Jump Start for New Alumni Career Network Mentoring Program
New York City College of Technology alumnus Rickie James, photo left, and City Tech student Edward Davis, photo right, have established a highly productive mentor/mentee relationship well in advance of the official launch of the City Tech Alumni Association’s new Alumni Career Network Mentoring Program. The two are pictured here with a senior official of the Preservation League of New York State (PLNYS), an organization dedicated to the protection of New York’s diverse and rich heritage of historic buildings, districts and landscapes.
James, a 1977 graduate of City Tech’s associate degree program in Architectural Technology, went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at SUNY/Buffalo. Currently an associate architect with the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture and pursuing additional studies in Historic Preservation at The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen in Manhattan, his commitment to assisting others in achieving their academic and professional goals spans the whole of his career.
James participated in the City Tech Alumni Association-sponsored City Tech/George Westinghouse High School Mentoring Partnership several years ago and has signed on to be a mentor with the association’s new mentoring program. The program, which will officially launch later in 2014, will pair City Tech students in their final semester with alumni already professionally engaged in the students’ chosen career field. The mentors will assist their mentees by guiding them through a critical stage in the latter’s college experience – their last months in school and the time spent taking their first steps onto the career ladder.
But James and Davis didn’t wait for the new program to launch. For several months, James has been working with Davis, who is completing his studies at City Tech in graphic design. The two met through their volunteer involvement in Women’s Press Collective activities, and James began coaching Davis, who had expressed his great interest in historic preservation, in computer-related applications of graphic design in the field of architecture. In addition, James introduced Davis and his talents to PLNYS officials as a way of getting him and his talents known to the New York’s historic preservation community.