Anneka Rogers Whitmer

Anneka Rogers Whitmer

TRIO Student Support Services

Director, TRiO Project

Please call with any questions you may have about services, application/intake, or collaboration with our program.


I am an alumni of Columbia College, class of 1997, AA in Psychology. I worked for the Gateway/TRIO program while I was a student here at Columbia and I am very proud of the work I accomplished here as a student. I hope to pass what I learned on to new Columbia TRIO SSS students.

I completed my BA in Psychology in 2000, at Sonoma State. I worked for another PreCollege TRIO funded program on the SSU campus for two years. Then I moved to Modesto area and worked for Stanislaus County Department of Employment and Training (Alliance Worknet) for 10 years. I taught workforce preparation classes to adults of all ages. Also, I was a career counselor to youth, ages 17-21 with high risk barriers such as teen parents, former foster youth and drop out gang members. This was an extremely rewarding and challenging position.

In 2008, I completed my MA in Instructional Communication at CSU Sacramento. While I was a graduate student I had the honor of teaching four sections of Argumentation and Critical Thinking (Coms 2) at Sac State. This transformed my way of thinking about how students think and succeed in college/ life.  In life, everything is an argument- everything you come in contact with is asking you to do, think, or believe something…how will you think critically about it, to make educated choices as a citizen on this planet?