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ECC Seeks to Inspire Young Men

Edgecombe Community College President Dr. Greg McLeod (right) poses with honor scholar Michael Parker at graduation in May. Dr. McLeod hopes to encourage other young men to aim high like Parker through a free event on the Tarboro campus on Saturday, October 19. Learn more at

Edgecombe Community College is hosting a free event designed to empower male students attending ECC and Edgecombe high schools on Saturday, October 19.

“Food, Fun, and Fellowship” will be held from 12 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on the Tarboro campus at 2009 West Wilson Street.

Sponsored by ECC’s EMPAC Club, “Food, Fun, and Fellowship” will unite mentors and other students for fellowship, networking, free food, games, and giveaways.

EMPAC (Empowering Males with a Purpose to Achieve and Celebrate) is a mentoring program at the College that encourages males to assist one another with the development of life skills needed to succeed at home, in school, and in the community.

According to ECC President Dr. Greg McLeod, “In today’s society, males in general, and minority males in particular, face unique and significant challenges as they pursue academic, career, and social success in life.”

While only 23 percent of ECC students are male, about 46 percent of Edgecombe County residents are male. “Edgecombe Community College data mirrors nationwide trends,” Dr. McLeod explains. “Males are enrolling in college at alarmingly low rates, and those who do are arriving largely unprepared or underprepared to succeed there.

“As a first step, we want to focus on building our young men’s expectations of themselves, their drive and determination, and their ability to be resourceful and collaborative. That’s the fundamental objective of this kickoff event that targets our male students.”

Additional events for young men are planned throughout the academic year, including a dress for success forum, a technology camp, and a program celebrating academic achievement and leadership.

Please go to to learn more and to register for the October 19 event.