Geared Towards Your Success

The department of Student Success and Retention strives to connect students with various resources both on and off campus. The goal of connecting students with those resources is to help students that are struggling to overcome the barriers they are facing so that they can focus on their studies at Gaston College. This department also works closely with faculty and staff across campus to help them increase the persistence and retention of their students. Click the links below to learn about the various programs located in this department and how to get connect with their services.



Emergency Assistance

TRIO: Student Support Services

TRiO: Upward Bound Program

Learn 4 Life


We are here to help any student in need. If you are unsure with whom you need to speak, please call our main office number at 704-922-2242.


Dr. Eric Styles, Director of Student Success and Retention

Phyllis Davis-Brown, Upward Bound Projector Director

Adele Earls, TRiO/SSS Advisor

Christian Smith Raines, TRiO/SSS Advisor

Sherry Sharpe, ACA Instructor/Retention Coordinator

Shelton Watson, Upward Bound Project Advisor

Christine Ziemba-Tolbert, ACA Instructor

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