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COA Announces 2021 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Elizabeth City, North Carolina — College of The Albemarle (COA) is honored to announce Treacy Collier as its recipient of the 2021 North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award.

One student is chosen for the Academic Excellence Award at each of the 58 community colleges across the state. Criteria for nominations are consistent with the requirements for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The student chosen must be currently enrolled at the college, completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program or at least six hours of coursework toward a one-year certificate, and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Collier is a J.P. Knapp Early College student dual enrolled at COA with a 3.9 grade-point average. During his time at COA, he has participated in leadership opportunities by serving as Student Government Association Community Service Chairperson and as a representative of the Project Unity committee. Collier is scheduled to graduate from COA this spring with an Associate in Engineering and an Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology: Computer Programming. He plans to transfer to a four-year institution.

“As a student at College of The Albemarle, I have had the opportunity to pursue rigorous academic coursework as well as unique and challenging leadership opportunities. These experiences have equipped me to flourish in academic and professional settings in the future and have significantly shaped me as an individual,” Collier stated. “My growth was supported by stellar faculty members who challenged me to tackle difficult content, think critically, question the status quo and explore topics that intrigued me. They taught me that learning was more than just a grade; it was the catalyst to understanding how to best serve the world in which we live, love, and lead.”