CMCC Hosts AAUW Mentoring Program

CMCC Hosts AAUW Mentoring Program

Atlantic Cape and the Cape May County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) partnered to provide guidance to students taking remedial courses at Atlantic Cape's Cape May County Campus.

Beginning in the fall 2010 semester, students enrolled in Atlantic Cape's Human Potential courses met with AAUW volunteers twice a month for one-on-one mentoring, group activities, speakers, workshops, training and development. In addition to listening, mentors shared their own stories about overcoming hardships, and they encouraged students to take advantage of college resources, like tutoring.

"Our role was to provide encouragement and occasionally information regarding careers, transportation and part-time jobs that might enhance students' future career opportunities," said AAUW mentor Claire Nagel of North Cape May.

"What the AAUW volunteers have been doing is not only a model program, but they are making a huge difference for our students and community. We are very grateful for their commitment, energy and compassion," Dr. Patricia Gentile, dean of continuing education, resource development and Cape May County Campus operations, said.

Atlantic Cape continues to update the program to provide even more opportunities for student success. Tammy DeFranco, CMCC student services, helped establish this program.