AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Alamance Community College - Emerging Minority Leaders

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Alamance Community College  - Emerging Minority Leaders 


Algie Gatewood 

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Director of Special Programs 


Alamance Community College  


P.O. Box 8000 

Address 2

1247 Jimmie Kerr Road 











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Program Description

Emerging Minority Leaders program at Alamance Community College, Graham, NC., strives to promote academic success and retention of male minority students through activities and support programs that encourage academic excellence, self-esteem, and personal growth.

Program Services

Mentoring; Tutoring; Counseling; Career Planning; Academic Advising; College Survival Skills; Service/Community Learning Opportunities; Leadership and Professional Development 

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Program Initiated

Dr. Reginald Turner, Director of Special Programs at Alamance Community College, attended the African American Male in Education State Conference in April 2006. The conference focused on the importance of mentors and mentoring programs and the success of African American males in post-secondary education. Dr. Turner obtained demographic data on the college’s African American male enrollment, including the number who earned degrees over the past five years. A leadership development series for African American males was initiated in the summer of 2006, which evolved into the current minority male mentoring program.  With limited assistance, Turner has spearheaded the program since the Fall of 2006. He has mentored 20 young men and the program continues to grow with the addition of male students of various ethnic backgrounds.

Program Funded

This program was originally funded by a $30,000 Minority Male Mentoring Grant through the North Carolina Community College System. Schools that received the grant were to receive another $30,000 the following year to sustain the program. Due to fiscal constraints at the state level, sustaining funds have been curtailed. Although the program has had to curtail some components, Dr. Turner is committed to keeping the program alive and continues to seek creative ways to fund it.

College President and Administrators Involvement

From the beginning, the College administrators have been supportive. The Executive Vice President, Dr. Janyth Fredrickson, gave approval for the program. President Dr. Martin Nadelman has participated in group conversations with the students, providing moral support and inviting students to ask him questions about the college. Workshops have been scheduled with an on-campus psychologist/instructor, Dr. Lane Anderson, and with Jeff Bright, Assistant to the President for Business and Industry Training. Instructors regularly recommend students to the program and provide feedback based on academic performance.

Program Success Story

Students have been forthcoming in telling how the Minority Male Mentoring Program has helped them.

A student of the program now a university transfer student said “It keeps you on the right track. It becomes a team effort with the other guys, helping each other out. Dr. Turner is always in my ear, helping me with financial aid information, making sure I go talk with my advisors. Dr. Turner has made the difference…”

A Criminal Justice Technology student noted: “Before I started with this program, I was losing focus. I wouldn’t put my whole heart into class. Dr. Turner helped me regain my focus. The program holds you to a higher standard. It creates camaraderie. One of the main things I’ve gotten from the program is knowing someone is concerned about my well-being.”

Created at 9/16/2009 12:01 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 5/28/2015 1:51 PM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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