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Cal State Channel Islands Pilots Business Student Mentorship Program

The Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics at California State University – Channel Islands in Camarillo has received a $34,000 grant to start a pilot peer mentorship program. The program, funded by the Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Foundation, aims to provide academic and psychosocial support to students studying business and economics. The mentors will spend several hours each week providing tutoring and small-group learnings sessions, in addition to organizing events to help fellow students navigate being a first-generation college student. Susan Andrzejewski, interim dean of the Smith School, said that research shows that many of the university’s first-generation students feel more comfortable seeking additional academic and social support from peers. “The benefit of the program is two-fold,” Andrzejewski said in a statement. “Not only does it allow us to provide additional leadership and campus job opportunities to students who have performed very well, but by serving as a peer mentor, these students can help 40 or so of their peers succeed as well.”

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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