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Vanessa Williams Vanessa Pippen, EOC Coordinator

Vanessa Pippen became the Pitt County Outreach Specialist in July 2014 and went on to become the Educational Opportunity Center Coordinator in 2017. Her Primary responsibilities include promoting the EOC program in diverse communities, developing new partnerships and assisting individuals who are low income/first generation college students with beginning their higher education pursuit. She has over 16+ years' experience of active community engagement.

Sandra Saunders-Smith Sandra Saunders-Smith, Outreach Specialist (Edgecombe County)
252-977-3306 ext. 228

Sandra Saunders-Smith joined the Educational Opportunity Center Staff in January 2011 after working three and a half years for Airboss Rubber Compounding in the Human Resource, Benefits, Account Payable and Safety department. Mrs. Smith is no stranger to TRiO; she brings five years of experience with her from the EOC Program at Halifax Community College. Three years as an Outreach Specialist and two years as the Director of the Program. She believes that education is the key to life; if you develop a passion for learning, you will never stop growing.