Mentoring Program at Iowa Central
by Iowa Central Information
Posted on 11/19/2014
The 2014-2015 school year will be the third school year Iowa Central Community College students and Fort Dodge Middle School students have partnered together for the mentoring program. Before an Iowa Central student can become a mentor, they are required to complete an application and a background check. On the application the student fills out a list of interests and hobbies that are matched up with a middle school student with similar interests and hobbies.
At the beginning of each school year, the middle school and college students meet together for a pizza party for an initial meet-and-greet. During the pizza party each mentor gets to meet with their mentee and get acquainted with one another. From then on, the mentor designates at least 1 hour each week to visiting the middle school to spend time with their mentee. Some activities the mentors engage in with the mentees include playing board games at the school, helping them with their homework, playing basketball or football, and just being there as someone to talk to. Some mentors also take their mentees out to do fun activities in the community such as laser tag, bowling, miniature golf, or to get ice cream on special occasions. At the end of each school year, all of the mentors and mentees meet together for an end-of-the year pizza and ice cream party.
At Iowa Central the professors focus on the success of the students, and with small class sizes it makes interaction with the professors easier. You are not just some random number in a class at Iowa Central. The teachers are always available and can respond to any question you may have in a timely manner.