National statistics show 20 percent of students who attend community college earn their degree.
Dr. Jerry Steward, president of Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC), developed the Students Connecting with Mentors for Success program, which seeks to connect community mentors with students struggling the most.
The average overall GPA at OCCC was 2.7 but was 2.03 among black male students. After one semester, students in the program earned an impressive 3.0 GPA proving “iron sharpens iron” and the value of educational mentor-mentee relationships.
Steward plans to expand the program to other groups of students in the future.