Success Coaches motivate and assist students through supportive relationships, helping them align their everyday actions to their short- and long-term goals.
Using a holistic approach, success coaches meet with students to provide guidance along their pathway to academic, professional, and personal success within the context of the college experience.
Meet Your Success Coaches!
From left to right: Timothy Scott, Teshia McLean, Angela Winrow, Veronica Heno-Henderson, Cherjanét Lenzy, Lorena Murray, Katherine Rettig, Roberto Candelaria, Ebony Cannon, Scot McCosh
Ebony was born on Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. She grew up in a military family and has enjoyed interacting with diverse groups of people throughout her life. She is a proud alumna of North Carolina A&T State University. She enjoys reading, playing softball, and spending time with her family. Ebony values having a safe space for students to be able to participate in candid and caring conversations.
Trojan Jump Start Program
The Trojan Jump Start program is a summer bridge enrichment opportunity that offers tuition-free courses in either developmental Math or English, and ACA 122 for 50 recent high school graduates. Participants will be assigned a Success Coach and take courses as a cohort to build group cohesion. Participants will also be provided instructional materials, a laptop, group activities, and attend cultural/sporting events to promote a positive collegiate experience. To apply, students will need an application, unofficial transcripts, and a letter from the HS Counselor certifying the student on target for graduation.
Monthly Newsletters - Trojan Tips
Check out past issues for helpful hints, success stories, and much more from your Success Coaches!
What are the benefits of working with a Success Coach?
Q: Why should I meet with a Success Coach?
A: We are available to students who are seeking help with academic or personal concerns, program of study questions, college resources/activities information, off-campus resources, pathway to graduation planning and goal Setting/motivation.
Q: Do I need an appointment?
A: We prefer you make an appointment in order for you to receive our full attention. However, you can always drop in, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 910-678-8473
Q: Where are the Success Coaches located?
A: The coaches are conveniently located in the Tony Rand Student Center! Just stop by the front desk and ask to speak with us.
Q: What can I do to prepare for my appointment?
A: Bringing a career assessment would be helpful. Also, please bring any other relevant materials that you feel is related to your appointment.
Q: Does coaching require a long-term commitment?
A: We provide coaching services based on the students’ individual need. Some students may need to only stop in once while others may need to be seen throughout the semester.
These links are provided to help you achieve academic success!
Test Taking Enhancement Skills
Communication Enhancement Skills
Stress Management Resources
- Healthy Ways to Handle Stress
- Stress Management Tips for Students
- Stress Management Techniques for Students
Time Management Resources
Student Success Story
This is where we take the opportunity to highlight our student’s success. We are extremely proud of the efforts put forth to ensure our students prosper in all aspects of their lives.
Mr. Jekael Gay is a sophomore at FTCC and a shining star amongst the Men’s Basketball team. Hailing from Ayden, NC, Mr. Gay made the decision to attend FTCC based on our athletic opportunities. “Former teammates told me that Coach Hurd brings in a lot of college coaches in his practices,” Gay said.
Being a student and an athlete is a delicate balance that requires focus, patience, and drive. The transition from high school to college can be a difficult one. Like many student athletes, Mr. Gay struggled a bit with having more freedom to focus on basketball. “It was the transition from high school to college…my time management was the hardest for me, ” Gay explained.
Mr. Gay met the success coaches in October of 2019. After spending some time getting to know the coaches and building trust, Mr. Gay opened up to receiving help with staying on track. Spring 2020 showed an improvement in Mr. Gay’s grades and quality of work. Having the coaches to lean on and bounce ideas off of helped Mr. Gay immeasurably.
As we all know, COVID-19 hit the US mid-March with devastating outcomes. Classes at FTCC transitioned to online only for the safety of its students. Mr. Gay once again found himself in a tough situation, so he reached out to his coaches for assistance and support. He received helped with understanding and submitting assignments as well as the proper way to communicate with his instructors. Although Spring 2020 was not without its challenges, Mr. Gay was able to complete the semester.
Now, at the end of Fall 2020, Mr. Gay has a 3.6 GPA. He attributes this GPA, in part, to the support and assistance he received from the success coach program. “They are very nice and willing to help. Even with looking into scholarships. It’s a good program that other students should use.”
Great job Mr. Gay!
My name is Cody Peyton and I am a current Associates of the Arts student and basketball player at FTCC. Originally from Virginia, I have a passion for basketball and was offered a position with the Trojans. This led to my decision to attend FTCC.
I started out the 2019-2020 academic year struggling with the move to Fayetteville after the unexpected loss of a best friend, Luis Zambrana Jr. I struggled with getting to class on time, keeping up with school assignments, and just balancing all parts of my life. But in October of 2019, I met the Fayetteville Tech Success Coaches.
These coaches were friendly, easy to talk to and happy to help. They provided me with a safe place to talk about all of my concerns. They helped to motivate and encourage me with my classes, basketball and everything in between. They also took the time to educate me on my rights and responsibilities as a FTCC student. Not only did they provide me with academic resources, they also did things like walk with me to class to make sure I was on time and prepared! A few even showed support for the basketball team by attending games. It may have been small things for them, but it meant a lot to me. Even during this pandemic, they made sure to check-in with me and continue to encourage me to succeed.
Now, at the end of the Spring 2020 semester, I am proud to say that I have over a 3.0 GPA! I hope others have a chance to work with and benefit from the Success Coaching program. I am beyond appreciative to the Success Coaches and all that they do!
Mr. Duvermont was a student at FTCC who majored in the Associates of Fine Arts: Music program. Mr. Duvermont has dreams of becoming a high school band instructor. He plays multiple instruments to include the clarinet, trumpet and piano! However, the path to reach this career goal was wrought with pain and hardship. Having lost his father, Mr. Duvermont was placed into foster care at the age of 14, where he bounced from family to family until he landed in Fayetteville. Mr. Duvermont graduated from Jack Britt High School with a high grade point average then began his studies at FTCC. Mr. Duvermont found a family of sorts at FTCC when he joined the Y.E.S (You + Effort = Success) and First Year Connections which offers male mentoring and support for first-generation college students, respectively.
Mr. Duvermont experienced an extenuating circumstance that resulted in him becoming homeless. Not knowing who to turn to for help, Mr. Duvermont’s dream of becoming a band instructor was now in jeopardy. Upset and afraid for his future, Mr. Duvermont reached out to his Success Coach, Timothy Scott. After finding out Mr. Duvermont’s situation, he quickly brought in the help and ideas of all the Success Coaches. Together, the Success Coaches were able to help Mr. Duvermont locate emergency funding to circumvent his living situation. The coaches advocated for Mr. Duvermont with his instructors at FTCC to keep him on track to transfer to a university. The coaches also worked daily to ensure Mr. Duvermont was safe and did not go hungry. Mr. Duvermont also sought help on his own; receiving help from the Disability Support Services & Accessibility office as well as The Learning Center.
After a trying Fall 2019 semester, Mr. Duvermont was able to successfully transfer to Fayetteville State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music. He is following his passion and have not given up on his dream. Mr. Duvermont has expressed, “Don’t be afraid to dream because that is where it all starts.”