Some of Alcorn State University’s most driven employees recently completed a program that will enhance their professional mentoring skills.
Six Alcornites completed the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Coaching Certification Program Monday, Nov. 27 in the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Facility Gold Room. Dr. Adrian Hammitte, career development instructor, Devina Hogan, director of Student Engagement, Juan McDonald, career development instructor, Dr. Joey Mitchell, director for Career Services, Chelsey Nicholas, head volleyball coach and Bradford Shedrick, fitness coordinator, received certificates for meeting the requirements of the program.
The NACE Coaching Certification Program is designed for career services members wishing to demonstrate their success as a career coach using proven ethical and professional standards in their pursuit of becoming a Board Certified Coach, which is offered through the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.
According the NACE, Alcorn is the first school in the state of Mississippi to take advantage of the opportunity. Mitchell applauds the university for providing training that will enable employees to better accommodate students.
“Our primary concern is being better prepared to serve our student body, however, it is always great to be first,” said Mitchell.
Completing the program gives Hogan assurance of her ability to properly guide students into their purpose.
“Completing this program will better equip me with the knowledge and skills to properly coach students towards their desired goals,” said Hogan. “As a student affairs professional, I encounter countless students who need someone to help them figure things out. You must help the students to discover themselves and find where their talents and passions lie.”
Nicholas plans to use the lessons she learned in the program to display quality leadership and clear communication while coaching her players.
“I plan on doing this through my leadership,” said Nicholas. “Within my coaching career, I also plan to continue improving my listening and communication skills. This will permit my team and I to continue to convey positive information and energy to each other.”
Because of the newfound skills learned during the program, Hammitte feels better equipped to train others for success.
“It felt surreal,” said Hammitte. “My colleagues and I covered so much information in such a short period of time. The presenters noted that our passion and thirst for knowledge was remarkable. They mentioned that we were one of the best groups they have ever worked with. I strongly believe that the NACE program has strengthened my coaching skills and enhanced my life both personally and professionally.”