Trio representative adding Leachville ANC to list of offices

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Nancy Fergus will be in Leachville ANC to assist adults in returning to school. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Nancy Fergus works with the Federal Trio Program and has added Leachville ANC campus to her list of locations. The program is designed to assist adults in returning to education including college, vo-tech, specialized schools or GED programs.

Fergus has been with the program for 11 years. She works out of the Arkansas Northeastern College offices but is a non-college specific. She works with adults going to any college or school of their choice. She assists adults with financial aid, forms, testing and much more.

The Educational Opportunity Center offers career testing, career library full of vocational/scholarship publications, assistance with registration procedures, workshops on Compass preparation, study skills, time management, budgeting, and assertiveness skills, assistance with financial aid applications/admissions applications, tutoring, mentoring, assistance with selection of schools, assistance with GED information and enrollment producers, personality testing, job shadowing, child care information, and offers pass to class allowing potential students to visit a college class before enrolling.

She is adding the Leachville campus to her list of stops including ASU in Paragould, ASU Tech Center in Marked Tree, ANC in Paragould, and Black River Tech College in Paragould.

"The Leachville ANC staff will set up appointments for me to meet with anyone needing my assistance in getting ready to go back to school," Fergus said.

Fergus taught special education for 16 years and served as principal for eight years before taking the position at ANC.

"It is a great program and we are housed at ANC," Fergus said. "There is a support service to help meet the needs. We have three representatives and we work with 1,000 clients each year."

Sherryl Cooley, ANC teacher at Leachville, will contact Fergus to meet with anyone interested in utilizing the services offered by Trio.

Cooley said the Leachville ANC Center offers classes Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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