Kilgore College joined higher education institutions around the nation Nov. 8 by honoring its students who were among the first members of their families to attend college.
This event was part of a national First-Generation College Celebration, held to commemorate the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act (HEA), which has helped millions of poverty-stricken students to become first in their families to earn college degrees.
The celebration at KC included recognition of first-generation faculty and staff at KC, an information booth set up in the student center for students to visit and a special event for TRIO participants which featured a motivational speaker and recognition of KC’s fall 2017 TRIO graduates.
“This event recognized and emphasized the great potential that first-generation students bring to their communities through higher education,” said Bindy Tice, KC’s director of TRIO Student Support Services.
The Council for Opportunity for Education (COE) spearheaded this effort in partnership with NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Both organizations, which are headquartered in Washington, D.C., work with higher education professionals to assure students access and succeed in college.
“Millions of low-income students who have benefitted from the programs created by the Higher Education Act have subsequently helped shape our country as astronauts, judges, scientists, politicians, scholars, writers, business leaders and more,” said Maureen Hoyler, COE president. “It’s especially important to celebrate these accomplishments because even in 2017, campuses and communities can overlook the academic capabilities that lie dormant within so many first-generation students.”
COE and NASPA encourage partners to recognize first-generation experiences throughout the academic year.
Colleges and student groups nationwide will showcase their efforts on social media using the hashtag #celebratefirstgen.
For more info on KC's TRIO program visit www.kilgore.edu/trio.
About the Council for Opportunity in Education:
The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities. Through its numerous membership services, the council works in conjunction with colleges, universities and agencies that host Federal TRIO Programs that help approximately 828,000 low-income students and students with disabilities each year receive college access and retention services.