AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Randolph Community College - Inner Strength 3 MP

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Randolph Community College - Inner Strength 3 MP 


Kelly Heath 

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Retention Specialist 


Randolph Community College  


P.O. Box 1009 

Address 2

629 Industrial Park Drive 











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Program Description

RCC’s Inner Strength Minority Male Mentoring Program is designed to increase the retention and success rates of minority males by demonstrating the essential values of scholarship, determination and persistence and reinforcing through a series of experiential activities. Intentional engagement is the cornerstone of the program, with academic excellence and character/leadership development forming the basis for our program objectives.

Program Services

Mentoring; Tutoring; Career Planning 

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Program Initiated

Upon receiving five years of funding from the North Carolina Community College System, we hired a retention counselor and now rank fourth in the number of participants in community college minority male mentoring programs in the state.

Program Funded

The program is primarily funded through a grant provided by the North Carolina Community College System. Some participant programs are partially funded by the Randolph Community College Foundation.

College President and Administrators Involvement

RCC President Dr. Robert Shackleford regularly speaks and interacts with the participating students in informal and formal group settings. He also provided special assistance to Malachi Jones, whose success story is described below, in getting the suits he needed for the iSchool experience. Also, RCC Vice President for Student Services, attends statewide meetings with the program coordinator.

Program Success Story

Malachi Jones, a Randolph Community College Business Administration student and a participant in RCC's Inner Strength 3MP, was selected to participate in the University of Pittsburgh's iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) this summer. Jones was one of only 20 students admitted each year to this nationally recognized, competitive program. The i3 Program is designed for undergraduate students from accredited colleges and universities who have an interest in graduate school and the information sciences. After the four-week institute, the students will pursue a year-long team project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. To build on their year one experience and conclude the i3 Program, students will return to the University of Pittsburgh in the second year to present their team projects to iSchool faculty and industry professionals for feedback and help, as well as consult with mentors and representatives from various iSchools across the country. Jones was selected as part of a competitive application process that included written essays and letters of support from college staff and faculty. After graduating from RCC, Jones plans to transfer to Wake Forest University, where his goal is to pursue a law degree.
Created at 8/15/2011 4:18 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 8/16/2011 11:41 AM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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