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FirstGen Center

What does it mean to be FirstGen?

If a parent did not earn a four-year degree, you are a first-generation college student. You are a trailblazer and change maker.

The FirstGen Center

The FirstGen Center is a supportive community of first-generation students, faculty, alumni, and local professionals here to support you in your transition to college. Our mission is to empower first-generation students to successfully navigate their college experience and persist to graduation through resiliency coaching, supportive services, and leadership opportunities.

The FirstGen Center:

  • Connects first generation students to resources and supports on campus that will increase their academic success and connection
  • Assists students during the transition from high school to college and college to career
  • Fosters meaningful peer and faculty/staff relationships
  • Provides leadership and mentorship opportunities to enhance students’ personal growth and professional development
  • Provides various groups to meet students’ social, emotional, and academic needs
  • Hosts dinners, social events, and networking opportunities
  • Provides free professional attire for interviews, jobs, and internships through the Career Closet

We provide:

  • One-to-one and small group support
  • Goal setting
  • Connection to resources
  • Workshops on navigating stressors on and off campus
  • Personal growth and professional development
  • Support on acclimating to campus life
  • Study skills and time management guidance
  • Leadership training
  • Mentoring and community service opportunities
  • Support from other FirstGen students

Opportunities:

  • FirstGen students have the opportunity to become a part of our Mentorship Program which allows them to mentor first-year students
  • Professional networking
  • Internship opportunities
  • Social events
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Specialized First Year Seminar
  • FirstGen students have the opportunity to become a part of our Mentorship Program which allows them to mentor first year students
  • FirstGen Affinity Housing in the dorms with a FirstGen Resident Advisor
  • Professional networking
  • Internship opportunities
  • Social events
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Specialized First Year Seminar

Questions?

Contact:
Brooke Peppard, Coordinator of The FirstGen Center
bpeppard@ndc.edu
216.373.6389

Where Can You Find Us?

Our center is located on the 1st floor of the Library Building by the Falcon’s Nest!

Hours:

Monday and Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

“Alone we are strong. Together we are stronger.”