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American Association of Community Colleges

The American Association of Community Colleges with support from the National Science Foundation created the "MentorLinks" Advancing Technological Education program to help community colleges develop or strengthen technician training programs in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. The program works with community colleges to establish connections for new ideas and relationships through networking opportunities at program meetings and national conferences; and to gain insight on building and sustaining new programs. "MentorLinks" features professional development opportunities and technical assistance for community colleges, with emphasis on mentoring relationships. Through a national grant competition, a peer review team selected seven community colleges (Albuquerque TVI Community College, NM; Flathead Valley Community College, MT; Gadsden State Community College, AL; Kentucky Community and Technical College System, KY; Lake Land College, IL; Riverland Community College, MN; and University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus, NM) and six mentors working in diverse areas of technician education to participate in a two-year grant project beginning in September 2002. Modeled after a previous pilot project, "MentorLinks" brings together community colleges seeking program support and pairs them with an experienced mentor in their disciplinary field. Mentors have strong credentials and extensive experience in planning and implementing advanced technology programs. Each college receives a total of $9,500 in direct funding for program development, and additional monies for travel support to attend national project meetings and conferences. For each of the seven "MentorLinks" community colleges, this document presents program highlights and contact information. AACC "MentorLinks" Mentor Team information is also included, followed by a list of selected Web site resources.

Descriptors: Technology Education, Mentors, Educational Opportunities, Community Colleges, Web Sites

American Association of Community Colleges, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036-1176. Tel: 202-728-0200.

Author: Hause, Ellen


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