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Kincannon named 2020 TRIO Achiever

Ashley Kincannon

Hot Springs, Arkansas – National Park College (NPC) alumna, Ashley Kincannon was recently awarded the 2020 TRIO Achiever by the Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs (AASAP).
Kincannon graduated from NPC in 2010 and transferred to Henderson State University where she completed a bachelor’s degree in English. She earned a Master of Science in Education, English as a Second Language in 2016 and completed an educational specialist degree in curriculum leadership in 2018. She is a teacher at Lake Hamilton Junior High School.
TRIO advisor and curriculum coordinator Becky McAlister nominated Kincannon for the award. “I had the honor of first meeting Ashley when she graduated from high school and began attending National Park College. Ashley is a true testament to the impact TRIO programs make in students’ lives,” said McAlister.
The TRIO Achiever award is given to an outstanding former TRIO participant each year and is selected from nominations statewide. The TRIO Achiever award gives the TRIO community an opportunity to showcase alumni and their successes. “This award serves as a source of pride in knowing that TRIO continues to make a difference in the lives of thousands of first-generation, low-income students throughout the AASAP region and the United States,” added McAlister.
Kincannon credits the TRIO programs, Talent Search and Student Support Services for her college success. “I will never have enough words to adequately express my gratitude for the opportunity I had to participate in the TRIO Programs. TRIO will forever be a part of who I am today and who I will become. The high school program, Talent Search, played an incredible role in my journey to college. I do not think I could have survived college without the help of the program, Student Support Services (SSS). I honestly viewed SSS as my family and my ‘home away from home.’ If I was not in a class, I was with my SSS family getting what I needed to thrive throughout my college journey. It is a true honor to receive the TRIO Achiever award. Because of TRIO, I have achieved success.”
Kincannon will be invited to speak at the AASAP virtual fall conference in October, and the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) fall conference in November.
National Park College was established in 1973 and is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The College enrolls over 7,500 credit and non-credit students per year. NPC is a comprehensive two-year institution offering associate degrees and certificates as well as continuing education, community services and workforce training.

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