First-generation students celebrated
By Jonah Unger
LCC is celebrating first-generation college students on Tuesday, Nov. 8. This is an event to recognize LCC students whose parents do not have four-year degrees.
These events will be held at both LCC’s downtown campus and the west campus.
For the downtown campus, the celebration will be held in the Gannon Building on the second floor just past the StarZone, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. It will be held between 4 and 6 p.m. at the west campus. There will be food and fun stickers for students who attend the event.
This year marks the 57th anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. This act created grants and loan support for minorities and low-income students. It also provided funding to colleges for further student support services, according to LCC Director of Public Relations Marilyn Twine.
For the month of November, LCC’s library will be displaying first-generation resources that can be examined on the second floor. The library is located on the downtown campus, inside of the TLC building.
Along with that, all employees and students who are first-generation are invited to share their college experiences. They can do that by going to LCC's first-Gens Star Page, and clicking on “our-stories.”
According to Bankrate, an internet finance company, one-third of all college students are first-generation students. On top of that, according to Bankrate, almost two-thirds of first-generation students are enrolled in two-year institutions such as LCC.
“It’s nice to know that first-generation students don’t go unrecognized,” said Bryan Hudson, a soon-to-be first-generation college student.
LCC wants to celebrate and acknowledge students of this nature. Information can be found by clicking here, or by emailing Ronda Miller, dean of Student Affairs, at Miller53@star.lcc.edu.