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Project RISE awards students during 19th Annual Recognition Ceremony

May 22, 2020

The Heartland Community College Project RISE program recognized students for breaking through barriers to meet their educational goals with an end of semester celebration.

Project RISE is an educational support program that offers a variety of services to assist students in becoming familiar with college life and to supplement their academic pursuits. The program supports students with disabilities, of limited income, and first-generation college students.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Project RISE moved their annual recognition ceremony to a virtual setting.

“Our students have certainly worked hard and been tested, especially the past two months,” said Pamela Sweetwood, Director of Student Support Services. “We have many accomplishments to recognize.”

2020 Project RISE Recognitions include:

Outstanding Freshman: Taylor Washington

Outstanding Sophomore: Tawnya Isaacson

Outstanding Mentees: Daniyah Banks, Radu Budnar, Madison Chamberlain, Desiree Hicks, Tawnya Isaacson, Desmariah Langford, Rhonda Nievelt, Jannette Tillotson, Rose Wells, and Renee Zimmerman.

Success Ed 105 Award: Skye Gillepsie

Leadership Award: Emory Davis

Project RISE developed a 4-part video ceremony to celebrate RISE students, their staff mentors, and to distribute awards. In the video, Heartland President Dr. Keith Cornille delivered a congratulatory message to the program’s students. The virtual ceremony also included a dedication Bill Rous, who passed away in June of 2019. Rous was an integral part of Project RISE in supporting the students through their collegiate math journey.

Project RISE is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and aims to increase retention and graduation rates of low-income and first-generation students, as well as students with disabilities.

Written by: Steve Fast