AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Midlands Technical College - African American Male Leadership Institute (AAMLI)

Program Name

Midlands Technical College - African American Male Leadership Institute (AAMLI) 

Submitter

William Philip Morris 

First Name

Justin  

Last Name

Thompson 

Contact Title

Career Specialist 

College

Midlands Technical College  

Address

Counseling & Career Services 

Address 2

P.O. Box 2408 

City

Columbia 

State

SC 

Zip

29202 

Email

thompsonj@midlandstech.edu 

Phone

803-822-3504 

Phone Ext

 

Fax

803-822-3295 

Program URL

http://www.midlandstech.edu/aamli/ 

Program Description

Program’s Purpose: The Midlands Technical College African American Male Leadership Institute is committed to developing leadership potential and promoting academic and personal success among African American males enrolled at Midlands Technical College.

The main components of the institute will be accomplished through workshops, speakers, mentorship and a conference.  Program participants will be expected to show a commitment to personal and professional development, leadership, accountability, self-discipline, and intellectual development

Objectives: 
-Increase retention of African American Males at Midlands Technical College
-Promote social and financial responsibility in African American Males
-Strengthen and develop leadership potential in identified African American Males
-Create and promote network opportunities for future success
-Promote effective communication

Learning Outcomes: 
-The student will have an awareness of social and financial responsibility.
-The student will develop leadership experiences for future success.
-The student will better manage the college experience to achieve educational success.

Program Services

Mentoring; Service/Community Learning Opportunities; Leadership and Professional Development 

Program Start Month

January 

Program Start Year

2007 

Current Number of Students

80 

Program Initiated

To address the issues of low numbers of African American males attending Midlands Technical College and the low graduation rates of those who do, a committee was formed in January, 2006 from faculty and staff from across the college to design a program.  The committee looked at research and best practices and held a focus group of students in the summer of 2006.  The first cohort was formed in January of 2007.

Program Funded

The program began with a small grant from the S.C. Commission on Higher Education Access and Equity department.  The program is now funded primarily by the college.

College President and Administrators Involvement

The support of Dr. White, president of Midlands Technical College, as well as the Executive Council and the MTC Board of Commissioners is essential to the ongoing success of the college.  The President, Senior Vice-President, and a member of the MTC Commission took part in a presentation about the program at the Association of Community College Trustees in San Francisco in October, 2009.

Program Success Story

Hi, my name is Solomon and I would love to tell you a little bit about myself. I am a freshman at Midlands Technical College and I’m close to completing my first year. I graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School and have spent most of my life in South Carolina. I am currently involved into two MTC organizations: AAMLI (African American Male Leadership Institute) and SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise). In high school, I was the typical passive student, unaware of the many benefits of education; but now, through many sources of motivation, have found my light and path to success. I have a passion for music, and I’ve been a musician since the age of 2. In addition, I love basketball, reading, and writing. I must admit that the last two things mentioned (reading and writing) were never even thought of when I was in high school, at least not as a passion. Through constant motivation and encouragement from others I’ve learned to value education. I am now in the Associate in Science Program at MTC with plans to transfer to Clemson in pursuit of Architectural Engineering. You too can be successful and achieve great things while at MTC. The MTC slogan says, You Can Get Anywhere From Here, and I’m here to encourage you that if you truly believe it you really can. I believe that motivation, although often times given by others, primarily starts from within. The sky is the limit….just reach for it.
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