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Fostering Student Success through Mentoring

Posted on 11/07/2016

National College Transition Network

The National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education partnered with three Boston-area adult learning programs - Asian-American Civic AssociationExternal link opens in new window or tab, X-Cel Education External link opens in new window or tab, and Cambridge Community Learning Center External link opens in new window or tab - and two community colleges: Bunker Hill Community College External link opens in new window or tab and Roxbury Community College External link opens in new window or tab.

This project provided mentoring services to 16 adult learners who were enrolled in college transition, high school equivalency, and ESOL classes in the three Boston-area adult learning programs. Mentoring was provided to these adults as they completed their final semester in the adult learning center, transition to college, completed their first semester and enrolled in the second semester. Mentors were adult learning center graduates/alumni, who had successfully transitioned to college, and completed at least one year of postsecondary education.

NCTN developed a Mentoring Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab, trained the mentors, and provided ongoing support to mentors and mentees along with working with the adult learning program staff. NCTN also used social networking and technology-based tools to engage and support the mentors and mentees.

This project increased persistence and success of adult high school equivalency, ESOL, and college transition learners in postsecondary education and training. This project piloted and refined a replicable, scalable system-wide model for peer mentoring of Boston-area adult learners. Through peer mentoring, the ACE project aimed to increase the resilience, college navigation skills, and persistence of adult learners as they transition to college.

Source: National College Transition Network, Adult College Engagement Project External link opens in new window or tab