Retention Programs (Community Colleges)
Athlete Mentoring, North Country Community College
Program Objectives and Design
The North Country Community College Athlete Mentoring Program is designed to monitor, assist, and retain our Student- Athletes. The main goal is to insure that our Student-Athletes progress successfully in their academic, athletic, and personal endeavors. The desired outcome for our athletes is to earn a degree, maintain eligibility, and continue their academic, professional, and athletic careers at a four year institution if desired.
The AMP Committee is chaired by the AMP Coordinator, Larry McFaddin. Larry was the Men's Soccer Coach, Women's Soccer Coach, and Assistant Men's Hockey Coach during his 23 years with the Athletic Department and now is the Coordinator for the Sports and Events Management Program. He continues to contribute to the success of our athletes in his new role. The Committee consists of six other members listed below:
Heather Conger, Director of Athletics
Annually the Committee welcomes new members and at any time a member of the College Community is welcome to attend a Committee meeting to offer insight.
The AMP is designed to assist and support our Student-Athletes in their academic endeavors. In order for the AMP to be successful we must collect information pertinent to our Student-Athletes success and have a process where we can intervene quickly, efficiently, and in a timely manner. Effective collaboration exists between the College Administration, Faculty, Institutional Research, and the Learning Assistance Center. The Program is very cost effective with only the Coordinator having it in his Academic Load and the Committee members serving on a volunteer basis. The rest of the institutional support is provided as part of the normal College's business operations.
Primary Program Design
The Athlete Mentoring Program is a computer based Student-Athlete tracking and reporting system. The reports are filed through the Faculty Portal via the faculty class rosters and concentrate on attendance, behavior, homework, test, quiz, and grade issues.
Other Committee Responsibilities
The Committee also takes on other responsibilities that include preparing Student-Athlete advisement guidelines, orientation suggestions, appreciation luncheons for faculty and staff, as well as the Student-Athletes and as a liaison to our Vice President of Academic Affairs regarding certain academic issues that may arise.
The Committee is also presently working on establishing a Faculty Advisor Program. Each program will be assigned a Faculty Advisor that will serve in different capacities and will be another resource for the Student-Athletes.