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SEAHAWK MENTORING PROGRAMS

​Your Opportunity to Soar to New Heights!

 

Los Angeles Harbor College is expanding its efforts to ensure that local students have career and life opportunities. Our goal is to ensure that they have the skills they need to thrive, to get ahead, to be as great as they can be.

Exposing students to professions early, in practical, pragmatic, and hands-on environments is just another part of our comprehensive approach to career and technical education.

 

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DID YOU KNOW?

60% of students are not Career Ready. We are changing that. 

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Students need exposure to field-trips, seminars, career days, one-on-one relationship, and hands-on visits across diverse industries and public sector. This early exposure is crucial to making their future college-to-career choices.  

Our Seahawk Mentoring Program helps college students make informed decisions about their career aspirations, discovered or soon to be discovered - from workplace tours, to professional mock interviews, to professional mentored discussions.

 Student leadership is encouraged to draw from their college-to-career experiences, and put into practice new skills  – from speaking at local high schools, to peer-to-peer mentoring relationships, to volunteering at on-campus career and industry spotlight events


EMPLOYER/PROFESSIONAL: Request to be matched or become a workplace tour host contact careerpathways@lahc.edu   

 

LAHC STUDENT: Request to be matched contact careerpathways@lahc.edu          


ASSOCIATED STUDENT ORGANIZATION (ASO) / CLUB: Request to be matched with professional contact careerpathways@lahc.edu ​                                            



All students have an opportunity to be mentored by professionals in their field of study provided they have prepared themselves to receive mentoring, and commit to serving as a mentor if asked. 

The mentorship relationship is unique for each combination of individuals; however the following components are required:

  • Meetings, in-person or over the phone, at least once every 2 weeks for a total of 3 months or a minimum of Six (6) Sessions.  Both parties should plan on being available for at least One (1) hour for these sessions.
  • Identification of the areas for development
  • A development plan for the mentee
  • Check-in on progress
  • Coaching on how to make further progress
  • Discussion about readiness of the mentee for internship, job placement, or other professional opportunities as appropriate

In addition to required activities, other optional activities include, but not limited to the following:

  • The mentee assist mentor in a professional activity
  • The mentor providing additional resources and/ or professional recommendations for further development – books, trainings, activities, industry association membership, etc.
  • Other things as co-created out of the mentor and mentee relationship and approved by the mentorship advisor

 

Mentee Responsibilities:

  • Identify your own development areas
  • Initiate the process to schedule sessions
  • Be available for one (1) hour-long sessions at least every two (2) weeks for a minimum of (3) months
  • Incur personal expenses, if any

 

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Provide feedback on the mentee's development areas, plans, and progress
  • Be available for one (1) hour-long sessions at least every two (2) weeks for a minimum of (3) months
  • Provide recommendation to make the mentee a mentor when appropriate (and not before)

 

Expectations:

  • The mentoring relationship is self-managed; if a problem should occur contact the mentor program advisor
  • The mentee is committed to professional development
  • The mentorship relationship will be mutually beneficial
  • The mentorship relationship will last no more than 1 month, unless otherwise negotiated.  At that point the mentee's development needs will be reassessed to determine whether or not a mentor change would support the development or if the current relationship is satisfactory
  • Either the mentee or the mentor may request to terminate the relationship at any point. This mid-course change request is allowed one time per member.  If you should choose this course it is your responsibility to inform the other member in your relationship and the Mentorship Program Advisor
  • Mentee and mentor show continuous desire and commitment to the betterment of the relationship for both individuals

 

Boundaries:

  • The purpose of this mentoring relationship is professional development only.  It is not intended for other sorts of development such as therapy or  training
  • Both parties will keep expected appointment times
  • Parties will agree on the appropriate level and method of communication between sessions (e-mail, phone, etc.)

 

Termination:

  • When the mentee is eligible to become a mentor
  • When the mentee or mentor drops out of the program
  • When either the mentee or mentor request to terminate – this is only allowed once per member. 
  • After 3 months at which time the mentee's development needs and additional mentor-pairing will be reconsidered

 

For more information, contact:  Michael Caress, Faculty Liaison, Economic and Workforce Development, caressma@lahc.edu.

 

 

Mentee Questionnaire

 

Mentoring Program: Question to Consider

 

  1. Why would you like to one day be a mentor?
  1. What is your experience in mentoring others?
  1. What benefits would you expect from a mentor relationship?
  1. What do you believe are your top three development areas?