Geared Toward Your Success

Student Success and Retention (SSR) is committed to providing programs and services that contribute to the successful retention and graduation of Gaston students. From entry to graduation, SSR assists students by providing resources and strategies that promote personal wellness and academic success. In collaboration with faculty and staff, we provide holistic support to empower students to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals. To learn more about the various programs and services within the department, please click on the links below.


Success Coach Information

TRIO: Student Support Services

TRiO: Upward Bound Program

Accessibility Services Info

Counseling & Career Services Info


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

Heidi Neely, TRiO/SSS Project Coordinator

Heaven Brown, TRiO/SSS Administrative Assistant

Sherry Sharpe, ACA Instructor/Retention Coordinator

Shelton Watson, Upward Bound Project Advisor

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