Advantages

Advantages for Students Joining Southwest Mentors Advancing Retention, Teamwork, and Success (SMARTS)

SMARTS will match students with faculty/staff mentors who work in departments closely related to a students' interest. Mentors will provide sound career advice and guidance to students in developing and formulating attainable academic and career goals.

SMARTS will foster mentoring relationships that support students' journey toward self-reliance, successful graduation, and transfer to a four-year institution or career placement.

SMARTS will engage students in the development of social relationships and connect them to college programs and activities.

SMARTS will challenge students to develop into leaders who will accept responsibility, become empowered to manage their own challenges, decision making, and assist in forming a community of academically and socially engaged students.