(June 30, 2017) – Armstrong State University Director of TRiO Student Support Services Corine Ackerson-Jones has been invited to attend the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. as the recipient of the 2016-17 Student Leadership Program Adviser Excellence Award.
She has been involved with the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation-affiliated program since its inception in 2008. She continues to serve as a community adviser for the program’s high school students, which now span across three school districts: Appleton Area, Glynn County and Savannah-Chatham County.
All who act as mentors to youth, including philanthropists, activists and nonprofit managers, will join together at the National Mentoring Summit in January 2018 for workshops and peer presentations that are designed to teach them the skills they need to build strong relationships with their mentees.
“I hope to learn how to better serve our youth,” noted Ackerson-Jones regarding her goals for the summit. “I will be better equipped to provide them with resources to meet their specific needs.”
As director of Armstrong’s TRiO Student Support Services, Ackerson-Jones oversees the federally funded program that provides comprehensive academic coaching services, financial aid, financial literacy education and mentorship programs to students.
With a Master of Education and a B.S. from the University of Arkansas, Ackerson-Jones has been honored as a scholar of the Executive Leadership Institute of the University System of Georgia and served as the 2012 chair of Armstrong’s Staff Advisory Council. In addition, she garnered Armstrong’s Outstanding Service Award and Volunteer Service to the Community Award in 2013, as well as an Outstanding Staff Award in 2015