McCoy receives Outstanding Staff award at PCCUA

Sep 15, 2021

 

Kyunta McCoy has been selected to represent Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) as its Outstanding Staff member and will receive special recognition by Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) this fall.

“The most important part of my job is to assess and respond to the needs of high school students, families and the high school districts,” McCoy said.

His primary duties include serving as the primary college liaison between high school and college personnel and building and maintaining collaborative relationships with high school and technical school administrators, counselors and teachers. He is also responsible for enrolling and advising all high school students.

A high achiever, McCoy has set his expectations high in an area where many youths do not go on to attend college, and McCoy is always excited about the opportunity to help, guide, motivate, and assist them in determining their college/career goals after high school. McCoy took on this position in 2017 and never says, “no” when help is needed.

He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and is enrolled in a Master’s program in educational leadership at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Although Kyunta grew up in the Delta, he began his career with Teach for America and is excellent at recruiting, retention, assisting with student activities, and advising.

Over the years, he has worked with countless youths in the area and is always helping students find scholarships and prepare for college.

“I was attracted to this position because I wanted to serve in my community,” he said. “I always expect to achieve the unconquerable. I am committed to help decrease the percent of students in Phillips County who do not seek college or technical opportunities after high school. Also, I work to make the community aware of the resources and opportunities at PCCUA and encourage people to seek opportunities and skills that will better prepare them for the workplace.”

In his time off, McCoy enjoys exercising the mind and body, mentoring, watching documentaries, and spending quality time with loved ones. Active in community and national organizations, McCoy serves as the President of the Phillips County Alumni chapter of UAPB/AM&N, and is a member of Manasseh Christian Fellowship, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and the Phillips County Community Foundation Board.