West Shore Connect is looking for student mentors

Interested in lending a hand? Keep reading.

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By Sara M. Walters

Knightly News Reporter


Central Penn College partners with the West Shore School District to empower students with disabilities from local school districts who have graduated from high school and are ready to enhance their education at the college level.

West Shore Connect, a program for students who had high school learning-support or life-skills classes and are attending college, is looking for mentors. These mentors would guide students to class, assist them with jobs around campus and help them with homework.

The students attend classes during the week and are eager to learn. They arrive at 8:15 a.m. and leave campus at 3:15 p.m.

West Shore Connect students at the college. Photo by Sara M. Walters

Connection Tuesday occurs on the first Tuesday of every month. It is an opportunity for the West Shore Connect students to get involved with a club on campus, participate in club activities and meet their peers.

In addition to Connection Tuesday, attending Central Penn allows these students the opportunity to:

  • Volunteer on campus
  • Practice independent living skills in a realistic setting
  • Engage in campus transition activities with Career Services
  • Take part in campus-sponsored events

Student mentors – who can be online or residential – help with those activities.

“The students in the program have the determination to be the best college students and peers to those around them,” student mentor Gabryelle Breski said. “Their appreciation for the college experience is inspiring, because I can get caught up in all the work, but each week they are excited, and it inspires me to continue working hard. I enjoy my time with the students, and I wish more people would mentor.”

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, reach out to West Shore Connect instructor Shari Brenizer at sharibrenizer@centralpenn.edu.

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Edited by media-club co-adviser and blog editor Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi.