CATALYST Mentoring

CATALYST Mentoring

REAL Program

Experiential learning opportunity

Engage with a professional mentor in your discipline to explore career options, professional readiness, personal strengths and values, and develop your leadership skills.


Gabbi Merales Zott, M.S., ATP


Students engaging with the CATALYST program must begin in the Fall, and for winter and spring terms must have been enrolled in the previous term.



Maximum enrollment


NACE competencies

  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/work ethic
  • Career management


  • 3

Registration options

Start terms

  • Fall

Offered online


Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the components of effective mentoring relationships 
  2. Confront current beliefs about leadership and develop a personal leadership identity 
  3. Identify how personal strengths, dispositions, and values influence leadership 
  4. Enhance interpersonal and communication skills 
  5. Articulate personal and professional goals and development areas

Content / knowledge / concepts

  • Skills and considerations necessary to create and sustain an effective long term mentoring relationship 
  • Professional communication and how to build and maintain a professional network 
  • Exploration of self: strengths, values, and goals 
  • Leadership theory and how your strengths and values influence leadership 
  • Career readiness skills that important to employers, including identification of current skill levels and development areas

Course experiences

  • Schedule and complete monthly 1 hour meetings with a professional mentor 
  • Complete various personal assessments (strengths, values, professional readiness) 
  • Complete a shared reading with mentor on values based leadership and discuss 
  • Create a leadership identity statement and professional development plan 
  • Identify service and leadership opportunities in local community

Assessment activities

  • Digital portfolio 
  • Reflections 
  • Discussion entries 
  • Short assignments 
  • Program assessment 

Additional info

Go to CATALYST mentorship program to read more and apply to the program.