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Alyssa Rorrer Tapped To Lead DCC’s Newest Student Success Initiative


Student Success Coach at DCC

Student Success Coach Alyssa Rorrer, right, discusses Danville Community College’s new initiative - Greater Opportunities for Achievements in Learning (GOAL) with DCC student Jordan Thomas. GOAL is part of the national community college expansion of the Working Families Success Network strategy.

DANVILLE, VA, April 5, 2015 – Alyssa Rorrer, a first-generation college graduate, has been tapped to lead Danville Community College’s new initiative to ensure student success. The Greater Opportunities for Achievements in Learning (GOAL) initiative is part of the national community college expansion of the Working Families Success Network strategy.

“GOAL is expanding and going beyond just a career office,? Rorrer says. “We want to be that one-stop shop. We want to be the go-to place for students to find the resources they need to achieve their financial, educational, career and personal goals.? Rorrer adds that all low-income, Pell Grant-eligible students can take advantage of the services the services that GOAL offers.

Rorrer calls her position as Student Success Coach at DCC her “dream job? because she is able to work with low-income students in a higher education environment. Her role combines her personal experience as a student striving to earn her college degree while working part-time jobs with her professional experience.

The Martinsville native previously worked as a program assistant at the Martinsville Area Community Foundation. She also was employed as a College Success Program Specialist at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), where she graduated in 2011 with an Associate of Arts and Science Degree in General Studies. She continued her education at Ashford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Behavioral Science in 2013.

The recent college graduate recalls the financial challenges she faced as a student, and those experiences give her the insights she needs to relate to the students she assists with GOAL.

Rorrer’s participation in programs and services similar to those offered by the GOAL also serve her well in her job as Student Success Coach.

“As a student, I was a part of a lot of the programs that I’m working with now. I wouldn’t have been able to finish college had I not had the resources,? Rorrer explains. “I was a first-generation college student. My parents wanted me to better myself because they didn’t get the opportunity.?

While at PHCC, Rorrer took advantage of the resources in the college’s student success center, from using the computers in the computer lab to seeking out tutoring. As a high-school student, Rorrer participated in the Upward Bound program. She says the program counselors continued to encourage her and guide her throughout her college career.

Today, Rorrer strives to empower low-income and first-generation college students with the resources they need to earn a degree. She provides each student with a goal sheet to help them set short and long-term objectives. “Having a place where the students can talk about their goals and set goals is going to help with student completion rates. It will help them reach their full academic potential,? Rorrer says. “Each one walks out with a sense of hope. They walk away having something to work towards.?

Specifically, GOAL provides students with three types of resources:
• Financial coaching and financial literacy
• Career planning and resume assistance
• Public benefits awareness and application assistance

The public benefits resources are new to the DCC campus, Rorrer says. She can offer students the resources they need to help them navigate the entire process of receiving public benefits, from determining their eligibility to receive certain benefits to assisting them in applying for those benefits. Rorrer has experience in financial coaching, and removing financial obstacles that stand in the way of students’ completion of their college education – one of her focus areas as Student Success Coach.

For more information about GOAL, contact Alyssa Rorrer at 434.797.8536 or click here. GOAL is located in the Admissions Office on the first floor of DCC’s Wyatt Building.

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