I'm Care Allen, Director of TRiO SSS here at Albion. I am so happy to have you here and I am already eager about your success! I started my journey in TRiO in 2008 as a participant in the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at Michigan State University. As a native of Detroit, MI and a First-Generation college student, I went from excelling in high school to Jeopardy of Dismissal in college. As a result of joining the TRiO McNair Scholars program, and hard work, I graduated on the Dean's list and was an active member of several campus organizations.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development & Family Studies from Michigan State University and a Masters of Education in Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University. I previously served as the Program Services Coordinator for a TRiO SSS program and brings years of experience in the program and supporting students. I began my professional career as a College Advisor through the College Advising Corps, have been an Assistant Living Center Director in Residence Life, worked with the Wade McCree Scholars program, and recently, I served as the Assistant Director of Early College programs to increase early enrollment opportunities for students at a small Christain institution.
I have strong ties to the PAN African Network of ACPA and served as a Fellow for The Diversity Abroad Network in my most recent national work. I truly have a passion for working with and serving people from my community and in particular raising up issues that affect folXs from marginalized groups.
I am a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and I believe community service is a value and a virtue to live by. I have a passion for International Education and equitable practices and policies for students of color in Global travel. In my "not so free time" I am an entrepreneur and fashion enthusiast who loves to empower and support students in their personal dreams and ambitions.
I am enthusiastic about joining the Albion Community and being a part of the inaugural year of the TRiO Student Support Services program. As a TRiO Alum, I am excited to continue the work of supporting students and working tirelessly to advocate for TRiO participants. This is the beginning of an exciting journey for us here at Albion... Welcome to our new beginning!
I'm Nick Mourning, TRIO Success Coach, here at Albion College. Alongside my work in our new TRIO program, I am also a member of our Cutler Center for Student Success and Academic Achievement, where I serve as the Director for Supported Admit Programs and teach in the A.C.E program.
I graduated from Albion College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts and Secondary Teacher Certificate in English, Speech, and Theatre. Go Brits! Several years later, I completed my Masters of Art in Creative Writing and Performance at Eastern Michigan University. Go Eagles!
My career in the education field spans 15 years. It includes seven years of teaching in the Michigan Public School System. And several years at EMU teaching in the First-Year Writing Program. Returning to Albion College in 2014 was an important and successful choice in my personal and professional growth. Whether it is training tutors and academic coaches, developing support networks for students, or collaborating with faculty, I understand our mission to remove barriers for our students on their path to degree completion.
I am excited to apply my skills in a different environment for Albion's new TRIO SSS Program. This is the beginning of something great for students on campus and it's a blessing to serve with my teammates as ambassadors to the program.