FAQ's - Students
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 Mentee?
A mentee is a student who volunteers to be assigned to a NPCC Community College faculty or staff member. S/he will ask for guidance when academic questions or frustrations arise.
3. Am I Qualified to be a Mentee?
Mentee qualities are as follows: if you are a first year NPCC student or returning student and feel you would benefit from a mentor.
4. What does a Mentor do?
A mentor will set up a regular meeting schedule with their mentee. S/he will meet with their mentee during office hours, communicate by email, or have a phone conversation. Discussion topics range from academic successes to other challenges. S/he will provide guidance to their mentees questions and concerns. S/he is to be used as a resource to assist a mentee with navigating the National Park Community College system. S/he will serve as an introduction for their mentee to various campus services.
5. Is there anything that I cannot ask a Mentor to 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, counselor, 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. How much time does Mentoring require?
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. What are the benefits of being a Mentee?
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. How do I sign up?
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, please contact Suzy Still in CC-217, 760-4321, firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.