AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Halifax Community College - P.R.I.D.E. of Halifax Male Mentoring Program

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Halifax Community College - P.R.I.D.E. of Halifax Male Mentoring Program 


Daniel J. Lovett 

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Director, P.R.I.D.E. of Halifax Male Mentoring  


Halifax Community College  


100 College Drive 

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Program Description

The P.R.I.D.E. of Halifax (PReparing men for Intellectual, acaDemic, & Educational success) program is a college success, leadership, and professional development program designed to enhance student satisfaction, professionalism, retention, graduation, and 4-year college transfer rates. P.R.I.D.E. fosters partnerships between students, learning coaches (success coaches trained in mentoring, counseling, developmental advising, instruction, career exploration, financial planning, etc.), faculty, staff, professional mentors, and the community.

P.R.I.D.E. also offers the following:
- Learning Coaches provide high-touch counseling and advising while increasing engagement, confidence, and adjustment;
Professional mentors focus on skills needed to become responsible, productive citizens;
-Professional development/leadership training provides funds for men to attend local, regional, and national conferences;
-Workshops and internships provide paid work experiences, training, and career preparation; 
-Financial planning enhances money management, loan & debt literacy, and scholarships; 
-Tutoring services in math and English; 
-Cooperative Learning, Tutoring, and Supplemental Instruction Math Laboratory provides support with  developmental math improvement;
-Early alert identifies students experiencing academic difficulty;
-Business and industry field trips provide travel opportunities, career exploration, and networking; 
-Laptop loan program provides technology access for academic support; and college visitations to promote transfer to four-year colleges. 

Program Services

Cohort Study Sessions; Service/Community Learning Opportunities; Leadership and Professional Development; Faculty development, student workshops/internships, and college visitations. 

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Program Initiated

HCC submitted a RFP to the Department of Education's (DOE) Predominantly Black College Initiative. Prior to the submission, HCC managed the Men of Distinction, a male mentoring program and was partly funded by the  North Carolina Community College Minority Male Mentoring Initiative. After being funded by the DOE, HCC established a comprehensive mentoring program-- increasing participation from 30, to 150, then 250 participants.

Program Funded

The P.R.I.D.E. of Halifax is funded by Department of Education's(DOE) Predominantly Black College Initiative.

College President and Administrators Involvement

The President of HCC identified the RFP and was a principal writer of the grant. The grant also includes funds for faculty development. The funds are used to establish a faculty training and development infrastructure for faculty and staff related to enhancing teaching/instructional effectiveness, diversity, sensitivity training, learning styles, piloting learning communities. HCC President sponsors a monthly Male Leadership Forum and faculty and staff serve as mentors and supervisors to those assigned to workshops and internships.

Program Success Story

P.R.I.D.E.'s David Laskey was saluted a Halifax Community College African American Hero during its 2010 Black History Month program.  The Hero award is one of the highest recognition that is bestowed on a student. Laskey, is a pre-dental hygiene major and has a 4.0 gpa. According to David, "when I first heard of the P.R.I.D.E. program, I was not interested.  Being away from college for some years and returning at the age of thirty-six was something that worried me. After receiving endless calls, text, emails and invites from other members, I joined P.R.I.D.E and was offered a internship. P.R.I.D.E. has helped me with my confidence, attitude, motivation to do well, and the chance to work with positive individuals. I wish I would have joined P.R.I.D.E. sooner".
Created at 3/10/2010 2:27 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 3/12/2010 4:02 PM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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