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.

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.

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Become a Mentee (First Year Program)

Vector Network Mentees who participate in the first year program are first-year students who are interested in achieving success in college, meeting new people, and having fun! 

* Please note that the NETWORK Peer Mentor program only has 30 available openings in each academic year. If you are accepted in the program you will be notified directly by email and/or phone.

Applicant Requirements:

  • 24 years of age or younger
  • First semester attending college OR you previously earned 15 or fewer college credits
  • First-generation college student, from historically underrepresented student, and/or Student with an annual family income at or below the SUNY EOP Economic Eligibility Guidelines (See guidelines below). 

To become a Mentee, fill out an application form. Deadline to apply: August 1, 2019

Become a Mentee (Summer Institute)

Vector Network Mentees who participate in the summer institute will enroll in up to 8 core-college credits and will each have access to a comprehensive collection of academic support, appreciative advising, faculty mentors, and peer mentoring to ensure successful transition to college during their first year. These Mentees are also interested in achieving success in college, meeting new people, and having some fun! 

*Please note that the NETWORK Peer Mentor program has only 20 available openings in each summer institute. If you are accepted in the program you will be notified directly by email and/or phone.

Applicant requirements:

  • 24 years of age or younger
  • First semester attending college OR you previously earned 15 or fewer college credits
  • Placement in RDNG 116 or no reading course needed                 
  • Total annual  family income at or below the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program Economic Eligibility Guidelines (See guidelines below).

To become a Mentee, fill out an application form. Deadline to apply: May 15, 2020

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.

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

SUNY EOP Economic Eligibility Guidelines

Eligibility is based on your total 2017 income.

Household size (including head of household) 

1 $22,459    2 $30,451    3 $38,443    4 $46,435       

5 $54,427    6 $62,419    7 $70,411    8 $78,403*

*For households with more than 8 people, add $7,992 for each additional person.  

Contact Financial Aid by email at aid@tompkinscortland.edu or phone, 607.844.8222, if you have questions about whether you meet these guidelines.