The Vector Network

The Vector Network assists first-generation students, socio-economic disadvantaged 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 Vector Faculty Mentors, College offices, departments, leadership programs, and student organizations to provide assistance, encouragement, and practical experiences.
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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.

Join the Vector Network Program

Vector Network Mentees who participate in the summer institute and first-year program are first-year students who are interested in achieving success in college, meeting new people, and having fun! The Summer Institute begins three weeks before the start of classes and the first-year program begins the start of classes.

First-Year Program

Benefits of Joining the First-Year Program:

1. Access to personalized academic and social support system, mentoring, and leadership development.
2. Access to earn a book stipend.

Requirements of the First-Year Program:

1. Attend one-on-one goal alignment (Compass) meetings with Vector Network twice per semester of your First Year.
2. Regular participation in Vector Network activities. All activities are included in program funding for Vector Network students.

Vector Students on Dryden Campus

To become a Mentee, fill out an application form. Deadline to apply: August 17, 2021

Become a Vector Network Mentor

Vector Network Mentors work closely with first-year students, and particularly students from diverse backgrounds at Tompkins Cortland. Mentors are knowledgeable, caring, and able to function in a variety of roles including peer mentor, peer advisor, tutor, event assistant, team member, and role model.

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Must have a GPA of 2.3 or higher
  2. Must be enrolled in second semester of college (one semester must have been at TC3)
  3. Required to commit to required events

While the Office of Diversity Education and Support Services actively recruits mentors, interested students should visit room 230 or email