CCI Mentoring

CCI Mentoring Program

The College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) is dedicated to educating and promoting a more diverse student body and workforce in the field of computing. In addition to CCI advising, tutoring, and business partners, mentoring is an integral part of student success. 

Research shows that those who are mentored achieve stronger sense of belonging to the university, greater career advancement, larger professional networks, and confidence than those who are not mentored. Mentoring can come in various formats, including peer-to-peer mentoring and corporate mentoring.

The CCI Director of Mentoring develops mentorship programs that support the academic and professional success of students.

For information about the CCI Mentoring Program, please contact its Director, Der Vang.

Mentoring programs available to CCI students:

NorthState CCI Mentorship Program
The NorthState CCI Mentorship Program is committed to broadening the participation and promoting greater gender diversity and equity in computing. Inspired by the memory of Velva Hayden, NorthState’s former CEO, and one of the first female CEOs in the South, the program is focused on three pillars: Corporate Mentorship, Leadership, and Community-Building.
Corporate Mentorship:
Each student is paired up with a corporate mentor who is currently working in a computing role in Charlotte. Corporate mentors are experienced professionals who can provide students with professional guidance, tips on career development, and networking
In the fall, students are enrolled in a 1.0 credit course, taught by the Director of Mentoring. The course is focused on leadership and enhances what students are learning with their mentor. 
There are various academic and social activities held throughout the year for students to connect with one another and learn something new. This includes volunteering, attending lectures, or participating in activities hosted by CCI organizations.
Broadening Participation in Computing:
We want to shape the future of computing to be more equitable, inclusive, and diverse. Broadening participation in computing is our priority. Respect and care for others is also important. We do this by learning from one another, engaging in dialogue, and lifting as we climb.

As of fall 2019, students must:
Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate computer science major or minor or starting first year of the early entry masters program in CCI
Be a sophomore or junior. Graduating in fall 2020, spring 2021, or later. We will accept graduating seniors on a case-by-case basis. If you are graduating next year, please still apply if you are interested.
Demonstrate a commitment to broadening the participation and promoting greater gender diversity and equity in computing
Demonstrate involvement in campus organizations or the community
No minimum GPA requirement
No cost to participate

Participation Requirements:
If accepted to the program, students must actively participate from fall 2019 - spring 2020 and be available:

Course: ITCS 250: Topics in Computer Science [CCI Mentorship Seminar]
Various Mondays: 4:00 - 5:00 pm, 1.0 credit, graded

Student Retreat: Saturday, September 7th, 2019. All day. Off-campus

Kick-Off Event/Mentors Meet & Greet: Wednesday, September 11th, 2019. 4pm-6pm. On-campus

Extended Deadline: Monday, April 29 at 5 pm
Applications are now open and have limited spots. Applicants will receive a decision by May 2019.

NorthState CCI Mentorship Program (for corporate mentors)
More information coming soon.
alumni scholarship fund

The Alumni Gives Scholarship allows students to pursue their dreams and contribute to the technology community.  This needs-based scholarship empowers students to overcome financial hurdles while pursuing their education goals and gives preference to underrepresented populations within the CCI student body. 

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