Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast and Manatee Technical College Launch a First of its Kind Workplace Mentoring Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast and Manatee Technical College will launch the Beyond School Walls a first of its kind workplace mentoring program in partnership with Southeast High School that will help students gain a special learning experience outside the classroom. The official launch will take place on Wednesday, April 25, on the main campus of MTC, at 6305 E State Rd 70 Bradenton, in the Wagner Auditorium.

Students and guests will arrive at 9:00 a.m. followed by the welcome and program at 9:30 a.m.

Guest speakers at the launch will include; Dr. Valerie Viands, Director, Manatee Technical College, Joy Mahler, President/CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Doug Wagner, Executive Director Adult Career and Technical Education, Manatee County School District, Cynthia Saunders, Deputy Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, Manatee County School District, and Rosa Faison, Principal, Southeast High School.

The workplace mentoring program, called Beyond School Walls, allows high school students to interact with mentors in a business setting. Students experience what it means to work for a corporation, learn business etiquette, and identify educational requirements for professional success. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has matched students from Southeast High School with Manatee Technical College senior staff members. Students work with their mentor to craft a plan for the future that includes what is necessary to meet their career goals.

“Through a collaborative partnership, we have extended the education of our youth beyond their school, to a local educational institution,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters President and CEO Joy Mahler.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast provides one-to-one mentoring relationships to children ages 6- 18 years old throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee, and Charlotte, Lee, Hendry and Collier counties. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. The organization provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more information please visit:

Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters Suncoast and Manatee Technical College

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