Anneka Rogers Whitmer

Anneka Rogers Whitmer

TRIO Student Support Services

TRiO Director, SSS and Motherlode EOC

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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. That first experience of being mentored and then mentoring others have lead directly to my current position as TRiO Director. I am so grateful for the outstanding instruction and guidance I received while a student right here at Columbia College! 

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. While there, I supervised clerical and line worker staff, gaining valuable management experience.  

In 2008, I completed my MA in Instructional Communication at CSU Sacramento. While I was a graduate student I had the honor of teaching 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?

Now the TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program at Columbia college serves 140 student per year to assist them with graduating and transferring to a university. SSS is in it's second grant cycle (5 year cycles) and we have recently been awarded a brand new TRiO funded grant called EOC- Educational Opportunity Centers. We are starting a Motherlode Educational Opportunity Consortium with five surrounding county, community, and public agencies to outreach to our rural and at-risk populations. We will spread the word about how to pursue a college education, providing direct assistance to 1,000 people each year, with the goal of drastically increasing the number of adults pursuing higher-education in our communities!