Morristown, N.J. (March 20, 2017) – In the spring of 2017, a new mentoring program, offered through the Experiential Learning Center, was launched at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Funded, in part, by a $100,000 "Signature" Grant in Education from The Provident Bank Foundation, this program aims to assist students in networking, professional development and proper work etiquette. It is open to students of all ages and designed to match each with a professional in their intended career.
Among the 31 talented mentors are high-ranking business managers, law enforcement officers and members of the medical field. In order to be considered for this program, both mentors and mentees must apply and then attend a training session specific to their individual roles.
Mayelin Torres, the coordinator of the Experiential Learning Center and head of the mentoring program, says, "We are asking the mentors to meet [with mentees] at least once a month through email or face-to-face for a minimum of a two-semester commitment."
This individualized attention from career professionals will contribute to a student's pre-professional and professional career-related knowledge, through building relevant skills and enhancing their self-confidence and leadership capabilities.
For instance, Haleem Mitchell, '20, is a business major who dreams of combining his love of sports with his interest in business. He plans on becoming a sports agent and says he joined the mentoring program to, "get guidance in the field [he] wants to pursue."
However, the mentoring program isn't just for students with a clear life path or career direction.
Teri Corso, director of the Experiential Learning Center, says, "There are some students that really don't know what they want to do and the mentors can help expose them to new career options."
Whether you're interested in medicine, science, communication, criminal justice or are completely undecided, this program is for you!
Contact Mayelin Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.