The Mentoring Connection (TMC) is an innovative web-based
program designed to help manage the logistics of your mentoring programs and partnerships.
TMC offers you the opportunity to:
- Apply to the mentoring program on-line.
- Keep track of upcoming mentoring activities and training events.
- Suggest potential mentoring matches and much, much more!
Mentors and mentorees apply to the mentoring program on-line by
completing an application form which includes a biographical profile. TMC
collects this important data to make selections, facilitate future
matches and to track the relationship after matches have been made.
The success of a formal mentoring program is dependent upon a
carefully orchestrated selection and matching process. There are a variety of ways to match
participants. These methods range from formal matches by an outside committee/task force to a more informal one that
encompasses one’s own mentoring philosophy. TMC assists organizations in matching mentors with mentorees by
collecting vital information and then employing a dynamic matching system to
match mentorees with an appropriate mentor. Every effort is made to match
mentorees with someone who can best support their developmental needs.
Effective mentoring programs expose employees to a variety of conditions
that foster learning from other people, learning by doing and learning
from challenging experiences. A Mentoring Action Plan provides a
roadmap for keeping the partnership on track and on target. The plans
are based on an individual assessment of the mentorees needs and are
supported by adequate resources in an active mentoring partnership.
Program coordinators will use this feature to forecast funding
requirements as well as analyze the collective training needs of the
An on-line forum for mentors, mentorees and program coordinators to
stay connected through a threaded discussion style bulletin board.
An on-line calendar of events provides the program coordinator an opportunity to post upcoming events and developmental opportunities.
Continual evaluation of the development process is an integral part
of a successful mentoring program. Consistent monitoring will ensure that pro-active adjustments are made
to the program design to facilitate further success. Therefore, there are two critical
checkpoints: six months after the program begins and at the conclusion.
TMC provides an on-line evaluation process that collects information to clearly
determine what aspects of the program are successful and what areas could
benefit from a mid-course correction or adjustment.
A Library where the Program Coordinator can post Articles, Workbooks,
Newsletters, Powerpoint Presentations and other key resource materials that
offer mentoring tips and techniques.
TMC will offer monthly Newsletters designed to give the
partnership a quick energy boost and offers targeted solutions for
specific work/life issues.
A built in group messaging system allows the Program Administrator
an opportunity to communicate to all active partners automatically. TMC’s group messaging tool can send
e-mails to all participants in the mentoring program or sort by a certain group or demographic (i.e. mentors only, mentorees only, supervisors only,
participants within a specific location, etc.)
TMC provides the infrastructure, including hardware, software, data-encryption certification
through Verisign (to protect personal information), and high-speed connectivity.
TMC website was verified to meet the U.S.
Section 508 guidelines.
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