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NCC leads students to more than $5 million in financial support resources

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Since its inception in 2015, Nash Community College’s Single Stop has identified over $5 million in federal, state, and local resources for 515 students. With an average of $10,000 per household, the program enables students to attain academic success while lessening the burdens outside of the classroom. NCC was the first community college in the state to adopt Single Stop in North Carolina through a grant partnership with the Belk Endowment. Today, the NCC Student Wellness Center with Single Stop serves as a national model for Single Stop and wrap-around services.

Utilizing the Single Stop screening process, NCC employees may identify student eligibility for a variety of helpful resources at the federal, state, and local levels. “In October 2015, I completed the first Single Stop screening in the state with a student who was struggling and considering withdrawing,” NCC Dean of Student Wellness Marbeth Holmes said. “It was such a powerful moment to see that once struggling student walk across the stage, graduating with an Associate’s degree and with a position in her career field! Single Stop services and Blue Love helped support that student and so many others throughout their academic journey.”

“Single Stop is an excellent addition to the services provided through Nash Community College’s Student Wellness Center,” she continued. NCC’s Single Stop staff help students with the application process, provide on-going support and follow up to ensure students are able to access necessary resources. “Many students face financial hardships and impoverishment that are a distraction to their academic engagement.”

Through the NCC Student Wellness Center, NCC also connects students with qualified professionals and community resources who can offer support. The Center’s scope of services includes Single Stop, clinical screening and assessment, crisis intervention, clinical counseling, support groups, referral services for chronic care, psycho-education, trauma-informed cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and more. Assistance is also available for special populations in need of therapeutic support groups such as veterans, single mothers, survivors of trauma and domestic violence, drug abusers, and others. All SWELL services are provided at no cost to students.

“A very special thank you to Single Stop and SWELL Assistant Sharon Barnhill for excellent case management and Team Nash for building rapport with students, letting us visit classrooms, and making referrals. Now more than ever, our students need NCC to continue to provide access to helping resources,” Holmes said.

Single Stop services are available for all students with an active NCC student ID, including students who are dual-enrolled and Continuing Education students.

Email singlestop@nashcc.edu for specific resources and services.