Helping students succeed in college is just one of the things that Letcher County resident Beth Ann Pennington loves about her job as Student Support Services Director at Hazard Community & Technical College.
“The No. 1 area I have seen students lives changed is in the area of tutoring. Many of our students are non-traditional and have been out of the classroom for a number of years. Often times this means a loss of self-confidence. With our services, especially tutoring, our students have someone to help them with subjects that are difficult,” Mrs. Pennington said.
Pennington began work with HCTC’s federally-funded program in November 2008. The program, by design, supplies academic support to students who are either first generation college students, students with low income and/or students with disabilities. “Our services are provided to anyone that fits into one of these three criteria but also has academic need. We provide tutoring, mentoring, transfer services, financial aid paperwork assistance, advising for career choice, scheduling of classes, cultural enhancement opportunities, and workshops,” noted the new director.
“Beth is a fantastic new HCTC team member,” said HCTC President Dr. Allen Goben. “She has an outstanding background centered in learning and promoting student success, and she has been an immediate fit with our organization.”
Pennington brings a wealth of experience to the position. The five years she spent as principal and assistant principal in public education was especially helpful since she gained a strong background in learning styles, federal laws, and a new perspective on how to provide services to the student as a whole person, not just their academic areas.
She has worked as a teacher and coach for the Harlan County Schools. She has held two positions with the Carter County school system — assistant principal at Easter Carter High School and for three years prior to joining HCTC, was principal at Heritage Elementary.
Pennington is a graduate of Whitesburg High School and is glad to return to her childhood area where she and her family are building a house. Her husband Jon is a U.S. Soldier. They have three children — Kristen Brooke, 15; Matthew James 10; and Hannah 2. She is the daughter of Billy K. and Irene Banks of Whitesburg.