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.