Research has proven that students who are connected to and feel comfortable at an institution of higher learning are more likely to graduate from that institution. Contrarily, students who must rely on their own support networks are more likely to transfer or drop-out. The NPCC Mentoring Program is built on the philosophy that the personal connection between a mentor and mentee will support student self-advocacy leading a determined student to graduate from National Park Community College. The positive connections that students make at the college foster the creation of a safe and comfortable learning environment where academic exploration and experimentation are encouraged.
The NPCC Mentoring Program will establish a network of faculty and staff who volunteer to support and guide students through the college experience.The NPCC Mentoring Program will foster mentoring relationships that support students' journey towards self-reliance, successful graduation, and transfer to a four-year institution or job placement.The NPCC Mentoring Program will challenge students to work through personal and academic challenges--and build self-esteem and confidence through the pursuit of higher education.
The NPCC Mentoring Programs intends to help NPCC Community College students feel supported by college personnel, comfortable and safe in a welcoming learning environment, and challenged and rewarded by successfully navigating the college process. The Program will support the acquisition of knowledge and the journey to becoming life-long learners.
My experience with the Mentoring Program was so beneficial and I would recommend any student who may feel lost or overwhelmed to participate. My mentor was such a blessing when I desperately needed guidance in finding my footing at National Park Community College. The program gave me a safe place to turn to find direction and instruction when I felt overwhelmed. My mentor taught me to prioritize my classes and assignments while also juggling my home life of being a single mom. I was able to voice my fears and concerns to someone who had already experienced the academic challenges I was struggling with. She also showed sincere concern for my well-being and helping me to have the richest possible experience at NPCC. I am so grateful I was able to utilize the Mentoring Program and am so thankful for my mentor. ~ Kim Manning, NPCC student
I most definitely recommend the Mentoring Program to anyone who feels unsure, disorganized, or just plain needs help. I happened to fall into all three of those categories, but my mentor most definitely helped calm my anxieties. As a future transfer student, my mentor found many, many scholarships available to me of which I had no awareness. She put me in touch with people on the campus who not only enriched my experience as a college student, but also helped significantly with financial aid. She was calm, thoughtful, funny, and above all excellent. I could approach her with any problem, personal or academic, and she was always extremely helpful. Every meeting was productive and I always left feeling a little more solid. ~ Justin Lee, NPCC student
Mentoring Program Office
Fisher Campus Center Building Room 217
For more information, please call: Suzy Still, Mentoring Coordinator at 501-760-4321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org