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There's A Place For You Here.
First Generation Students

There's A Place For You Here.
First Generation Students

First Generation Students

As a first-generation college student, you may be feeling a combination of excitement and anxiety since choosing to pursue a higher education. Whether you’re considering earning a certificate or degree to move into the workforce, or planning to transfer to a four-year university, your journey begins at NWACC. There's a place for you here. 

Take a moment to learn more about what defines a first-gen student and the many resources NWACC has to offer. NWACC students who identify as first-generation will receive a first-gen cord to wear at graduation. 

What is a first-generation college student?

At NWACC, the term first-generation student refers to students who are the first of their family to earn a higher education. Their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed any level of higher education. Students who have siblings in college but whose parents have not earned any degree are still considered first-generation. 

NWACC's Office of Student Life offers first-gen students support and resources, so you are better able to succeed at college and in your future endeavors. 

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First Gen Student Shares Her Story

Shonna shares the struggles she overcame when deciding to pursue an associate degree at NWACC. 

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Statistics and Figures

60%
NWACC Applicants are First Gen
18:1
Student to teacher ratio
300+
Scholarships awarded annually

 

First-Gen Mentorship Program

NWACC's First-Generation Mentor Program facilitates a relationship between current NWACC students and NWACC faculty and staff by providing knowledge, confidence and advocacy in their college journey.

  • Are you a student interested in having a mentor? Fill out the Student Form
  • Are you an employee interested in becoming a mentor? Fill out the Faculty/Staff Form

Already part of the mentorship program?

  • Access the First Gen Passport (coming soon)
  • Access the First Gen Mentor Handbook (coming soon)

 

F1RSTS Club

The purpose of the F1RSTS (First Generation Initiative Representing, Supporting, and Teaching Students) club is to create a community that represents, supports and teaches first-generation students at NWACC.The club accomplishes its purpose by creating events, hosting guest speakers, providing resources, and creating an inclusive atmosphere for students to learn about first-gen and how to support one another.First Gen Club Logo


Get Involved:

  • Ready to participate in the F1RSTS club? Sign up to join.
  • Graduating F1RSTS club members will receive a stole at graduation.

 

Resources

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Tips for First Gen

View a number of tips and recommendations for new and current first generation students as you begin to navigate college and reach your academic goals. 

Tips & Recommendations

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College Glossary

Terminology and jargon used in higher education may seem like a foreign language for many first gen students. View our handy glossary to gain a better understanding. 

College Glossary

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Student Resources

Whether you're needing assistance with a research paper, looking for a tutor, or requesting special accommodations, NWACC has resources to help you succeed.

Student Resources

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Family & Friends

As a family member or friend of a first generation student, view these numerous tips to help guide you in supporting your student's college plans, as well as their personal goals. 

Family & Friends

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Getting Involved

NWACC offers more than classes. Get involved by joining a student club or organization and enjoy making new friends, developing your skills and networking. 

Get Involved

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Paying for College

There are a number of payment options when it comes to affording your higher education. Learn more about financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans and more. 

First Gen Forward

As a First Gen Forward Institution, NWACC is recognized for its commitment to the success of first gen students. There are currently 268 designated First-gen Forward Institutions across the 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 cohorts. Collectively, they represent a community of professionals prepared to share evidence-based practices and resources, troubleshoot challenges, generate knowledge, and continue to advance the success of first-generation students across the United States.

Learn more by visiting the NASPA page

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