Jaade Williams is the GEAR UP Success Coach located on the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. On campus, she cultivates relationships between departments and helps to introduce campus resources to current and potential GEAR UP students. Before her role with GEAR UP, Jaade served as a Relationship Manager with Bellevue University where she recruited and enrolled students that wanted to continue their academic career to pursue their bachelor’s or master’s degree online. She also worked at Danville Community College where her duties included counseling students towards their intended majors and working with them through the admissions process. Jaade holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from Old Dominion University. She furthered her education by obtaining her Master of Science in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs from Kaplan University. Jaade comes from a single parent household where her mother worked and instilled the value of hard work and education. She brings that mindset and work ethic with her to every job she holds to ensure that she empowers students to be their own brilliant shade.