AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Seminole State College - Minority Male Initiative

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Seminole State College - Minority Male Initiative 


Janet Balanoff 

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Associate VP, Equity & Diversity/Title IX 


Seminole State College of Florida 


100 Weldon Boulevard 

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407 708 2963 

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Program Description

This program has three components.

1. Scholarships for high school students entering Seminole State following successful participation in the Young Men of Excellence program. The College partners with Seminole County Public Schools to share information on admission, career and academic programs, and financial aid.

2. Orientation programs designed to attract and support minority males entering Seminole State. During the standard Orientation times for community speakers, the minority males’ sections schedule community leaders whose personal backgrounds and career paths demonstrate the students’ potential for success.

3. Seminars and conference opportunities during the year. In the Fall, minority males gather for presentations by successful community members demonstrating business or career success. The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation offers ambassadors (former players) while the participants enjoy refreshments. Three students attended 2016 Black, Brown, and College Bound in Tampa to hear Gen. Colin Powell encourage them to reach their dreams.

4. H.O.P.E. Scholars are chosen from first generation and low-income students who benefit from positive, informative activities for themselves and their parents. The College assigns a Success Coach to guide them through admissions, registration, financial aid, and academic planning. The Coach maintains contact throughout the year, encouraging engagement and success.

Program Services

Mentoring; Career Planning; College Survival Skills 

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Program Initiated

Seminole State initiated this program to ensure that the completion rates for minority males displayed no disparities compared with other groups of students.

Program Funded

Seminole State general resources; Orlando Magic Youth Fund grant.

College President and Administrators Involvement

Dr. E Ann McGee (President) supports the College’s application for Orlando Magic Youth Grant funding annually. Seminole State is a multi-year recipient. The Associate Vice President for Student Development leads the scholarship and Orientation aspects of the program; the coordinator of First Generation programs guides the Success Coach for the H.O.P.E. scholars.  The College’s Executive Team receives periodic reports of progress.

Program Success Story

Following the second year of implementation, retention of African American males and Hispanic males improved. The students who attended Black, Brown, and College Bound will mentor and speak to high school students to motivate them. Each student is a success story.
Created at 5/6/2016 12:13 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 8/9/2016 10:31 AM  by System Account 
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