Helps Anchor New Students
many students, Durham Technical Community College is the gateway to
a new and rewarding career. However, some students “fall through
the cracks.” They struggle with classes and often feel overwhelmed
with the responsibilities of a job and family. Some students simply
Durham Technical Community College’s Peer Mentoring Project pairs
more than 100 students each year with student mentors. Each mentee meets
weekly with a mentor to talk about their goals and achievements as well
as concerns. Mentees attend monthly group meetings and at least four
student success workshops a year. The students also keep a journal of
their progress. Statistics show that students completing the Peer Mentoring
Project have a higher retention and goal completion rate than those
who do not.
Durham Tech does not have funding for all of the students who need and desire mentors. Private funding is sought through the DTCC Foundation to supplement the federal assistance supporting the Peer Mentoring Project.