Owens Community College was chosen as one of nine colleges nationally to pilot the Connect2Complete (C2C) program and the selected schools are committed to developing and testing the C2C model. Campus Compact (compact.org), together with the pilot sites, is using data and evidence from the pilot schools to support the identification of the essential elements necessary to codify a peer mentoring/service learning model.
The Connect2Complete program has become an institutionalized program on the Owens Community College campus, identifying a team of 15 Owens Civic Ambassadors (student employees) who serve as Peer Advocates and student leaders. They model student success and utilize community service experiences as tools to enhance and support student learning, specifically with first year Owens students, but expanding service to include students at all levels of achievement at Owens.
Owens Civic Ambassadors are student employees who are recruited and trained to support their peers through community service that is directly tied to course curriculum. The student leaders offer one on one and group support to students and faculty, attend service events, maintain relationships with community partners, offer mentoring as a means of support with developmental subjects and connect students to valuable resources on campus when needed. Civic Ambassadors are also trained Ohio Benefit Bank Counselors who connect members of the community to needed resources and streamline the application process.
The Civic Ambassadors offer walk-in office hours and can be found in College Hall 154 or reached at (567) 661-2293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.