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PSC Peer Mentoring Program Receives International Certification


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) today announced that its Student Success Services (SSS) program has received International Mentor Program Certification from the College Reading and Learning Association for its peer mentoring program.

SSS’s peer mentors provide a structured support system for new students, helping them develop personalized strategies on how to be successful at the collegiate level.

SSS peer mentors are junior or senior PSC students who complete 15 hours of training and receive certification once they have documented 50 hours of mentoring experience. They must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Although not required for certification, student mentors also meet weekly with Coordinator Peggy Groff for continual education and development.

Groff said, “Our peer mentors reach our students in ways that professional staff can’t. Mentoring is truly a vital component of student success, and there’s not a doubt in my mind that mentors make a difference. Years from now our students will remember the Student Success Services peer mentor who played such an important role in their education at PSC.”

PSC’s nine peer mentors for 2009-2010, who currently advise 151 freshmen and sophomores, include:

  • Kelly Bush - Arcadia
  • Rebecca Cortez - Omaha
  • Adam DeBilzan - Wausa
  • Leigh Edwards - Humboldt
  • Brittany Hergott - Lincoln
  • Bobby McLaughlin - Rising City
  • Lance Meyer - Johnson
  • Amanda Schueth  - Fremont
  • Brianna Zauha - Shickley

SSS is a federally funded TRiO program. Its mission is to increase the retention and graduation rates among first generation and at-risk college students.  Other components of Peru State’s SSS program involve a nationally certified peer tutoring program, academic advising and monitoring of participants, financial aid guidance, career and graduate school advising, various workshops on study skills, and academic and cultural events.