Marian University’s Peer Leader Program nets certification

September 16, 2019

The Peer Leader Program of Marian University’s TRIO Student Support Services has earned International Mentor Training Program Certification (IMPTC) through the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA).

TRIO-SSS Peer Leaders provide an extra level of support to traditional first-year students from a pre-orientation Summer Bridge program through the end of their first academic year.

The certification recognizes that the TRIO-SSS Peer Leaders experience research-based and strategically implemented training to prepare them to develop empowering and supporting relationships with those they mentor. It allows the program to certify those who complete the training requirements and the minimum required hours of mentoring as IMPTC certified mentors. This communicates to others outside of the organization the validity and credibility of TRIO-SSS Peer Leaders and their mentoring skills and abilities.

“We have amazing students in the TRIO-SSS program that give of themselves to support their peers,” said TRIO-SSS Director Melissa Luedtke. “I’m beyond grateful to these students for their dedication to serving others.”

Luedtke noted that the research, work, and commitment of TRIO staff member and Peer Leader Coordinator Alex Kurowski was crucial to the certification process, with his intentional design of the training, structure, and support of the peer mentoring program leading to it achieving the certification.

“I am very proud that our Peer Leader program is receiving this level of recognition,” said Luedtke.

Pictured – TRIO-SSS Peer Leaders, seen here, provide an extra level of support to traditional first-year students from a pre-orientation Summer Bridge program through the end of their first academic year.

Students at a bowling alleyAlex Kurowski Headshot