After working in sales for years, Ameea Robinson was ready for a change. She and her family were moving back to the Atlanta area from North Carolina, and she knew she wanted a job where she could serve others.
She found her calling in higher education, as an enrollment counselor.
“In education, I can still serve people," she said. "Helping people to fulfill their goals, seeing their lives changed, especially at graduation … it's just more rewarding to help people fulfill their dreams.”
It's a desire Johnathon Williams is familiar with. A sports management major, Williams always knew he wanted to help people. When he couldn't find work in his field, Williams began working at Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Like Robinson, Williams found fulfillment in helping students achieve their goals.
"For me, growing up as a young African American in America and seeing what education can do for my family … I am always for education,” he said. “I’m always for someone just wanting to be better. A lot times people want to crush others’ dreams, but not everyone wants to help them achieve them."
In May, both Robinson and Williams joined Trevecca's enrollment team in Atlanta. As the University prepares to launch face-to-face classes in Duluth and College Park, Robinson and Williams are already playing an important role in that process.
As enrollment counselors, Robinson and Williams are often the first Trevecca employees prospective students talk with. Both have worked in higher education previously—Robinson at Argosy University and Williams at Keiser University and Ohio Christian University—and say Trevecca has something unique to offer Atlanta.
“Trevecca is a place where you can be and not seem,” Robinson said. “Trevecca wants you to get not only the academic side, but they’re more concerned with the person inside, at your core. Even if you’re not a Christian, when you come here, you don’t know how your life is going to be changed because you’re going to be introduced to God, to prayer, to devotion—things that people might not think they need, but they do.”
Williams agreed, stressing that Trevecca’s one-night-a-week, one-class-at-a-time model are also particularly appealing to busy, working adults in the Atlanta area.
“Because of the traffic in Atlanta, one class, one night a week helps people feel more confident going back to school because they only have to meet one night a week,” he said.
Another selling point, Williams says, is Trevecca’s doctoral program in leadership and professional practice, designed to fit a working professional’s busy schedule.
“Working adults want to [get a doctoral degree] so they can grow to a whole other level [in their career],” he said. “But they can’t commit to the traditional schedule.”
Classes are set to start in Atlanta in late August, and the enrollment team has been hard at work recruiting the students who will fill those classes. The team has been fasting and praying as they work and plan, Williams says, as a way to seek God’s leadership in building Trevecca’s Atlanta legacy.
“We’re currently fasting and praying that God would work through us to make sure we’re working for His kingdom and His glory,” he said. “We know that believing in Him and what He can do, this will take Trevecca to a whole new level.”
Robinson envisions a future in which every one of Atlanta’s fall face-to-face programs are full.
“In this time of us fasting and praying, we are trusting Him to give us the overflow,” she said. “This time next year, I hope we have a waiting list of people who are ready to get into school, and we have to offer more classes, on more days of the week so we can accommodate the students who want to get an education.”
Both Robinson and Williams say they’re excited to be a part of team building the foundation for that future. More than anything, though, they regard their work as ministry, as a way to serve others and help them accomplish their goals.
“I am a product of education,” Williams said. “I am always for education and for someone wanting to be better. We get to help people obtain their dreams.”