Peer Mentoring is a new program offered by CTC to assist first-time or first generation college students make a smooth transition to college. Mentoring consists of an interactive team focused approach to enhancing and enriching a new student’s opportunities to successfully set and attain goals toward successful completion of a program of study that results in graduation.
The mentor is committed to listen, understand, coach, and encourage his or her mentee(s) to persist in college by connection to resources, campus services and activities within the college. A mentorship program pairs an experienced student with a new student. The mentor becomes an experience link to help students navigate the educational process while emphasizing the importance of sustained goal-setting, training and quality education.
For a new student, college can be an exciting journey, but the journey can be frightening or overwhelming at first. We have students who are transitioning from the safe haven of high school to the independence of college as well as other non-traditional age students who need the encouragement and support.
A lot of college tasks become routine after the first year: seeking advisement, renewing financial aid, buying textbooks and codes, understanding the wealth of resources, and navigating around one campus or several campuses. This knowledge accrued by an experienced student can be valuable to a new student.
The purpose of the peer mentor program is to serve as an integral part of the college, to promote academic success and student development, persistence, and culminating in successful graduation of students who are mentored.