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What is Mentoring?

Mentor and studentMentoring is a one-on-one relationship where a faculty or staff (Mentor) provides guidance to a student (Mentee), leading the student toward successful graduation. The Mentor serves as a role model and resource, offering solutions to academic questions and frustrations, and referring the Mentee to other programs on campus when needed. The mentoring relationship is formed outside regular classroom activity, and within the confines of all WKCTC policies, rules, and codes of conduct.

  • Ongoing support and follow-up will be provided by Mentoring Committee.
  • An evaluation of the mentoring experience will be conducted at the end of each semester


What is a mentor?

Mentors empower students' success by being a role model and a guide.  Mentors will facilitate students' development of goals and objectives.  Challenges for students come from a variety of sources.  Although a mentor may not be an expert in all areas that students may need, the mentor will be an accessible guide in referring students to the correct resource either on campus or off campus.  A mentor should have the following skill sets:

  • Personal Commitment -- Mentors must be committed long enough to make a difference.
  • Respect for Individuals -- Mentors must have the ability to be both flexible and patient.  Mentors have the attitude that there are many ways to do things.
  • Listening -- The most important asset a mentor can have is the ability to listen.  Mentors often help simply by listening, asking thought provoking questions, and giving participants an opportunity to develop their own plans with guidance and strategic planning.
  • Relationship Building -- Many times mentors handle sensitive information. The relationship between a mentor and mentee is heavily built upon the management of trust.
  • Coaching -- Mentors recognize the importance of motivating their mentee(s) to achieve their goals and they also understand the need for "celebrating" achievements at incremental stages of a mentee's progress.

What is a mentee?

A mentee is assigned to a faculty/staff mentor. The mentee can expect regular contact from the mentor and ask for guidance when academic questions or frustrations arise.

How long does the mentoring relationship last?

The mentoring relationship will be established for one academic year - fall and spring semesters.

Is there an orientation for the program?

Orientation to the Mentoring Program is held at the beginning for both mentees and mentors.

What does a mentor do and not do?

A mentor will set up a meeting schedule with the mentee. Each pair can communicate and get
together as often as they like. Some may wish to meet as frequently as twice a month; others may
communicate primarily by phone or e‐mail. Discussion topics may range from academic issues to
navigating WKCTC programs and services.

Mentors are not tutors, editors, nor can they negotiate grades with a student’s instructors.
The mentor is advised to refer the student to the appropriate services on campus.

What are the benefits of being a mentor?

The Mentor Program gives faculty an opportunity to share thoughts about what has motivated
their own academic and career decisions. By participating, the mentor helps create a welcoming
learning environment for WKCTC students.

What are the benefits of being a mentee?

Student mentees have the privilege of being introduced to and establishing a one‐on‐one
relationship with a faculty member. The faculty member has volunteered to guide and encourage
his/her student and will be available to discuss academic, career and a variety of topics important to the
student. Matching of the students and mentors will be done with regard to stated majors, interests and



What's in it for Me? 

  • Encouragement and support that helps you believe in yourself
  • Improved academic performance
  • Informed advice based on first-hand experience
  • A role model for achieving goals and overcoming problems
  • Achievement of your academic goals at WKCTC
  • Awareness of career paths and job skills
  • Improved problem solving and teambuilding skills
  • A renewed commitment to your education and future
  • Pride in being a student at WKCTC!left puzzle piece says Mentor; right puzzle piece says Mentee

What are mentoring activities?

  • Happening Hour events
  • Office meetings
  • Campus resource meetings
  • Academic advising
  • Career counseling
  • Goal setting sessions
  • Academic progress meetings
  • Phone calls
  • Text messages
  • Emails
  • Mentoring Program group events

What's the role of Mentee?

  • Decide key areas of need
  • Set personal goals, especially academic and career
  • Request help when needed
  • Communicate with Mentor

What are the expectations of Mentee?

  • Communicate openly with Mentor to obtain own successful growth and development
  • Does not withhold information that would help the Mentor help him or her
  • Is fully prepared each time he or she meets with and/or talks to the Mentor
  • Asks questions
  • Listens
  • Be open to constructive feedback
  • Be willing to change
  • Be committed
  • Follow program policy and procedures
  • Completion of one year contract term
  • Participate in mentee training
  • Participate in program activities