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Mentoring Program

FAQ's - Students

FAQ's - Faculty

FAQ's - Faculty


1. What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a one-on-one relationship in which a faculty or staff member provides guidance to a NPCC student, who is working towards successful graduation. The mentoring relationship develops as a student requests advice and guidance from an assigned faculty or staff member who offers solutions to academic questions and frustrations. The mentoring relationship is formed outside of regular classroom activity, and within the confines of all institutional policies, rules, codes of conduct, and regulations.

2. What is a Mentor?

A mentor is a faculty or staff volunteer from National Park Community College who is willing to devote individual attention to an assigned student. A mentor answers questions and provides guidance to a mentee. With proper training, a mentor can potentially become a student's academic advisor.

3. What is a Mentee?

A mentee is a student who volunteers to be assigned to a National Park Community College faculty or staff member. S/he will ask for guidance when academic questions or frustrations arise.

4. Am I qualified to be a Mentor?

There is no experience necessary to participate as a mentor. The Mentoring Program Coordinator will provide necessary training and support.

5. What does a Mentor do?

A mentor cannot replace a service that is offered by National Park Community College for which s/he is not responsible. S/he is not a tutor, editor, and cannot and will not negotiate mentee grades. Mentors and mentees will be advised of their individual roles during Mentor/Mentee orientation sessions--and in the Mentor/Mentee handbooks.

6. As a Mentor, are there requests that I can deny?

The mentor and mentee commitment is minimally one hour per week. The mentor and mentee work together to set a regular meeting schedule for the duration of the academic semester.

7. How much time does Mentoring require?

Mentees have the privilege of being introduced to faculty and staff members of the college with whom they might not otherwise have contact. Mentors, also, serve as a direct link and quick reference to registration and other processes of the college. Additionally, qualified mentors can serve as advisors to their mentees. In general, students who have mentors participate--more frequently in classroom and extra-curricular activities, gain more real life experiences, and have higher graduation rates from the institution at which they started.

8. What are the benefits of being a Mentor?

A faculty or staff's participation as a mentor is considered commitment to the institution. As a mentor, s/he will become a part of positive action that is student-centered. Bonds formed with mentees often last throughout the student's academic career. By volunteering, a faculty or staff's energy and enthusiasm will contribute to creating a welcoming and comfortable learning environment for our NPCC students.

9. How do I sign up?

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete the application and send to Suzy Still, CC-217, or sstill@npcc.edu.