Butte College will be offering a new pilot mentoring program for students this spring. Studies show students can be more successful and attain their career goals if they are better connected to the college.
“The idea of a mentoring program is to give students a mentor in addition to their instructors and counselors, someone to help them become part of the college, learn about all the services available and help them to relate to the college as their community,” said Angela Kraemer, Butte College English instructor and spearhead of the program
The ultimate goal, said Kraemer, is to have a campus wide mentoring program that includes participation by all faculty, staff and administrators so that every student has a mentor. Initially the program will serve 25 students from a developmental English class.
“The generosity of the faculty from across all disciplines who volunteered to be mentors was amazing. I just asked and they said ‘yes,’” said Kraemer. “The students will be paired with a faculty member based on interests, hobbies and what they wish to pursue in college. After being introduced, each pair – mentor and mentee – will decide their own meeting schedule and activities.”