Special Populations Collaborative

Effective Practices for Single Parents & Displaced Homemakers

Glendale College – Adult Re-entry Mentoring Program

Adult Re-entry Mentoring Program

College: Glendale Community College

1500 North Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA 91208

College Contact: Glady Kabateck

818-240-1000 x. 5448, 818-240-1345 or kabatecl@glendale.edu

Target population: Adult re-entry students who are from under-represented populations: displaced homemakers, single parents, those in transition, nontraditional vocational students, students wishing to continue or complete their AA, AS, or transfer to a university, college or vocational school.

Goals: The goals of this program are multi-faceted but increased retention and student success are the primary aims.

Description: The program, which began in 1988, consists of a plethora of activities all aimed at meeting the varied and individual needs of each student at Glendale Community College. The staff and Director provide services for between 30 and 40 students each semester. The services they provide include:

Campus tours, Personal & Career Counseling, Student Educational Plans, Computer skill enhancement opportunities

Group meetings and counseling addressing issues such as Self-esteem, Reentry student barriers, Presentations and workshops on topics including Personal finances, Student success, Self-esteem, Assertiveness training, Time management, Career planning, Job search strategies, interest inventories and career planning, Educational opportunity information (e.g. certificate, AA, and transfer),  Scholarships (mentoring, transferring, continuing education).

The staff and Director use a variety of methods to reach the students including having program alumni return to talk to and mentor the current program participants. They find that the bond that the students and re-entry student-alumni mentors create is one of the most important factors in student success. At Glendale CCD, almost 1/3 of the 15,000 students are over the age of thirty-three. This make the work the program does with reentry students particularly valuable. Often the students are unsure if they can make it, if college will work for them, and what problems they will encounter. The program attempts to preempt major problem and introduce students to the college so they do not get lost and so that the students are able to meet their goals and become successful in school and work.

Staffing: The program consists of a Director and Administrative Assistant. They work in conjunction with the support of the general college counselors and staff.

Facilities, equipment, materials: The program has no special equipment and operates in a small center with meetings etc. held in the president’s conference room. The center is situated close to other student services and a computer lab is directly upstairs, affording the ability to walk with a student to the computer lab or to additional services.

Costs, funding source: The funding has been cut from year to year. However, the salaries are paid out of the general school fund, and the Associated Student Body provides approximately $600.00 annually for books and financial aid to students. In emergencies, Student Services provides funds as needed.

Outreach and marketing: The outreach and marketing is an on-going activity. Staff are tireless advocates for their students. The Director makes presentations on the program at available opportunities including:

· Community events,

· City council meetings,

· Business and professional women’s groups,

· Community organizations in Glendale and near-by communities.

Additionally, the Director communicates via classroom presentations and faculty communication systems such as emails and written correspondence.

Evidence of effectiveness: While there is no formal measure of effectiveness, the large number of students serving as alumni-mentors provides ample evidence of success. In addition the center regularly receives appreciative letters, phone calls, and visits from alumni.

Suggestions for replication: In starting a new program, it would be necessary to get the word out via newspapers, radio, outreach, word-of-mouth, campus newspapers and flyers as well as to gain the support of the board of trustees, administration and the college president.