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Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentor Leadership Academy 

The Peer Mentor Leadership Academy (PMLA) is a program designed to enhance student success at Bakersfield College. This program integrates and provides professional development opportunities to student employees. Selected students undergo a series of trainings and workshops to help them prepare for their roles as Peer Mentors. Through the understanding of their role and its connection to the institutional mission, Peer Mentors actively enhance student success efforts.

Research shows that Peer Mentor programs promote student success that is evidenced by an increase in retention, persistence, and completion rates for both the mentors and mentees. Successful Peer Mentor programs are a campus-wide effort that include an intentional and ongoing training component.

Contact Us

The Peer Mentor Office is located in the Office of Student Life at Campus Center 4

Hours of Operation:

Fall and Spring
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Fridays: closed

Call & Connect

Phone: 661-395-4355


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Upcoming Events:

PMLA Training - January 9, 2017
Email Maria Wright for more information!


About Peer Mentoring

Mission Statement

The Peer Mentor Leadership Academy (PMLA) at Bakersfield College is dedicated to training highly motivated students that aspire to help their peers reach academic success. Peer Mentors will provide guidance through educational, wellness, and social channels that connect mentees to the Renegade community.

As a result of active participation in PMLA, mentees will:

  • Develop and strengthen a sense of student identity; 
  • Become effectively integrated into the academic culture through engagement with their peers, faculty, and the campus as a whole;
  • Develop advocacy and citizenship skills that contribute to the progression of social justice in the classroom, the campus, and the community;
  • Acquire the necessary skills to make academic progress, pursue their academic goals, and to become independent and life-long learners.

Learning Outcomes: Peer Mentors

As a result of engagement with PMLA, Peer Mentors will:

  1. Be knowledgeable of campus and community resources.
  2. Actively make appropriate referrals based on students’ needs and interests.
  3. Engage mentees in action-based interventions that yield student success milestones.
  4. Develop support networks with Peer Mentors across the campus.
  5. Develop interpersonal and leadership skills.

Learning Outcomes: Mentees

As a result of participation in PMLA, mentees will:

  1. Improve their GPA by actively participating in SI, CAS, Tutoring sessions, and workshops.
  2. Earn early registration status by creating and/or updating their Student Educational Plan (SEP) through Counseling appointments and workshops.
  3. Gain financial literacy by attending Financial Aid workshops and meeting with Financial Aid advisors.
  4. Actively engage with the Renegade community through participation in student activities and organizations.
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