Though he had attended college for two years in Florida, Jujuan Lewis felt adrift when he transferred to UTC. He turned to Student Support Services for help. Today, Lewis is a senior in finance and SGA president. “I got the tools necessary to succeed on campus, to make the grades, to get involved,” he says.
A highly structured program focused on more than success in the classroom is increasing the number of black male graduates at UTC.
Student Support Services (SSS) launched the University’s first-ever black male initiative, Black Males on Campus (BMOCS) in fall 2010 to promote the retention of black male students so that they can succeed and graduate from UTC. Not only does this program focus on success in the classroom, it also addresses social, cultural, emotional, personal and financial issues.
When Anthony Ervin’s parents arrived at a hospital in Tullahoma, Tennessee five years ago, doctors told them that their son had little chance of survival after his car had hit a tree. Not only did Ervin survive, but he thrived. He went on to graduate summa cum laude from the UTC College of Health, Education and Professional Studies and was accepted into the UTC Doctorate of Physical Therapy program…
In an effort to increase retention and graduation rates of African American males enrolled at UTC, campus Student Support Services (SSS) began a multi-year initiative called BMOCS (Black Males on Campus). The group of young men, which has been meeting regularly since 2010, recently held its first annual BMOCS Brotherhood conference, “Breaking the Cycle,” to address issues that hinder African-American males success at UTC.