College group attends mentoring conference

May. 13, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Students and staff involved with Vance-Granville Community College’s male mentoring program recently attended a statewide male mentoring conference.

The conference was held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. It was organized by the North Carolina Community College System in partnership with the University of North Carolina System.

The focus of the conference was on increasing success among minority male students in the college system through improving graduation and retention rates, enhancing workforce preparedness and increasing family and community involvement. The theme was “Reclaiming Student Success: Educate, Empower, Engage.”

Students attending the conference from Vance-Granville were David Henry, Lynn Henderson, Royston Brown Jr. and Walter Jefferson. They were accompanied by Dr. Tolokun Omokunde, the college’s male mentoring program coordinator, college counselor Reggie Bullock and academic and career pathways advisor Anthony Pope.

The conference involved a variety of seminars with topics ranging from dressing to financial management.

Keynote speakers included Kenston Griffin, founder and CEO of Dream Builders Communication; Reginald Bean, director of multi-cultural marketing with Coca-Cola; Dr. Nkrumah Lewis, an author, entrepreneur and social activist; Dr. Calvin Mackie, managing partner and co-founder of Channel ZerO Group LLC; Dr. Jeffrey Smith of Shaw University; and the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Several of the group from Vance-Granville played leading roles in the conference. Henry served as moderator for a session on dressing for success. Henderson moderated a panel entitled “Transitions: Navigating the Change from Community Colleges to Four-Year Institutions.” Omokunde presented a seminar on “Restoring Minority Male Competency” and moderated for a session on academic development through mentoring.