TCC introduces Math Champions peer mentoring initiative

December 6, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 6, 2016) – Twelve Tallahassee Community College students will have hands-on opportunities to help their fellow scholars improve on their math skills thanks to a new initiative.

The Math Champions Student Success Initiative, a partnership between the College’s Academic Affairs office and the Connect 2 Complete program, will provide mentors for students in developmental and gateway math courses.

The Math Champions are students who have proven success in college-level math courses. They will serve as peer mentors for students in courses such as Developmental Mathematics and College Algebra. Each Math Champion received a $1,700 scholarship award and will have a faculty mentor to provide guidance in leadership development and tutoring skills.

“Research indicates that well-designed peer-to-peer support models are effective in increasing success and retention,” said Sharisse Turner, TCC dean of transitional studies and leader of the Math Champions initiative design team. “Our expectation is that the Math Champions, their faculty mentors and the students being served will all find this peer mentoring experience highly beneficial.”

The initiative is designed to increase success, retention and persistence rates, and student engagement on campus. The inaugural class of Math Champions includes Maria Bratcher, Tony Cappellino, Zachery Eckel-Stutz, Veronica Emata, Victoria Gonzalez, Franchesca Joseph, Casey Keenan, Erin Lapointe, Brianna Mead, Rebekah Mondesir, Haley Powell and Abigail Tebrugge.

For information, contact Sharisse Turner at (850) 201-8582 or turners@tcc.fl.edu.