|Dream Catchers welcomes new executive director|
by By Chris Steinbach · September 24, 2012
Pierpont, 30, is a native of Cincinnati who graduated from high school and college in Lynchburg, Va. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications studies from Lynchburg College and a master’s degree in communications studies from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
He didn’t finish work on a doctorate at the University of Iowa before going to work at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort as marketing, data and media manager. He has also worked at Noel-Levitz, a higher-education consulting firm in Coralville.
Pierpont is an instructor at both Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City and Muscatine Community College.
The mission of Dream Catchers is to empower children through mentoring and scholarship to attain a post-secondary education. The organization provides monthly group mentoring for children in West Liberty schools, grades 3 and up. Each year, five qualifying third-graders are randomly selected to be Dreamers. They receive weekly individual mentoring. Upon completing program requirements, Dreamers receive scholarships to assist with the expenses of post-secondary education.
Pierpont said his goals are to:
• Increase fundraising for the organization.
• Enhance the educational experience of students in the program, making the mentoring more structured in order to enhance the educational experience for the students.
The program needs to take the students and make them college ready, Pierpoint said.