West Texas A&M University - Home
First Year Experience - College Mentoring Program

College Mentoring Program

About

The College Mentoring Program will assist our students with their transition to college life, will support them during difficult times, provide them with guidance and advice, and will ultimately help make their college experience more successful and satisfying.

College Mentoring Program Newsletter

Mentor Application Form
Protégé Application Form

Mission

  • To connect new students with a WT faculty or staff member
  • To help your student achieve a sense of engagement and belonging at WT
  • To help ease the transition to college life
  • To help your student understand the value of a college education
  • To assist with character development
  • To provide a supportive environment during the freshmen year experience
  • To connect your student with college and community resources as needed
  • To provide assistance or guidance to ensure success in the classroom
  • To facilitate decisions regarding major selection and career goals
  • To retain at least 85% of the new students involved in the mentoring program

Description

Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else. We all have a need for insight that is outside of our normal life and educational experience. The power of mentoring is that it creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement and problem-solving.

What is a Mentor?

A Mentor facilitates personal and professional growth in an individual by sharing the knowledge and insights that have been learned through the years.

  • Teacher–share your knowledge and experience as a former college student.
  • Problem Solver–refer Protégés to resources and offer options.
  • Motivator–when Protégé is facing a challenging class, for example: This is done through encouragement, support, and incentives.
  • Coach–help Protégé to overcome performance difficulties through positive feedback (reinforce behavior) and constructive feedback (change behavior).
  • Guide–help Protégé to set realistic goals. Five goal setting factors: specific, time-framed, results oriented, relevant, and reachable. “If you don’t know where you are going, you won’t know how to get there.”

The benefits to you are:

  • Develop relationships with the new talent.
  • Share valuable knowledge gained as result of experience.
  • Develop coaching, communication, and leadership skills.
  • Motivate and support a student to raise his/her level or professional attainment.
  • Gain personal satisfaction through contributing to increasing the retention rate at WTAMU.
  • Engage in a meaningful volunteer opportunity.
  • Extend your network to other Mentors and Protégés.
  • Experience professional and personal growth.

Your responsibilities are:

  • Maintain regular, honest, open, and professional contact with Protégé.
  • Act as a role model for students and teach them the importance of professionalism.
  • Attend activities and events planned by the College Mentoring Program.
  • Mentors will be asked to submit an evaluation form at the end of each semester.
  • Attend a mandatory training and Kick-off Luncheon.

What is a Protégé?

A Protégé is an achiever--"groomed" for advancement by being provided opportunities to excel.

  • Learner–a strong desire to learn new skills and abilities.
  • Decision maker–take charge of your education.
  • Initiator–Protégé is willing to explore challenges on their own initiative.
  • Risk taker–“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate,” quote by Thomas Watson, Sr., founder of IBM.
  • Goal setter–if you know where you are going, people are willing to help guide you.

The benefits to you are:

  • Establish professional networks
  • Gain professional support and encouragement from Mentor.
  • Expand growth in sense of competence, identity, and effectiveness as a professional.
  • Gain exposure to new ideas, theories, practices, and/or people that might not be pursued without a Mentor's guidance and/or encouragement.
  • Receive honest and informal feedback.
  • Improve understanding of student issues and exposure to different approaches to dealing with them.
  • Explore opportunities, anxieties, barriers and feelings with reference to specific issues.
  • Enhance understanding of the importance seeking out mentors in life.

Your responsibilities are:

  • Participation with your peer group and the activities that support it.
  • Interaction with your Mentor: set educational and personal goals, identify and implement strategies to meet those goals.
  • Visit schools in spring 2015 with the No Excuses Leadership Team to serve as a role model for potential students.
  • Attend a mandatory training and Kick-off Luncheon.

Like WTAMU College Mentoring Program on Facebook!

 

 

 

Apply Now