AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Black & Hispanic Male Initiative Program

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Black & Hispanic Male Initiative Program 


George Keteku 

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Westchester Community College  


75 Grasslands Road 

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914 606-6283 

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Program Description

The mission of the Black & Hispanic Male Initiative (BHMI) program at the Westchester Community College (WCC) is to support male students of color in achieving a better educational outcome at the college and beyond.  We work to increase the graduation and retention rates among participating students. We provide our students with information on academic scholarships, assistance in transferring to a four-year college, and support services such as mentoring, tutoring, and counseling. Through our “contact model” approach we keep an uninterrupted contact with students of color during and after the school year ends. 

Program Services

Mentoring; College Survival Skills; Service/Community Learning Opportunities 

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Program Initiated

The initiative was a response to both the national and local trends in the low retention and graduation rates among minority males. With the support of the college's administration and interest from Westchester County community and individuals such as Dr. Julius Ford and Mr. James Cobb the initiative was born in 2003. The program started life as Black Males Initiative program in 2003 but In the fall of 2011 a decision was made to include Hispanics and all males of color.

Program Funded

Financial support comes largely from the college with help from the county.

College President and Administrators Involvement

The president of the college, Dr. Jospeph Hankin, the administrators, and the entire college community fully supports the program. Members of the Advisory Committee of the Initiative are drawn from the faculty and staff.

Program Success Story

The findings of an observational study carried out on the effectiveness of the Initiative's "contact model" approach at the end of Fall 2012 indicated that 93 percent of the students in the program has grade point average of 2.5 and above. Only one student dropped out in the duration covered by the study (fall 2011 - fall 2012). 
Created at 6/6/2013 9:32 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 6/19/2013 12:02 PM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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