OCCC Male Mentoring Program

College students are paired with seasoned business professionals in this unique program designed to help students achieve their goals, build professional relationships, and explore many opportunities at OCCC.  

The program starts at the beginning of each term with an orientation and meeting with your 5-10 mentees.  All participants commit to meeting at least once per term, in person, and agree to participate in one group activity. 


Mentors should:

  • Have at least five years of professional experience
  • Set aside time for mentoring and activities during the term
  • Provide honest feedback and keep information confidential

Why become a mentor?

  • Share your experience and expertise with students
  • Apply mentoring to your professional life
  • Support student transitions between academic and professional careers

Mentors will receive a stipend for their time at the end of each term.  For more information complete the Intake form

Mentor FAQ’S

  • What am I expected to do? 
    Mentors are expected to meet at least twice per semester during the academic year. Mentors should work with their student to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to preparing for life after college, general career advice, information on higher studies, college planning, personal encouragement, and so on.
  • How long will the commitment be? 
    We ask our mentors to make commitments for the duration of the academic year in order to ensure that the student is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month’s notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with a similar background.
  • What should I NOT try to do? You don’t have to try to give advice on everything, and you should only share personal history, successes, failures, etc. as they are constructive and contribute real value to the mentoring relationship. Focus on what the student has indicated they need help or guidance on and don’t feel like you have to go into detail on a host of other topics. Be supportive and share, but don’t over-share.
  • Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about mentorship, what to do? 
    We encourage letting the student know about the situation and contact the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.