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A Faculty/Student Mentor Program

  • I wish I had someone who could give me advice about my intended major, where to transfer and what to take at North Central.
  • I’d like some help in exploring possible careers in my chosen field.
  • I’d like someone to help me navigate my way toward a degree.

What to Expect from a Faculty Mentor: The North Central Connections program offers you the opportunity to develop a relationship with a faculty member who can become an advocate for you by offering support and guidance. Faculty members are a rich source of potential career information and can offer creative suggestions for turning your interests into an action plan.
Mentoring can take several forms including career exploration and skills development. By pairing faculty with you over the course of the academic year, with periodically scheduled meetings, you will be given the opportunity to talk about your academic needs, share your career goals, and discuss ways to reach these goals.


How to Join
Click to join the North Central Connections program.


Find out More
For more information please contact:  Wendy Fought, Director of Student Outreach and Engagement; 231-439-6349 or



Program Objectives:

  • To facilitate connections between students who have identified their academic goals and faculty experts (in their intended fields of study).
  • To assist students in realizing their education and career goals.
  • To foster a relationship between a student mentee and a faculty mentor focused on the student’s academic success, and to whom the student can turn to when the need arises.
  • To offer advice and brainstorm possibilities for potential career connections
  • To improve student retention by creating a sense of connectivity between students and faculty outside the classroom.

Program Requirements:

  • Students are expected to attend an initial kick-off meeting at the beginning of the semester that marks his/her beginning in the program.
  • Students are expected to commit to periodically scheduled meetings with mentor.
  • Students are expected to re-apply for the program if they stop out of North Central and then resume attendance.

Student Qualifications:

  • Open to all North Central full and part time regular students; not open to North Central Now! (dual/ concurrent enrollment), personal interest, or guest students.
  • Students are expected to have an established academic record with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Students are nominated to participate in the program (by an advisor or faculty member) or may apply independently.
  • Students can begin the program at the beginning of each semester and continue as long as program requirements are met.
  • Apply online, Click to join the North Central Connections program.