OCCC Expand Mentor Program to Hispanic Students
The Students Connecting with Mentors for Success (SCMS) program is designed to partner mentors with students who are seeking assistance in one or more of the following areas:
- Career exploration and guidance
- Academic achievement
- Post-graduation plans
- Networking opportunities with local professionals
- Connection to internships and entry-level positions
- Time management tips
- Personal character development
- Confidence building
- Positive support and encouragement
Research shows that students with mentors have higher GPAs and are more likely to remain in college compared to academically similar students who do not have mentors.
Additionally, first-generation, ethnic-minority college students are more greatly impacted by having a mentor who can help them navigate the higher education experience, which leads to improved persistence and retention rates.
As the SCMS program matches students with professionals in similar career fields, students receive clarity regarding what skills are critical for their chosen profession and what courses are needed to attain those skills. Students also gain a greater understanding of the need to complete their degree in order to be more competitive and marketable.