AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Central Piedmont Community College - MAN UP Program

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Central Piedmont Community College - MAN UP Program 


Katrina Denise Johnson 

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Program Coordinator 


Central Piedmont Community College 


1201 Elizabeth Ave 

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Program Description

MAN UP is a Minority Male Mentoring Program that provides comprehensive activities that promote the personal development, academic improvement and other social and educational advancement needs of students at Central Piedmont Community College. The program was developed to increase the population and retention rates among minority males, and is designed to provide the inspiration and motivation that they need to reach their goals.

Program Services

College Survival Skills; Service/Community Learning Opportunities; Leadership and Professional Development 

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Program Initiated

The North Carolina Community College established the Minority Male Mentoring Program in the fall of 2003 using 6 pilot programs.  This goal oriented program is designed to support the educational and professional aspirations of minority males in the Community College System. Central Piedmont Community College established their program in 2008 with 17 students.

Program Funded

State funding

College President and Administrators Involvement

Our president and other administrators have served as mentors to the students in the program.  Our president has been a guest speaker at the MAN UP Leadership Academy and we had a President's luncheon with the students in the program.  Other administrators have attending or spoken to our students during variety of events.

Program Success Story

Student Success Story - After narrowly escaping from being placed on academic probation as a first-year student, Jamal Tate, an Associate in Science major at CPCC, knew that he had to make a change.

During his Summer Bridge Program experience – a six-week program that prepares students for the academic demands they will face as a CPCC student – Jamal learned about CPCC's Minority Male Mentoring Program.

He quickly sought assistance from the Minority Male Mentoring team, who created a program that would help boost Jamal's grades. Jamal embraced the action plan by attending weekly meetings, receiving life counseling, tutoring and class placement services and participating in the program's ACA class series in order to learn how to study more efficiently and how to utilize to CPCC's resources.

Today, Jamal is maintaining an above average grade point average. Thanks to his affiliation with the Minority Male Mentoring program, he has not only seen his grades improve, but he has also had the opportunity to visit neighboring colleges and attend various lectures and cultural events about diversity and how the minority male population can make a positive change in society.

As Jamal moves forward with his aspirations of earning a scholarship and transferring to a four-year institution he remains thankful to CPCC's Minority Male Mentoring Program staff.

β€œThe Minority Male Mentoring Program has helped me come out of my shell and has supplied me with the resources I need to succeed in life and in college,” explains Jamal.
Created at 1/14/2015 5:36 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 2/2/2015 10:51 AM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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