[LEWISBURG, W. VA.] Rachel Kelly has been promoted from program coordinator to educational counselor at the New River Community and Technical College Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg, W. Va. In her new position, Kelly will staff a new Student Success Center at the campus.
New River is establishing a Student Success Center at each of its campuses with support from a $3 million U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT) grant. According to Peggy Epling, who coordinates the centers across all campuses, this is the first time that a range of support services have been organized in a central location for the convenience of students.
"Our new Student Success Centers will offer New River students a place to go where they can meet with staff members who are specifically trained to deal with the issues that present barriers to their success, whether these issues center on needed academic support, managing multiple life roles or assistance with career issues. I'm so pleased that Rachel Kelly is taking on this new role on New River's Greenbrier Valley Campus to provide this critical support to our students," said Dr. Allen Withers, vice president of student services.
Kelly will assist students who need tutoring services and work with faculty to identify students who need extra help. She also will advise students, administer college-entrance tests, confirm and accommodate needs for students with disabilities, teach time management and study skills and facilitate the use of career exploration software provided by New River's Office of Career Services.
Kelly has been associated with New River for the past 12 years. She started as a work-study student in the Student Services Office and later worked as a part-time office assistant to the dean of student services. She was an adjunct instructor teaching Developmental English and Life Management Skills in the Prep 4 College Success program. She became program coordinator in November of 2010.
A resident of Lewisburg, Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Bluefield State College with a bachelor's degree in humanities with an English specialization.
New River Community and Technical College is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. It serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from five locations: Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville), Beckley Campus, Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg) and the Advanced Technology Center (Ghent). Administrative offices are located in Beckley.