Man behind mentoring program has even bigger goals

By Pressley Baird

WILMINGTON StarNews Online – The accomplishment that brings the biggest smile to Travis Corpening’s face these days isn’t his own.

It’s what the young men he mentors have achieved: graduating from Cape Fear Community College.

Six of the students in CFCC’s minority male mentoring program, which Corpening runs, received their associate’s degrees from CFCC this spring. Now, they are moving on to training programs, jobs and college classes.

Corpening is doing the same thing.

He is a week into an online Ph.D. program in education management through Hampton University. It is a way to harness the broad skill set of a man who will do anything to pull the potential out of a student.

“I’ve been pushing everybody so hard to do more and be more,” he said. “I started to think, ‘I’ve got to walk the walk.'”


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