An under-served population at Columbus Technical College has a set of powerful new tools to make ensure their educational and vocational dreams come to fruition. Thanks to a grant provided by a division of the department of education, the Student Success Center at Columbus Tech is up and running. The center focuses on assisting and recruiting African-American males to pursue an associate degree in a health sciences program. Services offered through the center include a mentorship program, counseling, life skills, and career exploration workshops.
To officially jump start the mentorship element of its mission, the Student Success Center held a kick-off breakfast at the college on Saturday, January 28. About 35 Columbus Tech faculty, staff, mentors, and students attended the breakfast and enjoyed comments by Dr. Gary Dawson of River City Rehabilitation & Spine. During his address on the importance of mentoring, Dr. Dawson wanted to dispel a common myth of the notion of a “self-made” man or woman.
“Everyone needs support,” Dr. Dawson said. “A mentor provides guidance, wisdom, criticism, encouragement, and honesty.”
He also offered up some words of wisdom for the real world.
“Ask for help. Be patient. No one knows everything! Be willing to fail in order to succeed (ref. Steve Jobs/Apple, Inc.). Dress for Success. Plan your work, work your plan.”
The Student Success Center at Columbus Technical College is in room 173 of the W.G. Hartline Building and is open Monday-Thursday from 8AM-6PM.