CEC Connect is the easiest and best way to keep up with all that’s going on at the CEC. This free online platform allows you to connect with fellow alumni, find or post jobs, mentor students and stay up to date with the college. Visit cecconnect.com or download the app in the Apple Store or Google Play.
Mentor a CEC Student
The CEC offers several ways for our alumni to engage with current students. We offer two structured mentoring programs in both the fall and spring semesters. Mentor Match and Mentor in March are month long, virtual experiences that pair alumni and students together. We give you the tools and resources to succeed, including a week-by-week curriculum plus free CEC swag.
While our formal matching process happens twice a year, students and alumni can network at any time using the CEC Connect platform. More information on our continuous mentorship opportunities can be found using the drop down below.
Have you found an amazing mentor or mentee? We want to share your story and help you earn free CEC swag!
We’re encouraging all our alumni mentors and students to get together and grab coffee or lunch. During this meeting, make sure to snap a photo and post it on social media and CEC Connect. Tag our official CEC account and use #PerkUpYourNetwork, to claim an official CEC coffee mug.
CEC students are willing and eager to learn from your professional and personal experiences. With your wisdom and guidance, you can positively impact the life of a current student to make sure they get the most out of their academic experience. Mentorship can provide lasting relationships that will continue to grow and evolve far beyond graduation.
The program is designed to engage alumni volunteers of all backgrounds and experience levels. This process is all about what you want to make it! Mentors and mentees are encouraged to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month via phone call, email or Skype conversation). However, you both can determine the frequency and form of communication. It’s all up to you!
Once you join CEC Connect and indicate your willingness to serve as a mentor, you’ll be a part of the exclusive, online mentoring community. On a rolling basis, CEC students will have a chance to join and review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits their interests and career goals. Once a student finds their ideal mentor, the student will send a direct message requesting to be your mentee. From there, mentors will review mentorship request(s) and approve student(s) accordingly.
Once you have accepted all the mentees you are able to mentor, you may update your profile to change your availability. Within your profile, you can unselect the “Willing to be a mentor” box. You can do so by clicking on the “Me” tab on the top menu bar, then click “Update my profile,” and uncheck “Willing to be a mentor.” This will signal that you are no longer available for mentorship and thus no longer accepting requests.
Mentors are encouraged to complete their profile by including all relevant professional, academic, and volunteer experience. In addition, you can enhance your profile by providing answers to the questions: “Why do you want to mentor a current student?” and “What do you hope to offer as a mentor?” This will provide students with the best information to determine that you are the best match for mentorship. Staff can also assist you with finding a mentee match, if needed.
CEC alumni are willing and eager to help you with your career. You just have to be willing to ask. Whether it’s how to apply for a job or what graduate program you should consider, there’s a good chance that one of our alumni knows the answer.
The program is designed to be easy and simple for both the alumnus and the student. You are in the driver’s seat when it comes to finding a mentor. The CEC Connect platform makes it easy to match with an alumnus that has similar interests as you so don’t be afraid to reach out! Once you connect with an alumnus, you all can decide if you’d like to chat through the platform or grab a coffee.
On a rolling basis, CEC students will have a chance to review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits their interests and career goals. Once a student finds their ideal mentor, the student will send a direct message requesting to be a mentee. From there, mentors will review mentorship request(s) and approve student(s) accordingly.
The CEC works with several K-12 programs and other organizations across our state to promote STEM initiatives. We have several opportunities for alumni to get involved and help spread the word about the CEC. If you’d like to volunteer, email Zach Driver at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and industry.