A positive mentor relationship has the power to make a difference in the life of a student. Connecting students with professionals in the Oklahoma City community is only the starting point for OCCC’s newly launched program entitled Students Connecting with Mentors for Success (SCMS).
It is the mission of OCCC to provide students with learning opportunities that empower them to accomplish their educational goals and an education that enriches the lives of everyone in the community. The purpose of the SCMS program is to improve the academic achievement, retention, and graduation rates for students, with the goal of preparing them for successful entry into the workforce or to transfer to a four-year university. Research has shown that healthy mentor partnerships can improve the odds for these specific goals.
Bryon Dickens, director of the SCMS program, states the program will achieve these goals by “the furnishing of mentors who will provide one-on-one supportive relationships that facilitate academic program completion for every student.”
The SCMS program seeks mentors from all professions and backgrounds to offer degree or certificate-seeking students advice, feedback, accountability and direction, not only in education but future career choices as well. Mentors will have contact with the student mentee at least once a week, and meet face-to-face once a month. Through these mentor-mentee partnerships, mentors may also use personal contacts to connect mentees with other industry professionals, internships, and potential job opportunities.
OCCC continues to make student success a priority, and this program will create effective opportunities for students to achieve their goals and expand their network for future success. For more information about the program, please contact Bryon Dickens at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 682-1611 ext. 7753.
OCCC serves more than 28,000 people each year. The college offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions while other degree and certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment in a variety of fields. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated teachers and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 80 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations and attend events such as the annual Arts Festival Oklahoma. For more information about OCCC, visit www.occc.edu.