TRiO/Student Support Services at Seward County Community College will observe the first annual First-Generation College Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, November in the Hobble Academic Building on the campus of SCCC.
The celebration, which takes on place the 52nd Anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965, will be marked by festivities at institutions across the country, praising the presence and experiences of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff. The idea for the event was developed by the Council for Opportunity in Education, a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities.
Approximately 70 percent of the SCCC student population is first-generation, which is defined as an individual both of whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree; or in the case of any individual who regularly resided with and received support from only one parent, an individual whose only such parent did not complete a baccalaureate degree.
TRiO/Student Support Services will celebrate with cake and refreshments along with giveaways in the Hobble Academic Building. Staff members will also be on hand to explain the purpose and benefits of TRiO/Student Support Services program.
TRiO/Student Support Services is a federally funded grant program that provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements and encourages students toward a successful completion of their post-secondary education. The criteria to be accepted into the program is based on one of the following: first generation, income and disability.