AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Montgomery County Community College - Minority Male Mentoring Program

Program Name

Montgomery County Community College - Minority Male Mentoring Program 

Submitter

Alana Mauger  

First Name

Steady 

Last Name

Moono 

Contact Title

Vice President of Student Affairs 

College

Montgomery County Community College 

Address

340 DeKalb Pike 

Address 2

 

City

Blue Bell 

State

PA 

Zip

19422 

Email

smoono@mc3.edu 

Phone

215-641-6547 

Phone Ext

 

Fax

 

Program URL

http://www.mc3.edu 

Program Description

The Minority Male Mentoring Program at Montgomery County Community College connects volunteer faculty, administrator and staff mentors with minority male students, who, according to collected data, are most at risk for not completing their courses. The program targets African American male students enrolled in two or more developmental (pre-college level) courses based on the results of their placement tests.

Through an ongoing relationship with their mentors, students learn how to navigate the higher education process and are held accountable for their progress, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Program Services

College Survival Skills; Service/Community Learning Opportunities; Leadership and Professional Development 

Program Start Month

September 

Program Start Year

2009 

Current Number of Students

120 

Program Initiated

The program was initiated as a result of the College's work with Achieving the Dream. The data collected by the College revealed a notable achievement gap between African American male students enrolled in developmental courses (mathematics, English and reading) and their peers. In summer 2009, students who met this criteria were sent letters of invitation to join the program. At the same time, information and training sessions were held to prepare interested faculty, staff and administrators to become mentors.

Program Funded

The program is funded by the College, with additional support from PECO, which enables the College to connect its students participating in the Minority Male Mentoring Program with high school students participating its Upward Bound Program.

College President and Administrators Involvement

College President Dr. Karen A. Stout interacts with mentees several times per semester and includes participants in College-wide activities. The program is facilitated by the College's Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Steady Moono, who also serves as a mentor for several student participants. Many of the College's administrators have been trained and are serving as mentors. More than 50 mentors are currently participating in the program.

Program Success Story

When the program started in the fall of 2009, there were about 70 mentees and 45 mentors. In the spring of 2010, there were about 118 mentees and 49 mentors. Approximately 92 percent of the students enrolled in the fall returned for the spring semester, and in most cases, they outperformed students who were not mentored.

For student Yannick Brown, having a mentor has kept his grades on track. “This is the first year I have been able to maintain A’s all year,” he said. “Usually, I lose focus and then my grades slip, but this year I have Dr. Moono [his mentor] and other mentors, like Yasmin Williams, who encourage me to keep working.”

Student Quinlyn Campbell says his mentor, Associate Professor of English Dr. Peter Scheponik, has guided him in several ways. “It is helpful knowing where to go to get help and to have the name of a person to ask for,” he said.

“We discuss his progress in class and how to improve study habits, as well as transportation issues,” Dr. Scheponik said. “We worked on his resume together, so he could apply for the work study program.”
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