ACCESS Graduated its First Class

ACCESS Graduated its First Class

Congratulations to the graduates of ACCESS program.

ACCESS (Anson County Community Economic Support Services), a faith based non-profit organization that focuses on economic and workforce development and community revitalization graduated its first class.

Graduates were recognized at a ceremony on January 27, 2012 at the Mary E. Little Community Center (HOLLA!) in Morven, NC. Friends and family attended to share in the recognition of the accomplishments of the graduates.

Only seven students out of fourteen enrolled in program graduated. These students completed a 3 month program, where they learned life management, professional development, and job search skills. The program included contributing to the improvement of their neighborhood and the community by volunteering to serve at community wide functions and clean up community buildings and grounds, in addition to raising support for ACCESS.Anson County

Three individuals in the program, Asis King, Maurice Little, and Nicole Little were recognized for never missing a day or an event. Each of them received laptops to help them as they pursue additional education. When asked how she was able to achieve this recognition, Asis King, said “knowing that I was growing personally and professionally and the impact it would have on my future success motivated me to attend every session and event.” She also said “the encouragement and expectation for excellence from, Ms. Nunn (Priscilla), Executive Director, added to my motivation to take advantage of all the program had to offer. “

Maurice Little, Team Leader, was presented the 2012 ACCESS Leadership Award, by Alex Gaddy, Owner, Culinary Creation Catering. Mr. Gaddy said, “I saw Maurice grow through his taking advantage of resources and opportunities ACCESS has to offer. He demonstrated the leadership skills he learned in the program and became Team Leader for his class. His performance in and out of class contributed to him receiving a position with Culinary Creation Catering as a chef-in-training.” Maurice is also responsible for maintaining the Mary E. Little Community Center (HOLLA!) building.

Anson County Community Services“This has been an exciting time for ACCESS and its supporters”, said Priscilla Nunn. “The achievements of the participants make all the hard work we put in to getting the program up and running, worth it. This is a very talented group. We even discovered we had an artist in the class, Desmond Kirkley, and was able to display one of his drawings at the graduation event. “

The next step for program graduates is to continue pursuing the goals they established with the help of a community agency (SCAP and NC Vocation Rehabilitation), mentor, and ACCESS. All graduates have either gotten positions or have enrolled in an educational institution. For the next six months, they will meet weekly with the ACCESS team and attend monthly training. ACCESS mission of sharing God’s plan of hope and a future does not stop at graduation and goal attainment. It continues as it helps graduates achieve and maintain the life God has for them.

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