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WNCC Hosts First-Generation College Student Day Celebration

November 11, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — Western Nebraska Community College hosted a celebration honoring its first-generation students Thursday on the Scottsbluff Campus.

The celebration was in conjunction with the national First-Generation College Student Celebration hosted by the Council Opportunity for Education (COE) and in partnership with the Center for First-Generation Student Success.

First-generation college students, staff, and alumni were invited to join the celebration hosted by WNCC’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program by wearing first-generation college student stickers and participating in a photo booth. The event also doubled as a celebration of the 31st anniversary of TRIO Student Support Services serving WNCC students. Some of the services offered through TRIO SSS include supplemental instruction, money management, scholarship and transfer assistance, study skills workshops, and advising.

“First generation college students play such an important role in the growth of our regional economy,” said Janet Craven, WNCC TRIO Programs assistant director. “But oftentimes, those students face a wall of unknown obstacles, which can set them behind, so we hope this celebration served as a reminder that they have a support system available. A large number of WNCC employees are also first-generation college students, so we encourage those students to reach out to this network of people.”

During the event, first-generation college students -- or college students whose parents did not earn at least a bachelor’s degree -- were asked to write their first-generation story. Some talked about the struggles they faced early on in college, and others offered advice to other first-generation college students. Dozens of current and former students took part, including WNCC President Dr. Todd Holcomb.

“The stories shared today were remarkable,” Craven said. “They are all so inspiring and they truly should serve as a reminder to all our first-generation students that you’re not alone.”

For more information on First-Generation College Student Day or WNCC’s TRIO Student Support Services, contact Craven at jcraven@wncc.edu.

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