Men empowerment network becomes a success tool for minority males

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Men Empowerment Network has inspired an English Sophomore to finish his classes, make higher grades and network.

Georgina Navarro

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

English Literature sophomore Miguel Alcorn has participated in Men Empowerment Network at this college since the middle of the spring semester.

MEN, which began in spring 2015, is designed to help minority males succeed.

This program offers conferences, student symposiums and mentoring opportunities.

Alcorn is also a work-study in the study learning assistance center known as the SLAC lab.

Alcorn shared the benefits of joining MEN in an interview Sept. 2.

“I have better ways to navigate through my academics,” Alcorn said.

The program has helped Alcorn stay focused and motivated him to maintain good grades.

He had a 2.7 grade-point average last semester and is working toward achieving a 4.0 this semester. He attended the annual Male Student Leadership Summit at the University of Texas at Austin Aug. 13-14.

The symposium encouraged him to reach his potential and take his classes seriously.

“College is serious; teachers will not just pass you because you show up to class,” he said.

He entered this college as a music business major and changed it to English literature, but he wants to transfer to UT-Austin and pursue a music degree.

He produces music and wants to combine his musical talent and creative writing.

Community college is known to have students stop out, Mona Aldana-Ramírez, director of retention support service and student success, said Aug. 26 in an interview.

Stop-outs are students who attend college but drop out and later decide to come back.

Although Alcorn has not experienced a stop-out personally, he knows students who dropped permanently.

“A lot of people stop going to school because they do not have that support system or motivational factor,” Alcorn said.

During the leadership summit in Austin, he learned “how to use time wisely inside and outside of the classroom,” Alcorn said.

Time management is a crucial part of college career.

“I learned how to get scholarships in a way I was never shown before,” he said.

At the conference Alcorn met successful minority men who work one on one with students on the scholarship process.

MEN began with 14 students and is now looking to expand, Aldana-Ramírez said.

Inspiration and motivation have been Alcorn’s key contributors.

“Before joining (MEN) I did not have that drive, but now I’m motivated,” Alcorn said.

For more information, email maldana-ramirez@alamo.edu or visit Room 124 in Chance Academic Center.

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