College Success Center

Meet Your Coaches

In private meetings or small group settings, Success Coaches target students' individual needs and identify appropriate resources. Success Coaches work with students on self-advocacy, goal clarification, motivation, mindfulness, time management, study skills, reading comprehension, and help them create personal plans for academic success. Key to their work is a student-centered approach which builds independence and accountability and encourages students to fully engage with all of the learning opportunities Central Carolina Community College has to offer.

Success Coach Campus Coach Bio
Carl Bryan LEC and Athletic Success Coach/Advisor (919) 718-7485

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Sanford Main Campus Carl received his BA in Political Science and Physical Education, Exercise, and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill. He received his MA in Physical Education, Exercise, and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill. Carl had the unique experience in his MA studies of being on the ground level of the World League of American Football, working with the Raleigh Durham Skyhawks. Carl has been affiliated with CCCC since 1992. In 2010, he was named Instructor of the Year for CCCC and one of the top five community college instructors in NC. He is a Gold Level sports coach through NYSCA and has coached baseball, soccer, basketball, and football with Lee County Parks and Recreation, UpWard Basketball, Broadway Optimist, Northview Optimist, and Pop Warner.
Daniel Berndt Success Coach/Advisor (Distance Education) (919) 718-7315

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Distance Education and Sanford Main Campus

Daniel graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor of the Arts in English with a concentration in Journalism. He got his start at Central Carolina as an adjunct instructor teaching Gateway Math Courses. He later took on the roles of Math Success Coach and ACA Instructor on both the Lee and Harnett county campuses. More recently, Daniel transitioned into the role of Distance Education Advisor and Success Coach.

A very passionate individual, Daniel holds strong affinities for the arts and for the great outdoors. He remains a lifelong student of the piano, a steadfast runner, a devout family man and friend.

B. Seth Buchanan Success Coach/Retention Manager (919) 718-7339

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Sanford Main Campus

Seth holds an Associate in Arts from Sandhills Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Technology from Saint Andrews Presbyterian College, and a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University. In addition, he also received a Graduate Certificate in Distance Instruction from East Carolina University.

Seth is a self-proclaimed geek and Whovian, who enjoys writing fictional stories, and spends his free time with his wife and two dogs.

Kako Covington Diversity Leadership & Mentoring Coach (919) 718-7485 Sanford Main Campus Kako has worked hard to graduate Suma Cum Laude and earn her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Kaplan University. She spent a great number of years advocating for and training individuals with disabilities and even has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Now, several credits into her Master's program, she currently teaches ACA-090, ACA-122, and is an HRD Instructor as well.

An avid student of theology, Kako is most proud of her three wonderful children, her love for a good math problem, and her name, which is of Japanese origin and means "blessing".

Sarah Hoffarth Director of College Success and Student Transitions (919) 718-7486

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Sanford Main Campus

Being from a small town in Western NY, Sarah especially enjoys working with students from small communities. She attained her Bachelor's degree in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). Following graduate school Sarah worked for UNC Chapel Hill before joining the Success Center as the Lead in June of 2014.

In her free time Sarah enjoys going to country concerts, playing soccer, and watching the Bills and the Buckeyes win. She also spends a lot of time traveling to see friends and family.

C. Dane Peterson Success Coach/Advisor (Health Programs/Mathematics) (919) 718-7484

Sanford Main Campus (Tue, Thur, Fri)

Pittsboro Main Campus (Mon, Wed)

C. Dane Peterson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.S. in Mathematics. Prior to university, he attended Lee Christian School and Lee Senior High School in Sanford, as well as studying at Sandhills Community College.

A New Hampshire native, he is thrilled to have left the snowy weather behind for the sunshine and blue skies of North Carolina. Prior to joining the College Success Center team, Dane worked as a facilitator for CCCC's Academic Assistance Center in Pittsboro and as a Developmental Mathematics Instructor on various campuses. When he's not boring others to pieces with math, Dane enjoys traveling back to the coast, pizza, and audio engineering for the Little German Band and Dancers of Raleigh.

Adam Wade Lead Success Coach (919) 718-7473

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Sanford Main Campus

Adam received his BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and received his MA in College Student Development from Appalachian State University. Adam has worked in Housing and Residence Life, Student Conduct, New Student Orientation and Student Engagement over the past six years at large public universities and small private colleges.

In his free time, Adam enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family!

Jamie Wicker Director of Student Learning (910) 814-8856

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Harnett Campus (Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri.)
Sanford Campus (Thurs.)
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Appalachian State University. She also holds a Master of Justice Administration Degree from Methodist University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education Degree at Wingate University. Jamie's research interests center around how education can help solve social problems. Jamie has a diverse professional background and enjoys volunteering in the community. She especially enjoys helping students reach their personal and educational goals. Outside of work, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing with the radio and taking naps.