During the 2015-2016 academic year, the First Year Experience Committee of the Academic Senate, through its Peer Mentoring sub-committee has been working to 'pilot' a new program that pairs NCC student peer mentors with NCC 101 students and their instructors. There were five peer mentors during the fall 2015 semester and again five peer mentors for the spring 2016 semester. Preliminary results show that having a fellow student peer mentor work with new/transitioning students in this way has a positive impact on students' experiences in the course and at NCC!
The interested students applied for the peer mentor program to the sub-committee, which reviewed applications and academic transcripts and then conducted interviews. The students selected were then paired with a NCC 101 instructor and class whereby the peer mentor and faculty member would begin meeting and planning on how to best work with the students in the class.
The selected students are encouraged to attend an orientation/training session before the semester begins. They are also expected to meet with their NCC 101 instructor-partner to regularly assess how the students are progressing and to plan for class sessions and upcoming events.
Peer mentors often help to promote NCC's student events and activities, assist students with navigating the campus, provide helpful tips to succeed in college, and even present on some relevant topics and share personal experiences and advice.
If you would like to apply to be a peer mentor and/or would like more information about this new and exciting initiative, please check out the 'Be A Peer Mentor!' link within the FYE Committee page on the www.ncc.edu website. Applications are being accepted for fall 2016 peer mentors until 5/11/2016. For more information, please contact Dean Dave Follick in the Admissions office at 516-572-7346 or at email@example.com.
We hope you will consider applying to be a peer mentor and help other NCC students!