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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2014
 
Halifax Community College PRIDE Program inducts class
 
WELDON, N.C. – The PReparing men for Intellectual, acaDemic & Educational success (PRIDE) of Halifax Male Mentoring Program hosted its fifth annual induction ceremony at The Centre at Halifax Community College (HCC) on March 12. Twelve men were inducted. Cultural Resources Leader for the City of Roanoke Rapids Rodney Pierce was the keynote speaker.

Inductees included:
  • Torian Avent
  • Eugene Bass
  • David Cole
  • Johnnie Ingram
  • Jerome Jones
  • Clifford Lipscombe
  • Justin Means
  • Ernest Medley
  • Jalen Miller
  • Derrick Vincent
  • D'Narizitoi Whitaker
  • Jonathan Wilson
Along with being inducted into PRIDE, several men were recognized for their scholarship, and Men of Distinction (MOD) status for many was also recognized. MOD is a special recognition component of the PRIDE of Halifax Male Mentoring program and represents the highest level of achievement for participants. The MOD is reserved for men who have demonstrated excellence in academic performance, personal growth, academic improvement and professional development. It is also awarded for other noteworthy acts that serve the welfare of others including personal, social and community endeavors.

Select members were also recognized as part of the Grooming Exceptional Men (GEMs) Program, which recognizes men who uphold high standards of personal and professional presentation of themselves through dress, attitude and behavior. GEMs eligibility also includes personal health, hygiene and respect for others.

PRIDE is a college success, leadership and professional development program designed to enhance student satisfaction, professionalism, retention, graduation and four-year college transfer rates. PRIDE fosters partnerships between students, learning coaches (success coaches trained in mentoring, counseling, developmental advising, instruction, career exploration, financial planning, etc.), faculty, staff, professional mentors and the community.

PRIDE serves students from Halifax and western Northampton counties through intensive monitoring, tracking and other wrap-around services. The staff collects and evaluates academic, personal and social adjustment information and designs individualized success plans for each participant.

Colleges throughout the country are in search of solutions to the declining enrollment, success, retention and graduation rates of African-American males. The PRIDE of Halifax is a comprehensive student intake and development model that includes intensive advising, counseling, monitoring, tracking, assessment and evaluation. HCC is committed to sharing findings with all publics that seek to enhance and promote African-American male success and best practices models.

For more information on PRIDE, visit http://halifaxcc.edu/flinew/.

PRIDE
The PReparing men for Intellectual, acaDemic & Educational success (PRIDE) of Halifax Male Mentoring Program hosted its fifth annual induction ceremony at The Centre at Halifax Community College (HCC) on March 12. Twelve men were inducted. (Photo: HCC PR & Marketing Intern Jarrett McClendon)  
 
 
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239