First to Finish College

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First gens and experts share supports and advice to ease the transition from college to the workforce...
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A new nonprofit has the potential to profoundly improve educational outcomes including college completion for low-income students and it exists for...

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Add your voice to an August 6 Tweet Chat to identify innovative policies and practices that can improve first gen college success. Exchange insights about what’s working and what’s possible to help first-generation college students succeed in and after college.

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A recent Education Week article explored a pilot texting programthat keeps graduating and graduated seniors on track for matriculating in their chosen colleges in the fall after they’ve received their diplomas. Read how the work of Ben Castleman and Lindsay Page helped shape the approach.

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Joshua Steckel left his job as a college counselor at a private school to help low-income, largely minority, public-school students in Brooklyn master the perilous college admissions process.

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First-Gen student, Jairus Cater, talks about the importance of that very first job post-college.

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A new nonprofit has the potential to profoundly improve educational outcomes including college completion for low-income students and it exists for one simple and powerful purpose: to teach K-12 children to think and write clearly.

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We hosted a Google Hangout with two inspiring leaders in the movement to support first-generation college student success. In these clips, Yolanda Norman and Ben Castleman share their thoughts on helping students transitioning from college to the workforce.

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As part of the First to Finish College series, the transition from college to career means leaving another home and moving on to an unfamiliar world.

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SparkAction and Demo’s First to Finish College team spoke with several experts working with first gens to discuss what they felt was critical to ensure a student’s success—both before and after graduation

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In New York and San Francisco, a nonprofit is quietly helping thousands of first-generation college students finish college and start promising careers.

 

 


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