For this essay I choose to follow and get to know more about my EOF Academic Advisor Bessie Williams. Ms. Williams is stationed on the Camden City Campus in room 207 in the CTC Building. In addition to being an EOF (equal opportunity funding) Advisor, she is also an adjunct professor who teaches the college experience, math fundamentals, internet tools and techniques as well as computer literacy. August of this year will make 6 years that she has been an advisor. Prior to working at CCC, Ms. Williams worked as an education coordinator and GED teacher at Ready Willing and Able located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania which she still is a part of today. This organization has helped hundreds of homeless men transition into a better self-sustaining life for their selves by helping keep the streets and public parks in Philadelphia clean.
Ms. Williams initially heard about the open advisement position at CCC through a member of her church. After getting hired she worked both part time at CCC and Ready Willing and Able until she was offered a full time permanent position at CCC. She ultimately took the full time position and it presented itself with an opportunity for her to go back to college and obtain her Master’s Degree which she successfully received in 2011. On a daily basis she advises 20 plus students with the exception of hectic days where the numbers could be endless. Instead of taking off for the summer as the students do, Ms. Williams and her team work hard throughout that time period to prep for the upcoming fall semester.
Born and raised in Camden New Jersey, Ms. Williams was always an outgoing and well-rounded individual. She ran track and was a part of her Pennsauken High School’s National Honors Society which she graduated from in 1998.After graduation she went along to attend High Point University in North Carolina on a partial track and academic schloarship. Although track was one of her favorite activities while in high school, Ms.Williams explains why she soon fell out of love with it. “I only ran track for two years that was for my freshmen and sophmore year but I hated it. I loved the community of the school but hated the way they treated track as a business. Track at high school can be fun but once your going on a college schloarship its a whole other ball game.” After quitting the team Ms.Wiliams saw an increase in her grades and graduated from High Point in 2002 with a degree in computer information systems.