…………..Becoming A Better You!

Previously six simple steps were shared to help you elevate yourself to the next level of success in 2017. As we draw to the end of the series I suggest that you print, keep and frequently read each of the …BECOME A BETTER YOU blog posts. In this, the conclusion of the series, I want to encourage you to seek to elevate yourself to the next level of success in 2017 – and in each of the years to come.

The principle of stretching is about constantly pressing forward; making every effort to live up to your potential. I encourage you to never be satisfied with past successes. Always aspire to be more, do more and achieve more than you have previously. Each year strive to elevate yourself. You can achieve higher elevation by reading and applying the steps in the …BECOME A BETTER YOU blog series.

In closing, expand your vision of who you are and what you are capable of achieving. Exchange behaviors that are liabilities (holding you back) for behaviors that are assets (elevating you). Ask yourself “What is negatively affecting me?”Be aware of negative affects and replace them with positive ones.

Our environment and the people we spend time with have a major impact on our lives. To elevate yourself to the next level you must clearly understand that:
• You are at the affect of your environment. Ask yourself “What are my environments (home, work, where I hangout) making of me?” If an environment is not contributing to your betterment, make a change.
• You are at the affect of the company you keep. Ask yourself “What am I becoming as a result of my relationship with this person?” If a person in your life is not contributing to you becoming better, make a change.

Elevate your environments and your relationships and you will be well on your way to elevating yourself to the next level of success in 2017 and beyond. Please know that I wish for you success in all your present and future endeavors.

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William “Scott” Holloway is a Wake Tech Student Success Coach committed to helping others elevate to the highest levels of success personally and professionally. You can contact Scott by phone or email at 919-866-6193 or wsholloway@waketech.edu. He will be happy to hear from you.

………..Become A Better You

Previously six simple steps were shared to help you elevate yourself to the next level of success in 2017. The sixth of the six steps is:

Be confident. Have faith in your ability. Persevere. Persist. Sacrifice. Be Resilient. Do whatever is morally and ethically necessary to make your definite desire and ultimate aim in life your reality.

No matter your current circumstance or situation you have the ability to become a better you by building your confidence, having faith in your ability, persevering, persisting, sacrificing, being resilient and developing a “whatever it takes” attitude. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, said:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men [and women] with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education [alone] will not; the world is full of educated derelicts (people who disuse or neglect their education). Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent (all powerful). ”

While persistence and determination are important, education is a powerful tool used alongside the pillars of confidence, faith, persistence and a “whatever it takes attitude” to equip you to more effectively and efficiently pursue your dreams and goals.

Applied education elevates your thinking and behavior helping you to generate new patterns of thinking and behavior that result in high productivity and leads to a life of success and significance. Persistence plays its role in that when you are determined, you become unstoppable, and you come to understand that there are no unrealistic dreams or goals, only unrealistic timelines. Be persistent.

Take this sixth and final step in the …BECOME A BETTER YOU series. Have confidence, faith, perseverance, persistence, sacrifice, resilience and do whatever is morally and ethically necessary to achieve your ultimate desire in life. It’s possible! You can be more, do more and have more in life. The choice is yours.

Single Stop Tax Preparation: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Earned Income Tax Credit

Interested in receiving hundreds if not thousands of dollars simply by filing your taxes? The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) exists to help working families and individuals struggling to make ends meet. Continue reading to see if you qualify!

AM I ELIGIBLE?
□ You worked during the prior calendar year (January-December) and did not earn more than the amount described in the table provided on the next page.
□ You have a Social Security number that is valid for employment.

□ You are a U.S. citizen or were a resident alien for the whole calendar year.

□ You are not filing Form 2555 or 2555-EZ (for Foreign Earned Income) with your tax return.

□ You are not using the married filing separately status on your tax return.

□ You have a child that meets all of the qualifying child rules OR you meet the rules for those without a qualifying child, outlined below.

Qualifying children must:
✓ Be your son, daughter, adopted child, stepchild, foster child, sibling, half-sibling, step-sibling or a descendant of them, such as a grandchild or niece/nephew.
✓ Be under age 19, or a full-time student under age 24, AND younger than you (or your spouse, if you are married) at the end of the tax year; OR any age if totally disabled.
✓ Live with you (or your spouse if filing jointly) in the U.S. for more than half the year.
✓ Not file a joint return for the tax year, if the child is married, unless the child
and their spouse did not have a separate filing requirement and filed jointly only to claim a refund.
✓ Have a Social Security Number that is valid for employment.

✓ Not be the qualifying child of another person.

If you do not have a qualifying child, you must:
✓ Have lived in the U.S. for more than half of the prior calendar year.
✓ Not be claimed as a dependent or qualifying child on anyone else’s return.
✓ Be at least 25 and less than
65-years-old at the end of the tax year OR have spouse who is.
HOW MUCH CAN I EARN?

 

Qualifying Children

Earned Income and AGI Limits*  

Maximum Credit

Single Married, Filing Jointly
0 $14,820 $20,330 $503
1 $39,131 $44,651 $3,359
2 $44,454 $49,974 $5,548
3 OR MORE $47,747 $53,267 $6,242

*Earned income includes wages, salaries, and tips. Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is calculated on a tax return and includes some unearned income and some deductions.

Single Stop offers free tax preparation services. To find out more, contact your Single Stop Office or click the image to schedule an appointment.

….Become A Better You

…BECOME A BETTER YOU!

Previously six simple steps were shared to help you elevate yourself to the next level of success in 2017. The fourth of the six steps is:

Be sure to coordinate support and resources and then set concretely S.M.A.R.T. (Stretching, Meaningful, Action-oriented, Results-oriented, and Timely) goals.

By now you should have thoroughly researched the many resources available at Wake Tech. Armed with that wealth of information, it is imperative that you begin to coordinate the following:
• Support from the different individuals such as family, friends, your Success Coach and/or Success Counselor, etc. who are willing to help you. This is your “A” team. Their role is to help you succeed.
• Available Wake Tech resources you identified that are relevant to your needs.

Next, you want to set concretely S.M.A.R.T. (carefully considered) goals that consist of the following:
• Stretching goals that demand more from you and require you to challenge yourself to perform above average.
• Meaningful goals that give your life a sense of purpose and increase your sense of personal power (self-esteem).
• Action-oriented goals that require you to begin developing yourself in select key areas, building yourself up; moving/progressing daily in the direction of your dreams and goals (becoming who you need to be and doing what you need to do morally and ethically to achieve success).
• Results-oriented goals that require you to begin with the end-in-mind; goals that require you to measure your daily results to determine your movement/progression toward the achievement of your dreams and goals.
• Timely goals that give you a sense of urgency toward their attainment, but does not make you anxious or frustrated.

Take this fourth step in the …BECOME A BETTER YOU series and you will be well on your way to elevating yourself to the next level of success in 2017. You deserve it!

Welcome Back Students

 

 

Hey Students,

Happy New Year! I hope the holiday break was kind to you and your families and it also provided you the necessary time to “recharge” for the new year. For those that are returning from last semester, welcome back and to those that are starting their academic journey today, welcome aboard! Us here at the Single Stop office are extremely excited to inform you about the services we will be providing this spring semester.

Now that 2017 is here, we are now focusing on the tax season. For the second year, The Single Stop office will be providing FREE tax preparation services to all students and qualified family members. Operating hours for the tax center will be Monday – Thursday, 11am-3pm and on Friday, 10am-2pm. The tax center will be located on the main campus in SSB 206. For those who attend other campuses and are not able to come to the main campus, we will coordinate to ensure you can still benefit and receive FREE tax preparation. All you have to do as students is email us at singlestop@waketech.edu and we can get you scheduled for an appointment.

Something else to look for from the Single Stop office is monthly themes. January is known as the national mentoring month. Mentoring is vital to your personal development. As you navigate through college and the workforce, having a mentor is an excellent resource for you to glean information to learn. Single Stop is all about connecting students to resources and with this month’s theme being mentoring, we are highlighting Pathways Male Mentoring Services. Later in the month, we will have a guest post from William Kincy, Pathways Male Mentoring Services Coordinator, and he will provide you some information about Pathways and how to connect with the program.

Make sure you look for “Motivational Mondays.” I know sometimes it can be tough transitioning from a week to week without bottoming out. Motivational Monday will hopefully provide you some ideas to reflect on as you navigate through the coming week.

I don’t want to keep you too long. I just wanted to send you a quick message to remind you that we are here to provide resources and that we are in service to your success. If you are not connected with us on our social media accounts, you can find us here:

Instagram: @wtccsinglestop
Twitter: @WTCCSingleStop

Let’s make 2017 a great year!

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Wake Tech has partnered with Single Stop, a non-profit organization, to provide students with easier access to a wide range of resources and benefits.

Housing, child care, health insurance, finances, and all kinds of issues can create barriers for students trying to complete their academic programs and graduate. Single Stop helps by partnering with colleges to provide a wider array of student services, so students can stay focused on their academic goals.

Now, students can get screened quickly and conveniently for benefits. Wake Tech Single Stop uses specially-designed software to complete screenings rapidly. Staff members assist students in applying for benefits – and follow up to make sure they’re getting all that they qualify for.

  • Free tax preparation
  • Benefits counseling
  • Financial counseling
  • Legal advice and representation
  • Referrals for other campus and community resources

Services are free for Wake Tech students who qualify and their family members.