Director of Education Matters focuses on connecting students to success

By John Bailey, Hickory Daily Record

Tracy Hall | Robert Reed Photo

For Tracy Hall, making connections, opening doors and creating opportunities are just part of her equation for success, something she’s been eager to share with kids since graduating from California State University, Chico in 1987.

Since 1989, she has gone from establishing summer day camps in Napa, Calif., to helping students see the relationship between their education and local careers in Catawba County.

“I care about kids, and I care about community. Those are my two greatest passions,” Hall said.

 As Catawba Valley Community College’s Director of Education Matters, Hall oversees a program that has helped build a bridge between local businesses, school districts and government. It was CVCC President Garrett Hinshaw who envisioned Education Matters in 2009.