AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Wayne Community College - Minority Male Mentoring Group

Program Name

Wayne Community College  - Minority Male Mentoring Group 


Raymond Burrell  

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Division Chair, Business and Computer Technologies 


Wayne Community College  


3000 Wayne Memorial Blvd 

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(919) 739-6871 

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(919) 736-3204 

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Program Description

Wayne Community College’s (WCC) Minority Male Mentoring Group serves as a student support group to provide activities and resources to enhance the academic, retention, and graduation success of minority male students enrolled at WCC.  The Program encourages and promotes academic success as it relates to setting realistic career goals and effectively utilizing academic resources and support services to help achieve the desired results.  Also, the Program promotes personal growth and development through self-analysis and intervention.

Program Services

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

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Program Initiated

The minority male mentoring group began in 2003 with the funding from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission Grant.  Prior to 2003, a student organization for "African American Males for Success" was established in 1996 and subsequently changed to the "Minority Male Mentoring Group" in 2003.

Program Funded

In 2003, WCC received a grant from the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission and in 2004; the College received a grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education, Achieving the Dream.  Currently, the minority male mentoring group is funded through donations and fundraisers.

College President and Administrators Involvement

The College president and administrators are very supportive of this initiative.  They attend events, activities, conferences, and workshops on and off campus.   The administration has supported the formation of a special section of the College Student Success course geared for minority male students.   They give presentations at monthly meetings, attend yearly kick-offs and year end celebrations with the students.

Program Success Story

A student graduated from high school and enrolled in Wayne Community College (WCC) in 2005. While in high school he was expelled several times for possession of marijuana, attempted larceny, and simple assault, and was incarcerated four times between the ages of 16 and 18.  However, the turning point in his life came when he found his brother dead from a seizure.  Here was a young man struggling to find himself, and the minority male mentoring group structure provided him the avenue to channel his creativity, leadership, and energy.  This group showed him the importance of a good education, volunteering, and participating in extracurricular activities on campus and in the community.  While attending WCC, he served as SGA President, Chairperson for North Carolina Community College Comprehensive Student Government Association Intercollegiate Athletics; a peer tutor and mentor on campus and at Dillard Academy.  He also served on the WCC Discipline Committee and was a member of  The Multi-Cultural Association for Enrichment and Future Business Leaders of America—Phi Beta Lambda.   The student graduated in the Spring of 2008 with a GPA of 3.375, and is currently attending University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Business Management.
Created at 8/31/2009 4:03 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 11/10/2009 4:40 PM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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