Beyond the Classroom

Fall Group Mentoring Experience Sessions





Welcome to the CLIMB Online Mentor Training site!  
Here, we have assembled the resources that you will need to prepare you to be a mentor to our students here at Columbia College.

Instructions for the online training:

  1. Read the 2016 Mentor Handbook OR Review the Mentor Training Powerpoint Presentation
  2. Complete the Mentor Online Training Orientation.
  3. Once we receive your completed orientation form, someone from our office will be in contact with you with steps on how to move forward.

*While it is not a requirement, you also may wish to view the Training Workshop video.  Here, you will hear from the director of program, Chante Clarkson, as she discusses the program in more detail as well as from two of our current mentors as they talk about their mentoring experience.


Mentor Training Resources


Choosing a Mentoring Option

If you have not yet chosen which option you would like to participate in or if you have chosen the Group Experience option and have not yet chosen one of the three meeting dates, you may do so by clicking on the link below.




Back to Main Mentor page


2016 Mentor Handbook

This handbook contains the goals, policies, procedures, etc for the Columbia College Mentoring Program.
Mentoring Forms
1st Meeting Form

Both mentor and mentee should fill out one of these at your first meeting. This form contains information gathering, relationship parameters and goal setting questions.

FERPA Form      This form allows the mentor to obtain contact information on the mentee.  Both are required to sign this form and turn in to the Center for Academic and Professional Advising in the Ariail House.

Conversation   Guide This guide will aid the mentor and mentee to start their relationship by engaging in collaborative conversation. 

Mentoring Articles

Mentoring: An Essential Leadership Skill - from

Mentoring is an essential leadership skill. In addition to managing and motivating people, it's also important that you can help others learn, grow and become more ...


The 8 Qualities of a Strong Mentor

This article is about building a support system which allows for conversation, exchanging ideas and constructive advice. Although the article is geared more toward a work/supervision mentoring relationship the 8 qualities still hold true for a student/professional relationship. Building trust, being an active listener and a cheerleader are just a few of the qualities covered in the article that can make a huge difference in your mentee’s experience. (read more...)


Building Effective Mentoring Partnerships

As a mentor you can provide in two different ways: through constructive feedback or through praise and criticism. Constructive feedback is far superior in helping the mentee gain valuable information about him or herself and, done properly, it can go a long way in boosting self-confidence and building rapport. (read more...)


20 Great Ideas for Work mentoring activities

So you’ve been asked to be a mentor for someone – that’s great! But what exactly do you do as a career mentor? This article contains a list of some suggested training and mentoring activities that you and your mentee can use as inspiration.

Mentoring Videos


The above video link is from the August 2016 Mentor Training Workshop.  This will take you to our Online Mentor Training page where you can view this video. If you were not able to make the training session or have recently joined the program, this is a great way to learn what the program is all about and give you some details of the two mentoring options avaiable. 


Success Story Videos: The following video is from our 2016 Mentor/Mentee Appreciation Dinner. This video shows first hand how being a mentor can have a tremendous impact on a student's life.

 (coming soon)



Mentoring Tips

Reflections on the One-on-One Mentoring Session
Reflecting is an important part of any learning. Take time after each mentoring session to think about:

  • What went well?
  • Where did we get stuck?
  • What can we do differently?
  For Mentors:
  • Was I prepared? On time? Engaged?
  • Did I appropriately answer the questions my mentee had for me?  Was I honest? Did I listen?
  • Did I encourage my mentee to explore her own ideas for answers?
  • Did I challenge her to think?
  • How did I help my mentee today?


Training Videos


Video 1: Being a Columbia College mentor




Video 2: How To Mentor Someone: A 3-Minute Crash Course 



Video 3: Mentoring: How to be an effective mentor



 Back to Mentor Program page

Since its inception, the CLIMB Mentor Program has matched students with more than 400 professional women from over 225 companies in the community. These companies are listed below:


 * - Columbia College Mentoring Partner


Absolute Total Care


AgFirst Farm Credit Bank

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Airport High School

AllSouth Federal Credit Union*

Alternatives In Homecare

American Business Women's Association*

Ascension Lutheran Church

Arts as Medicine

Aspire Early Learning Ctr

At Home Parent


AXA Advisors

Babcock Center, Inc

Bank of America




Beaufort School District

Benedict College


Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC*

Blythewood Middle School

Camden High School

CAP Counseling LLC

CareCam Health Systems

Carolina School for Inquiry-Rich One

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity

Chapin Middle School*

Chappell, Smith and Arden Law Firm

Children’s Trust of South Carolina

City of Columbia

City Year

Clear Vision Seminars

Coldwell Banker United

Colonial Life*

Columbia College

Columbia Housing Authority

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Columbia Regional Visitor Center

Community Opportunity Resource

Community Relations Council

Computer Sciences Corporation

Companion Data Services

Critical Transitions

DACS, Inc.

Daniels Law Firm

Designed Just Right

Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services

Department of Public Health Sciences

Department of the Army

Digitize Marketing

Diligard Edwards, LLC

Dorchester School District 2

DuPont Protection Technologies

Dutchman Creek Middle School

Early Autism Project*



Eleven6 Events


Enterprise Holdings

Fairfield County School District

Find Great People


First Citizens

First Community Bank*

Gaillard Management Corporation

General Federation of Women's Clubs*

Girl Scouts

Girls on the Run*

GIS, Inc

Grace Outdoor Advertising

Gray Sail

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Historic Columbia

Home Advantage Realty

I Am Tiffany J

IMPACT Career Coaching

Independence House

Independent Contractor

Innovation Group

Interactive Intelligence



J Markowitz MD & Associates

Jasper County School District

Joseph Keels Elementary - Richland 2

Joy Saadiq Makeup Artistry

Junior Achievement of SC

K. Scott & Associates, LLC

Kershaw County Schools

Kirkland Correctional Institute

Labor Lawyers

Langford Elementary-Richland Two

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lexington County Sheriff's Department

Lexington Medical Center

Lexington School District 1

Lexington School District 2

Lexington School District 4-Frances Mack

Lexington School District 5

Lexington/Richland School District 5


Linda Renwick Realty

Livingston Insurance Agency

LLE Construction Group


LS3P Engage Design Transform

M. Gallery Interiors

MB Kahn

McAngus Goudelock & Courie

McNair Law Firm

Medical University of SC

Mental Synergy



Mid-Carolina AHEC, Inc.

Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism

Midlands Cardiology Associates

Midlands Education & Business Alliance (MEBA)

Midlands Technical College

Molinal Health Care

My Dessert Bar


National Advocacy Center (NAC)

Nelson Mullins

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation

NHE, Inc.

Office of Senator Lindsey Graham

One, Inc

Orgburg-Calhoun Tech College

Palmetto Center For Women*

Palmetto Dance Ctr

Palmetto Early Beginnings

Palmetto GBA

Palmetto Health Foundation

Palmetto Health Hospital

Palmetto Health Hospice

Palmetto State Teachers Association*


Pathology Association of Lexington

Pawmetto Lifeline

Pitner Orthodontics

Preston Residential College, USC


Providence Hospitals

Pruitt Health Therapy Services


Regional Clinical Specialist

Resolution Solutions in Education, LLC

Richardson, Plowden and Robinson P.A.

Richland Co. Library

Richland County Council

Richland District 1

Richland District 2*

Richland District 2 Charter High School

Roche Pharmaceuticals

Round Top Elementary - 5th gr

RR Donnelly

Russell & Jeffcoat

S2TEM Centers SC

Saluda River Academy for the Arts

SC Appleseed Legal Justice

SC Army National Guard

SC Assoc of Counties


SC Consumer

SC Dept of Corrections

SC Dept of Housing and Urban Development

SC Dept of Justice

SC Dept of Revenue

SC Dept of Social Services


SC Highway Patrol

SC House of Representatives

SC Speech Language Hearing*






School Transformation



Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Snelling Midlands

South Carolina Department of Education

The South Carolina Education Association

South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation*

South Carolina Judicial Department

South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers

South Carolina Primary Healthcare Association

South Carolina State Museum

South University School of Pharmacy

Spring Valley High School*

Staples, Inc.

State Farm

Student - Law

Sustainable Midlands

TCube Solutions, Inc

TD Bank

Tell Them SC

Terminix Service, Inc

The Gold Standard

The Hive CC

The South Carolina Education Association

Time Warner Cable

TPS Logistics

Training Visions


UCI Medical Affiliates

Unbound Dance Company

United Way of the Midlands

US Army Garrison- Ft Jackson

US Dept of Housing and Urban Development/Designed Just Right

US Dept of Justice

US Postal Service

US Property and Fiscal Office of SC


USC - Arnold School of Public Health


Verizon Wireless

Virginia College

Vista Smiles of Columbia

Webster University

Wells Fargo

Widows of Opportunity*

Willis Professional Services


Wolters Kluwer

Women in Philanthropy* 

Wrightstuf Co.

Your Foundation

Zynx Health, Inc.


* - Columbia College Mentoring Partner

If you are already a part of our CLIMB Mentoring Program as a mentee or a mentor, we would like to invite you to our upcoming reception so that we can say 'Thank you' for your involvement this past year.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would be able to join us on April 14 as we prepare for this exciting event!