Meet Loria Gardner, Coahoma’s New Enrollment Manager

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Meet Loria Gardner, Coahoma’s New Enrollment Manager

With a career in human services spanning more than 25 years, Loria Gardner, a recent addition to Coahoma Community College, is focused on two overarching goals—retention and student success.

Meet Loria Gardner, Coahoma’s new enrollment manager

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Tue Jun 9, 2020

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With a career in human services spanning more than 25 years, Loria Gardner, a recent addition to Coahoma Community College, is focused on two overarching goals—retention and student success.

As the enrollment manager, Gardner, who joined the Tiger Family in July, is tasked with implementing effective interventions and strategies that will lead to persistent attendance and graduation. To develop strategies established through discussions with faculty and counselors, she evaluates student completion and retention data.

Gardner is a native of Walnut Grove, Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Mississippi Valley State University, two Master of Science degrees in rehabilitation counseling and school and community counseling from Jackson State University, and an education specialist degree in counselor education from Delta State University.

“My job as enrollment manager means a lot,” she says. “It enables me to contribute something bigger than myself.”

She has built an extensive background in human services, or the helping profession, as she calls it. Additionally, Gardner has worked with a variety of age groups. At a mental health center, she served as the program director of the children and adolescent behavioral health program. She also oversaw the geri-psychiatric unit of the Patients’ Choice Medical Center of Humphreys County, Mississippi. Gardner has assisted middle and high school students in the public school system as a guidance counselor. Holding experience in the Office of Counseling and Placement at Mississippi Valley State University, she is delighted about her return to higher education.

With an instrumental role in incorporating the institution’s early alert system, Gardner aims to address premature withdrawal by implementing more procedures geared toward drop-out prevention.

“One of the most efficient ways to improve student retention is to reach at-risk students before they leave the college for whatever reason without completing,” said Gardner.

“By implementing an early alert student referral program, we are now able to reach out to students and intervene as soon as a pattern of unwanted behaviors starts to persist and get them back on track.”

For her, guiding students back down the right path might involve providing them with resources such as personal and academic counseling or tutoring.

Faculty and staff will play an essential part in keeping students engaged by utilizing the early alert system. The system is programmed to alert her about students dealing with academic, financial, social, and other personal issues.

“My job is not about me coming to work day after day, but instead, it gives me that sense of purpose that if I touch one student in a meaningful way, student success will emerge,” she added. “Therefore, my job is worth the strive to get and build positive, healthy relationships with students, faculty, and staff.”

Gardner enjoys attending sporting events, reading, and trying DIY projects. She treasures time spent with family and friends.