Sherry Shaffer Promoted at New River’s Nicholas County Campus

Sherry Shaffer
Sharry Shaffer

[SUMMERSVILLE, W. VA.] Sherry Shaffer has been promoted from program coordinator to educational counselor at the Nicholas County Campus of New River Community and Technical College in Summersville, W. Va. In her new position, Shaffer 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 has been promoted to coordinator of all the Student Success Centers, 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 Sherry Shaffer is taking on this new role on New River's Nicholas County Campus to provide this critical support to our students," said Dr. Allen Withers, vice president of student services.

Shaffer 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.

Shaffer began her college career at the "young" age of 42. She is a 2004 graduate of Glenville State College with a double major in business management and behavioral science. She was a student worker in admissions and did part-time proctoring in the Interactive Video Network classroom at the Nicholas County Campus during the transition from Glenville State to New River. She has worked for New River full time since 2008, first as a records assistant and then as a program coordinator.

"I love being able to have a part in seeing our students succeed in their education as well as their personal lives," Shaffer said.

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.

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