TRiO Staff Receives Unprecedented Service Award

On Feb. 26, Central Piedmont Community College TRiO Student Support Services club celebrated National TRiO Day by hosting an unprecedented awards ceremony for CPCC’s TRiO staff.


(l. to r.) Leslie Bayne, Catherine Curtis, Sara Graham and Margie Gilliam

The event was well attended and guests included CPCC’s first TRiO project director (1986) Winston Edmonds, TRiO alumni, and distinguished CPCC staff and faculty.

“The ceremony was timely and well-deserved because for more than 28 years CPCC TRiO staffers have positively impacted the socio-academic progress of almost 4,000 scholars,” said Joseph Burch, TRiO SSS club president.

CPCC Dean of Retention Services, Clint McElroy, was the guest speaker and awarded plaques to: Sara Graham, project director, Catherine Curtis, counselor, Margie Gilliam, instructional lab facilitator, and Leslie Bayne, administrative assistant.

“This type of TRiO recognition is an invaluable catalyst because it affords exponential benefits to our program’s primary objective, to be an intentional community of scholars,” Burch emphasized.

During National TRiO Month (February), the project also collected and donated more than $1,000 worth of toiletries to their annual—spring semester—community outreach beneficiaries, Urban Ministries Center and The Salvation Army Center of Hope (local organizations that serve Mecklenburg County’s homeless population).

On Feb. 24, SSS club officers and Gilliam were guests on a local radio talk show (WGIV 103.3) where they touted and promoted each of the eight national TRiO programs.

TRiO offers a phenomenal menu of socio-academic opportunities that are unmatched on a national level, and “the more people know the more they are empowered to grow,” Burch explained.