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NCC Director of Advising Completes Leadership Academy

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Renee Martinez

Renee Martinez, the Director of Advising Services at Nash Community College, has completed a year-long, intensive training as part of the 2021-2022 Advising Leadership Academy hosted by the North Carolina Community College System Office. The academy required participants to attend three professional development sessions, complete a year-long online course, and create an advising project assessing an area they would like to improve at their college. Academic advising is an integral collaborative process between the college and its students to develop plans to assist students in achieving their educational and career outcomes.

Martinez was also the recipient of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA): The Global Community for Academic Advising’s 2022 Summer Institute Scholarship. She will receive complimentary registration to the 35th Annual Summer Institute being held this year in Erie, PA. NCC is a member of NACADA joining more than 14,000 professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students.

In her role at NCC, Martinez is responsible for planning, coordinating, and improving the experience for students through advising and registration in the college’s Success Network. The network connects students with success coaches, tutoring services, and on-campus resources like the food pantry, Student Wellness Center, Student Government Association, the library and other resources.

“Our goal is to provide the comprehensive support students need from application to graduation,” Martinez said. “We try in every way possible to empower our students to succeed by listening and seeking to understand their lives and their individual needs. We do this by offering academic advising, assistance with the college application process, ongoing engagement with students, proactive assistance in helping students achieve long-term and short-term goals, referrals to focused services, ongoing assessment and intervention when needed.”

Martinez has been employed at NCC since 2010. She holds an Associate in Arts degree from Peace College, Bachelor’s in English, Master’s in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition, and a Master’s in Education, Adult Education from East Carolina University.

The 2021-2022 Advising Leadership Academy graduates pictured: Dominique Barwatt, Karla Blanton, Karen Bochnovic, Jena Bogovich, Fae Goodman, Cierra Griffin, Ezgi Mahnken, Renee Martinez, Megan Mills Anderson, Allegra Modlin, Peyton Overbee, Fairley Patton, Erik Russ, Nick Testa, RaSheeda Waddell and Rose Webster.