AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: North Carolina Community College System - Minority Male Mentoring Program

Program Name

North Carolina Community College System - Minority Male Mentoring Program 


Monty K. Hickman 

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Last Name


Contact Title

Associate Dir. of Fin. Aid/Minority Male Mentoring 


North Carolina Community College System 


5016 Mail Service Center 

Address 2

200 West Jones Street 










(919) 807-7195 

Phone Ext



(919) 807-7173 

Program URL


Program Description

The MMM Program was developed to increase graduation and retention rates among minority males in North Carolina Community Colleges and other institutions of higher learning. Additionally, this program assists colleges in providing programs, activities, leadership opportunities, and experiences to promote the development of personal, professional, and academic skills of program participants.  To accomplish this, the MMM Programs have created programming and partnerships with community, state, and corporate entities.  

Currently, there are forty MMM Programs operating within the community college system. The colleges represent a number of regions within the state and serve populations with various needs.  Because of the different dynamics of the students served, each program is diverse in its approach.

Program Services

Mentoring; Tutoring; Leadership and Professional Development 

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Program Start Year


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Program Initiated

The 3M Program was established in the fall of 2003. The 3M Program’s goal was to improve the retention and graduation rate of minority male students in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS).  Initial funding was provided through a grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission Division in the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.  In May of 2003, the Governor’s Crime Commission informed NCCCS of its approval of a one year grant.  A request for proposals was sent to all 58 community colleges in July 28.   Five community colleges were awarded the grant, Durham Technical, Mitchell, Piedmont, Southeastern, and Wayne.  These colleges would later be used as models for future programs.  

Program Funded

Initial funding was provided through a grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission Division in the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. During the 2007 session of the General Assembly, House Bill 1473 appropriated $475,000 to expand the 3M Program to 15 additional community colleges. 

The program was so successful that during its July 2008 session, the NC General Assembly appropriated $985,000 for the 15 previously funded programs and 17 new programs. 

College President and Administrators Involvement

The North Carolina Community College System President, Dr. Scott Ralls, is a strong supporter of the Minority Male Mentoring Program.  He has made it is mission to ensure that all community college students have the resources and support to help remove barriers to their academic success.

Program Success Story

Corey Harris compares his life to that of the mythical figure, the Phoenix.   Like the mythical bird that rose from the ashes to become stronger and triumphant, Corey’s life has come from the ashes and now he is soaring like an eagle.   Before the Minority Male Mentoring Program gave him the tools to became the N4CSGA Intercollegiate Athletic Chairperson and the Wayne Community College Student Government Association’s President, he was a young man struggling to find himself. 

While in the program he served as a peer tutor and mentor on campus and at Dillard Academy.  He also served on the WCC Discipline Committee and he is a member of MCAE (The Multi-Cultural Association for Enrichment) and Future Business Leaders of America—Phi Beta Lambda.

He graduated in the spring of 2008 and is now a successful student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Business Management.
Created at 1/25/2010 10:10 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 6/28/2012 12:25 PM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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