SCC hopes mentoring conference bolsters student success

March 22, 2014

One of several support systems being offered at Sampson Community College is the Men Mentoring Men Program (3M) Program, spearheaded by Cornelius Lindsey, adjunct faculty, and Dr. Tonita Smith, counselor. The purpose of the 3M Program is to provide minority male students with additional, academic support in an effort to increase their academic retention, graduation, and transfer rates at SCC. Its purpose is also to enhance the personal development, professional development, and academic growth among minority male students at SCC.

Back in October of 2013, 38 North Carolina community colleges were awarded funds in support of Minority Male Mentoring Programs on their campuses, including SCC. Through the funding of this grant, students are engaged in academic and personal preparedness workshops, along with enhanced academic support through the use of peer mentors and tutors.

Lindsey was excited about the turnout. “The Minority Male Mentoring Conference and the 3MP program is a great way for students to gain insight on what it takes to obtain a college degree,” said Lindsey. “This conference also shows minority male students that it is possible to achieve their goals through hard work and determination.”

Participants of the program are afforded the opportunity to develop network/mentoring relationships as they travel to neighboring conferences being held. The North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina General Administration hosted the 2014 Minority Male Mentoring Conference at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham this week. The conference theme was “Reclaiming Student Success: Educate, Empower, Engage”.

SCC had six students to attend, including Charles Faulkner, Daniel McLean, Shawn Rich, Jamal Bush, Kinston Poole, and Jaylone Alston. All of the students expressed their gratefulness for being given the opportunity to attend the conference and engage in workshops with students throughout the state.

McLean stated that he felt empowered toward reaching his goal and has no doubt that he will succeed.

Rich appreciated the new experience and the academic intervention that the Men Mentoring Men Program offers at SCC; and Faulkner believes that student engagement is one of the most important factors in successfully reaching your academic goals.

Smith said “As educators, we are responsible for providing diverse opportunities that promote student learning. The Men Mentoring Men (3M) Program at Sampson Community College does just that, with the support of Dr. Hutchins, President of SCC. The 3M Program focuses on issues that have the potential of impeding the academic progress of minority male students such as unemployment, incarceration, family responsibilities and finances. For our students to be successful in pursuing their educational goals, the integrated support of college administrators, faculty, staff, counselors, and community leaders is required. We have to do this work as a community and not pass it on for someone else to handle. I was taught not to grow weary in well-doing, but, to continue the journey and claim the victory. In doing so, I’m obligated in assisting our students who are striving toward reaching their academic goals at Sampson Community College.”

For more information about the Men Mentoring Men Program at SCC, contact Mr. Cornelius Lindsey or Dr. Tonita Smith at (910) 592-8081.