In December 2020, Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) hired Dr. Evora Michelle Baker as the college’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant director. Her first day in her new job was Jan. 10.
Consistent with CVCC’s mission, Baker will lead efforts in offering support to student participants as they adjust to the college environment, access and obtain appropriate services, become independent learners and self-advocates, and achieve their academic and personal goals.
“I will help CVCC students by fostering an environment within the TRIO SSS Program that will allow students to achieve their goals,” Baker said. “This means helping students gain skills that are crucial to postsecondary education success by implementing services and education that is meaningful, pertinent, and individualized.”
She added, “Providing support and services to students that also support the CVCC mission and encompass the college’s strategic plan will be crucial aspects of my work.”
The Federal TRIO Programs are outreach and student programs funded and implemented by the United States Department of Education to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
TRIO started as three programs implemented from 1964 to 1968 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. TRIO now includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to advance through the academic system from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. CVCC will be focusing its efforts on the Student Support Services program, or TRIO SSS as it is also known. Baker is CVCC’s first TRIO SSS grant director.
Prior to coming to CVCC, Baker served as the Assistant Director of Shepherd University’s TRIO Upward Bound program in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. In total, Dr. Baker has over 15 years of experience in the higher education field.
Baker holds a BA degree in History from Macalester College, a MAEd from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctor of Education in Leadership from the American College of Education.
Her certifications include Georgia Professional Standards Commission Teaching Certifications in Secondary Education History (grades 6-12); Special Education General Curriculum (P-12); Special Education Social Science Cognitive Level (P-12); and the Quality Matters (QM) Online Teaching Certification.
Other notable accomplishments are membership in the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars (2020); Golden Key International Honour Society (2013) member; and receipt of the Golden Key International Honour Society Scholars Award in 2015.
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