Tarleton’s mentoring program garners national certification


STEPHENVILLE (April 29, 2016) — A Tarleton State University mentoring program has received recognition from a national organization for meeting international mentor training standards.

The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) recognized Tarleton’s Student Success and Multicultural Initiative (SSMI) mentoring program as meeting the International Mentor Training Program Certification (IMTPC) standards.

Now in its sixth year, SSMI’s mentoring program joins Tarleton’s Academic Resource Center’s tutoring program for having internationally recognized training programs for tutoring and mentoring, and recently received certification for Levels I, II and III training.

The CRLA certification process has three purposes:
• Sets standards and guidelines for the minimum skills and training mentors need for success;
• Inspires mentor trainers to go beyond minimum standards to create training programs that challenge mentors to the highest level of expertise; and
• Offers campus recognition and rewards for successful work by certifying mentors trained to IMPTC standards.

Certification communicates validity and prestige among colleagues, administrators and  institutional stakeholders. IMTPC certification criteria can be used to develop a new program of peer mentor training, revise an existing program or expand a program into new areas of perceived need. As with tutor certification, IMTPC is a “living” program: criteria are reviewed annually in light of professional input and new learning in the field.

The IMPTC Code of Ethics requires mentors to demonstrate respect, professionalism, dignity, diversity, confidentiality, commitment and integrity. In addition, SSMI’s mentor training program focuses on Tarleton’s core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.

The rigorous training is done in three levels:
• Regular certification requires 15 hours of training and 50 hours of mentoring experience;
• Advanced certification requires 25 hours of training, 75 hours of mentoring experience and completion of Level I; and
• Master certification requires 35 hours of training and 100 hours of mentoring experience.

The following Tarleton students recently earned their IMPTC certificates for mentoring:
Level 1 – Regular Certification
Destiny Cox, Bach Le, Christine Phipps and Daphne Ward
Level 2 – Advanced Certification
Kathleen Canon, Isabell Escamilla and Miranda Fuentes
Level 3 – Master Certification
Diana Munoz, Megan Obeid, Faviola Pantoja and Brianna Sanchez

CRLA represents a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring and mentoring at the college/adult level. The CRLA motto is ‘Sharing the best for student success.’

To learn more about tutoring services provided by Tarleton’s Academic Resource Center, visit www.tarleton.edu/tutoring.

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