost yourself, empower yourself to catalyze the opportunity of now.

 

Presenter Bio:

I am an African-American male, dyslexic, colorblind, English teacher and Catalyst! I hail from the gross rural poverty of Lawndale, NC. I am two-time Cleveland County Teacher of the year – Teacher of the Year: 2014-15, Shelby High School; 2019-20, Burns High School. I am Burroughs Wellcome Fund South-Western Regional Teacher of the Year 2020. I am an oxymoron, a paradox; I am purposed and passionate to help young people know that they are destined for greatness.

Sarah Thomas

Presenter

Session Title:

NOW is the Time: Learning to Handle Stress and Trauma

 

Presenter Session Summary:

If we hope to become adults who contribute to society–people who use our gifts and talents to positively affect our communities–we need to be mentally strong and emotionally healthy. When it comes to our mental and emotional health, some of us have not been taught how to assess, understand, and grow. This session will use curriculum from the Community Resiliency Model through the Trauma Resource Institute to provide practical ways for you to understand and handle stress and trauma so you can thrive… starting NOW.

 

Presenter BIO:

Sarah Thomas directs the TRIO Talent Search program in Cleveland County, NC. Sarah loves helping students with the process of preparing for college, and she encourages all of her students to look for a future career that will allow them to use their individual gifts so they can give back to their respective communities. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, traveling, hiking in the NC woods, reading (her background is in literature and composition), listening to the Avett Brothers, eating spicy/sweet chicken wings, and doing puzzles.

Dr. Titus Hopper

Presenter

Session Title: 

The Disciplinary Nature of Dreams

 

Presenter Session Summary:

Langston Hughes eloquently encouraged us to “Hold onto dreams. For if dreams die, life is like a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams. For when dreams go, life is like a barren field frozen with snow.” There seems to be in inverse relationship relationship between age and the tendency to dream. As age increases people dream less. The need to survive tends to overshadow ambition or the desire to thrive. During this session Dr. Hopper will provide insight about the disciplinary nature of dreams and their ability to intrinsically motivate people to accomplish more than they could ever imagine! #DreamOn

 

Presenter BIO:

I am an Educator, Motivator, Tactical synergist, Husband, Happy Daddy, and Destination Doctor; Career Readiness Coordinator who is mission minded and passionate about the future of others; Focused on helping people get from Point A to Point B; Dedicated to the personal mission to add value to every life I encounter!

Annie Freeman

Presenter

Session  Title:

Thrive > Survive

 

Presenter Session Summary:

First-generation students are leading themselves while paving opportunities for the next generation. In this session, you will walk through a personal SWOT  (strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis so you can proactively experience now how to thrive and not just survive each moment.

 

Presenter BIO:

My husband, Robbie, and I have been married for almost 20 years. We have three kids: Nate (15), Rach (13), and Gabe (9). You can find us cheering and supporting our kids from the soccer, volleyball, and basketball sidelines. I graduated from Gardner-Webb University in ‘99. I began a career in higher education that spanned over 20 years to a senior leadership level. I have earned national recognition while presenting ideas on integrated communication and enrollment strategies. I thrive in collaborative work environments, supporting others as they pursue goals, and sharing what I have learned to the next generation.

 

 

Teri Beam

Presenter

Session Title:

That was THEN, This is NOW!

 

Presenter Session Summary:

In this session we will discuss the importance of connections, networking, and moving beyond the past to pursue purpose!! There is no greater time than NOW to be who you are called to be and to become who you are destined to be, but you can not do it alone!! Now is the time to move from Independence to Interdependence!!

 

Presenter BIO:

I first entered my professional career as a College Basketball Coach and Recruiter for Gardner-Webb University. When traveling to recruit seemed to trump any opportunity to have a family I walked away from basketball into the wonderful world of The Department of Social Services as a Child Protective Services Worker and then as a CPS Supervisor. After 6 years in the wilderness of DSS, I took my talents to Cleveland County Schools where I served as a School Counselor at Shelby High School and later as a School Social Worker at Shelby Middle and Crest High School for many many years before transitioning to Turning Point Academy as an Innovative Partnership School Coach. I now serve as the Assistant Principal for The Turning Point Academy. Of all the career opportunities, this current role has been the most challenging but yet the best!!

Stephen Lancaster

Presenter

Session Title: 

Effective Decision-Making skills for Goal Attainment

 

Presenter Session Summary:

We make decisions every day for various functions, from personal to professional, and consistently making good decisions can only help us reach our goals. Whether you’re applying to a college or for an entry-level position, you should highlight your decision-making skills throughout the application process. The following session will address essential skills involved in the decision-making process that will allow participants to easily identify their strengths and weaknesses in making sound decisions.

 

Presenter BIO:

Stephen Lancaster brings over two decades of expertise in higher education to the forefront of our presentation. With a rich background predominantly in community colleges, he has consistently demonstrated his commitment to student success. Stephen’s extensive career includes a notable 14-year tenure as the Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs at Randolph Community College and later at Central Piedmont Community College. His impactful leadership extended to serving as the Associate Dean of Enrollment and Student Services Assessments. In his current role as the Director of College and Career Readiness, with Cleveland Community College he plays a pivotal role in increasing adult literacy in Cleveland County. Stephen earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Shaw University, and earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Stephen is married to his high school sweetheart for an impressive 28 years and has two sons who both now work in higher education following in his footsteps.

 

Jada Robb

Presenter

Session Title:

Maybe You Don’t Get The Picture

 

Presenter Session Summary:

This session will be about how every season of our lives plays a significant part to the overall puzzle. Although one cannot see the full canvas yet, it does not mean a picture is not being created. Time is valuable, and each season of life no matter how early has the opportunity to either add to or take away from the beauty of the overall picture. Sometimes students impatient or uncapable of seeing the full picture due to the natural maturity process, sometimes forfeit the journey of a life that was intended to have a beautiful ending.

 

Presenter BIO:

Jada Robbs, a college Graduate of Gardner Webb University received her BA in Business Administration in 2020. From middle to part of high school, Jada volunteered for her local church’s summer camp that would ignite her love for kids. Throughout these years into college, Jada would have several opportunities to mentor and serve young children in the local schools. She officially started her professional work experience the summer before college as an employee for the YMCA. Jada served flexibly as a summer, afterschool, and sports camp counselor lasting for 3 years. After college, Jada served 6th graders as a Youth Development Professional for the Boys and Girls Club, Bradley Teen Center of Gastonia. Jada was then promoted to College and Career Coordinator where she served 9th -12th graders. Today, Jada serves back in her hometown as the middle school TRIO Student Success Coach.