MONROE – South Piedmont Community College’s minority male mentoring program is undergoing some changes and will no longer be just for minorities or males.
Previously known as IMPACT, the program will transform into a multi-faceted student support initiative. Under the former model, IMPACT was a club that recruited students and most services were delivered during weekly meetings.
Club advisors found that the challenges many students face – two campuses 26 miles apart, lack of public transportation in Union and Anson counties, competing adult demands and many classes being taken online – all inhibited participation.
Club advisors hope to increase student participation by rebranding the program. In its new incarnation, the multi-cultural club will be race and gender inclusive instead of just for minority males. With the help of mentors and staff, members will cultivate the development of peer support systems. The primary emphasis will be on campus tours, leadership development, personal enrichment, recreation and fun.
With the help of faculty, an early alert system will be developed to prevent struggling students from falling so far behind they cannot recover. Instructors will be on the lookout for excessive absences, poor in-class participation, missed assignments, low grades and behavioral and disciplinary issues.
For more information, contact program coordinator Jonathan Klish at 704-290-5839 or counseling email@example.com, or program director Serena Johnson at 704-290-5844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.