In 2006, Community College system professionals across the state began looking at the academic progress rates among community college students. The results of the research suggested that a method be put in place to address and eventually improve the low academic retention and graduation rates of its minority male population. As a result, the NC Community College System’s male mentoring initiative project was formed.
After careful consideration by Wake Tech president Dr. Stephen Scott, the college officials made a collective decision to compose a task force for minority males. Dean Paul Norman, along with a number of staff and faculty invested the time and planning to pursue this initiative. Over time, a state-supported male mentoring grant was applied for, with the support of Dr. Scott and others. The task force began to see the need to bring on an individual whose sole purpose was to focus on the structuring and implementation of the male mentoring initiative more effectively.
On March 12, 2008, William Kincy was hired as the full time staff person, whose primary duty was to structure and implement the minority male mentoring program at Wake Tech. In working to enhance the image and intention of the African American male initiative, Wake Tech’s mentor program name was soon changed to the “Pathways Leadership Initiative.”
Currently, the program has evolved even the more, and has now added "3MP" to its name; we are now referred to as "Pathways 3MP" (Minority Male Mentoring Program).