Coordinated Internship/mentoring Program

The college does not currently have a formal mentoring program in place, and internship placement is decentralized with division deans, program directors, faculty, and career services participating in the process without coordinated efforts or communication.  This intervention is intended to centralize internship opportunities through career services, expand internship opportunities, and add a professional/peer mentoring component.  This intervention will specifically target African American males to improve their retention and success rates by connecting students to mentors who can help them navigate the college and career processes, as well as provide networking opportunities to advance their career goals.


FY15 Update:

The team assigned to this initiative coordinated with Economic Development, Institutional Advancement, and Career Services to finalize a database model to centralize contact data for faculty and staff members who work with external companies. This will share information campus-wide and minimize the possibility of resources spent re-developing relationships that may already exist.  The Career Services department will store the data, and this information will be placed on SharePoint for faculty and staff access.

The team also investigated appropriate models to deliver internships/co-ops given the resources of the college.  Ideally, the model will entail a structure in which a staff member will work with external hiring companies from start to end to develop relationships with employers, identify potential student interns, prepare students through mock interviews and resume critiques, facilitate employment paperwork, communicate with the student and employer during their time of employment, and assess the student’s and employer’s feedback upon completion of the internship. The next step is to present a recommendation to the college's leadership team for consideration and approval.


FY16 Update:

Although redesigning the college's career services model remains a priority, the college has not fully centralized internship management.  However, progress has been made with the mentoring initiative.  When analyzing student data from the perspective of equity, Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) determined that African American male students have the greatest gaps and barriers to college success and completion.  To address these equity issues, GTC developed and piloted an African American male initiative in AY2015. This initiative is on pace to become a staple of the college’s academic and retention-based programs.

In October and November 2015, two focus groups were conducted to obtain qualitative data in relation to the perceptions of African American male students towards GTC’s academic and student affairs services. From there, a structured organization was formally drafted with a target launch date in spring 2016. Dr. Jermaine Whirl, Dean of Business and Art & Design, led the initiative by requesting an adoption of bylaws in the creation of an official GTC organization that would have student leaders providing guidance to the non-academic needs of our African American males.

The organization became official through the governance of the Student Life department with the following mission statement: “The Gwinnett Technical College African American Male Initiative exists in partnership with faculty, staff, and students to focus on increasing enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of Black men at Gwinnett Technical College through mentoring, leadership development, and the celebration of academic and leadership achievements.” An interest meeting was held on April 19, 2016, with 13 staff and faculty members present and 13 students.

For FY2016, the initiative’s successes lay in the formal creation of the organization with students who are committed to participating in program events and increasing membership. We also had substantial support from the minority faculty and staff members who participated in meetings or provided support by referring students to the program.

ID 15569

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #15569, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

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