January Marks National Mentoring Month

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

January is National Mentoring Month and some Eastern Kentucky mentors say the guidance is important for local teenagers.

Lida Mcintosh is a student at Hazard Community and Technical College and she says she couldn't have gotten through her first semester of school without her mentor.

"The mentors are there to give you advice, to help you through obstacles you may face while in college," Mcintosh said.

Germaine Schaffer is one of the professors at HCTC that mentors incoming freshman as part of the student leadership institute.

"Because I got to know them on a more personal basis. They felt they could come ask me questions," Schaffer said.

Now Mcintosh says she appreciated the help she received so much, she is now a student mentor.

"I'm always there to say you need to find an advisor, somebody to help you and I just try to give them advice in going into college," Mcintosh said.

Lisa Maggard is a part of a brand new initiative a HCTC, the center for college success.

"Our plan is that we're going to work with all of the students who come to the college with developmental needs and that is a huge majority of our students," Maggard said.

The center for college success is designed to mentor students who need help in writing, reading, and math.

"They have lots of opportunity to get questions answered, lots of chances to talk with someone who can guide them on the right path," Maggard said.

Mcintosh says her mentor has helped her on her way to graduation day.

"She opened my eyes to a lot of things and also helped me in preparing for what I want to do with the rest of my life," she said.

Mcintosh is now majoring in medical information technology.

National Mentoring Month will continue through the end of the month and HCTC is currently taking applications for their student leadership program.

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