Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Mentoring is a Full Contact Activity in Engineering Education
Abstract The San Antonio College College in San Antonio, Texas is an urban, state-supported college and the engineering program at this institution has been instrumental in providing educational opportunities for under-represented groups of minorities. In a society that becomes more and more dependent on technology the engineering schools must be focused on providing a strong education to students in technical fields. Our college takes this issue seriously by providing students with a very strong foundation of engineering education that allows them to transfer successfully to four-year engineering programs. Engineering students in an academic setting do not have the environment, the responsibilities, the demands, or the interactions with other members of an engineering team, nor do they face the real-life situations and challenges that a practicing engineer faces every day. Therefore, our program decided that our mentorship initiative must have as many professional engineering aspects as academic ones. We built the mentoring role to be part coach preparing students for their big game after graduation, part adviser to help them choose the right courses for their career path, part trainer to improve their skills, part counselor to help them in hard times, part cheerleader to celebrate their successes and, above everything else, to be a role model. The paper will present the details, the actions, and the results of this initiative as a work in progress that is continuously adapting and improving as required by the new generations of students arriving at San Antonio College.
Dimitriu, D. G., & Dimitriu, D. C. (2018, June), Mentoring is a Full-Contact Activity in Engineering Education Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30806
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