Students gain insight on teaching with mentoring program

By Johana Trujillo

Graphic by Johana Trujillo

The student population at Long Beach City College has those who can envision themselves going into the educational field while others are unsure if teaching is something they should consider for their future.

During the Fall 2019 semester, the Faculty Assisting Mentoring Program will allow students the opportunity to explore options in educational careers by working one-on-one with a professor in a college classroom setting.

Students participating in the program will co-teach with a mentor, attend meetings, teach individual students or a small group, plan for lessons, and assist with preparations.

The program will also allow students the opportunity to explore options in educational careers.

“Some people think ‘well I don’t want to teach kids’, or have another major they want to do already, but when you look around Long Beach City faculty, or any faculty, you’ll find that a lot of them did not go into teaching, your science teachers did not go into teacher education, a lot of them majored in science and then realized ‘what am I going to do with this degree’, well I can teach with this degree,” said Alina Yang, the assistant professor for the Reading and Teacher Preparation department.

Students in the program will benefit from building their resume and work experience for future jobs while they gain confidence and skills in a professional work environment.

“I’m interested in this program because I felt that it would help me when I prepare for grad school, for me to set the tone now will help me tremendously, networking and building authentic relationships with the faculty,” said student Sreymum Suos, who is majoring in Early Childhood Education and Child Development.

Yesenia Carrase, an ultrasound major, is interested in going into an educational career.

“I am interested in going into teaching because I previously have worked in the field before but trying out and seeing this program can help decide if I really want to or not,” said Carrase.

In order to qualify for the program, candidates must be a full-time or part-time student at LBCC  pursuing a degree or certificate, registered for at least six units, have a GPA of at least 2.5 and fill out an application.

Upon selection, students will be required to spend a minimum of 25 hours with a mentor of their choice on campus.

Once they complete the 25 hours students will receive a certificate of recognition and a $300 stipend for their participation.

For applications contact Alina Yang at ayang@lbcc.edu.

Student orientation trainings will be held at PCC, September 19 at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and at LAC September 24 at 11:30 a.m.