The purpose of the SCMS program is to improve the academic achievement, retention, and graduation rates of our students, with the goal of preparing them to transfer to a four-year university or successfully enter the workforce. This will be achieved by furnishing mentors who will provide one-on-one supportive relationships, and offer advice, insight, and guidance to mentees regarding academic and professional pursuits and general life matters.
The SCMS program is for any interested student who is in an academic program that results in an associate’s degree or certificate of mastery. Students can be full- or part-time, and must be willing to invest the time required. Additionally, students must be willing to work hard and be held accountable by mentors and SCMS program staff.
Mentors can be from any industry, and must be able to commit the time required. We are asking mentors to contact mentees once per week—that is by email, phone call, or text message; and we want them to meet face-to-face with their mentee, once per month. We will offer training to mentors and will provide materials to supplement their mentee engagement. And in keeping with OCCC policies, mentors will be required to consent to a background check. These criteria are all designed to set the foundation for a productive and successful mentor/mentee partnership.
We expect our students to improve their academic performance, persist through college, complete their academic program, and graduate.
We expect students’ interaction with mentors will provide insight into their areas of professional interest and strengthen the launch of their post-graduation plans.
We expect students to transfer to a four-year university or enter the workforce fully aware of their abilities and capabilities, and able to navigate their own path to self-fulfillment and self-sustainability.