Raising Expectations of Achievement ends first semester
Central Georgia Technical College recently held its inaugural Raising Expectations of Achievement (REACH) completion ceremony to recognize the hard work of the REACH students. The REACH program is for African-American male students who were enrolled for the first time in Fall 2013, receive the Pell Grant, and take Learning Support courses. REACH works with community and business and industry leaders who have established a professional standard of values and ethics towards challenging and nourishing students to achieve a productive lifestyle.
REACH supports a college community which fosters a successful environment for students. The goals of REACH include increasing the retention and graduation rate of the targeted population and to foster a mentor/mentee relationship.
The mentors conducted bi-monthly work sessions focused on student success. Students and mentors engaged in discussions and activities centered around one of the following areas: communication skills, cultural diversity, leadership, professional image, self-confidence, stress management, study skills, and time management.
The mentor’s job includes developing rapport and providing structural support to the mentee. As a group, the mentors helped students develop appropriate interpersonal skills and increase the knowledge base of participants. Mentors also groom the mentee to become a productive citizen, challenge them to strive for excellence, and share resources and networks with the students.
|Submitted by Rebecca Ledford
June 5, 2014
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