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02-21-2012


Cumberlands Mentoring Program Teams up with AT&T

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) Mentoring Program has been teamed up with the AT&T Grant Mentoring Program for several years. The program has played a major part in children’s lives, encouraging the participants known as mentees to reach for success. It even provides the materials and various workshops to help students reach their goals.

“The series of career related workshops and visits range to three types of universities (private, community college and regional state university) which enhanced our mentees learning experiences,” said Director of Career Services and UC Mentoring Program Debbie Harp. “They were able to learn about business/industry, government careers, individual career interests, dining etiquette, résumé writing, and interview skills while also experiencing some Kentucky history.”

The Mentoring Program at UC works with students who are in middle school looking to transition to high school. The AT&T Program has been working with youth since 1994 and states, “our main focus is to identify mentees who have the ability to be academically successful and encourage those students to strive for success.”

In the previous year, the AT&T Mentoring Program has held various workshops and teaching skills. Some of the activities have dealt with writing a resume, completing a job application, dining etiquette, dressing professionally, and applying to a college amongst other things. Students left the workshops feeling informed and another step closer to reaching their full potential.

While participating in the Mentoring Program, students have the opportunity to win prizes, each one related to the mission of the program. Current mentees in the program include Zachary Newman, Kendra Johnson, Ashley Collette, and Laura Dani Campbell. Each has won prizes that ranged from a laptop to a Nook. Other mentees in the program include Kaitlyn Bussey, Mahalia Lawson, Tanner Pomraning, Destinee Shriner, Maylan Hunter, and Nathaniel Walter, each winners of $50.00 gift cards. The students’ names were entered in drawings based on the number of Career/College Workshops they attended as part of the SUCCESS, which is funded by the AT&T Foundation Grant.

Before and after workshops, mentees are asked to complete evaluation summaries and provide comments pertaining to what they have learned during the particular workshop they attended. Before a lot of the workshops mentees had the mindset of not finishing high school, but once they completed the workshops that number starts to drastically decrease.

“Our mentees had a wonderful experience this past year because of the grant made possible by the AT&T Foundation,” said Harp.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.