DCCC’s Men Moving Mountains Program Helps Underrepresented Students Find Success in College
July 16, 2014 – Davidson County Community College recently introduced Men Moving Mountains as the new name for its minority male mentoring program in an effort to bring broader awareness and interest to the college’s program.
The program began in earnest at DCCC two years ago. It is one of 46 Minority Male Mentoring (3M) programs found within the North Carolina Community College System. The program’s purpose is to provide ongoing support and encouragement to the campus’s underrepresented male population by giving them access to one-on-one coaching, study skills support, leadership opportunities and character-building experiences deemed critical to college success.
“Men Moving Mountains is a remarkable program that provides academic and professional development to minority males who wish to obtain a college degree,” says Kim Sepich, vice president of Student Affairs at DCCC. “Many underrepresented males in our area feel that a college education is simply out of reach. However, through the 3M program, these same students find the personalized attention and group support they need to become successful in the classroom and in life.”
Since 2012, DCCC has seen a 36 percent increase in participation in its program – a sign that it is moving in the right direction. Seventy-one DCCC students used 3M services during the 2013-2014 academic year. Three of the program’s recent graduates have been accepted into a four-year institution.
In 2012, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a part of the U.S. Department of Education, conducted an annual Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) survey. The survey, which was reported in Aspirations to Achievement, a special report released by the Center of Community College Engagement, found that community colleges enroll more men of color than any other type of higher education institution. However, the survey also revealed that men of color earn community college degrees and certificates at disproportionately lower rates. This is a trend DCCC addresses head on with its 3M program.
“The coaching model works, but we have to get the word out into the community that programs like ours exist,” adds Sepich. “The skills learned in the Men Moving Mountains program cross over into students’ personal lives, which ultimately, makes earning their degrees more likely.”
Editor’s Note: DCCC Enrollment Counselor Kathryn Schenk (right) shares information about the Men Moving Mountains program with prospective student Curtis McDuffie.
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.