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QCC's Mentoring Program Earns High Marks From Mass Mentoring Partnership

March, 2021
  • QCC's Director of Mentoring and Perkins Gabe Santner
    QCC's Director of Mentoring and Perkins Gabe Santner

Quinsigamond Community College Mentoring program has earned Mass Mentoring Partnership’s highest level of certification: Partner Level Quality-Based Membership (QBM). Quality-Based Membership is a first-in-the-nation process created to promote high-quality best practices among Massachusetts youth mentoring programs. Now being replicated nationally, membership components are based on The Elements of Effective Practice, the national standard for mentoring programs.

QBM is a process that assesses a program’s strengths and offers guidance on areas where they may need additional training or technical assistance.  There are many benefits to QBM: It provides a meaningful “indicator of quality”; it benchmarks program practices against national standards of excellence; and it demonstrates a program’s commitment to excellence to potential mentors, funders, parents, and community partners.

QCC's Mentoring joins 43 Mass Mentoring Partnership QBM certified mentoring programs in Massachusetts. The program connects QCC students with staff, faculty, industry, and community members to create one-on-one mentoring relationships. This unique program provides extensive benefits to students, as well as professional development and networking opportunities for mentors.

“Our students will greatly benefit from this certification. Mentors can have a lifelong, positive and profound effect on student mentees. Our mentoring program provides a way for students to connect with mentors and build positive relationships to support their college experience. Students also develop employer- desired skills, gain an understanding of workplace expectations and networking to increase their likelihood of finding a rewarding career,” said QCC President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “The program has become an integral component of student success.”

“We commend Quinsigamond Community College as a partner in the QBM program and look forward to working with them to help amplify mentoring relationships in central Massachusetts,” shared Lily Mendez, President and CEO, Mass Mentoring Partnership.