Pipelines 2 Possibilities means a lot to me. Although, I was in my last semester of my Masters of Higher Education & Administration at an HBCU, there were still a cultural and social development component that I could only receive at P2P. What can I say, THEY TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN! I can genuinely attest that I have grown more as a leader, an educator, and a connector than anywhere else. P2P has inspired me on so many levels. The model and framework that Helen and the team have created is something that I will never forget.
To be surrounded by profound educators and scholars that collectively work together and share their abundant knowledge will last a lifetime. My overall experience with my mentor Dr. Ebony Tyree was a match made by the ancestors. I know that I am stronger in every aspect of my life because of the care and support that they have provided me. Not only do I have relationships that will remain irreplaceable but, I have another family.
“Over the past two years I have accomplished much that I am proud of. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is one of them. I obtained my master’s degree in Criminal Justice at the same institution which is an HBCU. Prior to completion of my program, I was given an opportunity to be an intern. Being that I am originally from Los Angeles, California it was ironic that the internship is based there. Pipelines to Possibilities is the name of the program and it’s connected to the California Community College system.
The institution that I graduated from is a Historically Black College. The state of California technically doesn’t have Historically Black Colleges. However, there are colleges and universities that individuals or locals consider HBCU’s. The California Community College system is looking for individuals who look like me. Hence which is why the Pipelines to Possibilities internship was created. There is nothing stronger than a man or woman that looks like me with an education. I am very grateful to have gotten such opportunity. My experience with P2P was a great and humbling journey. It felt like I was reunited with family members I never even met before but knew my whole life. I would highly recommend anyone that has an interest in education to partake in this program!
What do Pipelines 2 Possibilities (P2P) mean to me? P2P means hope to me. I hope for a successful future with the knowledge and support provided by the mentorship and professional development lessons that P2P provides. P2P has encouraged me to continue working hard to obtain my goals in education. This program has equipped me with direction, resume-building skills, and teaching skills. The staff and mentor sessions have helped me stay focused and supported. I am grateful for the leadership and knowledge that has come from being a part of the P2P family. They always ask, “If anyone needs anything, please let us know?” The fruitful training that will help me advance in my future career, the educated leaders, and other students help me stay on track. I feel valued, and I appreciate P2P for selecting me. I hope this program will continue to uplift the communities and prepare us for a successful career in the California Community College setting.
“There are few programs that offer HBCU graduate students and recent graduates the opportunity to learn from talented faculty and administrators in one of the most sophisticated systems of higher education in the world. The Pipeline2Possibilities program (affectionately known as P2P) is one of them. My experience in P2P opened my mind to the amazing possibility of teaching in the California Community College system which has a goal of diversifying the faculty ranks. I was assigned a mentor who gave me an “all-access” look into the dedication that it takes to be a successful teacher, administrator, and advocate for the diverse students served by community colleges in the state of California. I learned essential skills in syllabus development, validating equity in the classroom, navigating the academic job market, among others. This immersive experience broadened my professional network, increased my excitement to pursue full time faculty opportunities, and informed my understanding of the different types of institutions in American higher education and their value to the public. I am certain that the skills that I developed alongside my P2P colleagues and mentors will be instrumental as I continue my professional journey in the academy.