The Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) Minority Students Mentoring Program had its kick-off ceremony on November 29, on the Prestonsburg Campus. The ceremony was hosted in the new BSCTC Diversity Resource Center. Those participating in the ceremony were BSCTC minority students, faculty and staff, as well as, prospective BSCTC students from the Carl D. Perkins Job Corp Center. Bernadette Tiapo, the Director of Cultural Diversity welcomed the group “It is our hope that this program will improve on the chances of present and prospective minority students to pursue higher education studies here at BSCTC.”
Dr. George D. Edwards, President of BSCTC provided the opening and closing remarks. He thanked the faculty and staff members who have agreed to serve as mentors. He also reminded the mentors of their responsibilities and the relevance of the program in promoting the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of minority students. Dr. Edwards urged the students to be cooperative with their mentors in order to make the experience a better one.
A short story about the Mentor and Mentee relationship was read by Michelle Meek. The story emphasized the importance of mentoring and the role that mentors play in the lives of their students. The story was followed by the reading of the minority students’ biographies.
The mentoring program has started with 25 students and 14 mentors involved. Of these 25 students, five will be graduating in the December 2006 commencement ceremony, but will continue to maintain their relationships with their new mentors.
For more information about the BSCTC Minority Students Mentoring Program contact Bernadette Tiapo at 606-886-3863, ext, 67374 or BTIAPO0001@kctcs.edu