Ambassador Programs at Eaton-Johnson Middle School, VGCC Renew Partnership
Vance-Granville Community College and Eaton-Johnson Middle School in Henderson are expanding upon the partnership between the two institutions’ student leadership programs.
As part of a broad collaboration between the community college and the middle school, the ambassador programs from each side have worked together since 2008. At both VGCC and EJMS, “ambassadors” are outstanding students who commit their time to serve as leaders.
Dr. Priscilla Chavis-Lockley, a VGCC graduate and lead counselor at EJMS, established the school’s ambassador program. Chavis-Lockley’s inspiration came from her desire to see middle school students develop leadership skills. The official EJMS ambassador attire, including navy blue blazers, is nearly the same as that used by her alma mater’s program.
Ambassadors from EJMS periodically have attended special events at the community college, and VGCC ambassadors have paid visits to the middle school. Now, the partnership is expanding to include additional joint activities such as field trips and opportunities for college ambassadors to mentor their younger counterparts. VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson and Endowment Specialist Kay Currin, who serve as advisors for the ambassador program at the college, recently visited EJMS and met with the ambassadors there.
Chavis-Lockley said she hopes to help her students to explore careers and learn more about educational opportunities by interacting with VGCC students. She also noted with pride that several of her earlier ambassadors have gone on to enroll at VGCC through the Vance County Early College High School program.
For more information about the ambassador programs and their partnership, contact Kay Currin at (252) 738-3409 or Dr. Priscilla Chavis-Lockley at (252) 438-5017.
Above: In front, from left: Eaton-Johnson Middle School ambassadors Kyrsten Guin, Devon Willard, Kaya Devaughn, Melannie Garcia, Annie Baskerville and Tyere Wiggins; in back, from left, VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson, Endowment Specialist Kay Currin, and EJMS Lead Counselor Dr. Priscilla Chavis-Lockley. (VGCC Photo)