OCCC Students Connecting with Mentors for Success (SCMS)
OCCC Students Connecting with Mentors for Success (SCMS) is a program designed to provide African-American male students with mentors and intra-campus resources to facilitate successful academic achievement, higher retention rates, and graduation completion. The SCMS program focuses on connecting students with professionals in their area of interest who offer support, guidance, and engagement according to each student’s need.
The SCMS program is for any interested African-American male student who is in an academic program that results in an associate degree or certificate of mastery. Students can be full-time or part-time, and must be able to invest the time required. Additionally, students must be willing to adhere to SCMS guidelines and be held accountable by mentors and program staff.
Students who participate in the program are expected to improve their academic performance, persist through college, complete their academic program, and graduate. Students’ interaction with mentors will provide insight into their areas of professional interest and strengthen the launch of their post-graduation plans. Lastly, we expect students to transfer to a four-year university or enter the workforce fully aware of their abilities and capabilities, able to chart their own path to productivity and prosperity.