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UC Mentoring Program travels to Eastern Kentucky University


The Mentoring Program of University of the Cumberlands traveled to EKU on Wednesday, September 21st to participate in a workshop on Résumé Writing, Interview Skills and Dressing for Success along with a campus tour as part of the SUCCESS series.

Williamsburg, KY. - The AT&T Foundation awarded the Mentoring Program at University of the Cumberlands (UC) a $25,000.00 grant to implement a series of college and career workshops during 2011 called SUCCESS, Students Using the Community & Career Education to Secure Success.

The Mentoring Program is a partnership between UC and the Whitley County School District that provides enrichment opportunities for students in grades seven through nine. The funding through this grant enables the Mentoring Program to focus on preparing mentees, students involved in the program, for the workforce and/or college through a series of programs and workshops.

The fourth program of the SUCCESS series was held on Wednesday, September 21st. As part of the workshop, the Mentoring Program participants traveled to Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). While there the mentees went on a tour of EKU’s campus and were able to see all of the different perks EKU has to offer with being a state university. Mentees had the opportunity to eat lunch in the Powell Student Center and meet with Career Services.

Ms. Emily Whitworth, Job Development Coordinator at EKU, presented a Workshop on Résumé Writing, Interview Skills and Dressing for Success. The students were intrigued in learning from the “what not to do” and “what to do” in a job interview skit Ms. Whitworth performed. She conveyed the importance in using proper English, bullets, and the most current information on your résumés.

Joshua Hackler, a mentee stated, “I liked the interview and how I learned how to do everything correctly.”

The SUCCESS component of the Mentoring Program is designed to help prepare participating middle school students for success in school, post-secondary studies, careers and wherever their goals take them.

Co-director of the Mentorship program Debbie Harp, Cumberlands’ coordinator of Career Services and director of Leadership/Community Service noted, “One of our goals was to allow our mentees to visit and experience the college/university environment by taking them to visit a private university, a community and technical college as well as a state university. Most mentees were able to attend all of the college/university trips and now have a much better idea of what campus life can be like and realize they too CAN go to college.”

Since 1994, UC and Whitley County Schools have collaborated on the Mentoring Program, which pairs academically capable, middle and high school students who have other issues that may prevent success with a volunteer college mentor. Each mentor is expected to spend time with his/her mentee at least twice each month, with phone calls and email contact between visits. The pair might see a movie, share a meal, attend an event on campus or just hang out together. Additionally, a large group activity, usually a trip, is arranged at least twice a year.

The next scheduled event for the SUCCESS component of the Mentoring Program is a trip to Bardstown, KY. The mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to travel on the Kentucky Dinner Train for a fine dining experience, tour My Old Kentucky Home, tour the Jailer’s Inn, visit downtown shops and have an evening meal at Talbott’s Tavern, which has never closed since opening in 1779 and is considered to be the “oldest western stagecoach stop”. This trip will allow mentees to experience and understand more of Kentucky history.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.