Local experts sought to mentor WCC students

March 4, 2021 Rich Rezler

 

Are you an expert in your field?

Washtenaw Community College is inviting local professionals to share their expertise with its students.

Mentor ConnectMentor Connect is a collaborative effort between two WCC programs — the long-standing Professionals in the Classroom and the college’s newly-created Liberal Arts Innovation Group.

Both groups are seeking professionals to volunteer and participate in different events and activities directly with WCC students. Sign up is available online.

During Professionals in the Classroom, held April 7-8 this year, volunteers become professors for the day and discuss their education and career paths, profile their companies and outline industry issues such as production, soft skills, real-life topics, policy and career-building skills.

The professional visitors provide a real-world viewpoint for both students and faculty.

Because of the pandemic, this year’s classroom visits will be conducted virtually.

The Liberal Arts Innovation Group is also asking mentors for future opportunities to contribute to the success of WCC students.

Those opportunities will include mentoring individual students and presenting in classes, as well as partnering with faculty to develop meaningful connections between coursework and the workplace.

The purpose of the Liberal Arts Innovation Group is to promote the connection between study in the liberal arts and workplace success among internal and external stakeholders, develop practices that capitalize on that connection and creating opportunities between study in the liberal arts and the world of work on and beyond campus.  l