People seeking to enter local community college nursing programs and medical programs internationally face a variety of barriers to educational success.
These barriers are not just financial in nature, though that is one issue. Many students lack a support system to answer questions about the medical field, their classwork, or provide encouragement. They lack the tools they need to succeed. This results in men and women losing the opportunity to impact their communities through a medical degree.
Furthermore, many potential students are using a degree in nursing and medicine to propel themselves and their families out of poverty. If they lack the tools to succeed in the program, it prevents them from achieving their full potential and pushes them right back into poverty.
We bridge the gap to education by eliminating both financial barriers and barriers to career success. We do this through mentorship, professional development, test preparation, and financial scholarships.
Students in Portage Community programs, regardless of financial need, are matched with both a medical mentor and a life mentor who provide professional support and guidance, resources, encouragement, and wisdom during the academic year. Mentors regularly meet with and contact mentees to help them overcome any issues to educational success.
Furthermore, all students attend multiple professional development sessions and test prep sessions so they have the tools to succeed in all aspects of their education and future career.
See Our Impact
"I found an entire support system that I didn't know I needed and I can't imagine getting through nursing school without it. My mentor was so kind and you could truly tell that she genuinely cared about me as well as my success in the program. Thank you just doesn't seem sufficient enough, but thank you so much!!"
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