ASC seeks alumni mentors for 1st generation college students

(06-15-2011)

If you were the first in your family to finish college, you can probably relate to the challenges that face incoming first-generation students. Adams State College's new EPIC program - Engage, Persist, Innovate, and Celebrate - is addressing the issues of first generation students though a $100,000, two-year grant from the Institute of Higher Education Policy and the Wal-Mart Foundation's Minority Success Initiative. More than 30 percent of new Adams State freshmen are first-generation

Some first-generation are poorly prepared academically, others have financial issues, and others don't fully understand college expectations. EPIC students participate in a cohort, so they can support each other in the cultural transition toward "I am a college student."

More than one-third of new ASC freshmen are the first in their families to attend college.

More than one-third of new ASC freshmen are the first in their families to attend college.

An important component of this faculty-led initiative is mentoring by faculty and first-generation alumni. Mentors can help first-generation students overcome the isolation and confusion of the freshman experience and recognize that they indeed belong at Adams State. Having successfully navigated the college path, mentors can serve as role models.

The EPIC program seeks compassionate, first-generation Adams State alumni in the San Luis Valley region to help the next cohort of first-generation students. For more information, contact Lori Laske at 719-587-7867.

By Julie Waechter