Celebration at SCC for First Generation College Student Day

SCC students, faculty and staff will be able to learn more about what it's like to be a first-generation college student and celebrate with games and prizes.
Published: Nov. 7, 2022 at 9:20 AM CST
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - South Central College celebrated its population of first generation students.

First generation college students are celebrated nationally on November 8th specifically to honor the the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

The bill ushered in programs that provide support services to underrepresented students, including first-generation.

SCC students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to learn more about what it means to be a first-generation college student and what advice they give others.

“Don’t keep quiet -- go for it,” said SCC first generation college student, Farhiya Abdirahman. “Ask a lot of questions to the people. I mean, that’s how I get to TRIO or to get in this college. So I didn’t [go in] being shy or you know, I didn’t keep quiet and I know what I wanted to the first generation who wants us to come to college. I’m that if I will give them it’s just don’t be quiet.”

More than half of the students at South Central College are considered first generation, according to the TRIO Director, Linda Leech.

“[First-generation students] might not know how to fill out their financial aid Farm they need help with registering for classes and knowing how to get through college quickly and successfully without the challenges,” explained Leech. “And we meet with them to just assure that they’re going to be successful.”

This is the second year South Central celebrates their first generation students by sharing stories and resources.