Supporting Academic Goals for Education (SAGE) is a Student Support Services federal grant funded TRiO program that began at Wilkes Community College in 1979. The purpose of this program is to provide academic support services to increase the college success, retention, graduation and transfer rates of its members. We are funded to offer free academic support services to 200 eligible members. The SAGE staff is committed to advising, guiding, and providing necessary information and resources to assist SAGE members in achieving their academic, career and personal goals.

An eligible member is a full-time WCC student who has a need for academic support and who:

  1. is a first generation college student (meaning neither parent has a 4-year degree)
  2. qualifies as income-eligible
  3. has a documented disability

The Department of Education established the criteria for membership in SAGE to encourage and assist students who are traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education.

Must use Wilkes Community College email address to complete application.

SAGE is located in Room 257 on the third floor of Thompson Hall (building 3 on the campus map). In addition to the Wilkes Campus, SAGE also provides select services at the Ashe Campus and Herring Hall.

Hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Friday during summer 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Contact Information

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Bruce Hollar, MS
Director of SAGE
Phone: 336-838-6167
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William Johnson, AA
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 336-838-6557
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Katie Balough, MSW
SAGE Educational Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6542
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Thomas Johnson, BS
SAGE Educational Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6156


“The help that I have received from the staff here has kept me in college. Without SAGE I know I would have never made it to where I am today.”
“The scholarship helps with finances while I am unable to work due to being a full time student.”
“SAGE advisers and mentors have given much needed assistance with homework, emotional support, and guidance through my college experience.”
“Tutoring really helped me improve my grades by helping me better understand the class material and helped me stay on track better to get my work done in a timely manner.”

Program Information

Items available from SAGE include:

  • Laptops
  • LiveScribe pens
  • Graphing calculators
  • Textbooks

See any SAGE staff member to access lending library materials.

Over $31,000 is awarded to SAGE students each year!

You must:

  • Complete the application by semester due date
  • Meet eligibility requirements as outlined in the application
  • Be an active SAGE member
  • Complete required SAGE activities

See any SAGE staff member for additional details.

Campus tours provide:

  • opportunities to meet with your department of interest
  • information about the university’s SSS program
  • assistance with informed decisions about the transfer school
  • financial aid information
  • housing information
  • experience of the campus culture

Transfer advising includes:

  • transfer course selection and plan
  • understanding of transfer admission requirements/process
  • assistance with the application process and financial aid
  • guidance in transition and orientation to 4-year institution
  • financial aid

For more information, contact:

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Katie Balough, MSW
SAGE Educational Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6542

SAGE tutoring includes professional tutoring through SAGE or referral to the Academic Support Center or Thinking Storm. Check with any SAGE staff member to see about:

  • One-on-one and group tutoring
  • Professional and peer tutoring
  • In-person and online tutoring
  • SAGE community study groups

See any SAGE staff member for additional details.

Mentoring is a leadership development opportunity for second-year SAGE members who have demonstrated leadership qualities. Mentors hold weekly office hours for SAGE members and conduct monthly workshops on a variety of topics, such as:

  • self-care
  • study skills
  • budgeting
  • public speaking
  • financial aid
  • time management
  • fun activities that help with stress reduction and community building

For more information, contact:

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Thomas Johnson, BS
SAGE Educational Advisor
Phone: 336-838-6156