MC Mentoring Network

MC Mentoring Network

Being a college student is a great responsibility and can sometimes be overwhelming.  Having a mentor, whether it’s a peer, faculty, or staff member, can provide support and direction to help you succeed at Montgomery College and beyond.  The MC Mentoring Network offers a comprehensive list of mentoring support groups and opportunities at the College. We encourage you to engage in mentoring as a means to connect with the Raptor community and promote student success.


Browse our mentoring programs below. You may contact any of the mentoring programs directly, or you may fill out our Mentor Request form for help connecting with a mentor.

Mentoring Groups

Advancing Child Care Teachers Towards Completion (ACCTTC) Mentoring Initiative

ACCTTC supports students in the field of early childhood education with a clear pathway from noncredit to credit hours at Montgomery College. Through this mentoring initiative, students receive academic support through tutoring, tracking of their progress each semester, and advising every month during the academic year.  In partnership with WD&CD Early Childhood, specific trainings are developed to support the students with the Maryland State Department of Education requirement for credentialing.

ACCTTC supports students in the field of early childhood education with a clear pathway from noncredit to credit hours at Montgomery College. Through this mentoring initiative, students receive academic support through tutoring, tracking of their progress each semester, and advising every month during the academic year.  In partnership with WD&CD Early Childhood, specific trainings are developed to support the students with the Maryland State Department of Education requirement for credentialing.

Program Target Population: Students pursuing Early Childhood degree & credentials but all are welcome.

Contact Information

Sonia Pruneda-Hernandez
Early Childhood Program Coordinator
sonia.pruneda-hernandez@montgomerycollege.edu
(240) 567-4073

Estelle Flank
Adjunct Faculty, School of Education
estelle.flank@montgomerycollege.edu

Nelida Andres
Interim Director, WD&CE
nelida.andres@montgomerycollege.edu
(240) 567-3827
Advancing Latino Male Achievement (ALMA)

The word “alma” means soul in Spanish and our program seeks to nurture the student’s whole being.  Our mentoring program focuses on holistic academic and personal guidance, support and leadership development designed specifically for the lowest graduating population in Higher Education -  Hispanic/Latino/Native American males.  We meet monthly, both in person and virtually, to provide access to training, information and to help males build an understanding of their roles in Higher education and our community.

The word “alma” means soul in Spanish and our program seeks to nurture the student’s whole being.  Our mentoring program focuses on holistic academic and personal guidance, support and leadership development designed specifically for the lowest graduating population in Higher Education -  Hispanic/Latino/Native American males.  We meet monthly, both in person and virtually, to provide access to training, information and to help males build an understanding of their roles in Higher education and our community.

Program Demographic: College aged - Hispanic/Latino/Native American males
Outreach program demographic – Middle and High School aged Hispanic/Latino/Native American males

Contact Information

Ramon De La Cruz
Lead Coordinator/Communication, Business, Audio/Video and Performance
Department: AFS-Facilities
Email Address: ramon.delacruz@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-4439

Henry Caballero
Academic/Faculty Coordinator
Department: AELP, Linguistics & Speech Communication
Email Address: henry.caballero@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-4038

Val Melgosa
Social/Student Life Specialist
Department: Office of Student Life
Email Address: val.melgosa@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-7181

Rene Argueta
Financial Aid Outreach Coordinator
Department: Financial Aid
Email Address: rene.argueta@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-6952
Alumni Mentoring

For seven years, the Montgomery College Alumni Association has offered a mentoring program, designed to link current MC students to area professionals who can offer insights and guidance in their course of study. Students who believe it will enhance their educational experience and their academic success at Montgomery College are welcome to apply. Alumni mentors are selected and matched with mentees based on the criteria assessed in their interest form. Both student and alumni participants are able to learn from the experience and grow as professionals.

For seven years, the Montgomery College Alumni Association has offered a mentoring program, designed to link current MC students to area professionals who can offer insights and guidance in their course of study. Students who believe it will enhance their educational experience and their academic success at Montgomery College are welcome to apply. Alumni mentors are selected and matched with mentees based on the criteria assessed in their interest form. Both student and alumni participants are able to learn from the experience and grow as professionals.

Program Demographic: Students committed to a year- long relationship with an alumni mentor. Mentors can be both
alumni and friends of the College and are committed to supporting students in their educational and career endeavors.

Contact Information

Colleen Dolak
Alumni Relations Manager
Department: Advancement & Community Engagement
Email Address: colleen.dolak@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-7490

Alumni Aide
Department: Alumni Relations
Email Address: alumni@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-5378
Boys to Men (BTM)

This mentoring program is specifically aimed at the retention of African American/Black Male students at Montgomery College. It seeks to foster a greater degree of academic success, student activism and personal responsibility.  BTM will provide academic and personal mentoring for the above targeted student population. Participating students will also benefit from having their academic progress monitored each semester. Periodically, the program will offer off-campus gatherings, book reviews and workshops.

This mentoring program is specifically aimed at the retention of African American/Black Male students at Montgomery College. It seeks to foster a greater degree of academic success, student activism and personal responsibility.  BTM will provide academic and personal mentoring for the above targeted student population. Participating students will also benefit from having their academic progress monitored each semester. Periodically, the program will offer off-campus gatherings, book reviews and workshops.

Program Target Population: African American/Black male students

Contact Information

Germantown Campus
Coordinator: Maurice Ayers
Email Address: maurice.ayers@montgomerycollege.edu

Rockville Campus
Coordinator: Fabian Drain
Email Address: fabian.drain@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-4079

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Coordinator: Gus Griffin
Email Address: gustavus.griffin@montgomerycollege.edu  
Phone Number: 240-567-5640

Combat 2 College

Combat to College provides academic and social opportunities, resources, and services for veterans and active and reserve service members.

Combat to College provides academic and social opportunities, resources, and services for veterans and active and reserve service members.

Program Features:

  • Gathering spaces on each campus for veterans and service members
  • Identified counselors for academic advising 
  • Benefits information and assistance 
  • Referral/coordination with external agencies and resources
  • Dedicated open gym hours, yoga classes, and guided meditation sessions
  • Opportunities for financial assistance
  • Activities, outings, and special events 

Contact Information
To get involved, visit the Combat 2 College page or contact a program manager: 

Joanna Starling, ACSM EP-C
Veterans Program Manager
240-567-7103
joanna.starling@montgomerycollege.edu

Jason Franklin, ACSM EP-C
Veterans Program Manager
240-338-2687
jason.franklin@montgomerycollege.edu 

Economics Club

The Club promotes interests among students in economic issues.  It also promotes student interests to pursue Economics for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  For this purpose, the Club invites speakers who hold a degree in economics and hold professional positions as Economists. The Club also directs special emphasis towards transferring.   As such, the Club holds information sessions on how transfer to various universities in MD.

The Club promotes interests among students in economic issues.  It also promotes student interests to pursue Economics for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  For this purpose, the Club invites speakers who hold a degree in economics and hold professional positions as Economists. The Club also directs special emphasis towards transferring.   As such, the Club holds information sessions on how transfer to various universities in MD.

Program Target Population: Any student interested in economic issues. Students outside Business/Economics Major are welcomed and frequently visit the Club.

Program Outcomes
Engagement: Repeated participation in events
Inspiration: Students have come back to say that attending Economics Club inspired them to complete college at MC and transfer.
Peer Bonding and Influence: Students attending the Club get to bond with like- minded peers that enable them to stay focused in college and transfer.

Contact Information

Coordinator: Satarupa Das
Department: Economics - BEACAPS
Email Address: satarupa.das@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-1398
Future Builders

Future Builders is a program in which students get hands-on, practical experience in the design, construction and security fields. In the program, students will shadow mentors from the Office of Facilities & Public Safety to learn how projects are created and managed. Students will attend design meetings and visit construction sites to observe in real life what they learn in the classroom and to network with architects, engineers, consultants and contractors. Upon graduation, students will receive a letter of recommendation summarizing their activities in the program.

Future Builders is a program in which students get hands-on, practical experience in the design, construction and security fields. In the program, students will shadow mentors from the Office of Facilities & Public Safety to learn how projects are created and managed. Students will attend design meetings and visit construction sites to observe in real life what they learn in the classroom and to network with architects, engineers, consultants and contractors. Upon graduation, students will receive a letter of recommendation summarizing their activities in the program.

Program target populations includes students in:
  • Architectural Technology
  • Engineering Science
  • Construction Management
  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Criminal Justice
Contact Information

Coordinator: Ali Fadl
Department: Office of Facilities & Public Safety
Email Address: ali.fadl@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-7369
iLead

iLead is a leadership-development program designed for Montgomery College students and is coordinated
by the TP/SS Campus, Student Life Office. Leadership development is a critical component of every student's growth, encompassing personal, academic, and professional elements that extend throughout life.

iLead is a leadership-development program designed for Montgomery College students and is coordinated
by the TP/SS Campus, Student Life Office. Leadership development is a critical component of every student's growth, encompassing personal, academic, and professional elements that extend throughout life.

Establish the foundation for a personal leadership philosophy based on an enhanced understanding of self.

  • Develop a working knowledge of an application of leadership and group dynamic theories through the social change model.
  • Apply techniques to facilitate effective decision-making through critical thinking.
  • Identify and examine one's own leadership style.
  • Comprehend concept of active citizenship and role in your communities.

iLead Target Population: Any MC student taking at least 6 credits

Contact Information
Coordinator: Kimberly F. Herrera 
Email Address: kimberly.herrera@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-1490

International Buddy Program

The International Buddy Program is a resource that offers support for MC students who are classified as immigrants, non-immigrants, or F-1 /international Visa holders. The program also serves multicultural students (US citizen or non-citizen). The process of adjustment to a new community may be difficult, especially when there are differences in the education system, language, and culture. Therefore, the goal of the International Buddy Program is to help new students succeed in ESL/ELAP classes, adjust to the academic, social and cultural differences at the College and beyond.

The International Buddy Program is a resource that offers support for MC students who are classified as immigrants, non-immigrants, or F-1 /international Visa holders. The program also serves multicultural students (US citizen or non-citizen). The process of adjustment to a new community may be difficult, especially when there are differences in the education system, language, and culture. Therefore, the goal of the International Buddy Program is to help new students succeed in ESL/ELAP classes, adjust to the academic, social and cultural differences at the College and beyond.

Program Target Population: International students but all students are welcome.

Contact Information

Coordinator: Eniola Olowofoyeku
Department: Counseling & Advising
Email Address: eniola.olowofoyeku@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-3916Content
MC First

MC First is a mentoring program that connects first generation college students with first generation staff and faculty at MC, as well as allies of first generation college students.   Students can read MC staff and faculty profiles online and choose a mentor to help them navigate their experience at MC.

MC First is a mentoring program that connects first generation college students with first generation staff and faculty at MC, as well as allies of first generation college students.   Students can read MC staff and faculty profiles online and choose a mentor to help them navigate their experience at MC.

Program Target Population:  This program is intended for students who are the first in their family to attend college.  MC First is also intended for students who self-identify as having little exposure to or knowledge of attending college.

Contact Information

Lead Coordinator:  Dr. Caroline F Toscano, Director of Professional Development
Department:  ELITE, 330a Mannakee
Email Address:  caroline.toscano@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number:  240-567-2002

Additional Information
MC First Program Website
To request a mentor, please fill out MC First Mentoring Program form.
Peer Mentoring Program

As an initiative within the Achieving the Promise – Peer2Peer Program, the Peer Mentoring Program links student leaders with their peers to promote student success through engagement. The goal is to support students to help them reach their full potential in their collegiate experience. Students will receive reliable, one-on-one support and direction for college life inside and outside of the classroom from a peer mentor in their second year or beyond at MC.

As an initiative within the Achieving the Promise – Peer2Peer Program, the Peer Mentoring Program links student leaders with their peers to promote student success through engagement. The goal is to support students to help them reach their full potential in their collegiate experience. Students will receive reliable, one-on-one support and direction for college life inside and outside of the classroom from a peer mentor in their second year or beyond at MC.

The Peer Mentoring Program aims for students to:
  • Foster a sense of belonging to the MC community
  • Help build strong relationships at the College to include peers, faculty, and staff
  • Participate in campus events, student clubs, and service learning (volunteer) activities
  • Connect with academic and nonacademic resources and support

Additional benefits:

  • Set goals for academic success
  • Develop skills such as time-management, organization, problem solving, communication, interpersonal and self-advocacy
  • Identify and utilize appropriate strategies for studying, taking tests, and note-taking

Target Population: Any student at MC

Contact Information:
Coordinator: Tahrea Flemming Mensah
Email: tahrea.flemmingmensah@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-9076

Manager: Sergio Washington
Email: sergio.washington@montgomerycollege.edu
P
hone: 240-567-4389

For addition information, visit the Peer2Peer Program website.

To request a Peer Mentor, please complete the Mentor Request Form.

Sister 2 Sister

Sister 2 Sister (S2S) is a mentoring program designed to support and promote academic success and personal enrichment for first-year, African-American women at Montgomery College. By participating in this program, students gain valuable insight into educational and career opportunities, networking and academic support. Participating students benefit from programs designed to strengthen study skills, social support and professional development.

Sister 2 Sister (S2S) is a mentoring program designed to support and promote academic success and personal enrichment for first-year, African-American women at Montgomery College. By participating in this program, students gain valuable insight into educational and career opportunities, networking and academic support. Participating students benefit from programs designed to strengthen study skills, social support and professional development.

Program Target Population: African American/Black female students

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Coordinator: Lawrence Watson
Department: Student Affairs
Email Address: lawrence.watson@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-5640
The Mentoring Project for Women

The mission of this program is to guide, support and empower first year and continuing women students as they transition to college and pursue their academic, career and personal goals.

The mission of this program is to guide, support and empower first year and continuing women students as they transition to college and pursue their academic, career and personal goals.

Program Target Population: Women students (cross cultural, AA and Latina) first year and continuing

Program Outcomes:
To acquire a C average or higher.
To increase retention among participating students in comparison to like students in larger population.
To use campus and community resources, as needed.

Contact Information

Coordinator: Professor Margo Barnett
Department: WDCE Bridge Program
Email Address: margo.woodward@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone Number: 240-567-7916
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