E-Mentoring program for freshmen begins fall semester
Kesha Williams June 30, 2014
This fall, ECSU will begin a new mentoring program designed to pair freshmen with
wise mentors who will help them adjust to the rigors of college and plan for future
Victor Neal, program coordinator of the E-Mentoring and Internship Program, said 50
new freshmen will participate. Mentors---alumni, retirees, people from business, government,
education and possibly the military, will volunteer to provide advice and guidance
for the freshmen. The plan is for them to have bi-monthly communication with the students.
The communication may take place by email, telephone, Skype and other forms of communication.
According to Neal, this program will simply help young Vikings realize the wealth
of opportunities ahead for them as college graduates.
"The program will run fall and spring semester with the goal of help students make
the transition from high school to college. Once we match them with people who can
readily explain the range of careers options available to graduates in their fields
of study, we've achieved an important goal," Neal said.
"A mentor who can provide knowledge young people need in order to carefully plan their
future. In some cases, these parings will lead to internships and good career options
Neal said mentors can provide valuable information regarding standards of excellence
in a particular profession, recommendations regarding credentials necessary to advance
in a particular profession, the expectations of young professionals. Mentor applications
will be accepted until August 8. Applications for mentors and mentees will be available
online. Virtual and online training sessions will be held for mentors. To provide
a safe and secure e-mentoring experience, mentors will be subject to a background
check. Participants can contact Mr. Neal by email or phone, 252-335-3527, firstname.lastname@example.org@ecsu.edu