Learn about our purpose, our people, and the community college partnerships that make C3 a successful path to NC State.
The C3 program aims to increase enrollment and bachelor’s degree completion among low-to-moderate income, rural, underrepresented, military-affiliated, and first-generation transfer students. Through partnerships with select community colleges, we work together to ensure access and success across the transfer lifespan.
We envision a smooth transition and timely graduation for transfer students who will grow and develop into leaders within their communities
Working closely with our community college partners gives us a unique understanding of how we can best help students across North Carolina. Together C3 advisors at NC State and at our partner community colleges ensure students have access to the information they need to reach their academic goals.
Our C3 Partners
Bailey Cerovsky’s Wolfpack roots run deep, having attended NC State for both undergrad and grad school.
She has a passion for getting students involved on campus, for student mental health, and for Wolftracks ice cream. Bailey is excited to join the C3 team and help every student feel at home with the Pack!
Holly Cowfer is a proud alum. She was a community college transfer herself and knows the importance of transfer advising. She’s worked at NC State for over 5 years and has loved every minute of it.
Holly’s favorite parts of working with C3 are planning unique events (hello, financial aid information session and dairy tour combination!) and helping students realize that they can come to NC State via the community college system.
Jen Foster is a proud grad of NC State. With 20+ years of experience in admissions, financial aid, and scholarship programs, she may not know the answer but she knows how to find it.
Jen’s favorite parts of working in C3 are writing really long emails and helping students build connections with others. She makes sure that Howling Cow ice cream is a central part of lots of C3 events.
Martha is a proud two-time NC State alum with over 25 years of experience in higher education. She has spent most of her career working at NC State and loves all things Wolfpack. One of her favorite things about working at NC State is the energy of being on a university campus, surrounded by students, faculty and staff all working together.
Martha grew up in a small town in southeastern North Carolina (she likes to point out that her hometown was smaller than NC State’s freshman class), and she began her NC State career as a transfer student … so she understands some of the challenges that transfer students face when starting at NC State. She loves being a part of the C3 team and helping other students navigate the transition to NC State.
Shantel Luckey is proud to be the newest member of the C3 Program. She has a broad set of experiences across the K-12 setting, in North Carolina community colleges, and in advising/teaching at NC State. As a first-generation college student, she understands how important it is to have help-seeking behaviors and create a strong support system.
Shantel is passionate about assisting students as they consider and plan out their college academic journey, and she enjoys getting to know each of the students in the C3 program better.
Karina Zimmerman is a North Carolina native, having attended high school in Cary and college at UNC Asheville. As a 1st generation college student herself, she knows the importance of getting good advice along the way. She has an extensive background in academic advising as well as transfer and retention programming at both the community college and university levels. And as a military spouse, she has a unique understanding of the challenges our Military Connect students face.
Karina is excited to help students in C3 feel at home with their NC State community from the moment they enroll into the program.