REAL is a hands-on program designed to increase college achievement and completion. Students meet bi-weekly with the Program Coordinator, Denise Rawles-Smith, as well as participate in the REAL Mentoring Matters program. Mentors, who are professionals from the community, and students have regular one-on-one meetings at least two hours a month on campus.
REAL participants have regular tutoring in math and English through the NCC Tutoring Services Center. In addition, they attend workshops designed to bring their awareness to the skills and mindset needed for success including: study skills, time management, goal setting and career exploration. Students also participate in a Service Learning project. These activities, along with mentoring, help to ensure students’ engagement in the program and their retention at NCC.
This unique program addresses some of the most important factors that can determine student success. Over 60% of high school graduates arrive at Connecticut Community Colleges underprepared for the academic rigor of college, needing remediation in math, English or both. The REAL Program will provide support for low income students, who are the first in their family to attend college, make the transition from high school to NCC and reach their maximum potential.