Success Coaches serve as mentors and work with students throughout their time at Blue Ridge. We will learn about the students’ experiences at Blue Ridge, identify obstacles that may be barriers to their academic success, and help strategize solutions and next-steps. Some of the topics discussed may include:

  • Study Strategies: how to effectively study, take notes, and keep organized
  • Time Management: how to balance work, school, and other responsibilities
  • Self-Awareness: helping students identify their strengths, purpose, and goals
  • Campus Engagement and Resources: identifying opportunities and resources on campus and helping students make those connections

Our Success Coaches

Blue Ridge Success Coach Amanda Stansberry

Amanda Stansberry
Office Phone: (828) 694.1803
Call or Text: (828) 674.9362
Visit: General Studies Building, Room 102

Programs served:

College Transfer
Allied Health
Public Safety
Early Childhood/Teacher Prep
Fire Protection

Amanda received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University and is currently completing a master’s degree in Higher Education. Before coming to Blue Ridge, Amanda worked at Appalachian State as a learning lab advisor, small group tutor, and academic coach. She will bring proven strategies and practices to her students to help them reach their summit. In her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking, baking treats, reading, and buying more houseplants.

Blue Ridge Success Coach Bob Durstock portrait

Bob Durstock
Office Phone: 828.694.4702
Call or text: 828.674.8736
Visit: Spearman Building, Room 109
Programs served: Career and Technical Education

Bob graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education and a Master’s degree in Education through their Teacher as a Leader program. He then went on to spend nearly a decade teaching science and math in the classroom. Bob believes in leading students toward success through mindful discussion and strategic planning. When he is not at Blue Ridge, Bob can be found on the French Broad River, hiking a new trail, or watching reruns of Survivor.

Be sure to check the right side of this page for links to a variety of services and support available for Blue Ridge Community College students.

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