Business Affairs Commission (BAC) Lifeline Mentor Program

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The Washington State Community and Technical College Business Affairs Commission strives for professional excellence in its membership. A way to insure professional excellence and individual success is through the mentoring of its newest members. To be successful in any field, aspiring leaders require role models and guidance. Mentors act as leaders, role models and guides. A mentor can affect the professional life of a mentee by fostering insight, identifying needed knowledge, and being available to answer questions about the profession. A mentor serves as an added resource and safe venue to explore issues unique to the Washington State Community and Technical College system.

This is a voluntary, informal program that is intended to give new members of the Business Affairs Commission (BAC) an opportunity to interact one-on-one with a seasoned BAC member. Having the availability of someone to call as a “Lifeline” can be instrumental in the new member‟s survival. The program is designed so that after the introduction of the mentor to mentee, the mentee is self-directed in contacting the mentor on an as-needed basis. However, it would be helpful if the mentor would check with the mentee at least at regular BAC meetings to see how they are doing. It is ultimately the responsibility of the mentee to set the frequency and intensity of the relationship.

Program Process

  • The BAC Operations Committee will be responsible for the mentor program and will keep an ongoing list of available mentors.
  • When a new member joins BAC, the BAC Operations Committee will ascertain if he/she is interested in participating in the mentor program and if so assign a mentor to the mentee.
  • Upon assignment, the mentor will contact the new member and establish the mentoring relationship.

Mentor Commitment

  • Mentors will be asked to assist the new BAC member as they learn the responsibilities of a business officer.
  • Mentors should be available for questions and moral support as needed.
  • Mentors should be open to sharing personal professional experiences as appropriate.
  • Respect the relationship – keep confidential discussions confidential.

Being a mentor provides an extraordinary opportunity to facilitate a mentee's personal and professional growth by sharing knowledge learned through years of experience. The experience gained by mentoring someone can facilitate the mentor‟s own professional growth, making them more of an asset to their college.

Mentee Commitment

  • Mentees should consider contacting their mentors at least monthly (by phone or email) to debrief on any issues or questions they may have. If they don‟t have pressing issues or questions, then the frequency may be less often.
  • Mentees should be respectful of a mentor‟s time by keeping appointments and promptly returning emails and phone calls.
  • Mentees should feel free to contact the mentor for information, advice and moral support as needed, or „Just Because‟.
  • Respect the relationship – keep confidential discussions confidential.

Being a mentee provides an extraordinary opportunity for the mentee to gain knowledge and personal experience in a safe and open environment. The experience gained will help to provide the mentee with the confidence needed to succeed as a business officer.

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