AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College - Minority Leadership Academy

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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College - Minority Leadership Academy 


Joseph Fox 

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Department Chair, Business Administration 


Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College 


340 Victoria Road 

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Program Description

The strategic focus of the program consists of identifying and supporting minority male students through their academic program, developing college and community mentoring resources, and establishing an effective college-community collaboration to sustain and expand the program.  The intervention with students will involve recruiting up to 20 minority male students from the African-American, Native American, and Hispanic/Latino student populations to participate in the program.

The participants will be provided with advising, assessment, counseling, tutoring, and other learning support resources. The mentoring capacity of the college will be enhanced through training professionals and peers to serve in coach, counselor, or instructor roles.

The program will engage students in scheduled programs, counseling sessions, and self-directed work. Students will focus on self-analysis to examine personal strengths, weaknesses, skills, knowledge, and abilities related to student and entrepreneurial success.

The program will consist of an analysis to determine business development resources available in the community and an assessment of market opportunities and business development strategies. A final phase will consist of developing an action or business plan and proposing a business venture.

Program Services

Mentoring; Tutoring; Counseling; Career Planning; Academic Advising; College Survival Skills; Leadership and Professional Development 

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Program Initiated

A-B Tech received a $30,000 grant from the North Carolina Community College System to enhance minority male student success through a new mentoring program. Developed by Dr. Joseph Fox, Business Administration Chair, and Paul Knott, Curriculum Coordinator of the BioNetwork BioBusiness Center, the program is based on the development of academic abilities, basic business interests and skills for male minority students. The grant was used to come up with and implement strategies to increase retention and graduation rates of minority males. Building on the College's two-year Entrepreneurship degree program and a recent 2 + 2 transfer agreement with Western Carolina University, the mentoring assisted students in completion of programs such as accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship, marketing, and human resources management.

Program Funded

A-B Tech received a $30,000 grant from the North Carolina Community College System to enhance minority male student success through a new mentoring program.

College President and Administrators Involvement

The college president and administrators participate in a kick-off, informational section, as well as presenting workshops.

Program Success Story

The program has just completed it's first year of operation; however, two minority male students have graduated, with one transferring to the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Additionally, one mentee has stated, "Talking with Dr. Fox as I was going through some really personal things kept me in school and helped me keep my head on straight." 
Created at 8/26/2009 3:36 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 11/10/2009 4:45 PM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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