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Bladen Community College has made a substantial commitment to providing opportunities to support the success of its students. The college has a rich history of supporting and mentoring minority males through a variety of institutional initiatives and mentoring programs.

Bladen Community College is committed to your academic and career success. As part of the college's commitment we offer mentors that will support your academic and personal development. It is important to understand that mentors are people who help us see things in ways that we have not seen before. Mentors can be peers, faculty or staff and will empower you to move beyond your comfort zone in an effort to inspire and motivate you to achieve all those things that are important to you. Together you will build the bridge to you success and beyond.

The Bladen Community College Minority Male Mentoring Program, Men of Standard, will serve a population of at least 25 students.  Program participants have diverse backgrounds and academic interests.  The program will identify and provide academic, social and motivational support for a cohort of minority males currently enrolled at the college. 
The primary goals of the program are as follow: 

  • Student retention:  Retain at least 90 % of program participants during the transition of fall and spring semesters.
  • Academic Advisement:  Provide biweekly academic counseling and coaching sessions to participants.
  • Graduation and Transfer Rates:  Ensure participants are actively making progress towards earning an academic credential through the use of educational, career, and transfer pathway plans.
  • Critical Thinking:  100% of participants will participate in activities that promote and enhance critical thinking skills.
  • As well as to provide appropriate support services and other incentives to enable more minority students to successfully complete their educational objectives without dropping out or interrupting their course of study. The following supportive and retention strategies are provided to fulfill our goals: 
  • To provide an open forum for minority males to discuss issues and concerns.
  • To give structure and support to promote goal-setting and positive choices in decision-making.
  • To improve the retention and graduation rate of minority males at the college.
  • To increase the awareness of support services available at the college.
  • To assist students with practical knowledge of budgeting, investments and savings.
  • The coordinators collaborate with organizations and groups on and off campus to enhance the services available to the students.
  • We share cultural and educational activities with local colleges to help our students become well-rounded.

For more information, contact Jerry McDowell Minority Male Mentoring Program, 1st Floor, in the Campus library.