RICHLAND, Wash.– Mentors are needed for the new Cougar Success program at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Professionals in various fields are invited to create this support network for the first freshman class at WSU Tri-Cities. The goal is to form mentoring relationships that help students connect to the community and learn how to be successful in their future careers.

WSU alumni are especially encouraged to be part of the Cougar Success program, although being a Cougar is not a prerequisite. After enough people are interested in serving as mentors to the 117 freshmen, the program will be expanded to upperclassmen.

How to get involved:
• Apply to be a mentor by contacting Johan Curtiss, WSU Tri-Cities career services manager, at 372-7351 or jcurtiss@tricity.wsu.edu. Applications are due by Nov. 9.

• Attend the initial kick-off session this winter.

• Meet with your student in person at least twice per semester — such as meeting for lunch or coffee, inviting your student to be a job shadow, etc.

• Make contact at least monthly by phone or e-mail.

• Attend the wrap-up celebration with your student in early May.

Mentors are not career counselors or personal advisors to students.
Instead, mentors share information about their own academic journey
and how that affected their career choices. They also provide insight
into their professions. This could include, but is not limited to, personal
questions and answers, job shadowing, and networking.

Cougar Success mentors are needed from a wide variety of fields — even for degrees not directly offered at WSU Tri-Cities. The Richland campus offers undergraduate degrees in business, education, nursing, computer science, engineering, science, viticulture and enology and the liberal arts, including history, psychology, English, digital technology, and sociology.

For a complete list of the degree programs, see www.tricity.wsu.edu, click on “academics.”