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Meet the Project RISE Staff

Pamela Sweetwood

Pamela Sweetwood - Director of Student Support Services

Pamela Sweetwood is our brand new Director at Project RISE. She's been with Heartland since 1993, and was formerly the Director of Special Programs (which handles everything to do with International students) and worked with the Community Scholars volunteerism scholarship. She hails from Ottawa, IL and after getting her undergraduate degree in English, earned a master's in Psychology. You can find Pamela in her office, SCB 1003, by phone at 309-268-8168 or by email. pamela.sweetwood@heartland.edu

Rachel Phillips

Rachel Phillips - Coordinator of Academic & Retention Services

Rachel Phillips is the newest addition to the Project RISE staff as the coordinator for the program. Rachel has 14 years of previous TRIO experience with the Educational Opportunity Center program at the University of Northern Iowa, where she began her TRIO career as an educational counselor then promoted to the position of Assistant Director of the program. Rachel has a BS in psychology and a MA in mental health counseling. Rachel was also an officer in the United States Army, upon recieving her commission through the ROTC program at Drake University. In addition to educational counseling, Rachel has also worked as a substance abuse and mental health therapist. Rachel is originally form Waterloo, IA, but has also lived in Atlanta GA and Pawling, NY. She is active in her church choir and the women's ministry. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rachel enjoys singing and acting, she was in the Broadway musical Hair during her attendance at Drake and recently the Community Players production of Hairspray, as one of the Dynamites. In addition to singing and acting, Rachel enjoys working out and loves outdoor cycling and playing tennis. You can reach Rachel at 309-268-8421 or by email. rachel.phillips@heartland.edu.

Tammy Truitt

Tammy Truitt - HCC Adjunct Faculty; Project RISE General Studies Faculty

Tammy Truitt is the Associate Director of Adult Education. She is currently teaching the GENS 100 course for Project Rise students (a special section of GENS 100 designed for Project RISE students). Tammy got a BA in Social Work at ISU and then went further north to get an MA in Intercultural Studies and TESOL from Wheaton College. From there, she flew to Vietnam where she taught English to university students for 4 years. Tammy loves to experience new cultures and meet people from other countries. In fact, she loves to travel so much that she has been to all the states, all the continents, and 50 countries. You can find Tammy in her office, SCB 1013, by phone at 309-268-8153 or by email: tammy.truitt@heartland.edu.

Carol Baker

Carol Baker - Project RISE English Learning in Community (LinC) Facilitator

For 20 years, Carol has played several roles at Heartland. She has taught developmental reading, and is a master tutor. Carol also works with ESL classes and has led many study skills & GPS workshops. She is delighted to return to Project RISE Writing Community this semester. carol.baker@heartland.edu.

Bill Rous

Bill Rous - Project RISE Math Learning in Community (LinC) Facilitator

Bill Rous is facilitator for Project RISE Math Learning Community. The progress made by the students in their math classes is enhanced by his individual assistance and by the support of students encouraging each other. He is also a facilitator in the Math Success Center. After years of classroom instruction, Bill is extremely pleased to work with students on a one-to-one basis. bill.rous@heartland.edu.

John Hermann

John Hermann - Technology Lab Assisant

John Hermann returns this year at Project RISE's Tech Lab Assistant. He has been student at Heartland Community College since 2009, and is pursuing a Business major. He's a Bloomington-Normal native, and enjoys fostering community here at Project RISE. He's a Mac, but don't let that discourage you - he enjoys meeting new people from different walks of life. You'll find John in the Tech Lab throughout the coming term, but he's also managing our facebook at facebook.com/hccrise.



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Project RISE Peer Mentors

Project RISE is all about preparing students for graduation and transfer, and Peer Mentors are a key component in achieving the goal of increasing student success. Peer Mentors are dedicated individuals who are already doing well on campus and have the experience required to assist other students with their college. They give students another connection to help them achieve academic success. Peer Mentors meet with students weekly, provide moral support, and help keep them focused both on their immediate tasks, and their future goals.