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Tompkins Cortland Community College

Student Life

ODESS Peer Mentor Program

The NETWORK Peer Mentor Program

The NETWORK Peer Mentor ProgramThe Network Peer Mentor Program assists first-generation students and students from historically underrepresented groups in making a successful academic and social transition to life at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Peer mentors undergo specialized training and offer social, academic, and philosophical support to student mentees.

In addition to the peer relationship, the program supports students’ academic progress and social adjustment to the Tompkins Cortland environment by utilizing College offices, departments, faculty/staff, programs, and student organizations to provide assistance, encouragement, and practical experiences.

Become a mentee

Mentees are first-year students who are interested in achieving success in college, meeting new people, and having fun! To become a mentee, fill out an application form.

* Please note that the NETWORK Peer Mentor program only has 40 available openings in this year's program. If you are accepted in the program you will be notified directly by email and/or phone.

Become a mentor

Network Peer Mentors work closely with first-year students, particularly students from underrepresented populations at Tompkins Cortland and must be knowledgeable, caring, and able to function in a variety of roles including peer mentor, peer advisor, tutor, programmer, team member, and role model.

While the Office of Diversity Education and Support Services actively recruits mentors, interested students should visit room 187 or email diversity@tompkinscortland.edu.

Program goals

The program enriches the learning experiences and social network of first-year students; helps to develop study skills and time management skills; encourages positive social interactions; shows students the full breadth of the College’s academic and social offerings, as well as those of the surrounding community; helps to develop intellectual curiosity; provides advice regarding college life and personal concerns.